THANKS to everyone who took part in the survey over the weekend. It certainly stimulated debate and was a bit of an eye-opener for myself and Admin.
We wanted to share some of the feedback we received. The vast majority of it was supportive and constructive however some of it was as predictable as it was downright depressing.
On a positive note more than 1,000 have taken part now so we've decided to close the survey. It probably goes without saying but over 99% of you cite football as the sport you bet on. Horse racing was a distant second at 42%. Golf, darts and tennis were next so this will help us identify where we can add more sports to the site.
Seven per cent of respondents said they don't bet online. We actually thought this might be higher. While betting on anything other than sports wasn't as popular as we thought – just 12% play poker online, 8% casino and 5% games.
The least important aspect of the site is competitions (63% said they were not important). Given that the majority of people who regularly enter the competitions tend not to contribute to the site in any other way we may in fact review whether we keep them or not since all we're doing is rewarding those who are looking for a free bet.
The most important thing was winning tips, although only 56% rated it as very important, which is perhaps a measure of the mature community we have where people realise not every tip can be a winner.
The question that raised most debate was around whether people would pay for access to MrFixitsTips.co.uk. It was almost exactly a 50:50 split with the slim majority (52%) saying they wouldn't pay.
The most entertaining section of the survey was when users were asked for ideas to improve the site. Many suggestions were sensible, well thought out and worthy of serious consideration. As an alternative to charge a small fee the suggestion of adding a donation button was mentioned lots of times and is something we're now looking at.
Several people pointed out comments can be a bit unwieldy and again this is something we'll aim to resolve.
Trolls are a pain for everyone but in the current set-up we're limited to what we can do. More on this below.
Now for the not-so-good stuff …
From people moaning about receiving their free bets to others having a go at my English I can take (note to self: must do better) but to be accused of becoming a “gold digger” because of the suggestion of charging a small fee is just laughable. The truth of the matter is the cost of running the site is increasing all the time as more resources are needed to cater for the hosting and its upkeep, otherwise the question would not have been asked.
Others took the opportunity to abuse me which is sadly par for the course these days.
Once again thanks for all the contributions. You may start to see some changes to the site quickly although significant changes will take a while longer.
The winner of the £10 free bet at Bet365 has been emailed.
Please Don't Feed the Troll
From time to time we seem to be blighted by trolls here at MrFixitsTips. This week's visitor has been particularly tenacious but my advice is to please just leave him alone. We do our best to minimise the impact trolls have on the site and many of you only see a fraction of the comments they make before they are deleted.
It's sad that some people have no purpose in life other than to be a nuisance and cause distress to others. Some of it is nasty, vindictive stuff. When, as is the case this week, the comments become abusive and the personal home addresses of people who help to run the site are published without their consent we have no option but to alert the police. This kind of intrusion, when you have a young family, is simply not worth it.
So please do not give trolls the attention they crave by responding to them. Admin will deal with them in a professional manner as will the other authorities.
As for the trolls, here is a message from me: You are not welcome on this site. You need to find a hobby, a partner, a reason to live other than wasting your time leaving comments that no one will read.
You need to consider how you would feel if we were to publish your home address or contact your place of work (if you have a job) – after all, there's a lot you can find out about people these days.
You also need to think how you're going to feel when you get that knock at your door. If you have genuine concerns you'd like to raise about the site then do it via the contact form, otherwise your wasting your own time.
Onwards and upwards.