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Posted by Organoleptic Icon (U11219171) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013
Tayler - (or anyone)
What percentage (by activity) of the BBC total messageboards will be closing soon, and what percentage remain?
Are there ANY boards that are definitely expected to be around for the long term?
And what proportion of the all time high has already closed?
It seems to me that Messageboards are the Radio 4 of social media; whereas FB and Twittle are the commercial radio analogues.
Odd choice of preferences from BBC?
Posted by Chris Walter (U15617091) on Saturday, 16th February 2013
It seems to be based on the least amount of work possible. Who it affects doesn't matter, despite the fact that we directly fund the BBC.
A message board requires a fair degree of maintainance, I knoe I host a couple, Facebook and Twitter don't.
Their given reasons don't hold water, and I don't beleive them.
Posted by Matt Soper - Host (U14569651) on Sunday, 17th February 2013
Hi Organoleptic Icon,
I only host this message board so I'm afraid I don't have the answer to your question about other BBC message boards at the moment. I'll see what I can find out for you.
Posted by petal jam (U1466691) on Sunday, 17th February 2013
OI at one time there were over 200 mbs on this site. Every popular programme or programme cluster, local radio and news region had one, with extra topics opening for on-off series e.g. Would Like to Meet, Bonekickers and North and South. Someone quoted 250+ boards a few months back. That may be an underestimation.
They disappeared in tranches for a variety of reasons. The usual one given, insufficient numbers, budget cuts etc sometimes applied and sometimes did not and was obvious nonsense to the users, e.g. the Food boards, Parenting, Radio 3. For the well-used boards, the decision was pretty obviously a political and/or editorial rather than a straight financial decision.
Also at one time, every media carrier was offering free message boards and chat rooms, becuase they were the way to go. As digital companies sprang up, grew, and started gobbling each other up some groups concentrated their core business on e-mail and skype. There was a broad argument [and still is] that the BBC was poaching customers from commercial services by offering free state subsidised entertainment and gateway mbs for the big yoof market. Think James Murdoch until he fell from grace. So the BBC boards fell back mostly to ones supporting in-house programmes - Today, Archers, Radio 4.
The rest is opinion really, not solid fact. Anyone who has ever been to an AGM knows a stitch-up when they smell one, even if the stitch is probably the best solution to the perceived problem. Unfortunately, lack of transparency and broken promises lose goodwill.
Posted by Spartacus (U38364) on Monday, 18th February 2013
I miss the "Buffy" boards.
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