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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Square-eyez (U14374159) on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011

    The eviction date is looming. Soon we will all be dispassionately ejected from the warmth of bbc’s well maintained, moderated and diverse boards and forced to seek refuge elsewhere. I read through Aaqil Ahmed’s bbc blog for further information and hopefully redirection to another board. Suggestions include ‘Twitter’, ‘Facebook’ and ‘a blog’. Comprehensive. However, I’m not sure if there are many big philosophical questions that can be coherently put to rest in 140 characters so ‘Twitter’ is out. ‘Facebook’ has always struck me as a place where people go to either talk about themselves or covertly stalk someone they went to school with without having to expend very much effort. I suppose the only sane choice left is a blog. But which blog and how will this change the way we discuss topics? Could the change of venue effect how you discuss topics or even possibly the conclusions you come to?

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    Posted by Major Higgs-Boson (U225196) on Thursday, 23rd June 2011

    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

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    Posted by Shaker2011 (U14275953) on Thursday, 23rd June 2011

    Quite a few people from the Christian Topic are going over to NGLreturns:

    nglreturns.myfreefor...

    jakswan has also created www.religionethics.co.uk which is attracting a few new members by the day. I agree that Twitter and Facebook are worse than useless as suggestions to replace these boards.

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    Posted by Square-eyez (U14374159) on Thursday, 23rd June 2011

    Hi major.

    I don't listen to the archers. It seems a little odd to me that boards that cater for people who may or may not listen to the archers, but don't want to talk about the archers, are being closed and one for people who definitely do listen to the archers, but don't really want to talk about the archers, is staying open.

    Anyway archers listeners chatting to other people who listen to the archers is fine but my worry is that everyone will end up on boards that are for 'people like them'. The great thing about the bbc r/e message boards are they are designed for anyone sufficiently bored and opinionated enough to bother.

    I enitially got an account on the bbc to talk on the disability boards. Ultimately though it turned out I don't have anything in common with the majority of people on there. Most the topics are disability orientated as you'd imagine but when politics comes up theres always anti cuts anger and fury about the seeming "scroungers" witch hunts about people claiming incapacity illegally. I agree with them whole heartedly. Of course I do. Of course everyone does. It's nice to hear an opposing view if only to enjoy the thrill of infuriation.

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    Posted by Square-eyez (U14374159) on Thursday, 23rd June 2011

    Thanks Shaker I'll have a look. www.religionethics.co.uk definitely looks like a good replacement as it seems very similar to this one.

    It'll do for people already here to go. The only thing that could potentially be a problem is that I feel like this being a bbc message board there are plenty of people who wouldn't normally bother with this kind of board but ended up here because they already had a bbc account and found they liked it.

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  • Message 6

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    Posted by Square-eyez (U14374159) on Thursday, 23rd June 2011

    Also thanks for nglreturns. I've spent the last hour watching a video someone uploaded on there with sam harris and richard dawkins.

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  • Message 7

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    Posted by Major Higgs-Boson (U225196) on Sunday, 26th June 2011

    I don't listen to the archers. It seems a little odd to me that boards that cater for people who may or may not listen to the archers, but don't want to talk about the archers, are being closed and one for people who definitely do listen to the archers, but don't really want to talk about the archers, is staying open. 

    Frankly I'm surprised the Religion and Ethics boards have stayed open this long, I doubt here's barely ever more than a dozen or so members online at any given time.I've been posting here for about 10 years and although the sudden absence of all those endless meat-is-murder diatribes will be like losing five stone of useless fat in one go I will miss people like yourself and Betty .I'm not about to start posting anywhere else, if I haven't found anywhere else on the entire internet in a decade I doubt I'm going to find another board I feel like joining now but I suppose anything is possible so the thread I started at The Bull is there if you feel like letting us know you've found some viable alternative to this place.

    Anyway archers listeners chatting to other people who listen to the archers is fine but my worry is that everyone will end up on boards that are for 'people like them'. The great thing about the bbc r/e message boards are they are designed for anyone sufficiently bored and opinionated enough to bother. 

    So it's very like the Bull.

    I enitially got an account on the bbc to talk on the disability boards. 

    I first logged on after a chance encounter in a Soho pub with a bloke who told me he was a mod on the BBC Science messageboards.I'd only just bought my very first new fangled computer thingy so thought I'd give it a try.I rather stupidly posted under my own name for a couple of weeks before switching to the current one.My views have changed quite a bit in a decade or so, mostly because life does that to you but partly because these discussions have led me to investigate things I might otherwise not have bothered with.

    It's nice to hear an opposing view if only to enjoy the thrill of infuriation. 

    Good luck Square-Eyez , pop in the Bull sometime and let us know if you've found that thrill somewhere else.


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    Posted by Square-eyez (U14374159) on Monday, 27th June 2011

    I've actually had a look at the bull. Replied to a thread about fantasy fiction. Seems nice enough I just don't know if it'll interest me long term. You never know though. More refugees from these boards may end up there and start the sort of threads we have here.

    Frankly I'm surprised the Religion and Ethics boards have stayed open this long, I doubt here's barely ever more than a dozen or so members online at any given time 

    That's true. I think it's the small community that makes these boards appealing though. You can become familiar with the names and views usually attached to them. Still with millions of people paying the liscence fee it would be a bit childish to demand the upkeep and moderation of these boards for a handful of people.

    My views have changed quite a bit in a decade or so, mostly because life does that to you but partly because these discussions have led me to investigate things I might otherwise not have bothered with. 

    I've only been about for just over a year but still I think it has changed my views a little. Both as a result of investigating things I wouldn't have been bothered with and having to defend views I hadn't really examined until they were challenged.

    I'm backing religionethics.co.uk for now because it has the same board names and apparantly I'm that unadventurous. I've never been able to stick with a non bbc board for long though.

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