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comment by come2whereimfrom Feb 10, 2008As a contributer to collective i would just like to say a sad goodbye and thanks for the time. i will continue to write about all things including film and music reviews, art, gigs and lifestyle etc at my site http://www.come2whereimfrom.co.uk...
so feel free to check it out.
comment by *Princess*of*Hearts* Feb 10, 2008I can't believe it's the end of a good site realy.
I've talked to some nice people on collective and some bad one's but hey it aint the end the world i've still got h2g2 and facebook and i keep intouch with some i know of you on frappr and facebook.
hope you all have a nice life
take care all.
comment by Barney Feb 11, 2008R.I.P.
Damn shame,it`s been fun looking in from time to time and reading all the reviews,talking to all of you and having a good natter,aahh well,as they say,it was too good to last forever.
take care everybody,<ok> <biggrin>
comment by Alastair Lee editor Feb 11, 2008cheers guys, it was fun while it lasted. we tried our best and we did good stuff within the constraints we faced. Thanks for all the support over the years and love to the team.
Collective editor, May 2002 - Nov 2007
comment by janieevs Feb 11, 2008Bye y'all.
Miss you already.
comment by rowan Feb 11, 2008Just to let you know that there's an invitation for you guys to visit the 6music message boards for music related disucssion if you fancy it:
comment by sirbobwallett Feb 11, 2008Any chance of a forum on that video gaiden site? I don't listen to music a lot so I think I will be going to 6 music.
comment by Mister Savage Feb 11, 2008Rest in Peace :-(
While it may be closing, I just wanted to let all of you guys at the editorial team know that this is, or rather was, an excellent site.
Loads of excellent memories, not least the fact that it was here that I met my wife! It was you lot that gave me that last nudge to get me to go to Singapore when I had the chance, and listened to me bitch and moan when I was down in the dumps from time to time. Collective, in no small way, changed my life.
So I guess this really is the final sign-off, then. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
comment by Barney Feb 11, 2008take care mr savage,and to everyone and the collective team,<ok>
comment by rowan Feb 11, 2008I've got a few Collective badges spare, if anyone wants a little momento feel free to email collective(@)bbc.co.uk (without the brackets) your address and I'll try and send them out.
comment by Todaymueller - Feb 11, 2008Well this looks like its going to be the first and last time I will post here . Although I am usually to be found over on h2g2 , I would often pop over to the collective to read the film , music and game reviews ...oh yes and not forgeting webslinky . Well so long and thanks for all the fish.
comment by egon Feb 11, 2008Another great thing I discovered through collective was this book: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A2673182... which I came across on here as it was written by one of the collective users. I ordered it from amazon, got it, and it's a very good book- noit one of the best I've ever read or anything like that, but I have a feeling of being slightly, intangibly better off for having read it.
comment by SONNYD Feb 12, 2008The black armband adorns my arm and I will be reflecting on what might have been during my minutes silence!!
comment by theswampmonster Feb 12, 2008R.I.P free speech man. Keep it loose and never let the establishment get to you. It's been nice knowing you all over the three years I've been on here man. Peace and never mind the bollocks!!!!!!. Bye Bye.
comment by satoriguru Feb 15, 2008I wish everyone on the team the best of all possible outcomes, and a brilliant future.
Thanks for all the times you have opened my eyes and my mind.
comment by shrinkydinky Feb 15, 2008sniff.
thanks for all the hard work that you all (alaistair, rowan, james, david, matt and everyone else) put in over the years. it's been a blast and a damn shame.
comment by Carol Feb 15, 2008This is just... so sad! I really loved it here:(
Do you really have to close it? Can't we all do something about it and revert the situation?
This will be truly missed...
comment by lw - ck Feb 16, 2008Damn sad. I still have the 28 days later t shirt i won way back when for a review- and there was the arguing for no age limit to be put on collective.
comment by tomanon1 Feb 18, 2008I've been reading collective for a good few years and, although it is(/was?) just continually brilliant, I'll be eternally grateful the introduction to Joanna Newsom..
life was richer with Collective.. who's going to compensate?
comment by The Emernins Feb 21, 2008Collective has been an exciting but comfortable place to taste other peoples views of the arts and cultures that we so easily overlook in everyday life.
'Exciting', simply because there has always been something new to consider or a new spin on something we had taken for granted for too long.
'Comfortable' because4 we have never felt the need to overview our family's contact with the offerings here.
'Comfortable' also because we never felt stifled by the editorial intervention that has always seemed fair and unintrusive.
Most of all, it has seemed a place to share our own views, experiences and resources with no peer pressure nor reputation to uphold in the Community. We have all been accepted for our views alone - a precious resource.
For all this, we all owe a huge vote of thanks to all members of The Collective Team and their supporting staff.
What we find amazing is that so few of all those who will miss this resource feel that they can do anything about it.
It is never good to 'prolong the agony' of a doomed forum, let alone the agony of those who's task it is to support it's death throes. However, some very bright lights burn here and clearly wish to continue to do so.
Is there nothing we can do?
Do you all REALLY wish to 'move on' or is it your secret wish to be free by being 'euthanased' by the Beeb?
If the latter, I'm sure we will all understand BUT PLEASE promise each of us the individual opportunity of an invitation to your next project whether it's with the Beeb or a more accommodating platform!
If however, there is a general wish among the Members for The Collective to survive, then tell us what may be done to influence this sad decision that we all seem to blame the Beeb for. Alternatively, give us some idea if and to what extent it would be 'permitted' to create a 'mirror' elsewhere to try to carry on business as usual. (Of course, it will never be quite the same without you, Rowan and the rest of your Team.)
Whatever the outcome, please accept our Thanks and Very Best Wishes for your future, professional and otherwise!
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