What is Wrong With The Cage Forum?

New TCW writer & regular Cage Forum Poster Andrew Warren clarifies his points made about the forum in this weeks Cat’s Whiskers TV Podcast.

During one of the intermissions of last Sunday’s I was interviewed by Jono for this weeks Cat’s Whiskers TV Podcast (listen from 34.34 for the full interview) regarding the current climate on The Cage. I gave an answer that in retrospect wasn’t as accurate as I would have liked. So here is my opinion in further detail.

I think the change happened the moment we won the league. The massive monkey off our back had been lifted and people’s expectations shifted dramatically. It wasn’t dreamy eyed expectation that fuelled most of the posters on The Cage anymore. People had a taste of the good stuff and wanted more.

With the new expectations people believe that rightly or wrongly we now should be winning every season. This isn’t to say people didn’t think that before, but now we had done it, it was easier to believe. I think this is where the polarization occurred. Some people were so thankful for the title that was so long in coming, that there glasses have become slightly too Black and Gold tinted. Then there’s the people who have now had a taste of the good stuff and want more. If we don’t sign the strongest squad and haven’t won the first 4 games 10-0 allowing only 3 shots on goal (exaggeration is needed to prove the point)

Now as Jono said, I am more of a moderate poster. I don’t think that we deserve to win every game, as much as I would like to see that. I also don’t think that scraping by is enough. The trouble is because this doesn’t fit in with either side if this divides, I am disagreed with by both sides. Now that’s their prerogative but are they right to do so? My issue is when facts supporting either side of the argument are brought out the other side dismiss them as if they are made up.

So how can this be changed? My response to Jono was that without going down the heavy-handed moderation route, then The Cage returning back to the nostalgic days is a pipe dream. Well I would like to alter that because I think that there is another way but this will be the hardest to actually happen. That is people take a breath and try to see the point that people are trying to make and make reasoned responses. I am not saying everyone needs to agree with everyone, far from it but reasoned debate is what will bring the forum back.


6 Responses to “What is Wrong With The Cage Forum?”

  1. 1 Nuttyrockeress December 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    It’s never been the same since myself, Mountain Panther and BJ used to moderate it 😉

  2. 3 Anne December 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    The problem with that Andy is that it requires people to stop for a moment and not react in the heat of the moment.

    Totally agree with Nutty 😉

  3. 4 The Editor December 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    i think that is a fair reflection of the Cage today,
    i think also another problem is too few posters to allow enough varied opinions rather than as you say mainly the two polarised groups. However it is these polarised arguments that probably puts some people off posting that much, so it becomes a chicken and egg problem in the end.

  4. 5 andyd December 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    One of the problems, unfortunately, is that there are many of the long standing members and posters who have taken their puck and gone home, myself included. The climate of The Cage changed and factions of polarising opinions formed. It’s a shame, but I think for most of us moderates who remain in the shadows the dwindling number of personal relationships (that go beyond a computer screen) and growth in extreme cyber opinions of people we don’t even know took a lot of the joy away. Sad, true, and probably just natural over time.

  5. 6 Dan Newham December 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

    As a long time poster and now moderator of the forum, I’m not sure it’s changed much. Expectation has been high since we moved, the title win simply just gave affirmation to those who felt we’d underachieved for so long.

    It’s a tough season to gauge. Yes, we’ve had a handful of quite surprisingly poor results but then everyone has. On one hand we’re still close but on the other hand we’ve wasted a huge opportunity to be well clear. However, Belfast and Sheffield are probably thinking the same.

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