Views of the volunteer ‘committee’
1. Purpose and aims of the forum.
Accepted that the forum should not drift away from our shared interest, Radio 3; and that we should be proactive in promoting the output of Radio 3, and encouraging critical discussion about it.
The social networking aspects of the forum were not favoured. The BBC boards banned the exchange of contact details which seems extreme, but perhaps The Radio 3 Forum should respect the priority given to discussion rather than the social aspects? PMs are considered the most acceptable, enabling individual members to contact each other privately. But the membership is still quite small, so fragmenting into smaller social groups might risk weakening the community. Is there a strong objection to switching off Friends/Visitor Messaging? (Facebook is disabled by default)
2. Organisation and moderation
Suggest that each forum has ‘hosts’ who ensure that new topics (esp. re Radio 3) are posted and keep an eye on what’s going on within the forum. We have Global and Lat for world music, Calum for jazz, DracoM and ardcarp for The Choir/Choral Evensong, Uncle Monty, Eine Alpensinfonie, johnb and StephenO for CD Review/BaL and Performance. Arts & Ideas has always had several interested parties (Simon, tony yyy, Calum, and several others). Of course, the more people who participate in this, the better: it’s just that the people named have expressed willingness to participate as a start.
Should we flag up that the forum is ‘reactively moderated’ and respond only to Reported Posts or complaints via PMs (Reported Posts currently go automatically to french frank and Mark via email)? At this stage do we need a team of moderators? We have a lot of community spirit at the moment but this may not last. ‘Flaming’ and repeated disruption of topics will probably be the main problems. Certain measures (e.g. banning a member) are carried out only by the administrators but the decision to ban should be made by those with moderator's privileges.
Shall we see what problems arise and gradually formulate moderation rules, as necessary?
3. Development of the forum.
While we’re settling in, it has seemed best to retain the original forums from the BBC boards. However, we can add new boards (perhaps a BaL board, a Discovering Music board, a Hear & Now board, a Proms board &c). The Breakfast MB might be one in due course to discard? It was obviously originally intended to market the programme when it first started and provide somewhere for the presenters to get material to use on air. It is the least flourishing one, and mainly moans ...
Next job will be to introduce links to the Radio 3 website (home, Listen Live, Listen Again) and perhaps a News button to link to an area where forum matters could be aired. There is a temporary problem here which will take a little time to sort out.
The Committee Room is no longer password protected - for those who want to plough through the sessions and see what was written and what’s been left out of the above that shouldn’t have been.