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Replies: 1,407 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2013 7:37 AM Last Post By: Zabba
Jan 8, 2013 7:43 PM
105RE# 103 -
quote - "the ability to respond quickly to someone else's comments has led, I've observed, to occassional nasty back and forth on some of the forums. The delay helps to (obviously) slow things down and might just result in better quality contributions if people know the ability to instantly reply is gone (for "
But you can also be your own moderator and just scroll past the nasty back and forth yourself . The moderators did often times remove and prune the back and forth threads anyway if there was no worthwhile or constructive info in the exchanges. With the volume of posts it would not be possible to always have pre moderation anyway and the better quality contributors might just desert the ship if there are always going to be long delays.
Whenever I contributed to the Your Choice branch I never encountered any rudeness or disrespect . I once took the time to write excerpts of interesting travel books on the Your Choice branch now those posts are gone with all the others.
One wonders instead of a scorched earth policy couldn't the BBC/Lonely Planet have simply put in a place more prominent disclaimers and warning that they don't suppport , agree or take responsibility for all content. At the end of the day BBC might not always be the owner of LP anyway.
RE# 104 - BOOMER1.
Tony Wheeler has commnented a couple of times on this affair , rather than transcribing them here , you can find them with web searches.
Jan 8, 2013 8:35 PM
106So many angry TT users and still no addressing us? LP, I know you know you're dropping the ball on this issue....Can you really afford the word on the web to be this is not where to get relevant travel information?...all in the name of what? stopping unseemly content?I know in my line of work they say negative word of mouth cost 1,000's of dollars in lost business...every day you keep these "controversial" boards down.You are losing loyal readers and members who will in-turn only testify to their negative experience here.
Jan 8, 2013 8:51 PM
107I speculated about the motivations of the owners of LP in a previous post, using entirely parliamentary language. It didn't get past the mods. It didn't seem to contravene any of the guidelines. Just as an experiment, I'm posting this to see it gets past.
LP, if making speculative comments about the owners' motivations, even if it doesn't allude to any issues that are sub judice, for the closing down of the forums is against the guidelines, do you think these guidelines could be updated to reflect the fact? In the interests of fair disclosure?
Jan 8, 2013 11:31 PM
108I like the quote from Dominic Rowell: "However, as travellers and contexts change it is important that we change as well, which is why we took the opportunity to instigate this program of work. We have taken our members on a bumpy ride over the last two weeks and we will now focus on building the best travel community on the web."
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110Hi, do you know when the Eastern Europe forum is due back? I'm going to Budapest next month and wanted to see what had been discussed in the forum for there. Thanks.
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You get relevant travel information by coming to a meeting place that attracts both new questioners and frequent respondents. Attracting frequent respondents requires attending to their user experience and treating them with respect. That is the fundamental of this business. It is a fundamental that not all forum hosts understand. If the shoe fits wear it.
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