Why I’ve found that online communities on media sites always seem doomed to fail

Martin Belam:

But it is forums and communities that I wanted to focus on, with respect to “You Tell Us”. It strikes me as the latest in a long line of similar online communities I’ve been involved in, and I wanted to try and draw out a commonality that they all have. And it may not make welcome reading for those who have devoted such a long time to participating in them.

There are five communities over the years that I wanted to particularly look at – the BBC’s old Doctor Who message boards, the BBC Points Of View board, the BBC’s Archers messageboards, and the Guardian’s Talkboards and “You Tell Us” thread. They are all places that I’ve enjoyed dipping into and contributing too, sometimes as just a chit-chatty contributor, and sometimes in a more official capacity.