slaphead1982 wrote:Is it me or is there just too many people on here at the minute spouting random guff about money?
Not wishing to make a generalisation, but people who whinge about the licence fee and stupid, minor gripes about features which are virtually irrelevant are, to put it mildly, thick as pigshit. I genuinely feel for people at the BBC who's job it is to respond to people like that, they must have the patience of a saint. I couldn't do it, I honestly couldn't.
Same. I wouldn't last a day without saying "I'm sorry, but there has been a long process that this has come from - we won't be releasing the details of it to you as it is private to the BBC, regardless of how much you pay the license fee. Please trust in people's ability to do their jobs to the best of their ability."
hdsport82 wrote:Anyway I realise this won't change and is 'out of your hands' but do you know if the free message option from the mobile site is ever going to come back which gave people a (potentially) 'free' alternative without going through a third party like Facebook/Twitter?
I've just gone to the 'send a message' on the mobile app.
hdsport82 wrote:Ok I personally disagree because some people may have concerns (around privacy etc.) about using commercial organisations like Facebook/Twitter to communicate with the BBC. It's not like the website message function is something new, the option was there and was taken away. I recognise most people probably don't care about Facebook et al having all their details to use for profit etc. so existing methods may seem sufficient for the BBC.
I always think that people who have concerns about their privacy when using social media are absolutely ridiculous. It's basically saying that they can't be bothered to learn how to control what information gets send to who, so the social network that they're on should read their mind and know what should to go whom.
"I'm concerned about driving my car for the first time, because I don't know how anything works and I might hurt myself"
"Sir, do you know how to drive your car?"
"Well kind of, but it's your responsibility to keep me safe."
"Officer, That man has just taken a naked picture of me without my consent"
"Madam, you do realise that you're naked in public right now"
"Well that's besides the point, It shouldn't matter if I'm showing things to the public or not - they shouldn't be looking"
And as for them making money from your details, a) you click AGREE to the terms & conditions - or you just don't sign up, b) you don't pay a fee to use these sites c) you don't have to put in your real details if you're just going to use the site in order to communicate with BBC R1. Perhaps paying for a message to be sent might not be the worst thing in the world if you're concerned about your privacy/corporate greed. Setting up, and maintaining a high level social network is EXPENSIVE and if it flopped (or had a low intake like Google Plus) then the BBC would be crucified for unnecessary spend, in a time when there are viable FREE alternatives out there.