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I have been running this site in my own time since July 2002. After nine years I am considering making some changes.

I have been running this site in my own time since July 2002.
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The purpose of the site is to provide independent (from the broadcasters, infrastructure companies and Digital UK) information about the choice people can make to watch free to air television services in the UK.

Having many years of technical, managerial and communications experience - and particularly after seeing at first hand the failure of ONdigital to communicate the technical difficulties - I thought the would be plenty of people who would need straightforward technical digital TV assistance.

When the site launched the only form of "feedback" was a personal email service, but on 7 October 2005, I introduced a direct commenting service. This has on the whole been very successful and popular - over 88,000 comments have been posted since then.

Many people have assisted people from all over the UK and around the world, and these contributions have made the site a lively and helpful place.

However, 28,500 of these posting are mine, and it is taking an increasingly large amount of my time.

In addition, the number of occasions where personal attacks are being launched on me and my professional knowledge, or I have to deal with uninformed and incorrect answers being given to people has increased.

The main upshot of this is that I spend very little time doing the "top line" site tasks, such as writing articles, upgrading the database information, adding in new sections such as the radio transmitter and YouView pages and so forth.

Whilst I appreciate that visitors can reasonably think that "in a democracy we are free to discuss pros, cons and preferences", this site is not a democracy, UK Free TV is my project.

Therefore I am proposing that:

1. Certain sections pages will be closed to further comments. I really do not have the time to spend going round and round in the same loop discussing same things, such as with the tedious digital radio haters. Such discussions add nothing to helping out people with their reception issues and will be moved to a holding page or deleted if they are insulting.

2. Some sections will be pre-moderated. Comments will not appear until I approve them.

3. Off-topic comments will be deleted or moved. For example, questions posted about Freeview reception in Jersey posted on the Winter Hill page. I will normally move them to the general purpose Feedback page.

4. I will then will have the time to improve the resolution and accuracy of the transmitter coverage pages, upgrade the radio transmitters section and provide information about the upcoming local TV, IPTV and YouView.

I will instigate these changes shortly.

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Monday, 28 February 2011

6:49 AM

Thank you all, again, for your kind comments.

I do feel much more confident about removing disruptive elements from the site, and hope that this will allow it to continue to help people.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag

11:44 AM

I'm a great fan of this site too Brian.
So much technical knowledge and useful information.
Best wishes,

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Bill's 63 posts GB flag

12:54 PM

Bill: Thanks very much.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
1:00 PM
Milton Keynes

I have found your site extremely helpful, useful and informative. Please do keep the technical, transmitter info and set up details, etc available for us beginners!
Many thanks for your efforts.

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Chris's 1 post GB flag
Chris's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage

1:07 PM

Chris: Thanks. I am not proposing to take anything away, don't worry.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Josh Welby

1:14 PM

What about the upcoming Digital Radio Switchover pending in 2015?

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Josh Welby's 43 posts GB flag

1:41 PM

Gordon Bennett! I've just made the mistake of looking at the "Delusional DAB Arguments" page. What a bunch of losers. Life is just too short to waste your time with this sort of stuff. More power to your elbow Brian, this site is excellent and the more time you can devote to the important parts the better.

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Steve's 59 posts GB flag

2:19 PM

Josh Welby: That's why I'm doing a whole section on it. When I have the time.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Mark Aberfan Aerials

2:27 PM

Hi Brian,

I miss the "report this post" button as its a quick way to report things like spam or when a newbie puts their name address phone number etc on a public forum.

Mark Aberfan Aerials

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Mark Aberfan Aerials's 1,059 posts GB flag

2:30 PM

Mark Aberfan Aerials: It was generating an awful lot of spam email. I will look into doing a proper reporting system, probably this evening.

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