Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml en-gb 30 Thu 10 Jul 2014 23:22:13 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml leblaireau http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=98#comment89 Listening to PM just now, I am surprised by the hostility of the MPs to the recent report addressing expenses. It may be worth noting there is no proposal for recovery of damages for these invetsigations into infractions - AND, in a time of recession, the MPs will be able to retire on a substantial pension, whether guitly or not, as I understand the matter. Small wonder the public is angry! Tue 13 Oct 2009 16:40:52 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=97#comment88 p.s. under their original names.mxx Fri 25 Sep 2009 22:10:32 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=96#comment87 I realise that it's nearly twelve hours since the last post (!!!!) but I'm always late, as you all know. Anyhow, for what my opinion is worth, I will not call anyone ''Blog Tzar''...what a ridiculous title. So,George, I hope you leave the Beach alone ,bring back straplines , get to grips with those multiple-identity bores continue to improve the speediness of the comments and allow our much-missed beach bloggers to return if they wish to.Thank you. And by the way, welcome!mxx Fri 25 Sep 2009 22:06:07 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=95#comment86 What about Tsephen? Fri 25 Sep 2009 10:40:19 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=94#comment85 Sid (84), Somehow Stephen doesn't sound quite the name you'd expect of a Tsar. Fri 25 Sep 2009 09:55:25 GMT+1 Richard_SM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=93#comment84 Blog CzarThank you. Fri 25 Sep 2009 09:23:08 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=92#comment83 The pic is Dušan the Mighty, King of Serbia, Emperor of the Serbs and the Greeks ...OED: tsar, czar: a. Hist. The title of the autocrat or emperor of Russia; historically, borne also by Serbian rulers of the 14th c., as the Tsar Stephen Dushan. Thu 24 Sep 2009 17:18:13 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=91#comment82 Thanks for resurrecting this thread - I missed it when it was new.What news so far, George?PS: I suspect your pic is of an Emperor rather than a Czar, but very delectable anyway. Thu 24 Sep 2009 16:28:44 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=90#comment81 l_d 81, Yes, very narcissisisisstic. Thu 24 Sep 2009 09:21:28 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=88#comment80 80 3SUnfortunately I have too much time to waste! Thu 24 Sep 2009 09:08:01 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=87#comment79 l_d 79, Once again, you are wasting your time. Posters like this listen to nobody but themselves. Thu 24 Sep 2009 09:02:17 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=86#comment78 77 & 78 You're making my point exactly - as sson as you're banned you return immediately under another name and carry on as before - in this case being rude to other users. Thu 24 Sep 2009 05:32:11 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=85#comment77 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2009/05/moderation_lets_talk_it_over.html#Comment62And who is this htat BS is talking about? Thu 24 Sep 2009 01:07:02 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=84#comment76 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_3.shtml#Comment2323, 24, 25 there. Who is this TIH CG refers to? Thu 24 Sep 2009 01:03:46 GMT+1 U14138029 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=83#comment75 Richard_SM (73) - Thank you for your support. I'm glad you eventually accept my view on this. Wed 23 Sep 2009 14:37:55 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=82#comment74 Richard - genuine question - what exactly are you objecting to? Wed 23 Sep 2009 14:32:48 GMT+1 Richard_SM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=81#comment73 Blog CzarThe "More BBC Blogs" box on the right, haven't been updated on the PM page to include recent changes, for example Mark Mardell's America. These changes have been updated on The World Tonight blog. Wed 23 Sep 2009 13:33:15 GMT+1 Richard_SM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=80#comment72 Blog CzarI welcome the diversity of opinion expressed on the blog. The co-ordinated display of intolerance and narrow-mindedness shown in posts #66, #67 and #68 would also apply to RJD / The Intermittent Horse / Prestonfirmlie. Will those posters be seeking similar penalties? Wed 23 Sep 2009 13:26:46 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=78#comment71 WLLTD (69) I have never been banned from the Blog. I was moderated for a while, but in all the time that we have used the current system that uses a pre-defined login, I have been using the user ID U10769070. Please get your facts straight. If you click on my name, and go back through the comments, you will see that the ID has remained active ever since the Moveable Type system went live on the 7th of January 2008. Wed 23 Sep 2009 13:10:33 GMT+1 U14147747 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=77#comment70 This post has been Removed Wed 23 Sep 2009 12:52:10 GMT+1 U14147747 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=76#comment69 This post has been Removed Wed 23 Sep 2009 12:46:36 GMT+1 U14147747 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=75#comment68 66, 67, 68I agree with a lot of what has been said here.The rules however do not appear to me to be clear.FF and PF have clearly been banned from the blog in the past, but now are reinstated.I thought banning was for life, but now it seems not. Does that mean old life sentences (pre the reforms) can now be commuted? How? Wed 23 Sep 2009 12:36:20 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=74#comment67 Um, Fred, I think that commenter was me - but I'd just like to set the record straight: I DID condemn the actions of the Israelis, on numerous occasions, but Mac (currently parading under an ID with the initials MP) appeared to ignore the fact. You are right that I refused to be drawn into an argument with him on the matter, and now always avoid argument with him because I have been consistently misrepresented by him. Whatever I say is twisted by him. Given that the two of us have never met, I am at a complete loss as to the root of his vendetta.I'd go further and say that I now avoid comment on a number of issues, particularly political ones, because I know that I'm likely to draw fire from him. Frankly, I feel bullied by him. But even if I don't make comments, I still find myself re-emerging as a butt of his ire, as is apparent in comments that he made yesterday.I am mystified as to how, given his behaviour on the Blog, he is allowed to keep re-emerging. Wed 23 Sep 2009 08:30:22 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=73#comment66 Blog Czar, I'd like to back up what Lucien has said above. There is a user who has been banned by the Central Communities team numerous times over the years, only to re-appear (sometimes on the same day as he is banned) under a new nickname. Let's call him Mac (This was his original name, I seem to remember). His posts are often abusive of others if they don't agree explicitly with his views. One other commenter was attacked verbally for no reason when she did not condemn the actions of the Israelis in Gaza earlier this year. The commenter refused to be drawn into an argument, and was vilified. This user seems to be allowed to create new IDs as often as they need, while others have been stifled for going off topic. Please can you investigate as to whether there are ways to enforce more strictly when users are banned. Wed 23 Sep 2009 08:17:52 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=72#comment65 Sorry for resurrecting this old thread - but I don't know how else to contact the Czar who I hope will see my comments...The blog is being regularly soured and disrupted by one user who seems to get repeatedly banned only to immediately re-emerge under a different name.My particular quibble with this poster is his excessive and unnecessary use of blank lines - these posts can be 2 or 3 times the height of my screen, on which 5 or 6 normal comments by other people can be viewed.Other users have complained of the rudeness and general gibberish of many of his posts.If it's not possible for existing bans on this user to be enforced would it be possible to investigate technical measures to reduce his disruption? Limits on the amount of blanks lines/white space in a post would certainly help. Tue 22 Sep 2009 22:11:07 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=71#comment64 BS 64, Funny, the emails they send me always include the deleted post. I just checked one. It was near the end of the email. I'd copy and paste it, but they would probably remove it again. Sat 05 Sep 2009 16:53:03 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=70#comment63 David: They gave the reason, but not the post, so I was being told I was 'off topic' without knowing what I'd said (the post having been removed and the text not being included in the emails from the mods).Seemed a bit, well, pointless .... especially as I was being told I could resubmit the post. Also, the links to the posts didn't work. I'm not really worried, just a bit mystified. Fri 04 Sep 2009 09:57:12 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=68#comment62 BS 61, When you have a post removed, don't you get an email telling you why that contains the offending post?l_d 62, I didn't understand that. Fri 04 Sep 2009 09:47:58 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=67#comment61 61 BigSisIf posts get interred in the future then how will we know what we're going to say?(beat you to it DMcN!) Thu 03 Sep 2009 16:20:40 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=66#comment60 Thank you for the explanation, O Great One - I think quite a few of us were taken unawares! Of course, the links to the posts didn't work any longer, so I have zero idea to which posts they referred, which somewhat rendered the exercise redundant. We can only hope posts don't get interred in the future. :o) Thu 03 Sep 2009 16:15:25 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=65#comment59 BS 54, My wife can read very small print on coins and postage stamps without glasses. Not that coins and postage stamps usually wear glasses. (Ha ha, beat you all to it.) Thu 03 Sep 2009 15:56:05 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=64#comment58 VP 50, I have a second keyboard that you can have....cheap. Thu 03 Sep 2009 15:53:50 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=63#comment57 BS 54, I wear them to make people think that I can see. Thu 03 Sep 2009 15:20:31 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=62#comment56 gs 56, I've worked on several archaeological excavations and dug up lots of post holes. Perhaps you could put the old posts in them. Thu 03 Sep 2009 15:19:25 GMT+1 gsouth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=61#comment55 44 BigSis -- During a recent archaelogical dig at PM Towers we unearthed a couple of dozen old posts which hadn't been moderated. Their simultaneous, belated, approval is the cause of your embafflement.48 mittfh -- Wow, thanks for the detailed thoughts. We'll definitely take a look at simplifying the categories section, since it's pretty confusing at the moment. Thu 03 Sep 2009 14:57:16 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=60#comment54 Dear George re your 21 with reference to reinstating the 'Recent Comments' box, all of the BBC blogs are required to have a 'consistent look and feel - we already have the 'Window on your World' box/link which presumably isn't on other blogs. Also, bloggers on other BBC sites may well get to like the 'recent Comments' box like we do! Thu 03 Sep 2009 14:22:19 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=58#comment53 David: Have just posted something relating to this elsewhere (the Beach, I think). Problem for me is that my sight is fine for looking at the screen (I'm rather longsighted) and don't always need glasses for 'close' work. I wish it would settle down, frankly.But, since you're blind, I'm surprised you wear glasses at all ;o) Thu 03 Sep 2009 09:25:12 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=57#comment52 S_g 51, As I have only one hand and am blind, I rely entirely on the mouse. BS 52, I wear bifocals for normal use and reading glasses for using the computer. It doesn't slow things down for me. I never learned how to type, so look at the keyboard all the time and only use a couple of fingers. Oddly enough, even though I am righthanded, I use my left hand with the mouse. Thu 03 Sep 2009 09:17:54 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=56#comment51 Scotch-git: See my post above. Your friend's method relies upon the use of glasses which slows things down for some of us. Plus, if you don't normally need to look at the keyboard (touchtypists, for example), anything involving looking down to the keypad can be counterproductive. Thu 03 Sep 2009 07:15:53 GMT+1 Scotch Git http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=55#comment50 I'm not trying to teach my Granny how to suck eggs, but if I may I'd like to pass on a wee tip given to me by a friend who is a computer geek. (His words).If you hit the 'Ctrl' button followed by 'End' it will take you to the bottom of the page. Hit 'Ctrl' followed by 'Home' to return to the top.He reckons he can navigate withoot a moose. No' me! Thu 03 Sep 2009 04:22:15 GMT+1 ValeryP http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=54#comment49 David - you've just made me laugh my coffee all over the keyboard again! Keep it up :-) Wed 02 Sep 2009 16:36:18 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=53#comment48 mittfh 48, I didn't understand a word of that. Wed 02 Sep 2009 14:54:02 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=52#comment47 Here's a potential quick way to reorganise the Categories cloud:a) Limit it to about a dozen categories, then add a link to a complete category list (similar to the archives column to the left)b) One category per linec) Truncate the name of any category that wraps onto a new lineAnd a more technically difficult suggestion:* Allow 'nested' categories - examples for the top level would be 'Regulars' (AM GB, PM GB, Beach, Brow), PM Reporters, Photos, Specials.Oh, and talking of categories, I've spotted a category that still exists but doesn't make the list - and is still in the old blog format:http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/entries_with_postcards/ Wed 02 Sep 2009 14:49:24 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=51#comment46 46 BigSisSorry to hear about your allergy, have you tried oral desensitisation? Wed 02 Sep 2009 09:25:32 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=50#comment45 l-d: I was merely trying to match the valediction with the salutation. I don't know the forms used in Russian in such situations, but the one I've used is a rough translation of a formal Spanish valediction, which, in the days when I had to type it, always had me in stitches.I could, of course, have kissed his feet - but I'm allergic to feet ;o) Wed 02 Sep 2009 09:18:16 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=48#comment44 44 hand kisserI'm calling you BigCzis now. Tue 01 Sep 2009 22:56:34 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=47#comment43 Most Gracious Sire, Your Imperial Majesty,A number of us mere froglets are becoming puzzled and bemused at getting notifications from the Blog moderators about posts that were made as long ago as last year. If you can throw any light upon this, we would value it greatly.I who kiss your handBig Sis Tue 01 Sep 2009 22:16:53 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=46#comment42 :-) Indeed - I realise Val - only pulling her leg. Mon 31 Aug 2009 17:41:33 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=45#comment41 Yes, yes, ValP - Jokelog! just the word! Mon 31 Aug 2009 17:13:52 GMT+1 ValeryP http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=44#comment40 Oh - and Jonnie, I'm sure Fifi was only teasing, you know full well how much it was appreciated when your blog stood up and was counted while this one was falling all over the place after too much Pimms. Or whatever the reason was.... Mon 31 Aug 2009 16:05:33 GMT+1 ValeryP http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=43#comment39 Sir George - hi, so that you don't have to read all of my comments, just refer back to GossipMrs', she could have been reading my mind!Except re Categories - oh, I was giving that the benefit of the doubt and presuming it was some sort of style featurette?Love the idea of Cpt Kirk's Jokelog, by the way ;o) Mon 31 Aug 2009 16:03:54 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=42#comment38 PS I like the idea of extended interviews being available via the blogs. With bloopers kept in please..... Mon 31 Aug 2009 09:42:12 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=41#comment37 How about being allowed to put photos on the blog. Mon 31 Aug 2009 08:55:39 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=40#comment36 # 36I forgot to mentioned, that we need to have a "STANDARD" font...And, use the bold and italic in the opening threads that the BBC Produces to a minimum....=Dennis Junior= Mon 31 Aug 2009 00:35:48 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=38#comment35 Dear Mr Blog Tzar Sir, I agree with others who have said * Please leave The Beach Alone! * Please bring back 'Recent Comments' - the space down the righthandside is a bit wasted at the moment * Bring back listing the lasted threads down the side instead of all the way at the bottom * Standardise the font sizes in the 'Categories' section - ThEy'RE aLL liKe tHis!!! * I'm happy without Twitter and the StraplineThanks, GM Sun 30 Aug 2009 22:26:14 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=37#comment34 George the Czar:Should we on the production team be using the blog to post extended cuts of interviews? Yes, the Production team should be using the blog to posted extended information about interviews.....=Dennis Junior= Sun 30 Aug 2009 20:50:35 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=36#comment33 OK, Eddie; I will put my request into the Blog Czar....=Dennis Junior= Sun 30 Aug 2009 17:36:31 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=35#comment32 Re: Fifi: but-not-hugely-lamented PMExtra site. Harummppphhhh!oooOOOOOO! I recall it did serve a purpose at the time.Honestly! - I slave away, getting up an hour before I went to bed working on that site - and that's all the thanks I get! ;-) Sun 30 Aug 2009 16:30:51 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=34#comment31 Fifi 31, Who decides what a troll is. A relative unknown entity kept answering my posts by number elsewhere. I complained and called them a troll and the mods didn't agree. And it takes a lot for me to refer someone. So I just started being silly with them, as I do. Sun 30 Aug 2009 16:06:49 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=33#comment30 Big Sister (30) : Sure beats "Fifi's Bits" where the terrible jokes ended up in the late-but-not-hugely-lamented PMExtra site. I agree the Beach needs to stay as it is. No message board please!I also agree the pre-mod for new commenters is a bit heavy-handed, especially where a hot topic has brought in lots of new bloggers.However the main thing that would improve things at a stroke is for the new mods to revert to the policies of the old mods ... and to be prepared to cooperate with a little bit of behind the scenes dialogue when a new troll behaviour circumvents the House Rules. I'd like straplines to return but not Twitter ... however if straps are a nuisance then probably not. I do believe they were an added dimension to the 'interactivity' of the PM frog that other BBC blogs don't have. And as a webmistress in RL I consider myself to know whereof I speak. Sun 30 Aug 2009 13:44:44 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=32#comment29 Suggestion for name of Bill's corner:Captain Kirk's jokebook? Sun 30 Aug 2009 08:59:39 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=31#comment28 Eddie, can I make a (not entirely) frivolous suggestion? How about a weekly slot for Mr. Shatner? Perhaps it could be a 'joke' corner?It would give you a chance to air all the YouTube entries for Mr. Shatner and us a chance to share our jokes (which we could all, including you, then regurgitate during the following week and impress all our friends, etc.).Yes, Eddie, more William Shatner indeed. Oh, and I hope you have a good weekend. Sun 30 Aug 2009 08:58:46 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=30#comment27 I'd prefer more James Doohan if he was still alive. Sun 30 Aug 2009 07:13:11 GMT+1 eddiemair http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=28#comment26 More William Shatner please. Sun 30 Aug 2009 05:40:31 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=27#comment25 Thanks Czar George:(I am reading this so, It will take couple of minutes to respond to it all)______________________________________________Would a message board work better for The Beach? Yes....Reactive Moderated with the same rules following the other BBC Blogs...=Dennis Junior= Sat 29 Aug 2009 23:20:08 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=26#comment24 N. Noodle esq. @23. I think I have discovered the way to understand what 2.0 transitional social media means. If you have a large glass of wine, you will find you can not only understand what it means, but also explain it to others,(provided they have shared the wine) when you will all miraculously understand it. Unfortunately, when the effect of the wine wears off, you will no longer understand 2.0 transitional social media.I had a glimpse of it there for a minute. Just need a little more wine... Sat 29 Aug 2009 21:22:16 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=25#comment23 gs 21, Re 14, Using those things at the bottom! Sat 29 Aug 2009 16:11:00 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=24#comment22 George, I mean, Mr South, um, Dear Sir, no, hang on, - oh blow it, I'll just start typing and that'll have to do:how come you are not BBC Blue? Are you out on a limb?As regards 2.0 transitional social media, it is not clear (to me, I mean, I am confident it is crystal to your good self) whether the 'transitional' is related to the 'social' [as in, version 2 of the social media related to transitions] or related to 2.0 [as in, moving towards a second version, possibly from version 1, or even 1.4, or possibly 1.19, who knows?]. George, what is "social media", in a nutshell? If you have a moment to yourself, that is.best wishesnoodle. Sat 29 Aug 2009 15:45:15 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=23#comment21 Oh dear, I see that even George the Great, Blog Czar, has to go through the premod stage.George, that's another issue you might like to look into - some people have had to go through over a dozen posts in premod, which could perhaps be viewed as excessive and may very well put new posters off? Sat 29 Aug 2009 12:00:09 GMT+1 gsouth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=22#comment20 Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and the suggestions. Please do keep on with ideas, as we hope to be rejigging the blog soon and it's really useful to hear what works and doesn't work. Some technical changes -- perhaps including reinstating recent comments -- could prove difficult to implement on the PM blog alone, as all of the BBC blogs are requred to have a 'consistent look and feel'. *But* there's some flexibility in that too, which is why it's useful to get a sense of what matters most to you the users, so I can relay it up the food chain.@14 - sounds intriguing, but what would that involve exactly? Sat 29 Aug 2009 11:55:48 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=21#comment19 SM 19, A bit early for drinking, innit? Sat 29 Aug 2009 10:22:40 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=20#comment18 Sis, i never have any complaints. Itouch is for work. Honest! I use one of it's useful applications. Sat 29 Aug 2009 09:45:02 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=18#comment17 t 14, Wodjer think that is at the bottom? Sat 29 Aug 2009 09:04:47 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=17#comment16 Notice how his eyes follow you around the room? Sat 29 Aug 2009 08:54:45 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=16#comment15 If nobody has suggested, posters starting threads. Sat 29 Aug 2009 08:52:55 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=15#comment14 Nice wife, George.WIFE Sat 29 Aug 2009 08:51:58 GMT+1 thtone http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=14#comment13 A click access topic list perhaps. Sat 29 Aug 2009 07:58:01 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=13#comment12 One other thing ... can we please have a stairway built from the beach to the sandcastles in the sky. We've got a ladder but it's not safe and earlier in the week we nearly lost BigSis to the clouds.Thank you. Fri 28 Aug 2009 22:50:04 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=12#comment11 Get you, Stewart! Itouch, eh? Well, as the Iron Lady said, You touch if you want to, the Lady's not for touching ;o) Fri 28 Aug 2009 22:33:08 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=11#comment10 Now then, daft though it may be we do like the beach more than a massage board. I know that message boards are supposedly better but beach works for us. ANd how come Gsouth posts are not in different colours like eddies and jo the edtrice.Recent comments is very good. I use an itouch to view blog at times and, as has been mentioned, recent comments took you to end of the post. Less hassle than scrollinbg 200 posts on beach on an itouch. Fri 28 Aug 2009 22:06:03 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=10#comment9 Having consulted my book of etiquette, I will try again.Most Gracious Sire, Your Imperial Majesty is most welcome here amongst us mere mortals. We know of your great and wide ranging powers and are pleased that you have chosen to use these in order to make our sojourn on WebBeeb an agreeable one. We offer our manifold thanks to your for noting our request for 'Recent Comments' to be reinstated, and we trust you will look upon this favourably, along with the addition of some further refinements (such as reducing the need to scroll).But, as Gillianian has so eloquently put it, Hands off the Beach, Sire.*[*It's a touch imperialistic to want to interfere with our very own NeverNever Land, don't you think?] Fri 28 Aug 2009 21:47:22 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=8#comment8 Dear George,Number one priority: obviously we need a proper photo of you, so we know who we're talking to. If you're feeling shy, or a little worried about being responsible for this blog, which does have a life of its own in an almost spooky way, perhaps just start with a shot of your feet? We can tell a lot from them, you know.And personally, since you asked, I don't like all the clutter at the end of each blog thread. I liked the blog how it was before (since I'm a luddite anyway)And recent comments was useful. Apart from that, welcome to your new job. I'm sure you won't find it too demanding (snigger snigger)and will find it a relatively easy task to keep most people happy most of the time (guffaw).Aren't we all eminently reasonable people? (NB, George, though I asked that question, I am NOT expecting a list of those people you consider unreasonable, together with the reasons why.You can't possibly know that yet. Unless someone's been tale-telling...) Wishing you all the best,A Concerned Listener PS If that really is your photo at the top, then I beg your pardon, your Lordship. Fri 28 Aug 2009 21:45:05 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=7#comment7 Good evening, Mr Czar. How about putting « Previous | Main | Next » buttons above the Post a comment box please, so we don't have to scroll back up what can be a looooooooong thread when we're catching up with the Blog.Your suggestion of ''using the blog to post extended cuts of interviews'' is excellent.Eddie and the editors (now that's a great name for a band!) have commented here a couple of times that a ''really good'' item or interview had to be dropped from the programme due to ''breaking news'' or some such occurence. I wonder if such items could be put on the Blog, as a PMextra feature? And please leave the Beach as it is - it's kinda special ;o) Fri 28 Aug 2009 20:30:58 GMT+1 The Wrath Is Come http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=6#comment6 Big Sis, is this not the eye-rolling room?I must have been mislead...Guards! Guards!!! Fri 28 Aug 2009 19:21:17 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=5#comment5 George - Just a suggestion here. Don't keep rolling your eyes heavenwards, it doesn't work on us. I am joking, btw ;o) Fri 28 Aug 2009 19:12:22 GMT+1 The Wrath Is Come http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=4#comment4 backspaceYour eminemce, may I firstly suggest that we don't have to backspace on (nearly)every post?However, extended cuts would be appreciated and I think you're on to something about the "sprawling clouds" as you put it. I definately think you're the right man for the job and I think you should absolutely get at least a stick to wave.P.S. Did someone say bring back "recent comments"? Fri 28 Aug 2009 19:09:03 GMT+1 Looternite http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=3#comment3 I think the photo needs sorting out with Photoshop and soon. Fri 28 Aug 2009 18:59:13 GMT+1 gsouth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=2#comment2 Oh, I'm not one for standing to attention. You can just call me the Blog-czar-with-special-sub-portfolio-for-meta-widgetary-person-dynamics.Recent comments request is noted... Fri 28 Aug 2009 18:59:03 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=1#comment1 Recent comments - seconded, please.Oh, and is there a way to make it possible not to always have to S-C-R-O-L-L? That would be much more user-friendly. The new blog is even worse in this respect, due to the lack of Recent Comments, which at least 'took' you straight to the last comment .....Oh, and how do we address you? Your Holiness - Would that do? 'Fraid you can't be the Blog Prince as that title is spoken for. Fri 28 Aug 2009 18:43:21 GMT+1 gsouth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/08/a_note_from_the_blog_czar.shtml?page=0#comment0 To kick things off, some suggestions made by mittfh in the comments to the previous post. Thanks mittfh!---a) New masthead. After all, the current one hasn't changed since Day One.b) Recent Comments Mk. II.c) Strapline Mk. II.d) Twitter - just a link this time (like other BBC blogs), not a live feed box.e) Delicious stream (as seen on the Internet and Radio 4 blogs)f) Audio versions of Eddie's posts (as seen on the iPM blog)And talking of mastheads, can someone please fix iPMs? It's not as deep as most other mastheads, but the imagemap overlaying it is the same size as normal, which means you can't click into the top story... Fri 28 Aug 2009 17:51:22 GMT+1