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    Jaz

    Hey all.  I love the redesign by the way.

    Anyhow this morning my Universities student union decided to close down their forums as they couldn't handle the amount of negativity coming in from students all across the uni.

    Now i guess it is time to take away the website from the exec as it seems they can't be trusted with it www.mydsu.com

    For now C9'ers can anyone offer some homeless students space to rant about our union and exec?


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    W3bbo

    Sure thing, what needs doing?

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    Jaz

    we just need some basic forum where we can all vent, nothing major.

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    eagle

    Write on the walls....

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    W3bbo

    eagle wrote:
    Write on the walls....


    Redrum!

    Redrum!

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    W3bbo

    Jaz wrote:
    we just need some basic forum where we can all vent, nothing major.


    Add me to your messenger contacts Smiley

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    Jaz

    i think i just did.  sven gave me the info.

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    Jaz

    err think i just did, sven gave me the info

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    Tom Servo

    Fight the system xD

    http://freenet.sourceforge.net/

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    JohnAskew

    Jaz wrote:
    Hey all.  I love the redesign by the way.

    Anyhow this morning my Universities student union decided to close down their forums as they couldn't handle the amount of negativity coming in from students all across the uni.

    Now i guess it is time to take away the website from the exec as it seems they can't be trusted with it www.mydsu.com

    For now C9'ers can anyone offer some homeless students space to rant about our union and exec?




    For this to happen at a University is serious cowardice and speaks very poorly of the institution.

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    AndyC

    Universities are becoming closer to businesses and how many businesses would want to advertise dissatisfied customers? It's a sad state of affairs, but it's the way it is.

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    Jaz

    Andy i'd say that was true but it's not the University thats taken it down, no no no, it's the Union, the very people that are supposed to represent the students, the very people that we elected to make sure the union ran for the good of the students.  They have taken away the place where we can voice our concerns in unison to those elected exec in the way the union is moving, it's where petty matters are talked about, we may not like the new colour of the building or perhaps we feel that the price of a carling is too much.  Perhaps we want our welfare officer to tackle sexual health or we want our media officer to look into wikis and our president to forge stronger links with neighbouring unions.

    Our conversation has just been stopped because we are unhappy with what the exec are doing.



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    blowdart

    AndyC wrote:
    Universities are becoming closer to businesses and how many businesses would want to advertise dissatisfied customers? It's a sad state of affairs, but it's the way it is.


    But no-where near as sad as the belief that

    a) The UK has some mythical right to free speech in the same way the US does.
    b) Private property (and university servers do count as private property) has to provide an outlet for the mythical right in Angel

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    W3bbo

    blowdart wrote:
    a) The UK has some mythical right to free speech in the same way the US does.


    Uh... we do.

    The great thing about having an unwritten constitution, is that it cannot be "enforced to the letter and not the spirit"

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    blowdart

    W3bbo wrote:
    blowdart wrote:a) The UK has some mythical right to free speech in the same way the US does.


    Uh... we do.

    The great thing about having an unwritten constitution, is that it cannot be "enforced to the letter and not the spirit"


    But we dont, just witness the rather rushed hate speech laws. Or D notices.

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    W3bbo

    blowdart wrote:
    W3bbo wrote:
    blowdart wrote:a) The UK has some mythical right to free speech in the same way the US does.


    Uh... we do.

    The great thing about having an unwritten constitution, is that it cannot be "enforced to the letter and not the spirit"


    But we dont, just witness the rather rushed hate speech laws. Or D notices.


    And your Patriot Act or DCMA is any worse? Wink

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    JChung2006

    Instead of ranting, do something about it.  Start up your own forums.

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    Sampy

    Tom Servo wrote:
    Fight the system xD

    http://freenet.sourceforge.net/

    Ha! That brings back memories!

    I spent a lot of time on freenet in college (mostly because it was slow).

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