You can’t just stop them moderating

After Mark’s post yesterday detailing why we’ve stopped our experiment with external moderators on this blog, lots of you have expressed an interest in setting up a WHYS blog of your own. Just so you can all be in touch with each other, if you’re interested in getting involved, post your details and what you suggest here.

23 Responses to “You can’t just stop them moderating”

  1. October 31, 2008 at 13:10

    So far there’s three others places to go… I’ll try to be around in whatever we all pick. *sigh*

    (if this gets posted twice, please delete one)

  2. October 31, 2008 at 13:18

    http://whysers.wordpress.com/ is something which Anthony set up last night.

    http://willrhodesportmanteau.com/ is something which Will is working on.

    We are trying to get everything together in one cohesive site and one format and one thing which everyone can agree on to make this transition easy for those who wish to carry on the discussion overnight.

    Thanks again for the opportunity for us to promote a non-sponsored forum/blog on the BBC WHYS blog.

  3. October 31, 2008 at 13:26

    It will be a good idea if there is a new WHYS blog set up by the “sacked” ongoing moderators with a link to it on the original BBC WHYS blog.

    It will make sense if it has unity of topic and not a cacophony where each expresses opinions about unrelated events. This will demand further cooperation on the part of the moderators by agreeing on a single topic and setting a page to discuss it and to invite BBC WHYS blog to add their own comments.

    The BBC WHYS team may pick up a topic and set it as an agenda for discussion on air and why not as an exception to invite them to be on air the whole of the show to defend their views.

    These are just mere thoughts in response to what should be done after the fact. I don’t know how they can be concreticised..

    October 31, 2008 at 13:51

    I like the idea that Abdelilah posted @ October 31, 2008 at 1:26 pm….

    This way, we the friends of BBC World Have Your Say can have involvement….


  5. 5 Bob in Queensland
    October 31, 2008 at 13:52

    Well, as I suggested yesterday, in an effort to make things easier to read I suggest we try a “forum” format rather than a blog. The blog is great when there’s a single topic to discuss (such as the “On Air” but could be a bit hard to follow during a busy Talking Points or Blank Page when multiple subjects could be on the go.

    I spent a bit of time setting up the sort of thing that might work and the results are here, THE WHYS “AFTER THE SHOW” FORUM.

    It’s very much a “work in progress” and any suggestions about how it could be changed or improved will be gratefully received.

  6. 6 Bob in Queensland
    October 31, 2008 at 13:59

    Ooops…I must have mis-typed something in the link above. The proper forum link is: http://z13.invisionfree.com/WHYSERSaftertheShow

  7. October 31, 2008 at 14:16

    @ Bob

    I’m loving it the forum! It’s organized, clean and allows for easy shift through different topics. Thanks.

  8. October 31, 2008 at 14:26

    Three cheers for Bob!!!!!!

  9. 10 DENNIS@OCC
    October 31, 2008 at 14:30

    @ Bob:
    to the new forum, it is pretty organised and i have already been there….


  10. October 31, 2008 at 14:42

    As for the new “After the Show” blogs my vote is in for Bob’s version. One can follow topics easily and for those who object to the more casusal aspect that comes with people exchinging ideas, etc. they do not have to read or see them. “After the Show” it is.

  11. 12 Luz Ma from Mexico
    October 31, 2008 at 14:50

    Thanks Bob! I love the forum you set up. It even have space for chit chat!

    Let me know if you need any help. 🙂

  12. October 31, 2008 at 15:33

    At this stage, I’m not sure about how to have a set topic w/so many points of view. Instead, I’m still getting used to just having an outlet. Good on ya, BBC.

  13. 14 Anthony
    October 31, 2008 at 15:42

    Bob and Will both have nice sites. We’re gonna keep http://whysers.wordpress.com/ going and we’ll see which one is prefered. The http://whysers.wordpress.com/ seems closer to the old format, but the other two are great with other functions as well 🙂

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  14. 15 Venessa
    October 31, 2008 at 16:08


    If we are serious about continuing lets get a consensus and pick a blog to use. I would like to see us do this on our own with some success. Perhaps the BBC will consider another experiment if we can prove this can work. We all come from different backgrounds with very different views. It has been a wonderful experience to talk with people around the world and learning how they live their lives. I would be sad to see the open discussions end because we can’t learn to play nice in the sandbox with others.

  15. 16 Ogola B
    October 31, 2008 at 16:28

    Very interested to moderate this blog. My problem is that am abit ignorant about how it works and therefore need some guidance on how to start so that we can keep the going!

  16. October 31, 2008 at 17:00

    I put my blog up so that people wouldn’t be in limbo – as we now have the forum and Anthony’s blog I would direct people there.

    Of course if you still want to visit my blog, please do – but for the purpose of TP’s and BP’s the Forum and the other blog are where you need to be.

    If one or more/all of the guy’s in London want to participate then they are invited this includes the higher ups that Mark spoke about. As we won’t, wouldn’t know who they (the higher ups) are they could actually participate, now wouldn’t that be novel – but they would be welcomed anyway.

    So if you are looking for a TP and BP plus ongoiong everything, join the forum and the new blog.

  17. 18 vladimir bush
    November 1, 2008 at 08:38

    another talking shop. all we did was blog our finger prints off and yet our suggestions were 90 percent ignored.
    cutting off the external moderator experiment is a step that would greatly reduce online participation. yesterday’s tp just 13
    comments only, think about that. the crop of bbc listeners blog is just an excercise in futility. with or with out us the show will go on. my sympathies to the sacked moderators. you are all dispensable. 🙂

  18. 19 Emile Barre
    November 1, 2008 at 12:26

    I am always puzzled by the word ‘moderator’. I ask myself why you do not use the word chair? Is it not merely the work of an ‘adjudicator’or ‘regulator’.Both are better words than moderator, since they are more accurate in reflecting who is doing the work,what it is and who they are dealing with.

  19. November 3, 2008 at 16:40


    200 some odd posts over the weekend. I’d say the weekend and night debate is up and running and quite strong!


  20. November 3, 2008 at 17:35

    Hi WHYSers!

    They say necessity is the mother of invention and this is, surely, good one! It is good to see all this energy, especially as I noted earlier that, Brett had invited me to be a moderator (again). Now, I do not have to feel like as if I missed out on an opportunity. I hope that this forum will allow us greater room in which to express a wide range of opinions. I was especially intrigued by the blog (a few weeks agon) in relation to whether media determine the outcome of polls which then lead to a critique of the BBC, among other media.

    I am particularly interested in this topic, not so much because I think that the BBC (or CNN, et al) requires specific focus in this instance, but because I believe that media literacy will be one of the more vital skills of the future in our increasinly mediatised realities, a phenomenon of the so-called global village.

    It excites me that this forum was created (…after the show! Sounds so Oprah..ish! LOL!). It allows us to go beyond the conventions/ restrictions (?), imposed whether directly or otherwise, by administrative and other considerations! Great idea! A real international dateline with multiple perspectives, to boot! Great work guys!

    Kudos to WHYS for affording us the opportunity, too!

  21. 22 Bob in Queensland
    November 4, 2008 at 07:03

    @ Rawpolitics

    Oprah? OPRAH? Ah well, it could be worse. You could have said “Jerry Springer”! 🙂

  22. 23 DENNIS
    December 4, 2008 at 06:38

    On Bob in Queensland forum, it is doing good and is always looking for new visitors….


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