1. INT. John’s Gmail Account. Night.
A mess, obviously. Unopened mail everywhere. It is ignored, as ‘Compose Mail’ is clicked, and a flurry of text appears on the screen.
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 20:50:36 +0100
From: John Hoare
To: Observation Dome Admin
Subject: Media website thingy
A website covering film/tv/newspapers/radio/any media at all.
A front page, which will be a cross between OD and G&T.
Left hand side being a group blog type thing.
Right hand side being a load of cool articles/interviews/reviews.
Won't be done until after waaay DJ, and probably after a G&T redesign, but you've got time to think if you want to be involved or not.
For what it's worth, originally I was going to do something that just I contributed to, but I thought I'd open it up and make something a bit bigger. But I suspect a lot of you either won't have time to do anything for it, or would prefer to keep anything you do on your own sites, or other sites that you contribute to. But the offer's there if you want it.
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1575. INT. Noise To Signal Staff Forum. Day.
The backend of the whole enterprise. Great ideas for articles scatter the floor, unused.
The future of NTS
Mon, 02/11/2009 - 15:35 — John Hoare
Man, this is a hard post to write. I originally started it with a quote from Rimmer's speech at the start of Out of Time, but that didn't seem quite appropriate for this post somehow. (You can read it aloud in your head if you like, though.)
Anyway, I've talked to a few of you privately about this, and it's probably time to talk about it properly here. Put simply: I'm not sure whether any of us really has the time or inclination to run NTS properly any more. The fact we only had five updates last month really indicates the fundamental problem. I can't speak for anyone else, but I know that I personally have other things I want to concentrate on; I'm not sure I really have the time to devote to NTS. As is obvious by the lack of articles from me recently.
So, what do we think? I'm thinking along the lines of giving people time to publish anything they want to on the site, then posting a final series of farewell articles, and then closing the site to new content. The archives would remain up indefinitely, and we can even keep comments open for the next few months; but the day-to-day running of the site would end.
How do we all feel? Is there anyone who wants to make a case for the site continuing? I certainly don't want to make it look like this is a done decision; but we only have to look at the lack of updates recently to see that something is wrong with the site; and I'm not sure we have enough time or energy as a group to make it work.
And so here we are. As we come to the end of 2009, we aren't looking forward to what the New Year will bring for NTS. Instead, we're driving wistfully into the sunset... or fucking off, if you wish to be crude. (And, as ever, we do.)
There's no juicy reason. No big argument. Nothing, unfortunately, very exciting. (We should have learnt from Favrd.) Just a simple lack of time, and perhaps a bit of desire to move onto other things, however sad it is. The site won't be disappearing in its current form - hell, we're even leaving comments open for the foreseeable future - but come next year, we won't be updating with anything new.
We'll be back later this month with a roundup of our best bits, as Davina would say, so it's not quite goodbye from us yet. In the meantime, from all of us - we hope you've enjoyed our little ramblings over the years. It was fun.