[BNM] Handing over the BNM reigns
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Thu Jul 23 16:38:05 BST 2015
I'm another one who's been on here from virtually the start and used to be
pretty active but now lurk more than participate (sorry - that's about time
more than other platforms). About three months into BNM's life, I also set
up the Mailman server that the folks at Wessex Networks then kindly took on
a few years later, and I did so because the alternative was a commercial
platform that I thought then (and still think) would damage BNM's lo-fi
success. So I agree wholeheartedly with Mark. It ain't at all broke; "in
recent years this list has endured BECAUSE it uses email, not in spite of
And thank you so much, Mat: you've been brilliant and, like others, I'd be
gutted if BNM was killed off, withered away or became something different.
Of course, Mat has offered to step down before and the reaction has pretty
much chained him to his seat, so why should it be different this time? ;-)
But if Mat's now determined, maybe someone will come forward. If not,
conceivably, it needs a small cadre to take over his sterling work, the most
difficult bit of which has always been that good-humoured and relaxed
policeman/judge/arbitrator/counsellor, while sometimes the most
time-consuming bit has been holding the hands of those who can't retain a
password or navigate an unsubscribe.
And if Mat really is going to move to a back seat, ain't it also time for a
> -----Original Message-----
> From: BNMlist [mailto:bnmlist-bounces at brightonnewmedia.org] On Behalf
> Of Mark Walker
> Sent: 23 July 2015 13:29
> To: Brighton New Media
> Subject: Re: [BNM] Handing over the BNM reigns
> Hi Mat/all
> Firstly Mat you are rightly being lauded for making this list what it
> is - your skills in negotiating multiple tricky moments over the past
> six trillion million posts must not be underestimated.
> Same goes for a core (if sprawling) group of people who have helped
> build a community that has been of huge personal value to me and many
> many other people. There are some fabulously generous people in this
> network and we all benefit from the impact it has on the way the
> digital sector operates in the city.
> My request would be that you/we don't fix what isn't broken. And in
> terms of what we have now my feeling is that in recent years this list
> has endured BECAUSE it uses email, not in spite of it.
> There are always new ways to connect people and many will offer
> specific advantages and we'll all be familiar with some of them in
> other parts of pour lives. However experience shows that it is never
> easy to build a community - but it is even harder to take people from
> one channel to another.
> Happy to be told or shown otherwise by anyone looking at other options,
> but we certainly shouldn't assume that any new platform will have the
> same people in it, or the same ethos or interaction that this one does
> ie precisely those things which are the core of the 'community'.
> On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM, Tristan Bailey
> <tristanbailey at gmail.com>
> > Matt
> > I am happy to talk it on and meant to talk at UX curry last week. I
> > have been talking to college who would be happy to host it. If you
> > want to give me the details and we could port it over to new server.
> > What the front of the site that is not a mailing list is I am more
> > than happy to talk about or share input on.
> > t
> > On 23 July 2015 at 11:26, Helana Bryant <spiralwarp at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > How about:
> > >
> > > BNM is Not a Mailinglist.
> > >
> > > Although that looses the Brighton bit.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On 23 July 2015 at 09:59, The Mighty Git <the.mighty.git at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > > Can we drop the "New" from the name yet?
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