Wednesday 26 March 2003 4.30pm
I'm sorry that you don't agree with my decision to move those two threads to the chatter section, though I find your response is somewhat over the top and unecessarily accusatory.
As The Lady Miss Jo Jo says, the 'SE1 Discussion' section is for general discussion about SE1 shops, services, transport, restaurants, planning issues and the like, and the 'Chatter' is for discussions that don't have a direct link to life in SE1 (ie more general social or political issues).
I will readily acknowledge that the distinction between the two sections isn't clear at the moment, especially since I changed the settings to bypass the page which gave the option of choosing which forum to view and made 'SE1 Discussion' the default.
I will also admit that the rules about advertising etc are not readily set out anywhere, and I plan to rectify that very soon.
There are loads of other things that need doing on the site, but although I try to run it as professionally as possible it's a spare-time activity for me and I certainly don't run it to get rich.
Regular visitors may have noticed that some aspects of the forum are a bit rough around the edges (for example the list of threads has gone back to being poorly spaced with all the thread titles bunched on the left). This is because I upgraded the forum software to the latest version a couple of weeks ago and haven't had a chance to manually reapply all of the customisations that I made to the previous versions. I was hoping to do that today as I unexpectedly had a day at home, but I haven't had a chance yet.
I can assure you that my decision to move those threads has nothing to do with political censorship, but merely keeping the main forum relevant to current SE1-specific issues.
The issues of third world debt and the power of the supermarket giants are undoubtedly important and I am happy to provide a platform for reasoned discussion of these matters, but I do reserve the right to choose which part of the site is used for that purpose.
Of course other threads will wander off-topic, that is inevitable in any thriving online community.
The fact is that SE1 issues are our raison d'etre. There are loads of places where you can discuss third world debt, but not many where you can talk about pizza takeaways on the Old Kent Road