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comment by rowan    Jan 30, 2008
We're sorry to announce that Collective is closing.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the site since it launched. From 2002 - 2008, Collective brought coverage of the most exciting new music, art, film, books and games to people in search of fresh culture in Britain. We aimed to celebrate genuine creativity and bring underground talent to the BBC's audience. We've been privileged to host intelligent comment about popular arts, culture and society in general for almost six years, and occasionally been able to help our community of users in creative collaborative projects. At its height Collective had around 250,000 dedicated users.

From 15th Feb 08 we will no longer editorially update Collective. In the coming weeks we will also be closing the ability for users to make contributions to the site, and will confirm the date of this as soon as we can.

Very best wishes to you all - The Collective Team
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comment by Niall-W    Jan 30, 2008
Shame.

Well, goodbye folks it was great speaking with you all.
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comment by sunsetbeach    Jan 30, 2008
Bloody hell. Gutted, shocked. Gutted *and* shocked. This is an excellent, not to mention very useful, site and has been for years. It will be sorely missed. And now I'll *never* get a chance to use proper italics here! But that's by the by.

A dark day.
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comment by Syd    Jan 30, 2008
Gutted Row.

Goodbye everyone.

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comment by Syd    Jan 30, 2008
Any particular reason behind the decision?
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comment by Quikky    Jan 30, 2008
“The end of culture is right living.“
W. Somerset Maugham

“I’ll have to find another site to dick about on during the day.”
G. Quick
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comment by weegie     Jan 30, 2008
row, really sorry to hear this. can i add 'sick as a parrot' to sunset's gutted.

hope you're going to be alright.

its too early to ask questions like where do we go now and will our stuff still be archived and accessible here. i'll just mourn a while.

sadface
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comment by Syd    Jan 30, 2008
Do us a favour. My e mail is DARRANTANKARD@HOTMAIL.CO.UK

E mail me some addresses of similar sites that you guys would recommend as I'm new to the internet.

Cheers guys and gals.
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comment by Syd    Jan 30, 2008
And what about my lengthy, in depth reviews?

Quick! Read em before they disappear forever...
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comment by iamlloyd    Jan 30, 2008
ah pants.

I've only been a member for 5 weeks (1 review - Okami, quick check it out), and was looking forward to some great video game debates.
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comment by sunsetbeach    Jan 30, 2008
I've hit the gin and for once it isn't taking the pain away. I hope Rowan and the rest of the team have other things to go to! Best of luck you guys! You made something good here, well done.
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comment by Syd    Jan 30, 2008
I just imagine a soft focus montage of all the conversations while "In My Life" by the Beatles is playing in the background.
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comment by David Thair    Jan 30, 2008
sadface

The end of a true institution, as far as I'm concerned.
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comment by amir    Jan 30, 2008
I knew it.

I've said not so long ago that this was the case.

Gutted. Especially because 300+ interviews of mine are going to be lost...
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comment by amir    Jan 30, 2008
Oh, and don't forget the Facebook group!!!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7510909189...
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comment by lovemunkey187    Jan 30, 2008
Can't say I'm surprised.

Most of the other messageboards on the BBC have closed, and don't imagine the 606 and the remaining ones will be long before they are closed too.

Ah well, looks like I'm going to have to actually do some work of a night from now on. zzz

Hope to see a couple of you on LIVE(when I get my shiznit together)
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comment by Captain Neville - ScouseBuster    Jan 31, 2008
Truly shocking.

Just like the BBC to stop doing something they were actually half decent at...
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comment by TheNewSpink    Jan 31, 2008
It is a shame - I suppose I'm not too surprised though.

But hey - it's been fun, I've not found another message board anywhere with the same atmosphere.
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comment by Crimson_Blade    Jan 31, 2008
Im gutted!!!!

Well what do I do now first they closed the film messageboards, which I near enough lived on lol now this, is there going to be anywhere else on the BBC website where we can chat as ive only got limited access at work sadface
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comment by sirbobwallett    Jan 31, 2008
See if you can get the c4 website. they have loads of forums and a general discussion site.

Damn shame this ones closing though.
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