The loss of #ELTchat and its plan B

ELTchatPara os professores de inglês que acompanham o Inglês na Rede essa dica pode lhe interessar. Ela não é sobre uma dica, conselho ou uso de ferramenta, mas sim de algo que aconteceu recentemente em uma das maiores comunidades de professores e educadores de inglês.

Recentemente um dos membros do #ELTChat, comunidade muito conhecida entre nós professores e educadores de inglês, desapareceu e meio que levou o site junto com ele. Ninguém sabe ao certo qual o seu paradeiro. O problema é que o rapaz deixou de pagar o domínio que estava cadastrado em seu nome e o site ficou fora do ar.

Celília Lemos que é umas das autoras do blog, postou Domingo passado em seu blog pessoal um pouco de sua indignação e pediu para a comunidade de professores e educadores compartilharem. Descobrir o que aconteceu com o site #ELTChat através do blog do Adir Ferreira, que acredito ter sido o primeiro blogueiro brasileiro (na área de idiomas) a divulgar o que aconteceu.

Pois bem, abaixo está a transcrição completa do artigo dela para que vocês entendam melhor o que aconteçeu e principalmente, como ficará a partir de agora.

Transcrição do artigo publicado no Blog da Cecília Lemos

For the last – well, almost two years now, since September 15, 2010, #ELTchat has kept us on our toes and forged hundreds of professional and personal relationships amongst its followers who turn up on Twitter every Wednesday to talk about topics they have suggested and voted on – a community of peers which was created by a small group of colleagues – which grew and grew some more and became something that counts as an important part of our continuous professional development.Like many great ideas, it didn’t hit just one person but several. And that is how #ELTchat was created.

The website to keep up the communication of its members, a base and repository of our ideas was one of the first things we all thought of creating – the wiki came later.

Andy Chaplin was keen to join the moderation team and help with podcasts and technical stuff; he was quick to buy eltchat.com and announced the good news to us after the fact. A few months later, right after TESOL France 2011, he suddenly disappeared – some say for reasons of health. We never found out for sure. We never received a single word of response to our emails. eltchat.com was and still is registered in his name.

 

And yesterday we lost it

On August 8 the domain expired and we have no way of taking over unless it goes up for sale again; it was very sad that Andy Chaplin did not find it appropriate to renew. The news is really upsetting.

The work we have put in on this website cannot be told in a few simple words – but it has been a labour of love and we have got so much out of it that we have never regretted one single moment. We are pretty upset at the behaviour of this individual – disappointment is one big understatement.

But we trust that our community of #ELTchatters, our PLN for short, will again gather round the new domain which we have purchased – eltchat.org. It will take us a few days to put the website back on its feet.

And all will be as it was before – all the posts in place all your thoughts and comments, all the polls and great summaries which got us on the shortlist of the ELTon Awards nominations. We will be back with a vengeance.

We are not just a website – we did not get on the ELTon awards shortlist as just another website!!! We are a great community of teachers and we have a Plan B! See you all in September!!!

Marisa Constantinides
Shaun Wilden
Cecilia Lemos

 

P.S. We would greatly appreciate it if any of you belonging to this great community of teachers, teacher educators, bloggers, #ELTchat followers, reposted this on your blog.

If you decide to do this, please add your name to the post under ours.

  • Marisa Constantinides – Shaun Wilden
  • Cecilia Lemos
  • Adir Ferreira
  • Renato Alves

O que você acha dessa situação? E sobre a atitude desse antigo participante do #Eltchat? Principalmente, o que você acha que Cecília deveria fazer em relação a isso? Compartilhe sua opinião e deixe seu comentário.

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