The philosophy of Swansea Independent
Wednesday, 19th May 2021 11:23 by Keith Haynes
The success of this website relies on the people that visit it. The forums and indeed the thousands of external visits from news outlets who choose to endorse our writing and reporting. Our aim since September 16th 2020 has been to keep the fans informed and for visitors to get a handle on the club and most importantly the supporters can support in a safe environment.
Over the period of one basic week we strive to deliver match reports, articles of interest and a general view from Wales most successful football club and it’s thousands of fans. It’s always made easier with the participation of our many forum members who daily debate and talk about those issues, or indeed introduce their own agenda’s and viewpoints. These are most welcome and of course are the lifeblood of any large fans website.
When the site was taken over it had deteriorated in to a cauldron of threats, bullying and aggressive ripostes. That meant we had to study the site algorithm and issues to ascertain what was going wrong. It was clear that numerous members needed to leave and move on, they were helped along the way by either being asked to leave or banned. This of course meant they had no outlet for their hatred towards others and had to find another way of baiting people on the Internet. They were no loss.
Twenty three bans were issued, and the site started to find its feet with people returning who felt safe to post an opinion without being asked who they were, where they lived and if they fancied a physical outcome to their opinion. Those that left initially found solace in undermining the website, finding it difficult to move on and concentrate on their own lives, not others. That has now stopped, albeit with a degree of external assistance to reinforce the situation. We still, however rarely get the odd indiscretion. What we do now is that person is contacted personally and the situation is discussed. We don’t need a return to those bad old days.
In recent days the network has decided to reinforce bans to make it clear that a bullying narrative is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. From justification for extreme hate, no matter how it is dressed up to basic one on one abuse. It’s all equal. We have lost numerous others as a result. To that end if it means we have to cut down the membership for the greater good long term we will do. It’s that simple.
So, the positives, and they far outweigh anything negative. We have numerous writers on the website and personally I think they articulate well their written articles and reports. That’s clearly endorsed by a massive increase in external traffic. That is those people who choose not to make comments on an article, or visit this website as a result of an article - but are not members. There is increased forum traffic too, a wider variety of posters from differing viewpoints. These posters, when able to put over a point of view in an adult way have been feeding back to us how much more they enjoy this environment, and how it can actually change their well being, and help them through difficult times.
That success is down to those posters who debate out matters in an adult way without resorting to swearing and threatening, and to those we thank you so much. This trial will go on until the end of this month when we will take stock on the whole website and what it has really meant to people, the most important element. As usual we welcome comments and new ideas, the things that makes the website better. If it’s confrontational dialogue you require this website isn’t for you, if you would like to be in or join a community that does it’s very best to maintain a dignified but passionate support of Swansea City then long may you remain. You are the reason why we do this.
Your support is appreciated, and thank you.
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Letters from Wiltshire #48 by wessex_exile
“And now the end is near, and so we face the final curtain…regrets, we’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention”. Not quite right Paul Anka, probably more than a few, but otherwise a fair assessment of where the U’s are today. It’ll be interesting to see how we perform with the relegation monkey finally off their back – I’m not expecting miracles, particularly with Tranmere needing at least a point to guarantee making the play-offs, but they’ll certainly be more nervous than we will be, so can we make that count? This will be my last blog of the season, and not yet sure what I may or may not do for next season, but suggestions are always welcome.
Letters from Wiltshire #47 by wessex_exile
Here we are, at the penultimate game of the season, and our last game in front of the cardboard U’s faithful at the JobServe. It has been a long, difficult, and definitely strange season, which frankly I’ll be glad to see the back of. That’ll we’ll be here again in August is definitely going to be something to celebrate, but I suspect we’re facing a summer of significant rebuilding both on the pitch, and possibly off it too. I won’t be the only one, but the biggest oddity for me has been being able to watch every single game – not always easy viewing, but something I’ve never done before, and probably never will again. But it doesn’t really make up for not being there in person, the long train journey away-days, meeting fellow U’s and other supporters, and of course sharing a beer or three. Fingers-crossed we can return to the terraces in 2021/22.
Letters from Wiltshire #46 by wessex_exile
That was quite a week for us all then. In the space of four short but remarkably tense days we have gone from having to take shoes and socks off to check how many more points we need to guarantee survival, or whether we would even achieve it, to breathing a huge sigh of relief knowing we’re almost there. But close of play this afternoon, whether by our own actions or the failure of others, I am sure survival will be confirmed. Of course, Tuesday night not only all but guaranteed it, it also virtually condemned local rivals Southend United to non-league football for the foreseeable. Looking at the host of fully professional former football league sides currently battling it out for the two promotion slots out of the National league (including Hartlepool, Torquay, Stockport, Wrexham, Chesterfield and Notts County), it is not going to be a walk in the park for Southend to return any day soon.
Letters from Wiltshire #45 by wessex_exile
Tonight, Colchester United face Southend United in what may not necessarily be the most important game of our respective histories (though it’s certainly very close), but is almost certainly the most important Essex derby ever. However this season pans out, by the end of it there’ll either be only one team in Essex, or worst case scenario, none at all. If the U’s win, then Southend will be 9pts behind with just three games to go, and a minimum of a -12 goal difference to overturn if they want to overtake us. Certainly mathematically possible, but that would rely on a remarkable turnaround in their form, form that they’ve shown precious little sign of achieving so far this season. The stalking horse is Grimsby, with their game in hand, who have rather belatedly shown an improvement in form, so their match against automatic promotion chasing Morecambe tonight is equally important, particularly if we want to avoid the unthinkable, with both Essex clubs dropping out of the league.
Letters from Wiltshire #44 by wessex_exile
So here we are, as the nation mourns the passing of His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh, the U’s face the first of two season-defining moments, with our late kick-off match at home to Walsall. Before then, no doubt many will have been focused on events elsewhere, not least the early kick-offs for Grimsby (at home to promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers), and particularly Essex rivals Southend United, who faced a tricky visit to Exeter City – still very much in the hunt for at least a play-off spot. As I finalise this blog, I know that Grimsby have beaten Bolton 2-1, and Southend earned a credible 0-0 draw in the West Country. More to the point, the U’s will know this too. Whilst I can’t help but feel that will ought to be to our advantage, it surely must also put additional pressure on a squad whose confidence is paper-thin. We must hope that Hayden Mullins, assisted by Paul Tisdale, get their heads right, and send the lads out this evening fired up with self-belief.
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