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#1 SDS

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:19 PM

So, welcome everyone - I think.  :)  I'm going to be honest, I'm fairly nervous about this. We have had over 100 registrations in the last 24 hours and I'm not really sure how this will play out, but I'm willing to give it a shot with your cooperation.

 

Brief site history lesson:

 

My name is Scott and I started this website in September 1996. It was hosted on Geocities and its primary purpose was to advertise for my newly formed Bills Backers Club in Maryland. Being a Mac user, I knew nothing about computers, but I am also an engineer so I just rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I quickly realized that I would need to provide regular updates to the site if I wanted people to visit and help me get the word out. That then changed the focus of the site from a club recruitment tool to an outlet for Bills fans. We were in business for years before the NFL ever thought of starting to get involved with the internet.

 

In Feb. of 1998, The Rochester D&C had a message board called HyperBills and they shut it down for a month or so, as it had spiraled out of control. Many posters there emailed me asking if I could add a MB feature to TBD. I think I had it up by the afternoon... Those who came - stayed and that's when we really took off. (So, we have been at this for over 20 years and the Stadium Wall just turned 19).

 

Millions and millions of posts later and deja vu. 

 

Board Culture:

 

Although today is probably different from yesteryear, I founded the community with the following goals in mind:

 

1. A place that I enjoy being around.

 

2. A place where smart adults would be willing to hang. This doesn't mean everyone needed/needs to be an egghead, just that the average level of discourse needed to be high enough not to chase valuable contributors away. I often contrasted us to the old usenet communities that were unmoderated filth that no educated person would ever associate with for any length of time.

 

3. That the way I would build this community was neither right nor wrong. Just my way. One of many equally valid ways.

 

4. That this community could not serve the needs of every fan. Some may want less moderation, some more moderation. We can only choose one path and we know that it could never make everyone happy.

 

5. Cater to adults over kids. No graphics in signatures and other busy layout schemes. In fact, the text based sigs may be going away to make the even design cleaner.

 

6. Lightly moderated because the quality of poster we attract wouldn't need to be heavily moderated. In general, if you have a hard time with us - you really have no desire to be a real member of this community. 99% of the members here have never received a warning. Then there are the 1% who have a dozen.

 

7. A place where females could feel comfortable (for the most part).

 

8. A place that you can load/read at work without being fired for something grossly inappropriate being displayed on your monitor.

 

 

Yes, players, coaches and administrators are praised and criticized as each individual poster sees fit. We ask that this is done in good taste. For example, many posters identified Ralph Wilson as being a major part of the organization's dysfunction. That's fine. Discuss it all day. However, openly wishing he would just die was not appreciated and those types of posts were quickly addressed. So, discuss what you wish but try to do it in good taste.

 

Curse words get filtered and I ask that you don't try to change spellings to get around the filter. Everyone can infer the emotion of the !@#$ word you wrote. You don't need to be explicit to make your point.

 

The issue we probably have the most trouble with is "crusading". The bottom line here is that there isn't a single poster on this board that has the power to make any change with the team. And because of that, there is no reason to try and make every single person agree with you by bludgeoning everyone with the same opinion endlessly. Make your point once. Make it twice. Make it when appropriate. Just don't make the same point in every thread, every day, day after day. It just pisses people off.

 

Please don't post racy avatars. This is a work friendly community. In general, if you have to write "NSFW" you should probably not post it.

 

Note that I hand approve all registrations and sometimes that is slow.

 

Please do your best to ease yourself into the community. Read more than you post to start. It would be appreciated.

 

Please leave any BBMB baggage at the door. This is a fresh start for anyone coming here. This would also be GREATLY appreciated.

 

That's all for now. Thanks.



#2 Rockpile233

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:26 PM

Thank you!

#3 GhostsofBillsPast

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:26 PM

Cheers!



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:27 PM

Nice writeup, thanks for having us.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:27 PM

Well said.. thanks..

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome.

 

I can't speak for everyone, but I'll play by the rules. I really like the idea of less fighting and childish bs. 

 

Don't be too worried, we may have been an odd bunch, but there are some great football minds within these ranks.

 

Cheers!



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for welcoming and having us SDS. Awesome board you have here. Look forward to meeting and talking with everyone in due time.

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

Appreciate the refuge. Thank you.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

I joined a little over a month ago to get away from the bbmb... I have enjoyed it..

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for leaving a light on for us, Scott! :thumbsup:



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

this is a great introduction thread.  thanks for the work put in.  



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:37 PM

Scott has done a great job with this place. It is and has been (with all due respect) the best place to discuss the Bills. You'll find the posters to be reasonable, passionate and knowledgeable. Enjoy and look forward to talking football with you guys.

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:39 PM

Much appreciated, sounds simple enough

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:40 PM

It's truly crazy how out out nowhere the BBMB went away and sadly how much of a routine it had become. Those of us that fought on there over trivial garbage, will probably be joined together now as survivors of the site closing. I am so used to checking the BBMB for news and rumors...it was honestly an addiction. It made any other football site pretty much obsolete. If something was out there about the Bills, you only needed to check 1 place . It was going to be there. Thanks for having us here and I appreciate that there is another place to turn to for the same type of information

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:43 PM

It's truly crazy how out out nowhere the BBMB went away and sadly how much of a routine it had become. Those of us that fought on there over trivial garbage, will probably be joined together now as survivors of the site closing. I am so used to checking the BBMB for news and rumors...it was honestly an addiction. It made any other football site pretty much obsolete. If something was out there about the Bills, you only needed to check 1 place . It was going to be there. Thanks for having us here and I appreciate that there is another place to turn to for the same type of information

 

its strange...having an empty space on my favorites bar right where the old BBMB was. Do we need a support group? 



#16 Virgil

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:45 PM

Maybe it goes to show that someone does pay attention to the fans

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:48 PM

Be on your best behavior guys



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:50 PM

I would like to say, for the record, that SDS has done a phenomenal job with this place. I joined about 8 years ago, which makes me a young un.

 

There is spirited debate here. Sometimes, we go many rounds and it is infuriating.

 

But we also have posts and posters where, no lie, I come here for my first source of news.

 

Rob Quinn, formerly of BillsMafia and Building the Herd and currently the BillsWire reporter for USA Today posts here.

 

Cover 1, one of the better film breakdown sites, posts here.

 

John Wawrow, who has access to Terry Pegula, dropped in and gave us some card readings about the coaching search.

 

There is good stuff here. Don't abuse it.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:52 PM

Thank you Scott, and welcome to all the new people.

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:58 PM

There are many valuable posters here who are known. Respect them, we value them. John Wawrow gave us insight 2 days before it broke that McDermott was our head coach, for example.

But, one important thing to remember. There are at least 3 former Bills here. Only 2 I know of active still. And thereare nnumerous professional football folks who work with various teams across the country.

There are also sources who get inside info. This can make things fun. But if you're going off of an misread instagram post do not post it as rumor or a source. Its not.

Most importantly. If someone actually makes you mad then do not look at them. Look at yourself. You're taking this way too seriously. And surely, you don't need to be that serious all the time. You'll be picked with from time to time or mocked if you're being ridiculous.

By all means if you have anything with a political spin do not post it on the main board. Even something like Make America Great Again or Russia hacked our game film can trigger a full retard in some folks. Take that to PPP. But if you do, go there and engage in a real conversation and with factual information

And, of course, Can Newton is a lousy, terrible quarterback.

Edited by Boyst62, 02 March 2017 - 09:02 PM.