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BBC Eurovision Andrew BBC Eurovision Andrew | 14:38 UK time, Thursday, 26 August 2010

So, the new site is up and running and many of you have noticed that there are no boards. Here's the reason why.

This year we've decided to focus the site around our unique backstage access to Strictly, particularly around the live shows. We're going to be there every Saturday night giving you exclusive news, gossip, pictures and videos from the heart of the action.

Unfortunately, this means we have had to cut back in other areas - namely the messageboards. However, there are still plenty of opportunities for fans to have their say on various hot topics throughout the series via our News Blog .

For those of you that are still hungry for a messageboard experience, there are a number of other sites which have lively Strictly boards -

Points of View

Digital Spy


Update - This board is becoming increasingly popular as well - thanks to all of you who suggested it  http://scdbbc.roflforum.net/welcome-to-strictly-c1/



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  • Comment number 1.

    I think this is a very disappointing decision.
    The message boards were hugely popular last year.

  • Comment number 2.

    nothing will ever be like here.

    DS are a bunch of meanies and don't accept the younger generation like myself.

    I was SO happy on the boards, as were all of us, we had games threads and we had award ceremonies and a thread for every single detail of strictly. We made friends and we love it!

    Bad move.

  • Comment number 3.

    Im gutted that there are no boards!!!!! met lots of friends and some have kept in touch, how disappointing :(

  • Comment number 4.

    Yet another bad decision by the BBC this year regarding SCD,a lot of the pro dancers had massive support on the messageboards last year and that includes the ones the BBC decided not to pair with a celeb this year,the cynic in me thinks that the messageboards have been got rid of to prevent any further support or discussion of these pro dancers or any discussion of the decisions that have been made this year..
    The BBC is disappointing a lot of long time SCD fans this year.

  • Comment number 5.

    Very disappointed that there will not be a messageboard this year. For the 3 months of Strictly i lived on the board and have met some amazing people through it and we meet up regualrly.

    I feel that the fans that have supported Strictly through the years have been let down by doing away with the messageboard.

  • Comment number 6.

    Well thats the end of SCD for me and a lot of others,what are you so afraid of ?? that people might just post that the changes you have made are just plain stupid !!

  • Comment number 7.

    The Message Boards are all part of the strictly experiance for the most dedicated fans!
    I've been looking forward to them being opened all year!
    It's extremely disappointing that we aren't going to be able to disscuss the many strictly related things on the website and have our questions answered.
    I like that ITT takes Comments and Questions from the viewers I've been picked on more than one occasion and I got a comment and a few questions answered last series!
    Not having the message boards is just one thing on top of the whole pile of changes this year and as a dedicated viewer I for one am very disapointed!

  • Comment number 8.

    Sorry to hear that you're disappointed re the boards. Hosting comments on the blog actually makes it easier for people's questions to feature on ITT, as well as making it easier to find particular topics. We had so many complaints last year that the boards were difficult to use - hopefully the blog will make it easier to have your say.

  • Comment number 9.

    So do not like this! First my favourite pro's have been demoted, now the messageboards are gone! Met some really great people on there last year. The message board was a great way of keeping up with everything SCD, and I cant help but feel that we will be missing out on that.

    I have followed SCD from the start, and this change is just another negative step for the show I feel.

  • Comment number 10.

    Yet again the BBC are taking no account of what the viewers and fans of the show want!!!!!
    The message boards were as much a part of the Strictly season as It Takes Two but they have scrapped it. Just like the scrapped two of the best pro dancers from the competition Ian and Matt . . . .
    Are the producers determined to ruin the BBC's only decent show??

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi BBC Strictly Andrew,i spent a lot of the time on the boards last year and i can't remember complaints about them being hard to use ?? the boards could have been kept and just tweaked a bit if that was the case.
    Loads of questions were asked for ITT last year and very few featured as there was never enough time in a 30 min (very often less) show....can't see how a blog instead of a messageboard solves that ???
    I also have a topic for you "Why Matthew Cutler and Ian Waite were not offered the job of partnering a celebrity??......word it any way you want as a topic and i'm sure the comments would be interesting/insightful and provide a good topic for discussion.

  • Comment number 12.

    totally agree with post 7 well put Obby.....I am very very disappointed as well with this decision.....bad move Beeb

  • Comment number 13.

    I share the disappointment of other long term Strictly fans and message board users that we are being deprived of the opportunity to talk about issues that interest us with old friends and making new ones. Carefully orchestrated opportunities to comment on issues chosen by the BBC will not be any compensation for what we have lost. What a shame..

  • Comment number 14.

    Please everyone, stop critisizing the way strictly is run, the show has not even started yet!! But guess what the message boards are not the main part of the show, the celebs dancing are!! So cut the bbc/strictly guys some slack!!

    I may have spent a long while on the message boards last year, but if the bbc want to scrap them this year, then thats fair play to them, i am not going to hold a grudge against them nor the rest of the series, i just want to watch the show and enjoy it!!

    Also i would like to add that maybe it is a good thing the bbc are scrapping it, there was a lot of harsh comments, (not all of them i may add) due to the competitvness between supporters of different celebs e.g team cola didn't deserve to win, although i would like to make it clear i loved team cola!!

    So, i would like to end up by saying i love strictly, always have , always will, even if the BBC (beautiful babes channel) decide to change some ity bity parts of the website (yes i said, the website)!!

    Oh and if you want to complain about something, then complain about the xfactor, LOL jk that would mean!! Love you all xx

  • Comment number 15.

    If hosting comments on a blog makes it easier for questions to feature on a BBC programme and makes it easier to find topics then why are the Points Of View boards not being treated in exactly the same way. Surely The POV boards are about choosing comments to be addressed on the TV programme of the same name and not for disscusion or debate by forum members. I guess that all message boards for BBC programmes will be closed down or is it just SCD boards?

  • Comment number 16.

    I preferred the message boards because it meant that you could discuss things that wouldn't necessarily make it to the news and that you could find people to speak to with similar opinions to your own, I'll miss the boards and I think that we already had enough of the backstage between strictly and it takes two, I like the dancing not all the tears and tantrums.

  • Comment number 17.

    Totally agree with the comments above, yet another bad decision made by the people behind BBC's SCD, not happy at all. As a loyal SCD follower,the excitment and build up I thrive and look forward to from the show has been stripped away this year, very very disappointing. The message boards were a fantastic place to discuss all the latestest news and developments and importantly chat with like minded supporters of the show. I've met some absolutely amazing people through the various threads over the years clearly the BBC not happy with the comerardary the Boards provide during the series, so in their wisdom have decided to remove the facility. - sorry Beeb I'm not sold on these changes!

    You know I never thought I'd defect but actually found myself really enjoying Xfactor on Saturday - makes me think 'what have I been missing all these years'.

  • Comment number 18.

    Oh pur-lease! Some of you are creating a fuss out of nothing? The fact that you're still commenting on here does ruin your argument that you can't 'message' each other, when your still doing it.

    I for one am happy that the BBC are reinvesting money from wuite frankly pointless web pages into better content for the show. Yes, the viewer should have a say, but I'd rather see a video and footage than here some of the 'Strictly moaners' tut about this years show, when they're only gonna watch it anyway!

  • Comment number 19.

    It is a bit disappointing the message boards have gone but there is still DS to continue and start new discussions about this year's Strictly. I just hope with the extra web space you put lots of special clips and videos of the dancing and training, that always makes Strictly special for me - perhaps adding practise videos of the pro dancers training for their own show dances because I need lots of cheering up with the absence of Matthew. :(

  • Comment number 20.

    I am so disappointed that there are no boards this year!! It is very unfair that fans of the show will not be able to chat, share opinions and offer views on the performances. As I live in the Rep. of Ireland I will probably be unable to access the "behind the scenes videos" as I am unable to access BBC iplayer!!

  • Comment number 21.

    I understand people's disappointment about the boards not returning this year but, as with all change, sometimes you just have to accept it and go with the flow. If the BBC really needed to sacrifice one thing in order to create opportunity for another then so be it. We still have the show itself at least.
    I myself am actually looking forward to more behind the scenes clips by which I would presume would also naturally equal more Pro/celeb chats in the process as well. I do however sympathise greatly with those Irish and other European fans that won't be able to see them due to the content only being allowed to be shown within the UK.

  • Comment number 22.

    So another part of the Strictly experience has gone then? Not happy.

  • Comment number 23.

    It's not surprising the Message Boards have gone, the BBC can control what people have to say more easily by using a News Blog. Only topics they deem suitable will appear, which means there will probably be less criticism. I think they will alienate many viewers because of decisions like this.

  • Comment number 24.

    Post 18,i would not be too sure "they're only gonna watch it anyway" maybe some long standing SCD viewers will switch off over to another channel ??

    Guess the BBC will just have to wait and see if this series is a success.

  • Comment number 25.

    Post 24 - Loyal fans, I don't think so. Just because they've axed a page on the website to help create a better show, does this really justify in not watching the programme!? All for the sake of a webpage?

    I can't wait for september, finally saturday nights are worth staying in for However, I hope they don't view it as the same time as the X Factor, the ratings will decrease, again!

  • Comment number 26.

    Post 25,if you think just axing a web page is all there is to a lot of peoples disatisfaction with SCD this year then you are pretty oblivious to the discussions regarding SCD that have been going on-on other forums for weeks or on here so far (as much as can be done without the messageboards).

    Don't insult fans who have watched SCD for years by saying just the removal of the messageboard is the only reason for not being as enthusiastic about SCD this year as previous years.

  • Comment number 27.

    Just to add Hi Innana, Rusty and tasha ( although I cant see what you said its still in moderation!

  • Comment number 28.

    As I live in the Rep. of Ireland I will probably be unable to access the "behind the scenes videos" as I am unable to access BBC iplayer!!

    Right there with you, dancingmissdaisy, I,too live in the rep. of Ireland,I think the BBC do not realise that they have fans outside the UK.

    I do however sympathise greatly with those Irish and other European fans that won't be able to see them due to the content only being allowed to be shown within the UK.

    Thank you Miriam_Rose,Least someone is sympathise with us Irish and other European fans.

    I, don't mind changes but the message boards were a place were fans could take to each other about the favourite programme and now they gone.

    I'm too crossed to say anything about Matthew, Ian, Lilia and Darren, becasue if I do i will say something that i shouldn't .

    I just gutted, but least we have the programme to watch

  • Comment number 29.

    People stop complaining about the messageboards not being on the site, we do not need them!! And why are some of you saying that you can't talk to other fans, because clearly you can on the these new news blogs!!

    So, please be fans of strictly and support them!!

    So, as the conservatives say 'We need change'!! Love you all guys xx

  • Comment number 30.

    I think it's a big mistake getting rid of the messageboards. I'm gutted. The messageboards have been here for quite a few years! Like a tradition.
    I made lots of friends over the years on their who shared the same opinion as me, same favourite professional, etc.
    The messageboards covered everything not just the "latest news".

  • Comment number 31.

    Mamacoosa/ post 26 - please do not use the plural, I am one of those who have watched strictly for years and have been a dedicated fan. Yes, last years series was not the best - however, the old saying 'don't judge a book by it's cover' comes into focus here.....why something the show will be terrible is beyond me, seeing as it has not even started!

    And you've also just backed up the point of this article. There are plenty of other sites for you to moan on, as you've mentioned, so it's not like the messageboards are going anywhere! Just be happy that strictly is back and stop ruining it for others!

  • Comment number 32.

    Post 31 you seem to have a habit of over exaggeration,i never said the show will be terrible ?? and even if that was my opinion i am entitled to voice it without people accusing me of ruining SCD for them,you want all positive and "fluffy" opinions in order for you to enjoy something ?? thats not how a democracy works and you're going to have a tough time of it if you let other peoples different opinions get to you that much.

    As for other forums/messageboards,yes there are others out there but where do you think most SCD casual viewers and long term fans would look first ?? it makes sense for there to be a messageboard on this site and if you think its nothing to do with the BBCs fear of negative opinions being aired too close to home or the sidelined pro dancers getting too much support/attention i think you're being naive.

    If you continue to over exaggerate my posts and opinions i'll leave you to it as its getting boring now.

  • Comment number 33.

    I'm not sure if this has been answered already but several people have made reference to other forum sites that have been set up as a result of like minded people chatting on the BBC messageboards. Is there any way links can be posted to these forums on here, if people wish to publicise them?

  • Comment number 34.

    Awww - so disappointed - I was looking forward to three months of song parodies and limericks with brunoforpresident & co 8-(
    On the plus side - I guess the household chores will get done!
    Still very much looking forward to the launch show and the new series.
    Hi and hello to any message board buddies out there 8-)
    Sue xx

  • Comment number 35.

    Oh great there's already an argument going on here!! Love y'all!! xx

  • Comment number 36.

    This is really disappointing - the messageboards gave a degree of control to SCD fans to discuss points which they thought were interesting, rather than just react to BBC questions. If it's too costly to run the messageboards on an all-day basis, would the BBC not consider at least running them for weekends, or for limited hours each day? Surely the only 'cost' of the messageboard is the moderators? Anyway, hello to all the familiar names - how frustrating is this?!

  • Comment number 37.

    would the BBC not consider at least running them for weekends, or for limited hours each day

    That's an idea , even at the the weekends after the show. I did my moaning for this series. Always can watch Matthew Cutler on you tube and Least I saw him at the O2 in Dublin in May. I'm looking forward to the new series and the launch show.

  • Comment number 38.

    I think there should still be messageboards. It's very disappointing. I have always been a great fan of SCD but do not like all the changes that seem to be happening this year.

  • Comment number 39.

    Well everyone here we are again and I must say I'm so disappointed about a lot of things this year, not just the boards but the dancer's departure and the changes that will apparently be taking place. I have been a fan of Strictly since the beginning and it WAS compulsory Saturday night's viewing, however last year if I missed one, I wasn't that bothered because the show's format is being destroyed. You only have to look at the Professional Dancers that have left to know that they feel that way as well. I totally agree with Matthew and Lilya in particular as former champions in their decision to leave. What an insult to stick them in a showboating troupe with no celeb partner. Not good moves so far BBC, a lot of loyal fans are on their way out and I'm sad to say I think I may be one of them.

  • Comment number 40.

    Any Matthew Cutler fans.
    Seeing as there's no messageboards, http://matthewcutlerfans.forumsland.com/ all "Cutlerites" are welcome on this forum :)

  • Comment number 41.

    I don't understand. Everyone loves the message boards and it's such a shame that they are gone. It was the only way for us fans to feel part of the show because we could post our thoughts and questions and have them asked to the dancers, the celebrities, the judges etc, and now it's gone it's like they want to distance us. :(
    I'm very disappointed about this change, strictly was so good... why change a good thing?

  • Comment number 42.

    After looking round the site, I'm hoping that these news blogs will work as well as the messageboards, as long as we can still put thoughts and questions to ITT.

    Please tell me we can...

  • Comment number 43.

    Losing my favourite dancers was a big blow, but not wanting to start off negative I decided to keep an open mind and give the new pros a chance.

    However, the message boards were as much part of the whole Strictly experience as watching the show itself. A chance to discuss any odd topic with other Strictly fans, join an appreciation thread or ask questions to Claudia.

    Back stage news and gossip? Yes, please. Taking away the fans' initiative to start topics and choose their own subjects? Sadly, no.

    Very disappointed. :(

  • Comment number 44.

    why am I still modded?

    I read somewhere Claudia will be using these boards for ITT?

  • Comment number 45.

    I was looking forward to messaging the people I had got to 'know' over the last few years. It's an important part of the series and keeps the interest alive all week. The limericks in particular were great fun. Please explain how paying 4 people to run around backstage getting in the way one night a week is going to save money compared with people providing their own entertainment all week.

    Meanwhile hello to all old friends.

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi everyone, no messageboards! How ridiculous is that!! I agree with you mamacoosa, have been a messageboard devotee for years and enjoy the opportunity to share my views with like minded people, a bad decision I think. I've tried some of the other 'comment sites' but they aren't the same. Jodie - thanks for the matthew cutler link, I'll give it a go. Met him this year - was not disappointed!!!!
    Will be watching on the 11th and reserve judgement till then!

  • Comment number 47.

    Just logged on to look for the 'Books' thread, and am sad that it won't be there this year. I'm also going to miss the 'Dance Teachers' and 'Watching the Show Now' threads - I missed strictly a couple of times last year when my baby was in hospital, and found the last two threads great for catching up with what I'd missed. I know there's i-player, and I did watch one missed show using it, but my computer crashed mid download the second time, and i-player wouldn't allow a second attempt at downloading, so i-player isn't always an option.

    Am sad to think that I won't be running into the entertaining Pink Pinot Girl this year, or laughing at the comments of Redcurrant and a host of others.

    Used to love spending time on the forums - how much has my OH paid the Strictly Hosts to get rid of the boards I wonder...

  • Comment number 48.

    I've only just read the "no message board" comments, what a great shame.I spent lots of time last year getting to know several cyber pals, i.e. AmDram, JulieP, and found the message boards a great way to be cheered up during the winter, especially the lead up to Christmas.
    A very bad decision.

  • Comment number 49.

    Well friends, let's all decamp to http/matthewcutlerfans.forumsland.com/ and have our fun chats there instead!! :D xo

  • Comment number 50.

    Guys - we should - indeed we are - give the new site/blog a go eh?
    Alternatively, or additionally, if any of you are face-bookers join up to the SCD fan page and (besides myself) you'll find Dorothy & Toto, Dfer Polar Bear, AnnaDance and many others. In true style Dfer has already opened a discussion tab for Claudia's 'Box of Frogs'.....lol
    So it's not all doom and gloom!!
    Roll on the launch show 8-)
    Sue xx

  • Comment number 51.

    i am very dissapointed there is no message boards this year i loved the boards last year.

  • Comment number 52.

    I've never used the BBC boards before so it doesn't really affect me personally. It does feel a little as though this is example of the BBC forgetting to ask its customers what they want again. I would love the BBC to be more open about how they decide what changes to make to Strictly, do our opinions only count when they support the producers preferences? After all, the BBC is supposed to belong to the licence payers and so the BBC employees are supposed to work for us!

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Everyone, I too enjoyed the boards last year, there was such a wide variety of posts that posters were commenting on - great fun!
    I just think that this smacks of the BBC not been interested in what the viewer enjoys - I used to watch the programme with one eye on the boards (great fun!).
    I cannot believe the 'cull' of pro dancers this year, Matt, Ian, Lilia etc. Do the Beeb seriously think that seeing Anne Widdecombe in one of Ola's latin costumes is gonna reel us in?
    Where's everyone going this year (board wise?) hello Bluey and Landgirl!

  • Comment number 54.

    Msg 50 Strictly-Sue,

    Are you able to post a link to the FB group? I would like to join in !

  • Comment number 55.

    This is stupid decision by the BBC.
    Did anyone ever request the closure of the boards? I don't think so.
    These blogs are difficult to navigate around, and we don't have the opportunity to set the agenda.
    They are clearly far less popular than MBs, you can see that by the very few posts on here.
    MBs would have been buzzing by now.
    The Bull in the Archers is a BBC board which allows discussion on a variety of subjects, and there are a couple of SCD threads there at the moment maybe some SCD fans will come and join us.

    What an own -goal BBC, and will anyone have the guts to admit its been a failure?

  • Comment number 56.

    Thanks for all of your comments and sorry again that some of you are disappointed with our decision to remove the boards. As I have said before, it's to let us concentrate on what we can do that no other site can - bringing you backstage news, pics and videos from behind the scenes during rehearsals and the live shows. We have a unique access to the show and are bringing that to you. As you will have seen you can still comment here on the boards and your questions and comments will still be used on It Takes Two, all using the same user-names as you used on the boards last year. We're all passionate Strictly fans here and look forward to bringing you even closer to the Strictly experience this year.

  • Comment number 57.

    Msg 54 DotCom aka Sweetpea

    Here's the link to the BBC Strictly Come Dancing site then just go to the discussions tab at the top to select the discussions you'd like to join

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/bbcstrictly [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 58.

    Hi, thanks for that link there, Dizzyspins. I think you fell foul of our moderation there. Sorry about that!

    Yes, just to say, you can join in discussions on the BBC's official Strictly page on Facebook. You can find it by going to http://www.facebook.com/bbcstrictly and then clicking on the 'Discussions' tab. [P.S. - the whole of Facebook seems to be having some problems today, but I'm sure it'll be back up and running again soon]

    Many thanks!

  • Comment number 59.

    Very disappointed at the lack of message boards this year. For the most part they are a bit of fun and a nice place to chat with like minded people. I will especially miss watching the show with dfer and all, I hope there is at least some way to do that.

  • Comment number 60.

    Re Msg 58

    Thanks for sorting that Strictly Paul, I have to confess to being slightly bemused at being moderated after posting a link to the BBC's Facebook page for SCD.

    Can I ask as well, where Strictly Host Ian is this year? I recall he had several threads devoted entirely to himself last year :-)

  • Comment number 61.

    I am utterly gutted. Like other posters, I am unable to watch online videos etc.

    The boards were an integral part of the 'Strictly' experience for many of us and I think it may affect whether I watch the shows.

    Any chance of reconsidering Beeb?

    PS There's nothing to stop us hijacking blog threads for our own devices of course!

  • Comment number 62.

    Oh boo to the BBC I don't want to go on Facebook or Twitter, I liked it here with my buddies from last year - is anyone out there feeling the same as me?

  • Comment number 63.

    i think this is really dissapointing too. last year was my first year on the boards and it made the series so much more enjoyable :(

  • Comment number 64.

    hi tomcait - I'm with you, don't want to go on facebook or twitter and these boards were great before.I've been on them for about 4 series and really enjoyed the comments. I did try to register on jodie's matthew cutler website chat board but not quite sure what all the registration jargon means so gave up!!! (ICQ no,AIM address, MSN messenger - what's all that about??) BBC bring back the boards!!!

  • Comment number 65.

    Ahh - thanks to Dizzyspins & Paul re the fb info & links 8-)
    Could be fun!!!

  • Comment number 66.

    lol, thanks for the FB link - I had forgotten I already had that in my settings over there.

  • Comment number 67.

    Hello Ellabellaboo and Teamedward4eva! *waves*

    It's fun to see familiar faces again. Unfortunately, my computer doesn't like Facebook, so I'm afraid it will be a meager Strictly experience this year.

    Why can't the blogs about backstage news be added to the old message boards?

  • Comment number 68.

    Could we have a Strictly Green Room, Purple Room, or even a Red Room (like Tess) in the Strictly blogosphere? They have a tropical beach over at PM on radio4, but not sure whether a speedos dress code is appropriate for Strictly. Like tomcait, I'm not keen on FB etc, and DS is asking me for money upfront. A relaxing Strictly social room with comfy sofas and a licenced bar would be great. Cake too maybe, but I don't want to blow the whole budget...

  • Comment number 69.

    it seems to me every year the bbc seems to get it so wrong, first they get rid of some of the most popular pros ,now they have gotten rid of the message boards. i hope the bbc have a change of heart.

  • Comment number 70.

    I'm afraid I am one of those that doesn't really appreciate Alesha as a judge on the show and after a particularly bad 'Alesha comments' show, the message boards made me realise I was not alone in this. I think the Beeb got fed up with our negative comments of the show and its unpopular changes so just shut us up by closing the message boards!! Really not sure if I can put up with the new judge for another year, especially as some of my favourite pros are gone too. What is happening to my once favourite show?

  • Comment number 71.

    I was thinking I could blog here, but it seems I can only comment on someone else's blog! On 606 I can create an article, I've been through moderation, so why not here?

    The discussions tab on the BBC site ( http://www.facebook.com/?sk=fl_150179638339177#!/bbcstrictly?v=app_2373072738 )

    It is all well and good for facebook users and I have recreated a few popular scd board threads there, but the are unmoderated beyond reporting abuse to facebook and has been said facebook often shares personal info like phone numbers which people need to opt out of usually after the event. The most recent facebook decision is to make it possible for people to locate precisely where other facebook users are, again opting everyone one in and with hardly any prior notice that it was happening. Things like this mean many people simply will not use facebook.

    Many SCD board friends have told me of the downright nasty and abusive posts on digital spy and have stated they will never use digital spy again.

    For these two sites to be suggested without warning people of the pitfalls of these two posting sites is completely reprehensible. It was easy enough to do. The fact it wasn't should open many peoples eyes to the professionalism of those who directed people there in the first place.

  • Comment number 72.

    This is the worst news!!! Don't the die hard fans count anymore BBC? It's the best messageboard for the show, the others mentioned are nowhere near as much fun.

    Very disappointed.

  • Comment number 73.

    Just to re-iterate. I'm replicating old scd board threads at Facebook. Best thing to do is open a discussion you may want to continue to post on and bookmark it. Do this with every thread you may re-visit as threads do down the list as new ones are created or do not get recent replies.

    Facebook is not for everyone, but there is an 'off' season group of people there using there real names and not BBC ID's. Quite a few call to find old scd board friends has come my way since the BBC's decision not to re-open the boards. Many people did not stay in contact as they were sure to see each other again on the scd boards :( . This won't be happening. On facebook you have to provide a valid e-mail and most people use there real names rather than a nickname or chat ID. Therefore many 'friends' from the BBC scd boards do not know each other's real names. I've opened a discussion topic at facebook where people can announce their BBC ID name they used on the scd boards.

  • Comment number 74.

    The Strictly facebook discussions tab is looking for you. Yes you the old scd board users who may have idly stumbled over this blog page and wondered what what on Earth was going on.

    Dozens of SCD fans on facebook have already told me (as late as today) they are confused and don't understand what is happening and why can't they post on a board here. I can't help them here but I am trying to easy the pain over at facebook.


    Where is such and such or I hope that (enter bbc id of choice) finds us at facebook, I hear constantly. I hope that you reading this may head over and find old friends. New friends welcome too :)

  • Comment number 75.

    Ignore me - I'm just learning about blogs, so wanted to try a few things here. Use bold or italics for emphasis. Test embedded link to Strictly discussion board on Facebook. Hooray! That seems to work. Now I just need to find some smiley tea and cake that works on here...

  • Comment number 76.

    Hi Dizzyspins - Strictly Host Ian has sadly left the BBC this year, so he won't be around. :( Some of us from last year are still around and about (I was StrictlyHost '09), so it's not an entirely new line-up of staff on the website!

    [PS - We all miss Ian too!]

    And it's very kind of you, DferPolarBear, for setting up duplicate threads from last year on the http://www.facebook.com/bbcstrictly site. Cheers!

  • Comment number 77.

    Thanks for the update Strictly Paul. I'll miss Ian - wish him well, whatever he is doing. Full time fireman now, perhaps?
    Here are some refreshments to keep the webteam going during site construction:
    On the subject of blogs vs messageboards, I was interested to stumble across this discussion from July 2009 on the BBC internet blog. I thought it might interest some of you, as background to an apparent shift in beeb policy. Some interesting points in the discussion too. I'm looking forward to seeing the range of blog topics the Strictly webteam offers us, as I expect that's key to how well this works. Good luck guys!

  • Comment number 78.

    Oh no! My refreshments pics didn't post properly, although they worked in preview. It was supposed to be a pie and a pint. I'll just give it one more try:

  • Comment number 79.

    Whoops sorry. Didn't realise that inserting a smiley image from a bbc server was against blog rules. Will try to behave better in future. :-(

  • Comment number 80.

    Hi ellabellaboo

    I agree with your comments, especially about the cull of the professionals . It does appear that the BBC want to have more control of what people are saying this year and therefore decided to get rid of the trouble they had coming from the message boards, especially with the changes they had planned. I have looked at Digital Spy and Facebook but they both have draw backs, quite simply they can't replace the strictly boards. There does appear to be a large majority on this blog who are very unhappy with the Beeb dumping the boards and the pro's, I hope they have made a much better show this year or I fear viewers will start voting with their feet.

    Loved your comments about Ann Widdecombe, you still have a great sense of humour!!!

  • Comment number 81.

    I am really disappointed there will be no message boards - what will darling Claudia have to read out (and laugh at the names) on ITT?!?!
    PLease rethink!!!

  • Comment number 82.

    Armesy - Claudia will be reading out comments and messages left on HERE. In fact, there'll be a lot more interaction between the It Takes Two team and the website, so there'll be LOTS of chances for your views and opinions to appear on-air this year!

  • Comment number 83.

    Just looked to see if the message boards had started up yet. Although the BBC have messed around with the format, I was still beginning to get excited about the show and getting back into the old routine. I think this is an appalling decision which will cost the BBC dear in terms of people's enthusiasm for the show and ultimately viewing figures. The excitement and controversy generated by the boards is a major factor in my love of Strictly and I'm sure I'm not alone. I have absolutely no doubt that, whatever official reasons are given, the purpose of this change is to suppress awkward discussions, campaigning and other things that make the BBC nervous. I don't 'do' Facebook and have no intention of starting now, and the message boards were IMO the only really interesting thing about this website, so that's a whole big part of my participation in the show gone at a stroke.

    I've bothered to log in just to express my disgust - I'm sure there are plenty of people who will just be too disheartened even to do that. Perhaps it's not worth my even watching any more. I could add the time saved to what I've saved by not living on the boards for three months. Once and for all, BBC - by fiddling once again with a show that was well-loved, you won't gain any new viewers. All you'll do is lose the old ones.

  • Comment number 84.

    This is very sad but not surprising.

    Whether or not these blogs are a complete damp squib depends on the subjects that the hosts decide to go with.

    It won't be the same though.

    Waves to PPG.

  • Comment number 85.

    Any BBC Strictly host. Obviously the ITT team can view the Facebook site as they like. Several of the Strictly Pro's have a normal facebook page and are friend linked to a few old board posters.

    What is the position regarding the BBC using comments from the BBC Strictly facebook page?

    Time is the issue. With the diaspora of posters to the four winds it becomes harder to find quality comments and maintain that link with knowledgeable fans. Just as only a few fans can keep an eye on all four main posting sites. Fans just love to be mentioned on TV, but history has shown us that some of the best ITT articles have had there origin from the fan forums. It's a two way street and the forums have always been a gold mine for the BBC of ideas. Are you going to be restricted to these Blogs and Twitter comments? I guess I'm asking is this merely due to choice or are you blocked from intellectual properties from facebook and digital spy?

  • Comment number 86.

    Hi Landgirl, how lovely to hear from you (god i will miss the boards - it wasn't just a show it was a whole social experience). I remember tittering at your posts as well! I keep hoping the Beeb will reconsider and reinstate them - please, please, please.
    And, what will life be like without Matt Cutler... am gutted. See Brucie survived the cull!
    I think a lot of posters probably don't realise that there are no boards this year, but at least we have got Bruce..........

  • Comment number 87.

    Just been reading back a bit. Thank you Bruce for your appreciation. I started the Watching The Show Now thread as there was an obvious need for it and it did become very popular. So popular in fact that the Strictly team incepted their own page for comments during the show. I fully supported this and did not think it was a cheek as there were enough differences and room for both. The BBC page didn't post every comment made therefore conversations and group chat was impossible.

    Now one of the BBC bloggers can make a Watching The Show Now blog and people can comment on it as they used to with my old thread and I would not mind that at all. Yet I feel this will not happen as I feel the BBC will believe that in show interaction is adequately covered by the page they incepted last year. I suppose the best thing to do is pester power and explain to the blog hosts that maybe the new blogs could be based upon the more popular threads from the last 3 seasons, as this demonstrates a sound basis for future usage. In other words if you want value for money then the blogs achieve that by maximising the amount of people commenting on them.

  • Comment number 88.

    Ahhh 3 days and no answer about the intellectual property questions I asked. Left in limbo :( Cold out here, lucky I got the fur.

  • Comment number 89.

    I am sure these blogs will fill the gap for the saner contributors - the message boards did get a bit OTT at times.

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi DferPolarBear - no, we can use comments from Twitter and Facebook, but the main place that (for instance) Claudia will be using for sourcing questions for It Takes Two will be these blogs. Cheers!

    And sorry for the delay in replying to you, but as I'm sure you can imagine it's all a bit frantic round here on the days before the Celeb Reveal and the recording of the Launch Show.

  • Comment number 91.

    Thanks for the signpost to this blog BBC. I still think it is a great shame and it will be very greatly missed by the great number genuine message board users who never had nasty things to post but have gained real friends from the boards over the years.

    I'm looking forward to the 2010 series but this is not a popular start BBC............hope this is not the start of things to come?

  • Comment number 92.

    What a disappointment. No boards. Sorry BBc but this blog doesn't come near the fun of the message boards and not as user friendly imo.
    I hope the show doesn't go down the same road.

  • Comment number 93.

    A real disappointment to find out no message boards this year, was looking forward to hooking up with everyone from last year and it certainly added more enjoyment to the programme being able to discuss it amongst ourselves, even though we didnt always all agree. Would like to say am delighted Alesha back this year, all her supporters from last year will feel the same way.

  • Comment number 94.

    I have one word to say about the decision of no message boards - Boo!!

    There used to be some great threads on a huge range of SCD aspects - gutted.

  • Comment number 95.

    Hello everyone. I've only just heard the news - Can't believe it! So, yet again the BBC has failed to listen to the TV licence payers, and in this instance, fans of SCD.
    I believe there must have been too many 'home truths' told on the forum, especially in the last couple of years and it's not what they want to hear.
    I wonder when this 'party-pooping' decision was made - and why it has been kept a secret until now!
    Meanwhile, Hi to granannieflo, Strictsue, BFP, Tango, Frank & all the rhyming gang, plus Rustyspinner, Jivetalkinggirl, Mrs slocome's cat & all the Charming Army soldiers now barred from parade!
    I miss you all - LindyHop-Lollipop x

  • Comment number 96.

    LindyHop, I have opened a rhyming thread on the BBC strictly board at Facebook. We even have some new rhymes already on it.

  • Comment number 97.

    hiya! remember me hippo ha!I am confuse with this new things and really miss my message board very much boo hoo! also miss talking to mambo and others on message board we did have a laugh!!!last year, Don't think i like this new things that aren't me at all and I love last year with Brendan babes and all that sad!!Am only happy to see Brendan still on yippee!!

  • Comment number 98.

    hey! Andrew... why you didn't print my comment which I post a little while ago please explain!! from hippo

  • Comment number 99.

    BBC please re-consider and return the message boards. Is there any chance at all that you will change your minds and bring them back by popular demand. Its a big let down.

  • Comment number 100.

    I agree with Chris82 and just about everyone else on here...please please please bring back the messageboards, even if it's only for weekends. I've been flitting between here, Points of View, Digital Spy, Facebook....but this site should be the real home of Strictly.
    Hippos....is that you? Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!


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