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The Local _ Feedback _ Closure of The Local’s Discuss forum

Posted by: The Local 11.Feb.2021, 10:43 AM

Posted by: Essingen55 11.Feb.2021, 12:54 PM

Probably a good idea. Most of the comments on here these days are made by a handful of people and aren't worth the paper they aren't written on.

Posted by: Alinlulea 11.Feb.2021, 02:29 PM

Arguably it should be the other way around, anyone can run a news article through a translation app themselves, there is no need for a news page. What you can't do is chat and asks questions in a global language without a forum. What was missing here was any sign of moderation and management. A forum of English speaking expats(and wannabees) in Europe would get a lot of hits if it was relevant, ad banners on the left ad right margins would in part fund the costs of moderating it.

Posted by: TheExpatEagle 11.Feb.2021, 02:36 PM

QUOTE (Alinlulea @ 11.Feb.2021, 02:29 PM) *
anyone can run a news article through a translation app

You are missing what the point of The Local is. It isn't to present news, if it were then the articles would be a lot more informative.

I would liken The Local to something more like a magazine then a newspaper. I think it gets as much criticism as it does because it purports to be Sweden's news in English.

You only have to look at the front page to see this. There is completely no mention of the serious crimes that have occurred in the major cities over the past 24 hours for which there has been plenty.

Instead it is articles about winter break rules, semlor and other nonsense which isn't of any use for people living here, really.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 11.Feb.2021, 04:51 PM

I don't blame them...if you look at the quality of what is posted here you realize that a kindergarten sandbox offers a better environment...

It's only about Swede bashing and insults...

I could tell they were disgusted with it by the fact that they were letting happen a lot of rule breaking activity that in the "old" days would be stopped...

So be it...

Posted by: SeventhGuest 12.Feb.2021, 02:49 PM

and since it was created much of the discussion has moved over to other places, like our Facebook groups

Aha so they want the discussion to continue in an environment, where everyone at any time can get censored and deleted for almost every reason, especially when your opinions are not LBGTQ-, lockdown-, green deal-friendly (not to mention the 451 other indoctrination topics, media uses to destroy family, economy, free travel, freedom of speech, etc.).

and under our articles. Managing the forum is time-consuming

Oh it's so time consuming to delete accounts who repeatedly and reportedly call everyone a "Nazi", who has good arguments against lockdowns and the fake pandemic? Yes I see, very time consuming. How many of those accounts did THE LOCAL delete?


Posted by: TheExpatEagle 12.Feb.2021, 03:32 PM

To be fair they can delete any comments in this forum whenever they want to so...

Having set up and run forums it is perfectly easy in the software to prohibit people from having multiple accounts from the same IP address, introduce a warning system, have watch words and so on.

This place has just been used to generate Google search hits to direct traffic but I guess the risk versus reward isn't enough anymore.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 12.Feb.2021, 03:43 PM

The handwriting was on the wall when TheLocal became a paid service...

Yes the forum produced a pathway to the paid part of TheLocal and yes the forum no longer provides that path as before...

Leaving the forum as a "read only" service is a safety assure the closure decision was correct...

When TheLocal stopped moderating the forum, it was/is the death knell...

Posted by: TheExpatEagle 12.Feb.2021, 08:53 PM

Also closing it on the 25th is a weird date. Why on a Thursday? Why not a Sunday? Why not on the 28th, the end of the month? By some strange coincidence the last day of the month is on a Sunday.

So the 25th has to have some significance.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 12.Feb.2021, 10:36 PM

"a date which will live in infamy" rolleyes.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Littlerättvisa 13.Feb.2021, 12:44 PM

Bye *waves* biggrin.gif

Posted by: DuneSunny 15.Feb.2021, 03:15 PM

QUOTE (TheExpatEagle @ 12.Feb.2021, 08:53 PM) *
closing it on the 25th is a weird date. Why on a Thursday?

Maybe because it is pay day for many who are employees?

Posted by: stellita884 17.Feb.2021, 11:05 PM

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 18.Feb.2021, 12:20 AM

QUOTE (stellita884 @ 18.Feb.2021, 12:05 AM) *
all they focus on is the Chin Chun Chan virus, restrictions and candies

Why not start a thread about something to your interest???

Posted by: sanniz 19.Feb.2021, 04:56 AM

I'm thankful for having this forum.
It have helped a lot through the years. And finally my man (came from UK) became Swedish Citizen.

Just sad about the climate here from some lately. No country is perfect. And no country will be.
It is just the people that makes it good or bad.
And if they don't like it here, mybe time for a move and complain over next country.

Thanks to all that actually helped or given important information.
I will miss this forums positive bits.
Not all people want a Facebook account.

Have a great life everyone. And do the best of your life.
Being negative all time just drag it down.


Posted by: 7 21.Feb.2021, 08:10 AM

Posted by: Uncle Fred 23.Feb.2021, 01:37 PM

This has been coming for some time, basically ever since the original posters left. The Local was what it said it was in the early days "Swedish news in English". However the greedy Savage wanted people pay for his time to use a translator, something anyone can do. Yes there where overheads such as the web domain itself, but anyone can get one of these for about 500kr per year. So the ads more than covered this.
The Local always avoided real news so you had to use a translator on an original source to find that out.
Savages appearances on TV are also a joke where he makes a fool of himself (my wife, who is Swedish laughs at him every time he comes on TV), as he does not represent any over Brits.
The forum has been fun over the years (the only reason anyone used The Local). I have read some fun and interesting topics over the years but now it is coming to an end. I think if the forum dies, it wont be long before The Local itself does. I feel sorry for any of the old timers who like to look in now and again, but most of all for Gamla who has stayed with it thick or thin.

Goodbye all

Uncle Fred

Posted by: Alinlulea 23.Feb.2021, 05:32 PM

QUOTE (Uncle Fred @ 23.Feb.2021, 01:37 PM) *
greedy Savage wanted people pay for his time to use a translator, something anyone can do

Maddy Savage's BBC work, entertaining(for the wrong reasons), the sort of stuff someone could have done 20 years ago after reading a lonely planet book and never even been to sweden. But those in the uk who don't know better lap it up.

Posted by: Yortis 23.Feb.2021, 08:58 PM

Seems the local are deleting all my posts on this page.

Posted by: intrepidfox 24.Feb.2021, 10:27 PM

The Local never did anything on this site. We the members deleted all the spams. Savage is an idiot that seems to be an expert on Sweden and the UK. I can't stand watching him on TV. A gay Woody Allan. I can guarantee that their next comment site most people will be deleted unless you support BLM, gay right or are a left wing twat.RIP this once great side and let's hope TL go bankrupt

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