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Running Bangkok’s Biggest & Oldest Expats Facebook Group

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Having just spent two hours of my Saturday moderating Bangkok’s oldest and biggest expats Facebook Group I thought I’d share with you what goes into running it.

Stick Media, the owner of Stickboy, Stickman and the soon to launch Thailand Telegraph news site, took over BANGKOK EXPATS back in April as a means to diversify from owning only nightlife focused websites.

Created back in January 2011, as of today the group has 94,531 members who make 3000+ posts per month and comment on average 30,000 times over the same period. The blocked (former) members list number reads 7,865.

That’s a lot of moderating.

I spend roughly 90 minutes a day approving new members and posts from those I have previously put “on approval only” because they come across as spammy, deleting junk posts and checking member reported content.

Running Bangkoks Biggest Oldest Expats Facebook Group

Then comes the most tasking part of running the group – dealing with those who take offence that their 20th post selling shite got them banned, despite repeated warnings to stop.

They cry like babies when you point out they broke rule 2,3,4 and 5. And yes, some get nasty about it too.

One example was a business owner who kept plugging his venue on a daily basis. I politely pointed out to him it was once a week but if he would like to make more frequent posts we could come to some arrangement. He blew a fuse at such an outrageous suggestion.

“Pay? Pay? Pay for what? Your group is a lot of crap. I’m not paying a penny”. So I asked him why was he posting every day if the group was so crap. That’s when there was an air of silence and I never heard from him again.

Another was a middle-aged Thai lady who sent me a message on FB asking why her friend had been banned. She sent a screenshot of her friend’s profile and I recognised it straight away. She was a spam queen, constantly posting junk items for sale that looked like they’d been pulled out the back of a trash truck.

I replied telling her the reason her friend was banned was for not following the rules of the group. It fell on deaf ears. She was having none of it. After about 20 minutes of back and forth, I told her it was now 11.20pm and I was tired so I’d be calling it a night, adding if she wanted, we could continue the conversation the following day.

“What about the elephants?”, she asked. Huh? Elephants?

Oh man, she went off on some weird and wild tangent about how she and her friend helped elephants and I was doing them an injustice (because I didn’t understand Thai culture) by banning her pal.

Enough was enough. She got blocked from messaging me and banned from the group.

I deal with enough nutters every day running Stickboy, I don’t need crazy older Thai women bursting my balls about elephants at the back of 11 on a Tuesday night.

Then there are those who are members of so many groups they forget what they posted and where but blame you with a foul-mouthed tirade over a post that was deleted…. on another group.

Sure I have only highlighted the fruitcakes, the majority of members are polite and friendly but talking about them is like drinking milk at a stag night.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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My Week Off Was A Washout

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I turned 50 last Monday and the plan was to work all day then, later on, celebrate with my missus and a couple of close friends before taking a few days off to relax and do something other than sit in front of the computer all day and night.

This plan was carved out on Friday night and Saturday morning.

All weekend I had my head down putting together a skeleton schedule on social media for my planned time off to keep things ticking over, just at a trickle.

Then on Sunday evening, the entire plan fell apart in one small but sudden movement.

lazy dog

I did my back in and the pain was excruciating.

Despite feeling like I was getting tasered every time I moved I cracked on with the social scheduling on Monday and went out as planned.

BIG MISTAKE.

By Wednesday I could hardly move. I tried walking, laying down, heat pads, a massage thingy for your back… no dice.

A few packets of pills from the doc started to ease the pain but coughing or sneezing left me on the verge of passing out in pain.

Horrible.

Over the weekend with lots of pills and laying flat out on bed relieved things somewhat but what a wasted week.

I did nothing and went nowhere.

So here I am, back at my desk having had the longest period of time off since November 2019 when I flew back to Scotland for a few days and no better off.

One word sums up my week off – washout.

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No Twitter, No Problem

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Facebook is the dominant social media network with far more users than the likes of Twitter but with more users comes more rules and for Stickboy that has been an ongoing problem for the past 7 years.

In February 2020 Zuckerberg & Co pulled the plug on the original Stickboy Bangkok Facebook page that had gained 60,000 followers.

25,000 photos, 1000’s of videos and endless hours of work gone in the click of a moderators mouse – well, it is their site and their rules which I tried hard to follow but it was impossible with the haters and keyboard warriors reporting all the posts and AI technology used by Facebook incorrectly marking content as offensive.

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This has made the new Stickboy BKK FB page rather dull and boring plus it isn’t as easy to share others content on the platform like it is over on Twitter where they are far more relaxed with their rules of what is and isn’t acceptable to post.

The problem is a lot of people aren’t interested in Twitter or just don’t get it so followers of Stickboy end up missing out on some great content and conversations shared on that platform that just isn’t suitable for Facebook.

As a way to give readers choices, I have published a page here on stickboybkk.com that lets you see my Twitter feed without the need to download the app and sign up for an account.

I have also done the same for the Stickboy Babes Twitter account that doesn’t exist on Facebook as the risk and chances of getting banned are far too high.

So there’s no need to miss out on any great content being shared somewhere you aren’t interested in or signed up for.

No account needed, read right here on the Stickboy website

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: 5 Things Expats Love To Boast About

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Bangkok is bullshit central as far as I’m concerned – it always has been and it always will be. It matters not where you work or socialise, your fellow expats in vast numbers tend to talk utter crap, usually about themselves.

There’s no stopping them and what I’ve listed below are only a handful of the things expats like to boast and brag about with 99.99% of it nothing more than a figment of their imagination.

5 Things Expats Love To Boast About

Visa

If you are here in Thailand legally what difference does it make what visa anyone else is on?

Well, to some a great deal as it happens and anyone on anything they deem a “lower status” option than theirs shall be looked upon and treated like shit on their shoe.

Yet, many claiming to have their house in order are the ones disappearing over the border every three months… because they just love Cambodia so much.

Who They Know

Name dropping knobheads are everywhere and there’s no escaping them.

Do you know such and such? I bumped into blah blah the other day. Yeah I’m pals with the owner of XYZ.

My answer in these situations is always, “Nah, sorry I don’t know many people here” and to be fair, that’s a true statement. I don’t know many people here.

The chances of me knowing some guy who put on a show in an unknown venue located down a sub soi in the arse-end of Sukhumvit Road are about slight to none much the same as me knowing the owner of XYZ.

But they are super well known in Bangkok… well, I live under a rock with a tiny population and that’s just how I like it but good for you on having such a well-known and well-connected network.

Speaking Thai

They will talk to fellow expats in Thai and then pull a face when you don’t respond – we are both native English speakers you fud so what’s with the Thai?

Then we have those who “think” they can speak the lingo when at best they can tell the taxi driver left and right on the way home but that doesn’t stop them making a complete fool of themselves with their gibberish.

So you can speak some Thai, good on ya, but you aren’t alone, there are plenty of foreigners here who have put in the effort to learn the language but there’s a time and a place but chit-chatting to me in Thai isn’t one of them.

Wife / Girlfriend

Her heritage and social standing will be mentioned in the first breath of manure coming out their mouth about her being Thai-Chinese, or is it the other way around?

You will quickly be informed of how she is the only child of a super-wealthy hi-so family who owns half of Thonglor.

In their head this makes them believe they are superior to anyone foolish enough to date an Isaan native.

And what usually makes this funnier is they aren’t dating some super-rich chick at all but some wannabe WAG.

But why spoil the fun by pointing out the obvious? Let them carry on with their foolish fantasy.

Their Latest Money Making Idea

And the most important part of the title is “idea” because 99.999% of these dreamers who harp on about the millions they are going to make with their amazing money maker never ever get around to putting their big plans into action.

They spend all day, and night, talking and do absolutely nothing.

And it’s funny how they always need a “partner” to get it off the ground.

Right, Stick is outta here before we get to how long they have lived here, the millions they are earning a month, how much champagne they drink, the fantastic job they have, how successful they were back in farrangland… and please don’t let me ever meet another special forces guy.

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