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Has anyone looked at our schedule for the season? It looks very spread out...it's our best look for awhile.
I have a feeling Jose is trolling us and has brainwashed Cech to implode our team and manager.
I've never understood why everything Jose does has to be a mind game. It's like if he sneezes people will think it's tactical.

I think we've probably annoyed the f*ck out of him with this although he'll never admit it. I'm sure he was desperate about stopping this but then Abramovich came into the picture.

I know what you're saying, sometimes these transfers don't work; when we got Silvestre from United, that was clearly the act of a saboteur in Ferguson who let a garbage player run down his contract and transfer to a rival. At least here we know the player is top class.
For sure. He'll bring some confidence to our back line, but I mostly want to see him save our ass when we play stupid in the Champions league.
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^If it comes down to penalties, there's none better.
Dont joke or kid or mind yourself, but Cech is great signing!! Just amazing signing, Mou has nothing to do with that (beside making Courtois number 1), he is pissed that he joined us no doubt.. Cech is one of the best out there, Courtois is the only reason we were able to sign Cech that the truth
cech got no time for that
Damn I was hardly a big contributor on this site even though I've been a user since 2009. At first, I mainly used this site to catch up on all the highlights every week because I felt like the forums were no different than any other football forums out there tbh. The site was crawling with trolls and I cannot imagine the amount of unpaid work all the mods have had to do in order to clean the forums up. Now, I feel like the forums are the only reason I even come back on this site as the rest of the functionality has stayed stagnant. For that, I would like to thank Zilch, Cloudst and the rest of the mods for creating one of the best footy forums out there. I hope it doesn't turn to s**t now that two of the most active members of this community are leaving. :(
Me too, I usually don't post but it was always privilege to read zilch's analysis, and cloudst's transFer news and scouting coverages. We have lost two of the biggest contributors on this site. Two footytube legends who will always be missed, and this forum will never be the same without these two. We have to respect their decision and bid farewell but deep down we all want them to come back and contribute and entertain us and teach us about football. I bid farewell to two of these legends le cloudst and zilch!!!!!
Well over at reddit one person left/fired and it's going to s**t so who knows
One guy met another at a corner. They both started chatting until it became evident that both clicked so well that they decided to meetup again the following day. That next day, they arrived at the same corner. Both guys had a common interest in breakdancing. They started battling so hard that people of similar interests started coming over to join in.

Two weeks later they saw their two-man click grow to six. The following two months later they had 35 crew members all showing off and creating the latest moves, enough to make it big time.

After years gone by the group expanded even more. One day someone asked, "why can't we expand globally?" About 80% threw their opinions in as yes while the other 20% were skeptical. The group started having infighting and some disbanded and created their own clicks on some far north corner. Some stayed but grew disinterested and eventually left.

The crew eventually dwindled down to 5 members. They never left that one little corner they grew up in. Meanwhile, over at the northern corner 5 miles out, some of the originals who left saw their crew grow to over 58 dancers. However, they somehow couldn't capture the same feeling they had over at the original corner. One member said, "this feels like a situation where I had my first high, I keep trying to reclaim that feeling but it's just not the same." Another member agreed and added, "it's the people and the place isn't it?" "Absolutely! It's both."

Life moves on but the thirst to be close to those special originals at that same spot will always be there.

I've learnt this as an individual now in my mid 30's. My hometown got decimated by migrants, people moving on, the experience of deaths, new births and new concrete walls. It's all foreign to me now and I still feel that emptiness...that vacuum holding its breath deep inside as I've lost every single last one of my boyhood friends and some family members. I honestly don't know where anyone is. I've moved to a far away land that was strange where as a child I thought money grew on trees. I eventually grew to call this my permanent home but I can only slightly visualize what the place looks like, but it's in black and white and it's fuzzy.

In my head it just feels like a ghost town.

*Interpret this as you will but a situation like this only rehash certain sentiment.
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I'm so late on all the developments, just read the last three pages and I feel so f*****g shit right now. I'm a person who can't take change and this is a massive change. I have only been a mod for a few months and I can see the amount of time zilch and cloudst put in for the site. Total legends and I wish only that this was just a dream that I could just wake up from. This site will go through turmoil now as people will start to realise what's the true agenda behind everything, I believe everything cloudst and zilch have said and I'm sure the whole forum does too. I only hope we can keep what we have as this site is not just a list of names, it's a family.

I wish cloudst and zilch the best and only wish I could have got to know them two even more.
Not to worry young padawan. As much as we'd like them to stay we have honour their choice to step aside. We've all put our hearts into this site. Its not easy to slow down once you make it part of your every day. Some have to leave completely in order to make other more important parts of their lives a priority. I fully understand this. And we've got to let them go. Sad as it may be. :(
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Dibs on taking Zilch's or cloudsts account name :p
First let me say that Cloudst and I have been really touched, the support has been overwhelming. Jeroen and others have suggested staying on but now I will show you the reason why we won't be back.

http://www.freewebsitereport.org/www.footytube.com#charts

As you can see, the site is worth a shitload. If you follow the revenue graph, in May 2012 there was a sharp dip after it's initial growth, until later in the year when Magneto, Cloudst and a few others became mods. Then things go steady and eventually start to slowly decline again as the site becomes day to day and then there's another dip until I came in in Aug 2013 where the site sharply increases in revenue. This is around the time that Magneto and Cloudst came up with the idea for podcasting and several other changes, all of which the owners kept for themselves and shunned them out of the proceedings. As you can see, after Tony, Magneto etc left, while a few remaining mods and myself pick up the pieces and try to control the site, the revenue steadily increases.

What you don't see is that during this time myself and other mods repeatedly asked for improvements ie an instant messaging system like we used to have, a revisement of the rules(which still isn't done), new ideas for the forums and many other ideas on how to push this site forwards. And what's been done? They added Discus. Why? Simple, because the site for the owners is all about being a Google hit counter and nothing more. Google works by popularity, if something has a lot of traffic, it will show up higher in Google's suggested searches than other sites will. Given that the site's videos now generate 100,000 hits per day, mission accomplished. So the reason we won't be back, is that we invested our time in this site believing it to be different, a site that was for the fans, not just a shitfight like youtube. But the owners don't give a damn about that, they had no intention of improving anything and it makes Cloudst and I absolutely sick to think that our hard work and our topics of discussion on the forum have helped to make Footytube such a highly visited site and created such a huge amount of income.

If I could show you all the Mod Forum you'd see that there are literally dozens of topics from mods suggesting improvements, asking for things to be done etc and it has all gone unheeded. From the time I came in and we did that brainstorm, revenue has shot up by more than 100,000 USD per year and not a dime of that was used to improve the site for the users. The site generates nearly 10,000 per month from these annoying adverts you see popping up, plus other revenue and they're sitting on a beach somewhere laughing. Hell, it took over a month at a time just to get a response when asking about changing a person's username...
I will not allow myself to be used anymore and neither will Cloudst and even though leaving now won't affect their revenue, at least my topics of discussion won't be there to fill their pockets any further.

So for those who want to stay in contact, email me at: zilchyb0y@hotmail.com

and I will be happy to give you my Facebook details and keep in contact with you.
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Well, all I can say - report that is suggesting site cost or its revenues is total crap. I can prove it, i work with a lot of sites and i took 2 of my own (the cheapest ones), which together brings me 30 dollars per month. This site showed, that value of the traffic is 10k in dollars. Utter joke, if they can pull out this money, i wanna see it lol. None of such sites ever showed a close number to real revenues.

I respect your opinions but your analysis is far from real life .

You have done a great job helping this forum, making interesting threads and conversations and I understand you want something back from admins, but It doesn't work that way in real life. If you don't work for them officially, they owe you nothing.

Anyway hope you guys will come back.
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It's not about wanting to be paid for it mate, I work full time. We wanted to help this site grow, nothing whatsoever has been done to improve the place and that's the problem. All our hard work was in the interest of seeing this place become better for the users and they don't give a toss.
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It's not how much they make, its about the fact that they're taking all the money and revenues, etc. that the mods and users make and not putting a dime towards this website or towards anyone but themselves. They're just on a beach or whatever spending money, without caring about this site nor what users/mods want, nor to improve certain things.


It doesn't matter if they make $1 a month or $100, if they're not going to put a bit of that money towards this site and others, I would surely quit, they're using mods to do the work, along with all of the users; while they sit on their a** and party.
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Alekarmo, I once asked Matt (out of curiosity) what they made from FT. He said it was enough to sustain the families of the three admins here, which correlates with what Zilch posted (around $7200 a month, probably twice that a few years ago).

And like Zilch says: it's never been about the money, but about respect. It sounds cliché, but it truly is. Spending up to 6 hours a day trying to improve the website and maintaining the fora when the only response you get is a fake promise or nothing at all can only last that long. I know I was really fed up with it and so were all of my then mod buddies. Only Sam, who was appointed a mod on the same day I was, endured, but he too is severely disillusioned. He decided, just like I did, to simply not care anymore and focusing on the sub-community of the Serie A a little bit instead. But we both used to be very active as mods.

And this was mainly my point: I hope (and still do) Zilch, Cloudst and all other mods can reach the same conclusion. Rather than leave like so many of my old mod friends (Ant, Tony, Shuds, Raj, Readscott, BigShel and most notably TheBarcaShow) did, I hope they can say 'f**k this' and just use the site as us commoners, but forget about putting effort in as mods. They can even retain their mod statuses if they want (although I'm sure they'll feel obliged to to their mod duties then) because no one of the admins will notice. Hell, none of them will even read any of this either.

So please take your time Zilch, but maybe reconsider leaving completely and just do what Sam and I did: stay, but do whatever the hell you want here rather than do what you feel has to be done. Maybe it's good to take a time-out, but I hope you'll come back soon, though perhaps no longer as a very active member.
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Can't u quit being a mod but carry on being a user... f**k the rules I say
On a personal note, apologies for any delays I will add each person who has sent me their details and messages. I'm overwhelmed by the responses and very touched.
Wow this huge, you two quitting this site really affects the site and in the long run affects the life I live. I can't imagine my life without this site and I thank each one of you who has made it a pleasant experience. It hurts almost reading all that as I don't want to believe the harsh reality of what goes on. My head is lost now what to think, I just hope this site does not go down as I essentially lost a family that I will miss.
Me and Tanmay gonna kick azz.

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Bahahahah
That's how we do lol
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Although I don't comment on here that often, I am going to miss both zilch and cloudst insights into all footy related topics. Pretty much been lurking around this forum since 2010 and then decided to make an account 2 years later; and a huge reason is zilch and cloudst who pretty much made this place feel like home. Anyway I wish you both the best of luck, hope to read one your posts again (fingers crossed). COYG!!!
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I feel the same way. I've had an account here for a while now, but I don't post very often. when I do they're angry rants after a loss.lol! Seriously though, this place is a daily destination for me and to see a couple of our most prolific and loved Gooners go is a real bummer :( Good luck to you guys in the future, and hope to see you back again some day!!
Been a member since 2009. Never really comment either but I always liked checking out Cloudst's and Zilch's comments specifically because they were always very insightful. Good luck to both of you in your future endeavors.
Arsenal always lose their star players....

2015: Cloudst & Zlich.



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They retired mate. We're working on the testimonial for them.
^ true that.


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