It's a rival site by virtue that's its another site that is unofficial.I started a thread on the unofficial site a few days ago asking "members" to support this "place" by visiting it more often.I am a newbie on both forums and it's not my place to really make any suggestion; but I agree with JR1 on this subject who has obviously responded to it and made what I think is a very good suggestion.
Even if the Club don't want to promote the unoffy then I think Bob should still promote the offy with a link to it, and to the overall offy site at least. It's our club and we have a duty to promote it as well as support it. This is the "modern age" and it's a new era for Gloucester Rugby to work with Sponsors, supporters and other local clubs to elevate the region and the Number One Rugby Club in the World.
Whatever it takes to promote co-operation should be backed.The more hits to the offy the better .I would like to see like to see a link from the unoffy from a player profile page(will suggest this to Bob)to this sites player profile page; because it will help (unofficially)to promote the sponsorship of all squad players by more local and national businesses which is what the Club needs as a commercial operation.Forums and their readership should not be underestimated.
I go onto other clubs unoffy site as a guest to read. It's informative and we shouldn't forget that probably dare I say it more people go on the unoffy as guests from other clubs than we imagine. Ask Bob for the stats. If IP addresses were tracked geographically you'd be amazed. More linkage = more hits and from a commercial point of view more hits = more advertising opportunities.I for one like traffic stats. They are very important in any business.That's a good place for the Club to be Jim I am sure we'd all agree with that one Mate.
I agree with Jim and Lower Orchard that a linkage to the unoffy from this place is not realistic.I know neither of you used those exact words but that's about the sum of it. Gloucester Rugby is a business and this forum is part of that commercial operation.It has to be in control of what it is associating with and it has no control over the unoffy and rightly so.The unoffy is if you like the supporters place and it can be an important part of the clubs promotion even though it is totally independent.The unoffy should and I would imagine Bob and Co would be willing( and in effect do this already)to promote the offy voluntarily.keep up the good work here Jim, Dunc and Shaky and thank you for doing what you do to support this fabulous Rugby Club.
Onwards and Upwards!.
(Oh and would those members from the other place who come on here please re-register as a user( if you already haven't) and be brave enough to unmask your identities. It might encourage everyone else to from time to time).