Ouch! moves to BBC News
You will notice a few changes to Ouch! in the coming weeks. The service is now moving across to BBC News after a successful ten years within the BBC Learning family of websites.
In BBC News, we hope to bring diverse disability stories and context to a broader audience whilst also maintaining a conversation with the disability community.
As part of the move, older articles, videos and audio from the last ten years will still be available in our archive. The Ouch! blog will be the main site you reach when you tap in our familiar address bbc.co.uk/ouch
The web and BBC Online have changed a lot over the last decade and we believe it's now time to close the Ouch! messageboard. You regularly tell us that our current service doesn't always deliver the kind of interaction and relationships you want and, indeed, the BBC realises there are now many more effective ways to involve its audience. Social networking is immensely enabling and has outclassed what we can provide in terms of specialisms, privacy and personal connections for this community. Plus it brings great control: you are able to block unwanted users and manage your personal interactions more immediately and effectively.
Ian Hunter, Managing editor of BBC Online, recently wrote a blog entry about the BBC's approach to messageboards and social media explaining how we intend to move forward. Ouch! will continue to be a place where you can feedback on disability matters alongside the content on our blog, via Facebook and Twitter.
The messageboard will close on Wednesday 6 July. That gives us almost a month to help you find each other again. In the final week, we will see how this process has gone and help out if need be.
We have our own Ouch! Facebook page and we encourage you to pop along there now and 'like' us; a quick and easy way of staying in touch with your online friends. When the board has closed, you can continue to comment on our blog with your messageboard login.
Our podcast, The Ouch! Talk Show, will remain a regular fixture. Now in its fifth year, with three awards under its belt, we shall continue to make the undiscussable, discussable - to partially coin a phrase. The show will remain available on the BBC's main podcast site.