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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 16:23 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2007

This blog aims to talk about what the BBC does on the internet and in technology, including BBC websites, internet services and technology products like the iPlayer. It will feature contributions from BBC Future Media and Technology teams, interactive editors, executives, controllers and FM&T's Director along with your comments.

BBC Homepage 1997The BBC wants to be more open and accountable, so this site is a place for everyone to join the conversation. So please do criticize the BBC in your comments (I suspect you will not need much encouragement!), and ask tough questions. When someone makes a point that needs a considered response on this blog, I'll try to make this happen. I welcome comments on this post about what topics you think the blog should cover and how it can be improved.

This blog will also link out to the conversation about the BBC on the wider internet, and to individual blogs. I hope to point to where the good conversations are. As Tom Loosemore outlined in the BBC's Fifteen Web Principles, the web is a conversation. Rather than trying to own or control the conversation, I'm hoping to encourage BBC people to join in (and I may even join in myself!).

As Peter Barron (Editor, Newsnight) has pointed out on the News Editors Blog the technology supporting the BBC's blogs is not working as well as it should. But rather than delaying launching this blog until all the problems were fixed I decided to get something live, even if it's not perfect. Thanks to everyone at the BBC who made it happen.

Comments on this blog will be moderated. Due to the technical limitations mentioned, comments will be premoderated. So comments will be read before a decision is made whether to publish them. I aim to include as many comments as possible, but comments which are abusive, offensive, defamatory or wildly off topic may not be published.

When the current technical difficulties are resolved I hope to move this blog to post moderation so that the conversation can flow more easily.

If you want to discuss what the BBC does editorially on its News websites and its television and radio news services, go to the BBC News Editors Blog. The BBC blogs page shows the full range of where you can talk to the BBC through blogs. If you want to make things with BBC feeds, I recommend a visit to the rather wonderful Backstage blog.

Leaving a comment on the blog, is not the same as making a formal complaint. If you want to do that, this website will help you - and this way, you're guaranteed to receive a formal response.

Let battle commence!

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet Blog.

Comments

  1. At 07:39 PM on 31 Oct 2007, Alan in Belfast wrote:

    Need to sort out your RSS feed!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/rss.xml is currently 404ing ... not there.

  2. At 02:50 PM on 01 Nov 2007, Nick Reynolds wrote:

    Thaks Alan. The RSS feed should be fixed now. Bear with us as we are still cleaning up some glitches.

  3. At 10:36 AM on 02 Nov 2007, Jon wrote:

    Good stuff.

  4. At 11:23 PM on 06 Nov 2007, Tim Dobson wrote:

    What IS the technology powering these blogs?
    perhaps you could tell us a little more, or someone could do some looking around and give us an idea...
    also question:
    Can and Do bbc internet blog bloggers, aka you, leave comments in reply to those left in the comments section.
    or is this against policy for directly engaging user in debate.

  5. At 09:54 AM on 07 Nov 2007, Jem Stone (BBC) wrote:

    Hi Tim

    We use Movable Type currently for our blogs. We're happy to respond to queries about some of the questions raised here.

  6. At 11:56 AM on 07 Nov 2007, Nick Reynolds (editor) wrote:

    Hi Tim,

    Robin Hamann is preparing a post on this very subject. You can make suggestions for him here:

    http://www.cybersoc.com/2007/11/what-do-you-wan.html

    Regarding comments from BBC people on this blog I welcome and encourage their participation.

  7. At 09:00 PM on 22 Nov 2007, Andy wrote:

    Nick,

    No need to approve this comment for publication - I would've emailed if I could've.

    I've really enjoyed reading the new blog and was pleased to share it with my classmates in a course that focuses heavily on the convergence of television and new media.

    If I may make two suggestions:

    Could you please syndicate full posts in the RSS feed? For the most part that's the case, but R. Hamman's posts and J. Cridland's new post today are only partial-text in my feed reader just as they are on the blog. I fully support the abbreviation of longer posts like theirs on the site itself, but I find myself less and less likely to read posts that require click-through from my feeds.

    Additionally, when contributors cross-post their writing from other sources (like C. Kimber and the Radio Labs blog), could they publish their posts in their entirety? I'd be much more likely to visit the author's blog if first I could fully read the cross-posted item without having to leave my feed reader.

    Again, just my thoughts... I appreciate it when the experiences for both site visitors and RSS subscribers are as convenient as can be. Thanks for listening, and keep up the great work!

    Cheers,

    Andy

  8. At 06:12 PM on 24 Nov 2007, Nick Reynolds (editor) wrote:

    Thanks for your kind words and helpful thoughts Andy.

    We are still figuring out the best way of showcasing relevant posts from other BBC blogs.

    Any suggestions/comments on how best to do this from anyone would be welcome.

    Should we have the full post? Or is an extract enough?

  9. At 10:17 PM on 16 Dec 2007, davidr wrote:

    Hi
    I never really thought much about blogs, but i have often thought quite hard about the BBC. First i think it is not before time that the BBC homepage was revamped, and i would hope that before long the new format might be expanded to allow users to put their own stamp on the page itself. I do consider the BBC to be a first class resource, and have had it as my homepage for some time. That said i do not find the BBC to be faultless, indeed i feel that the waste that i see in the organisation is almost criminal. Why for example is it necessary for multiple reporters to fly off to any and all disasters, whether abroad or in this country, the licence payers fund such extravagance. Also i cannot see the need for reports of weather from both the national service and regional services. when the national report covers the regions anyway, wasteful, you bet!
    But having just watched Cranford tonight, one has to say that the beeb certainly knows how to do drama, point being, less duplication would perhaps mean more drama of the high standard the beeb is rightly famour for.

  10. At 07:56 AM on 08 Feb 2008, Malcolm Collins wrote:

    I have read with interest the blog from the DG of the BBC about iplayer coming to Macs soon. As a Mac user this is good news, however for me it is no use. Why, I live abroad and watch BBC via satellite. As you well know iplayer will only work with a UK ISP. I realise that copyright may be the reason but I am constantly annoyed by the iplayer links shown on BBC TV that make no mention of the 'available only to UK viewers' restriction. Surely the BBC can and should make this comment on screen if only to be fair and straight as the number of overseas viewers is more than just a handfull. Ideally make the service available world-wide or is it because we do not pay a licence fee??

  11. At 09:20 AM on 07 Apr 2008, Mistydiva wrote:

    Thanks for this page. I *like* open and transparent. Honesty and above-board *rocks*!

    But I'm sure when I've found my feet again I shall find something to have a whingefest about...

    *winks*

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