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Re: Changes to The Brookmans Park Newsletter
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2018, 06:03:00 pm »
OK, cheers Dave.
 

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Re: Changes to The Brookmans Park Newsletter
« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2018, 09:54:20 am »
I've just posted an update about the changes to the Brookmans Park Newsletter on our site North Mymms News. Anyone interested can access the update below.

Status update regarding the Brookmans Park Newsletter
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An update on the future of the Brookmans Park Newsletter
« Reply #32 on: May 22, 2018, 07:45:28 pm »
It was announced at the start of the year that the Brookmans Park Newsletter is changing. This is an update on how those changes are progressing, and what can be expected in the six weeks leading up to the introduction of a new arrangement with our hosting company, The Positive Internet Company.

On the face of it, not a lot will appear to have changed. There will still be a Brookmans Park Newsletter home page, accessed via the usual web address of www.brookmans.com.

Updated, refreshed, and enhanced

The majority of the content on the Brookmans Park Newsletter has been revised, improved, and given new homes. All the history content has been moved to the North Mymms History Project, all the walks to Hertfordshire Walker, and much of the local information is now on North Mymms News. New information is being added to all three sites all the time.

Daily email updates

All three sites mentioned above offer daily email updates. Simply go to the sites, click on the 'free email updates' link on the top right of any page, and sign up to be alerted when new history features, new local walks, or local news and information is added. The daily digest for the site you sign up for will be sent out between 5pm and 7pm each day, but only if new content has been added. So instead of having to check the sites, you will receive notifications once a day if there is any new information to share.

Comment on everything

You have the option to comment on any of the posts on the history, walks, or news & information sites. Every article posted on all three sites has a comment box at the bottom. At the moment those comments can be made anonymously, although it's always nice if those offering feedback introduce themselves. Because anonymous posts are allowed there will be a delay in the publication of those comments while they are checked. This policy might change to registered members only if the anonymous option causes problems.

Bookmarked links

Any old links to a page in the former history, walks, or news sections will automatically redirect to the new sites. So nothing of any value has been lost. There will still be prominent links to all three sites on the Brookmans Park Newsletter home page.

Weather, trains, and discussions

The Brookmans Park Newsletter home page will continue to display the local weather and train updates, but the future of the forum is unclear, other than it will continue until the end of June. At that point it will have either been taken over by a new community group, or it will disappear. If someone offers to take over the discussion forum it will have to move to a new home. Whether or not the discussions continue to be showcased on the front page of the Brookmans Park Newsletter will depend on the editorial ethics adopted by those running the forum.

Privacy and forum membership

For privacy reasons, any changes to the forum ownership will be posted in the forum. This is so that registered members can decide whether they want to retain their accounts. The forum has a database of more than 1,000 registered members going back to 2005.

Twitter updates

At the top of the Brookmans Park Newsletter you will find the Twitter feeds for the three new sites. They are @NorthMymmsPast, @NorthMymmsNews, and @HertsWalker. There you will find the latest tweets and links so that you can follow the feeds you want.

Facebook

The former Brookmans Park Newsletter Facebook page has a new admin, and has been given a new name. It's now called Brookmans Park Local News and Events. Registered Facebook members should make sure that they are happy with the change. The Brookmans Park Newsletter is no longer on Facebook and has nothing to do with the new Facebook page.

Contributions welcome

The slogan for the Brookmans Park Newsletter has always been "content created by the community for the community", and that will continue. There are contact forms for the three new sites (bottom right of every page on each site). Please get in touch if you have a history feature to suggest, a local walk you would like to comment on, or a news item you would like to suggest, publish, or discuss. If you want to write for any of the three sites, please let me know.

Copyright

All content on North Mymms News and Hertfordshire Walker is published under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. Which means anyone is free to use, adapt, and publish the content on condition that they:
  • Offer attribution and a link to the original source of the material
  • That the material they produce is shared under the same Creative Commons license
  • That the material is used for non-commercial purposes only.
The same is true for much of the content on the North Mymms History Project except where the copyright for certain elements belongs to others. In all cases that is made clear.

So why the changes?

The are two main reasons for these changes. One is costs, the other is forward planning.

Costs

The old hosting arrangement with The Positive Internet Company was costing around 200 a year - the new arrangement costs about 20 a year. The most expensive element has been the forum.

Positive, who hosted the Brookmans Park Newsletter free-of-charge from 1998 to 2010, would have continued to do so, but I took the decision in 2010 to cover the costs by displaying Google adverts. I thought Positive had been generous enough, and I became aware that the site had grown to five times the size of the originally agreed free space allocated to the project.

At first, the revenue from the Google ads more than covered the costs of hosting and domain renewal, but by late 2017 it became clear that a fall in forum usage, and the resulting drop in Google income, meant that the site was no longer self-sustainable.

Forward planning

The old site is registered in my name, so if anything happens to me everything is lost. Now all the content is on platforms that will continue long after I am history.

Looking forward

I hope you continue to find the Brookmans Park Newsletter and the three associated new sites useful. Please do consider signing up for email updates, and please add any comments to the pieces you read, or suggest stories, history features, or local walks that should be covered.

In the meantime, the team behind the North Mymms History Project, and the two of us who keep adding new routes to Hertfordshire Walker, as well as those who update North Mymms News, will continue to upload new content specifically designed to try to enrich the experience of living in the local area.
The Brookmans Park Newsletter has been supporting the village and our local community since 1998 by providing free, interactive tools for all to use.
 
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Re: Changes to The Brookmans Park Newsletter
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2018, 06:16:32 pm »
Just to remind everyone, the Brookmans Park Newsletter Forum will be closing at the end of this month. At that point, all data will be deleted. So, if any forum users want to download their posts/pictures, you have 30 days to do so. Forum users can also delete their posts and their accounts whenever they choose. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the forum over the years.
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Re: Changes to The Brookmans Park Newsletter
« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2018, 12:31:25 pm »
It would be interesting before the site closes to understand if any contributors over the years now have a difference of opinion on politics/immigration/policing/houses/council services etc as we watch our country and Brookmans Park change dramatically in the recent past.

 
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Re: Changes to The Brookmans Park Newsletter
« Reply #35 on: June 07, 2018, 07:56:44 pm »
Hi Larrylamb,
Long time no speak on here! I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all the People who posted Honest and truthful opinions on the site! Even the ones that were took off due to them not being as they say To the standard!  Sad thing is Brookmans Park in 5 years will be just another overcrowded village surrounded Big Time by Social Housing (Nothing Wrong with that I come from a 5 bedroom Council House) and the village feeling as completely gone.  I lived in Brookmans Park for many years, and the best thing I ever did was move away to a Real Community and not one with there HEADS in the Sand. There is A real world out there but it will be coming to the village in due course, Starting with the Railway timetables, Housing (and lots of  it) Bad Road, overcrowded parking, permits etc. And not forgetting our Nice hard Working Eastern Europeans.  Anyway its a Shame the site is closing  hope the Editor gets a Job with Mr Corbin they both seem to have the Wrong ideas. Anyway bye bye Brookmans and see you in 5 years as part of the Greater Hatfield. Regards to all THE ROCK
 

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