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David Quinn, a journalist based in Manchester, posted on his blog that last night’s Dispatches by Andrew Gilligan was actually trading off a three year old story. And David should know, because he covers the Manchester property market, which was the subject of the story.

And somebody claiming to be Andrew Gilligan has responded:

The programme did not say or imply that the Manchester story had been
“discovered” by Dispatches or was an exclusive. Please get your facts
right before you attack other people’s.

There’s two interesting things here. Firstly, it’s revealing that mainstream TV journalism thinks that covering three year old stories is OK. And secondly, it’s very interesting that blogging is giving specialist journalists a more powerful voice when their mainstream colleagues bulldozer their way into their areas of expertise.

Random linguistic psychology thought of the day:

Why do some people randomly capitalise technology-related words they aren’t very familiar with. Some examples include MAC for Apple’s Mac computers and, pretty frequently, BLOG, from new bloggers.

It’s common enough that there must be a root behind it somewhere.

Ha! How often do you get to type something like that?

Well, after an hour or so’s fiddling around, all seems well.

You should be seeing something like this:

This Blog in MT4Obviously, there’s still quite a bit missing. Most of the widgets aren’t on the page right now, and the blogroll won’t reappear until MT-Blogroll is upgraded for MT4.

But for now, I’m pleased. Having a lovely WYSIWYG editor in MT is just a delight.

I realised the other day that I’ve been participating in online communities for over a decade, from telnet-based chat rooms via mailing lists to Facebook. Here, mainly for my own reference, are the major repeating themes I’ve seen over that time:

  1. Whatever you do, don’t listen to the loudest voices in preference to the rest
  2. You can’t avoid conflict in the community, and even splits, no matter how had you try to control who joins
  3. Calming voices are invaluable
  4. Controlling voices are deadly
  5. Conversations that drift off topic and into running jokes are the sign of a good community developing – but if it goes too far, it alienates newcomers
  6. Once your community starts forming groups to develop rules, it’s dead
  7. The people with the most vested in the community are often the deadliest to it
  8. Communities that grow too large will fragment and, if you can’t accommodate that, move elsewhere
  9. Beware: those who police other’s behaviours, those who believe in one true way and those who hate change
  10. Communities, like people, have a life span. Once it’s gone, it’s gone