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.
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 Bangkok Is For Sale
This website, Stickboy Bangkok, and its associated social media profiles are for sale.
If you are interested in owning the best-known and highest-trafficked Bangkok entertainment and nightlife website, this opportunity is for you.
Even during the covid shutdown of nightlife in Thailand, Stickboy still reached over 120 million eyeballs in 2021.
Now that Thailand is returning to normal with tourist numbers increasing month on month, this is the perfect time to relaunch, not forgetting there’s a massive new marijuana market waiting to be tapped for advertising and promotion.
Of course, the website and socials have gone quiet so numbers are way down meaning work will be required to get back on track which is reflected in the sale price.
Included in the sale:
- Domains: stickboybkk.com & stickboybangkok.com
- Website: the website as seen, inc design, templates, archives etc
- Social Accounts: Twitter x 2, Facebook Business Page + Group, Instagram – additional social accounts covering various other Bangkok-related handles are also available.
- Email: Gmail account firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosting is not included but the current setup could be transferred. The monthly cost is $108. Overall operating costs are around $200 per month.
Assistance and help to get any new owners up to speed will be available for the first month after purchase.
If you are interested please get in touch in the first instance via email: email@example.com
Note: a partnership would be considered with the right person
9 Ways You’ll Get Caught Cheating In Bangkok
Not every man who lives in Bangkok strays but at some point in their life most men do. Fact.
Denying it is commonplace with many claiming to be faithful to their partner. My ass.
And the more you do it the more chance you’ll get caught. That’s a given.
Here are 9 ways you’ll get caught cheating in Bangkok that you might not have considered.
Bangkok is big but not that big
You’d think a city of 12 million would be a great place to avoid anyone who might know you on a night out with your bit on the side by going down some far-flung alley but Bangkok has eyes everywhere.
It’s not about who you see but who sees you.
Do you know where the cleaners from your condo live? The WIN guys from down the soi? An acquaintance of your other half who you’ve never met but has seen dozens of pictures of you?
There are no secrets in this city especially when it comes to Thais gossiping about the bad farang with the beautiful girlfriend.
A Road Accident
Rare but possible
Suddenly you are in hospital at 2am because speeding Somchai ran a red light and smacked a passing pickup. How are you going to explain what you were doing out in the middle of the night after saying you were tired and having an early night at 10.45pm?
As they say, accidents do happen.
Chat apps are your enemy
You exchanged numbers or added her on Line – a BIG MISTAKE that will likely come back to bite you on the bum.
You can’t guard your mobile 24/7 not to mention all that sneaking around and suspicious behaviour when it beeps is going to set alarm bells ringing in your little lady’s head.
Hiding notifications or muting your chats is a feeble attempt at covering up your sordid sexts. It might work in the short term but after a few weeks of fooling around the hammer will fall, either on your head or your handset. If you are unlucky, both.
Perfume & Lipstick
Old but obvious
“What’s that mark on your jeans darling?”
“Right next to your dick that I’m about to cut off if it’s what I think it is.”
Hungover after a night of drunken antics with a floozy down the dark depths of Soi 22 you forgot all about joking around and sticking her head down there pretending she was blowing you. It was all good fun at the time but she left her mark. A smudge of lipstick that your bleary eyes never noticed through your drunken haze but her indoors won’t miss it.
Safe sex can be unsafe too
Booze and bad decisions go hand in hand and a quickie with a lady of the night might seem sensible at the time because you popped into the 7-Eleven and bought a box of condoms but stuffing the one you didn’t use in your wallet for another time… those bad decisions start adding up.
When your woman wants to borrow a 100 baht and your drunken ass is still in bed she’s not gonna wake you up, she’s just opening that wallet to help herself.
And just like that, your ass is grass and your other half is about to mow it.
A Clean Condo
If it doesn’t stink it stinks
After hosting a few harlots you decide to change the bedding before your babe comes back. Then you notice a few unusual marks on the bathroom sink. Next thing you know you’re mopping the floor. A final run round sees you dusting this and clearing away that. The place is spotless and there’s not a trace of any stray skirt.
As soon as your missus sees the place shining a dozen red flags will jump out her handbag and slap her around the head.
Fluffing up the bed and washing a few cups is one thing, giving it a going over as if you are on an episode of Clean House is another.
A Jealous Ex
Beware of bunny boilers
A Friday night fumble with your ex after bumping into her at W District on a night out with the boys was fun at the time but despite her repeatedly telling you she doesn’t want you back doesn’t mean she is happy for you to be getting on with your life.
No, no, no. If she hasn’t met Mr Right yet then why should you be allowed to move on?
Fatal Attraction: The Bangkok Bunny Boiler in the making all because you couldn’t keep it in your pants.
Unsual Spending Habits
It all adds up
You know how much you’ve got and so does she.
Even that “secret” stash you’ve got is all mentally logged in her head so when 5,000 here and 3,000 there start going unaccounted for, your balls will be on the line unless you can sweet talk your way through it week after week, date after date.
A Single Strand Of Hair
The #1 way to get caught
They can turn up in the most unexpected places such as a sock or inside a shoe, under the bedside cabinet, the back of the sofa, the sink, and on and on and on the list goes.
It just sits there unnoticed until it’s not noticed then it looks like someone is shining a spotlight on it.
And right at that moment, it’s game over for you.
Caught by a tiny, single strand of hair.
FYI: 9 Ways You’ll Get Caught Cheating In Bangkok was originally drafted by Mike in 2020 and the vast majority of it is his work.