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Hiatus; Fond remembrance of 7 great years
Topic Started: Oct 17 2013, 12:04 PM (1,680 Views)
Justin-T
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This is sad news indeed, but we definitely seemed to have run out of steam this season. :'(

Thanks to Harry, Tim and Pete for all the time and effort you've put into the site since 2006, it was a great resource and meeting place. Hope to see you all and the other WeDiggers again in another online space (or better still, in a trench just outside Haltwhistle).
Edited by Justin-T, Oct 17 2013, 06:50 PM.
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Oct 17 2013, 12:04 PM
As for staying in touch, we are exploring a FaceBook group or similar idea for diggers -- will send out an email once things are shored up.
It occurs to me that perhaps there might be a place for consultation of the WeDig community about what comes next? There's a month in which that might be discussed here before the doors creak shut and the lock is turned...
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We haven't had much response/discussion yet, or suggestions for the future of WeDig, so let me try and stir things up a bit... B)

My initial reaction to closing WeDig and moving us somewhere else is: will that change the level of participation? What aspects of WeDig would be better served by transferring it to Facebook or Twitter or some other social medium? Is there a new feature that could be added to increase posting/participation here or in a replacement "forum"?

Its clear that a major reason for things becoming quieter here this year is the arrival of the official blog and the continued excellent daily tweets from Justin, so we can now follow progress in the trench without the need for posts by volunteers, and in a much more comprehensive and consistent way. The video blogs in particular are incredibly valuable. The presence of the blog & tweets means we also get the experts opinion/interpretation of what's being revealed throughout the season.

However, I'm still interested in reading about/seeing volunteers daily battles in the trench (even if its on an independent blog like I did this past July), so if there's a better method of doing that than using this forum I'm all for it. Part of the reason I did my own blog was simply the ease of including photos, but it also allowed me to control the overall appearance. Maybe there are other benefits too.

Please chime in with your thoughts/ideas...
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Hi Claire,

That sounds very interesting, it looks like its the FROG Network you are referring to? For those of us that are not members (and therefore can't see it), can you give us more of an idea of what goes on behind the closed doors?

There must be a few hundred newly-minted Vindolanda diggers each season, so the number of people on a similar Vindolanda network could quickly become sizeable, how many volunteers take part in TDP per year?
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