Thursday, 28 January 2010

All Quiet on the Western Redbridge Front ...

Anyone notice the lack of activity on the near-defunct Red-i forum yesterday ...?

... Possibly not, for the reason already stated, but there were four posts (Wow!) that sat in limbo for the day waiting for someone on the moderation team to sit up and take notice ...

... So, where they asleep? Or was there a more pressing demand on their time ...?

Methinks someone got their wish - but not in the way we all wanted ...!


28 comments:

  1. Redbridge-i, together with the monthly Redbridge Pravda, would be very welcome budget cuts rather than local history archivists and parking charges for leisure facilities.

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  2. Oh, so it’s my fault is it?

    It was a good meeting. Those present appeared to listen, but they are not necessarily those who decide. We are dealing with a Local Authority here, so we can’t expect action or results just yet. However, there will come a point in time, when if nothing has happened, I will have to ask the question, “who do I need to persuade and convince now?”

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  3. I think you've answered your own question earlier in the same post - you have to persuade and convince the decision makers - if you can find out who they are, that is!

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  4. "With the advent of new technologies such as facebook and twitter, it seems the days of the internet forum are numbered, just as the usergroups of the early- to mid-’90s are now long forgotten."
    ????
    The Third Estate

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  5. After many days without activity on Redbridge-i I have posted a question on the Neighbourhood Section (use postcode IG7 4JE if you're out of the immediate area). Let's see whether it gets any replies and, more particularly, how long it lasts before the Redbridge Stasi censors (ie removes) it.

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  6. So, I open the redi website, use the IG7 4JE postcode, read the comment posted by Morris but, of course, no way can I reply!
    Clever, clever way the Borough wide forum is preventing exchange of views amongst its residents. Is that a form of censure?
    The mini local forums are quite useful. What a shame it is not deemed suitable for the whole community of residents to discuss things amongst themselves.
    annesevant

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  7. Vee hef vays off kontrolling yoo!

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  8. Worked for me, Anne.
    Maybe you've been banned?

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  9. Peut-etre que Redbridge-i ne parle pas francais?

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  10. All gone! Deleted and told off for "inappropriate use".

    Why don't you re-start the thread here Morris? Click on "New Post" at the top of the page.

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  11. I thought about that, Weggis. But what I was attempting to do on Redbridge-i was to start a genuine open discussion. Redbridge council officers do not like open discussion. Done on this site it would be open only to a limited number of like-minded people.

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  12. Council Officers, indeed Councillors, would be welcome on this board, but as to date none have asked to join in, although there is a readership from Redbridge.gov IP addresses.

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  13. "...there is a readership from Redbridge.gov IP addresses."

    Yeah - surveillance from the Stasi I expect.

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  14. Just a copy of a tentative post for the redi v2 forum;
    I was logging on my 'report it' 'restricted area' pages and I noticed another comment about less than efficient operatives road sweepers.
    I cannot speak for myself, the team working down my road are doing a decent job but I do hope somebody high up is taking notice of the comments of the mosaic system of narrow reporting being allowed, which must make it such a headache for the Big Boss to keep an eye on the views of the public.
    Divided we are but, somehow, we still stand!
    annesevant

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  15. No fewer than 3 comments made yesterday under the "Ask my neighbour" head have been removed within hours of submission. As a test, the third was posted very late last night, and removed at 9.17 this morning.

    It is extraordinary beyond belief that a post submitted to the forum section early on Friday afternoon may not appear until late on Monday after passing the "moderators", yet the post in question (to which post-moderation applies) can be posted late on Friday night and removed at 9.17 on Saturday morning!

    On Thursday evening this week our Council held its meeting to agree a budget for the next financial year - and a right old pantomime it appears to have been to judge from reports on the local papers' websites. One wonders why they failed to identify an obvious saving in the form of their useless, crappy website and the equally useless Redbridge Life? Would anybody really miss Redbridge-i other than the Stasi employed to "manage" it? Would anybody really miss the local version of Pravda? Just contrast money spent on such nonsense - supported, apparently, by all three political parties - and the proposals (fortunately set aside!) to reduce the road-sweeping teams by three staff, reduce by more than 50% the access to historical archives, and to take yet more money out of the already under-funded adult social services.

    Roll on 6 May 2010......

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  16. They'vejust removed another!!

    As Corporal Jones would say: "They don't like it up 'em, Sir"!

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  17. Morris,
    I understand that the "My Neighbourhood", "Ask my Neighbour" and "Pledge Bank" functions are administered by Redbridge CVS on a voluntary basis. I may be wrong but this would explain the difference in operation between these "facilities" and the main "public forum".

    "Redbridge-i" does have its uses for publicising the council's activities, notices, and agendas/minutes for council meetings, plus the Report It section does work although it could be improved as I've suggested elsewhere.

    Otherwise I agree that the current attempts to engage the public in discussion have fallen on stoney ground but Redbridge Life does at least make a significant contribution to our recycling targets.

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  18. When Morris says, roll on 6 May 2010, this collides with another comment (by somebody else, I think) that in fact the council decisions are not made by the councillors but by the 'unaccountable to the public' public servants.
    Is the choice of words, public servants, againts the trade description act?
    annesevant

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  19. Thanks Weggis. If what you say is correct, then it is even more outrageous. The Nazis, KGB and Stasi all depended for their intelligence on secretive, unidentified, cringing cronies supporting them.

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  20. ...........number 6.

    Freedom of speech is respected throughout most of the former Communist Block of Eastern Europe, but not by the London Borough of Deadbridge!

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  21. Morris, could you try and post something nice just to check that you are not silenced by an automatic program reacting to your name and email address?
    annesevant
    ps: Don't go overboard!

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  22. Magnificent? Up? Dwarfs? Seas? Wonders? Sins?

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  23. One over the? Days a week? Track? Bells? Ball?

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