So long and thanks for all the fish
Two weeks ago, after more than ten years of life at the BBC, the h2g2 site on BBC Online was closed.
Much of what the BBC now does in social media, both editorially and technically (in particular in moderation and hosting) was learned with or developed from the original h2g2 team (which included the likes of Mark Moxon, Peta Haigh, Ashley Stuart Noble and Jim Lynn). The BBC is keeping the technical platform named after Douglas Adams (DNA) which came with the community and DNA will still underpin the BBC's moderation and commenting service in the future.
During its time at the BBC, many people were in charge of h2g2, including myself. Although whether I was ever really "in charge" of something that depended to a large extent on the passion and dedication of its community is open to question.
h2g2 is the most civilised, delightful and best behaved online community it's ever been my pleasure to encounter. I'm pleased that a way has been found for h2g2 to live on and hopefully prosper in the capable hands of the Community Consortium (Not Panicking Ltd), Robbie Stamp and technical partner Noesis.
Moving h2g2 to a new home has been a rollercoaster ride. It's the first time to my knowledge that BBC Online has ever done anything like this and to say the least, it was complex. So I'd like to thank some of the BBC people who made this happen: Joey Haasbroek, Paul Wakely, Marcus Parnwell and the User Publishing Services Team (formerly the DNA team) in particular Mark Neves and Steve Francis who lead on the technical work, and last but by no means least the h2g2 editors Sam and Natalie.
Nick Reynolds is Accountability Executive, BBC Online