Transfer Forum 2024/25 Rules - Reminder : Please do not post memes in the Football forums.

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Aug 10, 2007
Silly season has started and people are already getting warnings and bannings from the twitter thread because they can't follow the rules, so here's a list of simple guidelines in order to make the transfer forum a happy muppet place for everyone. If you follow them you'll be fine, if you don't, you'll rack up warning points and join the likes of Barney and TheShedEnd in Caf Oblivion.
  • Do not needlessly bump old threads
  • Ensure a relevant thread doesn't already exist for a player before creating a new one
  • Do not create threads for players unless you can provide a credible transfer source. If there's no source then you're simply discussing a footballer, so go to the Football Forum instead
  • Try to stick to the naming convention set out, i.e. "<Player's full name> | Current Status"
  • When posting in the twitter thread, read the OP first, rules are strict and you'll get thread-banned if you don't adhere to them (like many already have)
  • If you're creating a thread not specifically for a player (i.e. a question), think whether it would be better off in the football forums instead, it's going to be a busy summer in here and we don't want to clog it up
  • Do not bump up transfer threads if that player has performed well or bad. Do that in the football forum, this is strictly related to speculation.
  • Don't spam threads, it's all a bit of fun but we don't want to end up with 10k+ threads consisting purely of gibberish (e.g. Pexbo with Vidal)
  • No more than 2 tweets per post.

Just to give you a general idea, posted below is the Reliability Tier list from Reddit — please avoid posting stuff from low-tiered/clickbaity sources:
Tier 0 (Undisputed, Official Sources)
@ManUtd /
Tier 1 (Highest Quality Sources)
Simon Stone (BBC) / Sport1 (Germany) / Henry Winter (The Times Chief of Football) / Mohamed Bouhafsi(France) / Fabrizio Romano (Guardian) / Paul Joyce (The Times/Liverpool/Everton) / David Ornstein(BBC/Arsenal) / Craig Norwood (Club Photographer) / Kristof Terreur (The Guardian) / Gianluca Di Marzio (Sky Italia/Independant Journalist) / Simon Peach (Press Association)
Tier 2 (Proven to have current sources)
Bild (Germany/Bavaria) / Der Westen (Germany/Schalke/Gladbach/Dortmund) / Kicker (Germany) / De Telegraaf(Netherlands) / COPE (Spain) / Raphael Honigstein (Germany Freelancer/Guardian German News) / Voetbal International (Netherlands) / Matt Law (Telegraph/Chelsea) / Andy Burton (Sky Sports) / Caderna SER (Spain) / O Jogo (Portugal) / James Cooper (Sky Sports) / /u/xisimon (One of us) / RMC Sport (France)/ Andy Mitten (Transfer News) /
Tier 3 (Average reliability, or former Tier 2)
Canal+/Pierre Menes (France) / Jamie Jackson (Guardian) / Ian Ladyman (Daily Mail) / Stu Bates (Mirror) / The Telegraph / The Guardian / The Times / Mark Ogden (ESPN) / Daniel Taylor (Guardian) / Correio de Manha(Portugal) / Ruhr Nachrichten (Germany) / Le Parisien (France) / Ian Herbert (Independent) / Jason Burt(Telegraph) / Record (Portugal) / A Bola (Portugal) / Richard Keys (beIN Sports) / Jim White (Everton only) / L'Equipe (France) / Duncan Castles (Record/Times) / Paul Hirst (The Times) / James Ducker (the Telegraph) / Rob Dawson (ESPN)/ Miguel Delaney (Transfer News Only) Samuel Luckhurst (M.E.N
Tier 4 (Indirect sources, low reliability)
BildSport (Germany) / Tuttomercatoweb (Italy) / Sport (Spain) / / Guillem Balague (Sky Sports/Freelance) / Stuart Mathieson (MEN) / The Independent / Mundo Deportivo (Spain) / Marca (Spain/Real Madrid) / AS (Spain/Real Madrid) / Talksport (UK & Ireland) / Sky Sports / Kaveh Solhekol (Sky Sports) / Stephen Howson (FullTimeDevils) / Paris/Euro United (France/PSG) / Simon Mullock (Mirror) / London Evening Standard/ Daily Mail / The Mirror / John Cross (The Mirror)
Tier 5 (Aggregators, Known Shitposters and Banned sources)
Peter O'Rouke (Freelance) / Tancredi Palmieri (Freelance/Bullshit merchant) / Metro (banned - utter shit) / Express (banned - redditwide ban due to vote manipulation) / The Sun (Banned - for being the Sun) / Diario Gol(Spain) / Daily Star (Go there for tits, not news) / CaughtOffside (Aggregates, but poses the news as its own) / Don Balon (Spain)/ Squawka (Vote Manipulation) / Sport/LAD Bible (Clickbait merchants/Content thieves) / (Shit memes and even worse transfer content) / / / ESPN (except for articles by Delaney, Mitten, Dawson and Ogden) / Manchester Evening New / Here is the City (Aggregator) / Bleacher Report (Aggregator) / 90 (Aggregator)/ All Other Aggregators / Football365 (Transfer News) / SportsMole (Shit soure)

Also the Redcafe Twitter Blacklist (outside of the obvious ones like indykaila, updated March 9th 2020):
360Sources (@360Sources)Fake ITK
Alistair Fergusson (@Fergie1975)Fake ITK
Ashraf Laidi (@alaidi)Fake ITK
Ben Fairthorne (@BFairthorne)Fake ITK
Daily Express (@DExpress_Sport)Posts any old rubbish
Daily Star (@DailyStar_Sport)Posts any old rubbish
Diario Gol (@diarioGOLcom)Posts any old rubbish
Diego Martinez (@DiegoMSport)Fake ITK
Don Balon (@DonBalon)Posts any old rubbish
Futbol de Inglaterra (@Mercado_Ingles)Dodgy aggregator site with suspect sourcing
Gregory Ioannidis (@LawTop20)Sports lawyer who decided to expand into being a fake ITK. Only worth listening to for info on rulings.
Henrique Alvero (@HenriqueAlvero)Fake ITK
Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786)
Julien (@Julien_mgrt)
Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer)Posts any old rubbish
le10sport (@le10sport)Posts any old rubbish
Manchester Utd ITK (@WoodwardsBurner) Fake ITK
Matt Davies (@mattdaviesmcr)Fake ITK
Metro (@Metro_Sport)Posts any old rubbish
Peter Harding (@PHardingSport)Fake ITK
Richard Marrow (@RichardMarrow)Fake ITK
The Sun (@TheSunFootball)Posts any old rubbish
Tim Pearson (@TimPearsonMedia)Fake ITK
Tom McDermott (@TomMcDermott)
Tommy Smyth (@TommySmythESPN)Does work for ESPN but ignore anything transfer related
Transfer Bible (@TransferBibIe)Fake ITK
UnitedReds (@UnitedRedscom)Dodgy aggregator site with suspect sourcing
utdreport (@utdreport)Don't link to original source and have previously exaggerated stuff
Vincent Rodriguez (@VRodriguezlaw)Fake ITK
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