Points Of View Message Board
Recently my boss Jem Stone has gone to BBC radio where he's now in charge of their communities, blogs and message boards. Which means that some of the things he used to have responsibility for have fallen to Tom Van Aardt (Communities Editor, FM&T) and to me.
One of these is the Points of View message board.
Our moderators put in a lot of effort to ensure that inappropriate comments are removed from the boards.
But moderation and hosting are not the same thing. Whisky usefully explains the difference here. And (as Ångelicweeyin among others have noticed) it's fair to say that recently the level of hosting on the boards has been less than ideal.
So to "sort out these boards" both myself and Jem are now taking on a more active role hosting them. And in the next few weeks we hope to have additional hosting on the boards as well. So I hope the situation will improve.
Which is as good a time as any to remind you that BBC boards do have House Rules.
As Jem has said here we don't close threads just because they embarrass the BBC. But offensive, abusive, or threatening personal comments about BBC staff, talent, other members of the boards or indeed anybody will be moderated. As indeed will anything likely to get someone sued.
Personally I'm more of a blogger than a message board man. But it's always good to learn. My initial sense after having rummaged around on the POV boards for a bit is that while there are some lively discussions there's also a lot of off topic chat.
Myself, Tom, Jem and Roo Reynolds (who works in BBC Television and is no relation) are currently talking about the Points of View boards and how they fit with the rest of the BBC's blogs and message boards.
So I'd like to know what you think.
Are you a regular user of the POV boards? Are they easy to use? What's good and bad about them? Does it make sense to call them "Points of View"?
Leave your comments and I'll will engage (and try and keep them on topic please).
Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet blog but is doing other things as well