OLBG trading censorship

23/11/2015 | By | 3 Replies More

A little while ago I saw a comment on OLBG’s site that I knew wasn’t true. So, as is my right, I made a comment to clear up any confusion. The author responded positively and kindly to my clarification and all was good. A generally positive experience, I think I’ll come back again.

Faffing about

A few months later I checked back and noticed the counter comment was gone, so I tried to log into my account and post again. Various failed attempts later, I contacted OLBG’s support to get my account re-activated. After a lot of faffing about I still couldn’t get my account back, so I asked what had happened to my comment.

More faffing followed and to cut a long story short the entire thread vanished. This seemed a little odd, so I queried it; but I wasn’t given much in the way of explanation or comment. I asked for my account back, but it wasn’t forthcoming and attempts to register a new one left me with the message that this account already existed and the circular loop continued. Eventually I gave up. Not coming back to the site now!

I’ll happily comply with any policy related to a site I’m posting on and didn’t do anything odd on OLBG, merely cleared up a point that was made. I think it’s fair to say I have a lot to offer any betting or trading community, but if they don’t want that, it’s no skin off my nose. I’ll happily continue on my way without dispensing 15 years of mega-profitability on a community 🙂 Besides we have our own at www.betangel.com/forum/

A useful coincidence

I had pretty much forgotten about this experience and would have let it rest in anonymity until last Friday at Ascot, when I was speaking to another trader. Without prompting, he recounted more or less the same story, but OLBG actually told him they didn’t want him to post on the site at all. 

It’s disappointing to see another example of an industry that is geared to extract money from punters rather than help them. This often happens regardless of the stated aim of a site. Commercial interests ride high in the industry it seems, which is fair enough; to an extent. When I came to the industry it was to change it for the better for punters. I didn’t want to dupe your average joe into placing a duff bet at bad prices to earn me money. I wanted to change the way they did things and give them a chance to make some money, that’s where I am coming from. That quest continues!

I think it’s a little cheap on consumers of content, if they are not told they are only being presented with a limited view. In this day and age I don’t think you can get away with picking and choosing comments, else you will end up spending 24/7 doing that to no avail. That’s the way the internet works. I have a light hand on censorship, I encourage opposing views to encourage debate. But anybody should draw the line at abuse or defamatory remarks and the like. But banning somebody because they may say something you disagree with is not the way the internet works IMHO. I had to learn that, I’m sure others did too.

If OLBG would like to comment I can assure you, your comment and this thread will not vanish and will be present for all to read. If you have an account, I’ll happily re-send you a password reset 😉

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I left a good job in the consumer technology industry to go a trade on Betfair for a living way back in June 2000. I've been here ever since pushing very boundaries of what's possible on betting exchanges and loved every minute of it.

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  1. antonyp says:

    Hmm sorry about that
    Sadly we get a huge number of people posting with some sort of agenda so maybe you or someone else on the thread were mistaken for that

    We keep a record of all deleted posts and who deleted them since we had an overzealous moderator a few years ago so I can check it out

    Cant find any deleted posts containing the word BetAngel, but there are 115 live ones which do mention it

    What was your username

  2. Beige says:

    Seems a bit rich given how difficult it is to actually get a reply up to one of your blog posts on this site.

  3. Peter Webb says:

    Beige, not sure who you are referring to there us on OBLG? If me then it didn’t seem you had a problem? Most people use the forum on Bet Angel now to comment, very few comments on the blog. I’m not aware of any difficulties on posting here and there hasn’t been a single support question on it for as long as I can remember.

    However, it’s clear where people like to post, nearly 100,000 posts on the forum and regular chatter on other social media. Where I am omnipresent.

    I’ve just taken it that people don’t bother to comment on blog posts any more.

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