On behalf of the Forum staff and membership, our thoughts are with those who had their lives taken, their families and all those affected as a result of the events on Westminster Bridge and around the Houses of Parliament today.
This thread will be left open for members to post. The Admins would kindly ask those members who wish to contribute, that they do so thoughtfully and not in a reactionary manner.
Thank you to all members who have expressed an interest in what promises to be an interesting and unique excursion. The forum staff will review all those who have expressed an interest in coming along and send out (by email and PM) some 'joining instructions' and further details of the excursion. We will also contact (by PM) those who have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
Due to the unique nature of the tour it's unclear when the participants will arrive at the Penderel's Oak for the second part of our social; tradition dictates that members officially gather for beverages from 2pm.
Recently a representative of the London Transport Museum joined our membership in order to answer questions and contribute as a regular member.
Now on behalf of the membership, the Administrators would like to similarly welcome a representative of the Epping Ongar Railway [EOR].
This individual is firstly and foremost a standard forum member, just like the rest of us, however this person also has the authority to engage the forum to respond to questions or to post in threads in their official capacity as a representative of EOR.
Likewise the Administrators know who this representative is and rather than PM'ing this account direct, all topics regarding the Epping Ongar Railway should continue to be posted on the open forum as usual.
This person has an official professional capacity and responsibility, with demands upon their time, so please be patient.
The forum Admins are aware that some members who have purchased tickets for Hidden London events (tours of Euston, Down Street and Clapham South stations), however are no longer able to make use of their tickets.
On Friday a post was removed that directly sought a buyer for tickets of Hidden London tours.
The Admins have approached the organiser of the Hidden London tours, the London Transport Museum, to identify how it views the reselling of tickets and what buyers should do.
If ticket holders are unable to use the ticket, the LT Museum is happy for tickets to be sold on at a value not greater than the original cost of the ticket.
Ticket sellers using eBay or other legitimate reselling sites should therefore use the 'Buy now' feature. Once available for purchase sellers should approach forum staff providing the link to the item you intend to resell so we can confirm that a post may be made on the open forum.
New ticket holders should contact the LT Museum on 020 7565 7298, so the name/identity change can be recorded against the ticket - there will be a charge of £1 applied by the Museum.
This forum is a unique environment which London Underground/Transport for London staff, mainline railway staff, railway enthusiasts, writers, journalists and even politicians visit. The manner in which the staff administrate and moderate the forum is intended to ensure that our community builds and continues to be respectful, fair, relevant and interesting for everyone.
On many occasions questions are posed or topics are discussed with regards London Transport Museum and its rolling stock/preserved items. To this end, a senior member of London Transport Museum staff has joined the forum, signing up with the account number 35. This individual is firstly and foremost a standard forum member, just like the rest of us, however this person also has the authority to engage the forum to respond to questions or to post in threads in their official capacity as a representative of London Transport Museum. So that members can appreciate when this representative is engaging the forum wearing their official London Transport Museum hat, they will type in Magenta branding colour of the Museum on these occasions.
This person is only able to comment on London Transport Museum matters and not Transport for London issues.
The Administrators know who this senior person is. On behalf of the forum membership, we would like to welcome them into our community.
Rather than PM'ing this account direct, all topics regarding preservation / restoration / conservation and the activities of London Transport Museum should continue to be posted on the open forum as usual, the only difference is that now some threads may have an official London Transport Museum response.
Also be aware that this person has an official professional capacity and responsibility, with demands upon their time. Consequently there may be occasions when there is a delay in any response to posts, which some might view as frustrating, but you will get one.
Following a review of the forum staffing arrangements we recently announced two new Administrators. We're now pleased to announce that we have Six new Moderators. Welcome to the team DistrictSOM, Dom K (formerly bigbaddom), MoreToJack, superteacher, tut and whistlekiller2000.
This does mean that some of those in the team are no longer in the role. We'd like to publicly put on record our appreciation and thanks for the time and effort Angelislington, DavidH, Harsig, MRFS and Tomcakes contributed to the running of District Dave's London Underground Forum.
Following member feedback the Forum staff have reviewed the Railway Ideas, Proposals and Suggestions area.
As a result it has been decided to trial a move of the area to sit underneath the Members Messroom, thus it will now only be accessible to signed in members.
Furthermore, we have decided to split the area into realistic and non realistic ideas, proposals or suggestions. The idea isn't necessarily to encourage more of either type of subject but rather to help differentiate how a given idea, proposal or suggestion is intended to be treated.
As this is a trial, the changes will be reviewed after 3 Months.
Moderators are now able to issue temporary suspensions, initially for a period of up 72 hours (3 days).
Although an Admin may become involved sooner, they must review the situation once the maximum 72 hour period has been reached and either grant the Moderator team more time (ie, to carry out investigations in the case of suspicious activity on an account) or step in themselves and take whatever action is deemed appropriate.
Although not an exhaustive list, a guide to when a temporary suspension might be used would be:
Suspicious use of an account
Prevention of spam
Prevention of a continuing argument between members
Removal of posting privileges following a failure to adhere to forum staff advice or guidance
A new rule 12b has been added - Approve quarantined posts
(All other staff powers rules have dropped by one letter)
Information regarding Post Quarantine:
A new tool has been added to the Forum Staff's powers; Post Quarantine
There are three scenario's where this may be used:
1) A re-joining member with a previous discipline history 2) A member returning from a suspension 3) At the request of the Moderator team following failure to act upon words of advice
Once a member is placed under post quarantine [by an Administrator], all of their posts will require approval by a Moderator before becoming viewable to the rest of the membership. In all cases, the restriction will only be removed upon the advice of the Moderator team. Details of the reason why a member has been placed under post quarantine will not be made public knowledge.