It has been brought to my attention that you are less than happy with much of the recent content of OWTB. So much so, in fact, that you are threatening legal action and have instructed solicitors to monitor OWTB posts, presumably in the hope that the content you are not comfortable with is actionable.
As you are no doubt aware, the OWTB admin team has reminded members on numerous occasions that they should not post anything offensive or defamatory. As a group of unpaid volunteers, we do our best to manage this and to remove any such posts. But OWTB is a busy site and we have jobs, kids and other things in our lives to contend with and vetting every post can take time. For that reason, we also point out to members that the site has a function to report any such post, which obviously allows us to assess such posts and take any necessary action far more quickly. May I suggest that you, and those around you, use the report function as a first port of call, rather than engaging legal representatives?
Regardless of what I, or any other OWTB staff member, thinks of you and your performance (or lack thereof) as Trust Chairman and club Director – points which will inevitably be up for discussion amongst Latics fans – none of us would knowingly allow any seriously offensive or defamatory comments to remain on OWTB. At the same time, however, we are reluctant to stifle “fair comment”, general discussion or opinion honestly held, and this can be a fine balance.
The timing of your threatening legal action is interesting, coming on the day that the club confirmed you will continue as a Director, following your earlier resignation as Trust Chairman. Is it that, free of the Trust ‘Fans Rep’ role (I know you don’t like that tag but you did use it, once upon a time), you’re now happy to turn on Latics fans? This is site used by hundreds of people but why would we, the admin team, keep it going under genuine threat of legal action? We get no reward from running OWTB, in fact doing so has been a burden in terms of time and money over the years but, at the same time, we do enjoy it and we are proud of what we believe is a well run site.
OWTB has raised money for the club, for Playershare, for Latics4Life. OWTB has also helped promote the Trust (despite some of us having serious misgivings about the way the Trust operates), providing a specific forum at the Trust’s request.
I know the powers that be at Oldham Athletic hate OWTB but it is what it is – a place for fans to openly discuss what they choose to discuss related to the club (or anything else). And, whether you like it or not, the site has done a lot of good things for the club.
I can’t speak for the rest of the staff team but, if you were to initiate legal proceedings of any kind against us, I certainly won’t continue my efforts to keep OWTB going. It’s just not fucking worth it.
Frankly, if you’re serious about doing so I'm disgusted, especially since you’ve never tried to communicate your concerns to us properly. I would urge you to reconsider and to use the report function wherever necessary to point anything you feel is overstepping the mark. Or, just stay off the site altogether.