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4 May, 2004: Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 1

The H2G2 Editors

In the UK there are three sets of elections taking place on 10th June - European elections for the whole of the UK, Local Elections in England and Wales, and the London Mayoral and Assembly elections.

The BBC's commitment to impartiality is closely scrutinised when reporting on election campaigns. This has some important consequences for the whole of the BBC; we welcome community discussion about the elections, but need to ensure that impartiality is maintained.

In order to maintain impartiality all community areas hosting election conversations must be closely hosted and post-moderated. Rather than switch all of the existing DNA sites to post-moderation for the duration of the elections, we've decided to direct members of all DNA sites to the Hub to discuss the UK elections. The Hub will be post-moderated for the duration.

So, if you'd like to discuss the UK elections, please either start a discussion on the Elections2004 page on the Hub [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/hub/Elections2004] or post to one of the existing conversations on the Elections2004 page.

NOTE: As such discussions on all DNA sites will be similarly diverted to the Hub, we don't want it to become too 'h2g2-centric' as this might alienate non-h2g2 visitors. Likewise, we're not asking any of our volunteers to extend their h2g2 roles over to the Hub - although the standard Codes of Conduct will still apply as usual if any of you decide to get involved.

We've taken this step as a direct result of the many constructive discussions held during the Iraq crisis and we're very pleased that this has been seen as a viable option for DNA sites. We're especially grateful to Peta and the DNA team for offering to host this for the duration.


Where else can we discuss the elections on the BBC?

A number of Messageboards have been prepared for the discussions, so if you wish to discuss the elections you can post to the election discussions page on the Hub, or if you prefer, to one of these BBC messageboards:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/h2/h2.cgi?x=y&board=greatdebate - The Great Debate messageboard

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/h2/h2.cgi?x=y&board=england&sort=T&state=init - English Regions messageboards

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/h2/h2.cgi?state=init&board=asianlife - Asian Life messageboards

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/h2/h2.cgi?state=init&board=essentials - One Life messageboards

This only applies to the elections in the UK, and only for the duration of the elections. You are still free to talk about political issues from elsewhere in the world on any of the DNA sites. As soon as the elections are over, the restrictions will be lifted.


4 May, 2004: Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 2

Mr Inertia - Now new, improved and mostly human!

Good to see we can have a good political argument somewhere on here!
smiley - biggrin


4 May, 2004: Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 3

Saturnine

Hmmm. smiley - erm


4 May, 2004: Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 4

Mr Inertia - Now new, improved and mostly human!

BTW, did anyone spot the deliberate mistake?


4 May, 2004 : Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 5

Whisky

Nope smiley - winkeye


4 May, 2004 : Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 6

Saturnine

smiley - laugh


4 May, 2004 : Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 7

Ferrettbadger. The Renegade Master

smiley - grr...


4 May, 2004 : Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 8

Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

I don't get it. smiley - winkeye


4 May, 2004 : Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 9

Mort - a middle aged Girl Interrupted

I think this is a marvellous solution to a situation that is not in the BBC control.


4 May, 2004 : Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 10

Natalie

Deliberate mistake?! smiley - run


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 11

Whisky

smiley - grr

Oi! That's cheating! Just coz you've got all those fancy buttons doesn't mean we can't take the mickey out of you for making a mistake!


smiley - flan





smiley - nahnah


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 12

GreyDesk

* back clicks a few times to a cached version *

Yes it did smiley - laugh


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 13

Smij - Formerly Jimster

Thanks to those of you who pointed out that we (and by 'we' I mean, er, one of us smiley - blush) had accidentally put '2003' instead of 2004 in the subject header. As this is such an important announcement, we had to edit the subject headings, so apologise to anyone still looking for the deliberate mistake. I made it - Natalie fixed it - and it's gone.

smiley - cool

Who says I'm stuck in the past, eh?


4 May, 2004 (WHITEWASH!) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 14

Natalie

Big fancy buttons? I can't see any, just the bbc.co.uk big bottle of Tippex. smiley - footinmouth


4 May, 2004 (WHITEWASH!) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 15

Whisky

smiley - rofl

Don't do that when I'm trying to look like I'm working

smiley - roflsmiley - wahsmiley - rofl


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

Post 16

paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

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Thanks for letting us Americans continue to beat around the Bush smiley - biggrin


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

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Hati

So, is it still allowed to discuss EU elections in any other member countries wherever on h2g2?


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

When I first saw the subject line for this thread, I thought it said
"Guidelines for electrons." Since when have we been allowing electrons into our conversations? smiley - erm


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

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Dr E Vibenstein (You know it is, it really is.)

I don't think we should allow electrons into our conversations. It wouldn't be a positive move.

Er, I'll get me coat. smiley - run


4 May, 2004 (It said 2003 before! Honestly) Guidelines for Elections, 2004

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

Are you positron about that? smiley - winkeye


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