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Chibiabos83

Rebel Board

Visit the new Rebel Board here: http://rebelboard.myfastforum.org

It's the ideal place to hang out and have a chat about anything from books (if you don't get enough of that here) to who should be playing in the holding role for Boston United this season. They're less strict over there.
Apple

Where did the rebel board originally come from, is it a incarnation from the old Beeb board or something separate?

Doh! I've just noticed the big heading over there mentioning the Beeb Big Read board!

It seems pretty cool though!
Chibiabos83

Dai's the authority on this matter, but I believe that when the BBC's Big Read project was going on and this board was in its first incarnation, the MSN Big Read board was started up as a place where people could censor themselves rather than being censored by others, and, moreover, where more off-topic discussion was possible. I joined fairly early on, in late 2003, but I wasn't there at the time the board was created.
Apple

I noticed on our old MSN board there was a link to the rebel board, I went over and had a look and joined but then after that I had problems getting into it - like I did with the Big Readers MSN board all I kept getting was the dreaded white screen or error messages so in the end I just stopped bothering.  

Speaking of the old Beeb board is it still there does anyone know?  They did say they were going to keep it although you couldn't post on it.  I joined that pretty close to its demise, only about a year before it was shut down, but I don't know I have happy memories of that board, it was better than the MSN board - I just hated MSN (no offence and I'm really glad Evie moved so quickly and found us a new home there) but this board really tops them both.
Evie

Apple, I agree - the Beeb board was great, lots of happy times there.  It hasn't been the same since.  I am very glad we are all still together, of course, but I do still miss the old Beeb board very much.
Gul Darr

Apple wrote:
Speaking of the old Beeb board is it still there does anyone know?  They did say they were going to keep it although you couldn't post on it.

Yes, it's still there (or at least it was not too long ago). I still browse through the discussions occasionally and remember all those halcyon days...
lunababymoonchild

Apple wrote:
I noticed on our old MSN board there was a link to the rebel board,


I wonder if we should provide a link to the Rebel Board (now that they have found a new home) on this incarnation?

Luna
Castorboy

Re: Rebel Board

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Visit the new Rebel Board here: http://rebelboard.myfastforum.org They're less strict over there.

A friendly enquiry Chib. In what way is this Board strict?
lunababymoonchild

If I may, I think that what Chibiabos meant was that on the Rebel Board it's not strictly books that are discussed it's everything else as well.  This Board is strictly books and reading related matters only.

Luna
Evie

Quote:
I wonder if we should provide a link to the Rebel Board


Luna - that's the purpose of this thread - Chibiabos put a link in his opening post.
Chibiabos83

A link to the archive of the BBC board for Apple's benefit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbarts/F2234234. I'm not sure you can access it now by following links on the BBC website.

I don't think I've enjoyed any board we've had as much as the original BBC board, which was replaced in 2005. That's partly to do with the haze of nostalgia, I'm sure, but I also loved the structure of the board, the way one could see branches within threads and so on. There are also a few people from those days who have sadly fallen by the wayside - Effie, Rob Hart, David McCabe...ah, memories. I recall that for the MSN Rebel Board Simon designed a hilarious alternative version of the Beeb board's homepage as a 'welcome' image - I'd be delighted to see it again if anyone has a copy...
lunababymoonchild

Evie wrote:
Luna - that's the purpose of this thread - Chibiabos put a link in his opening post.


I know, what I meant, and clearly should have said, is a permanent link - somewhere (like a Sticky/Locked thread?) on the board - the way there used to be under the links section on the MSN Board.

Luna
Chibiabos83

I had a look to see if there was a links section anywhere before I started the thread - it would be useful, but there doesn't appear to be one (not that we couldn't create another separate forum especially for links, I suppose, but my own feeling is this board's homepage is overwhelming enough as it is...). The problem with a locked thread, I think, is that if nobody posts on it it drifts down the board as it gets replaced by more recent ones. I think and hope that the Rebel Board gets mentioned here often enough that if anyone enquires we can always point them in the right direction.
miranda

If you make it a sticky thread it will stay at the top.
Chibiabos83

Oh, will it? I suppose that's why they call it sticky. I'm not very up on this new technology. Well, I'll do something about it at some point...
lunababymoonchild

MikeAlx put a locked and sticky thread (Avatars) in the Any Questions section, if that's any help Smile

Luna
Evie

I have taken the liberty of setting up a separate thread as a 'sticky' to guide people to the Rebel Board.  I won't lock it, as people may want to post questions, problems registering, talk about how fab it is, etc.

Hope that's OK - Chibiabos, I don't mean to tread on your toes!  Couldn't work out how to make this one a sticky now that it's up and running, so thought it was easier just to post a new one.
Chibiabos83

No, thank you for taking the burden off my hands!
Chibiabos83

In case any of the tiny constituency of Rebel Board regulars is wondering what the hell's happened to it in the past day or two, I have been in touch with Dai, its moderator, and we will do some digging around. With luck it will soon be restored to its former glory.
Mikeharvey

Just tried to access Rebel Board and got something obscuring the site and couldn’t get rid of it. What’s happened?
Chibiabos83

Don't know. See my post above. Any updates will appear on this thread.
Chibiabos83

Just a note to say I have left a message on the support forum asking for the Rebel Board to be unsuspended. There is a thread there that says: 'Due to a massive spam attack, forums are having to be automatically suspended by certain criteria.' Doubtless this is what has happened to the RB. Sure it will be back presently. If anything happens to this board that requires similar action, you may rest assured that I or one of the other moderators will attend to it.
Chibiabos83

Now back, in all its former glory: http://rebelboard.myfastforum.org/
Joe McWilliams

And bugger all happening there. Too bad. This board seems to be headed in the same direction.
Chibiabos83

It's been quite lively today, by current standards. Hard to know what to do to reverse the trend. I'm still a regular visitor, and enjoy reading other people's posts, but we have a smaller core of posters than we used to. It's a symptom of various things, not the least of which is that people's lives change in all sorts of ways and they don't have as much time for posting here. In this board's first and second incarnations, under the banner of the BBC website, we had an ever-changing personnel because the BBC website attracted all sorts of people, but this is just a message board and it never gets much in the way of new blood. I don't imagine it will die completely for quite some time, but it's got a bit of a limp at the moment.
TheRejectAmidHair

What little time I have, I now spend on my blog. I do enjoy crafting essays - and especially structuring long essays. I'm afraid I come here quite rarely now.
Castorboy

Chibiabos83 wrote:
It's been quite lively today, by current standards. Hard to know what to do to reverse the trend. I'm still a regular visitor, and enjoy reading other people's posts, but we have a smaller core of posters than we used to. It's a symptom of various things, not the least of which is that people's lives change in all sorts of ways and they don't have as much time for posting here.

That last sentence applies to me but that shouldn't be a problem for the Board if all the new blood who have joined, just in the past two years, would try and post something, anything no matter what, so the smaller core can respond. After all that is how we can become a bigger core read2

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