Do we wish to have online discussion/debate in Railway Ramblers?

With the introduction of the new website, we have the opportunity to introduce online discussion threads in our own social network.  While the letters page in the magazine has served us well, we can now share information, comments and views in a debate format in real time.  Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming more commonplace, so is this the time right to introduce this within Railway Ramblers on the website?  By trying the concept on the website we can at least restrict the topics to relevant RR matters and overcome the issues we’re finding on the RR Facebook page where users ‘lose’ sight of threads rapidly as new posts push them down.  Will it work for us?  Are there benefits?  Are there risks?  Is it unfair on non-website users? Do we need rules? What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Do we wish to have online discussion/debate in Railway Ramblers?

  1. I think it’s a good idea in principle. Its success all depends on whether a good number of people engage with it. Future proposals for the Footpath Fund could be aired here first, perhaps, to try and gauge the level of support among members?

  2. Does everyone think all comments should go through moderation or should anyone be able to post comments here – my preference is that we leave the discussion completely open – unless we find we have issues?

    • Based on our experience so far with the Railway Ramblers Facebook page I agree with the proposed approach. Anything we deem to be inappropriate can be quickly and easily removed. If this becomes onerous or problematic in other ways we can also easily and quickly turn on moderation for all contributions.

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