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    Just browsing recent abridged council meeting minutes on the BMAA members-only bit. I noticed the following comment in the recent January meeting:
    "6.9. RH Facebook. Going well. BMAA Forum, quite [sic] may not continue after this Autumn when renewal cost falls due."

    At least the privately-run http://microlightforum.com/ is still trundling along nicely.
    The pilot formerly posting as MadamBreakneck
    R examiner and TST pilot.
    and now a Tai Chi instructor

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    At least from my point of view that would be a shame. However if that is the decision I hope that we are given enough notice to say by by before fading into the background.

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    • #3
      If this happens, how could a backup archive be taken for reference? there is a lot of useful stuff here.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tomshep View Post
        If this happens, how could a backup archive be taken for reference? there is a lot of useful stuff here.
        I think that might take a bit of lobbying from the general membership because my reading of the note in the council minutes is that the possible close-down is simply due to the money cost of maintaining the database.

        I did look at https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://forums.bmaa.org/ but it doesn't seem to penetrate deep enough to record all posts.

        I think most have migrated to Vince's forum which he started years ago when I was trying to persuade BMAA to close down this forum's predecessor because it was, in my view at the time, giving our sport a bad reputation. A combination of a long break in service and alternative chat locations (sorry, "social meeja") becoming available have led to this forum being a bit of a ghost town with just the occasional tussock of tumble weed blowing through.

        If enough members shout loudly enough (Geoff Hill does enjoy a bit of polite controversy in his letters pages) maybe this forum'll be kept on.
        The pilot formerly posting as MadamBreakneck
        R examiner and TST pilot.
        and now a Tai Chi instructor

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        • #5
          Could the database not be recorded onto a few DVDs and made available for a fee?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Joan Walsh View Post
            Just browsing recent abridged council meeting minutes on the BMAA members-only bit. I noticed the following comment in the recent January meeting:
            "6.9. RH Facebook. Going well. BMAA Forum, quite [sic] may not continue after this Autumn when renewal cost falls due."

            At least the privately-run http://microlightforum.com/ is still trundling along nicely.
            Be interesting to find out what they regard as sufficient traffic.

            Problem is, Facebook is chaotic, vitriolic, and not much good for casual browsing.

            The collapsed tree type reply system makes things less easy to follow and after a screen of stuff we therefore get back into repetition.

            The only thing is it can be easier to enforce real names.

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            • #7
              A recent FB posting by Geoff Weighell...
              " There are no plans to scrap the forum.
              As long as it gets used and there are members happy to moderate I don't see why it shouldn't stay"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dave Morton View Post
                A recent FB posting by Geoff Weighell...
                " There are no plans to scrap the forum.
                As long as it gets used and there are members happy to moderate I don't see why it shouldn't stay"
                and he announces it on Facebook but not here

                Of course, some of the users on here (eg. me) don't 'do' Facebook, so my thanks Dave for passing the message over.

                How much do we have to use it to qualify for it being kept?
                Who moderates it at the moment?
                The pilot formerly posting as MadamBreakneck
                R examiner and TST pilot.
                and now a Tai Chi instructor

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Joan Walsh View Post
                  and he announces it on Facebook but not here
                  Humpff
                  There's clearly a message there...
                  Martin Watson
                  Microlights in Norfolk
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Joan Walsh View Post

                    Of course, some of the users on here (eg. me) don't 'do' Facebook, so my thanks Dave for passing the message over.
                    Maybe we need a "Me Too" type message, my thanks to Dave also for passing the word down to us more lowely folk

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                    • #11
                      I also don't do facebook, so thanks again to Dave for passing the message from the dark side to us, the social media cave dwellers.
                      It's a long shot, but I wonder if there are any facebook users who would be prepared to support a 'significant material from facebook' thread on here?
                      Pete T.

                      "A closed mouth gathers no feet".

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Pete Twissell View Post
                        ... us, the social media cave dwellers.

                        True troglodytism is still to be found in Google Groups which took over the old Usenet news groups - there are still some of my old 1996 posts up there! Of course, the BMAA had its Yahoo! group which was shut to new stuff in 2013 when the BMAA council of the time deemed this forum's predecessor became more popular (whoops - a precedent).

                        I still participate occasionally in a Yahoo group for X-Plane technical stuff via email. Some US citizens prefer it because they still have slow internet links out in the sticks over there... we often don't realise how well off we are for internet bandwidth over here.

                        Originally posted by Pete Twissell View Post
                        It's a long shot, but I wonder if there are any facebook users who would be prepared to support a 'significant material from facebook' thread on here?
                        I thought it was part of the nature of FB that by the time any thread could be considered 'significant' and reported here, it was probably too late to participate and everybody had moved onto some other chit-chat. I used FB as a business tool for a few years but had no interest in remaining once it had served my purpose.

                        I did, however, toy with volunteering a couple of hundred words a month to MF linking to interesting threads on here but decided against - it'd take too much of my time for little reward.
                        Last edited by Joan Walsh; 6th March 2019, 12:04.
                        The pilot formerly posting as MadamBreakneck
                        R examiner and TST pilot.
                        and now a Tai Chi instructor

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                        • #13
                          I joined FB about 6 yrs ago purely because my daughter wanted to join as she was going skiing for the first time and we could keep in touch,
                          I have one friend (my daughter) but last year I joined 3 FB groups, bmaa, microlight pilots and p&m owners.
                          I'm not into the whole FB thing of adding friends and seeing what they've had for their tea but I do find the groups I use informative at times

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                          • #14
                            Maybe we need a "Me Too" type message, my thanks to Dave also for passing the word down to us more lowely folk
                            Me too.

                            Not to be confused with Me Too.
                            Last edited by Donald Walker; 8th March 2019, 18:30.

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