Saying Goodbye to the Glen Ellyn Bulletin Board

A fond farewell from the other online board in town.

When I first took over Glen Ellyn Patch in April, Matthew, the previous editor, told me about a "community board" where residents were free to discuss various topics about Glen Ellyn.

He told me it was an online space I should keep my eye on because residents felt it was a trusted place for discourse.

So it began, my daily visit to Glen-Ellyn.com. I quickly learned what mattered most, and I was impressed that so many of you used it to share information, including village officials.

I marveled at how Glen Ellyn had a piece of cyberspace, "geographic boundaries" on the Web where people could tune in to get a pulse on the town's happenings.

As the new kid in town, I wanted "in." I wanted to be in the know, so where's the first place I went? Glen-Ellyn.com's bulletin board, or the GEBB.

I checked in often enough that I became familiar with the "regulars" and what piqued their interest.

As time ticked down to the closing of the site, I became sad to see the era end.

It's not easy to gain the trust of an entire town, so for Ted to create and maintain a space for 15 years where individuals could discuss what mattered most to them is inspiring.

For a journalism geek like me it's pretty darn cool.

So cheers to Ted, Glen Ellyn's first online pioneer.

Matthew Hendrickson November 15, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Here, here. Great work all those years, Ted. Sad to see it go!
J. Burket November 15, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Have no fear, Samantha. A new community bulletin board is currently in beta testing and should be ready to go in a week or two. As a 17-year resident of Glen Ellyn and a more than frequent poster on Ted's site, I am thankful for the opportunity that the has provided the community throughout the years. Ted is a good man and an innovator. That said, and I know Ted will agree with me, the real attraction and value to these sites is not the "man behind the curtain", rather the many citizens of the village who brought up and discussed topics both serious and absurd. I look forward to seeing everyone get back together in a couple of week's time.
J November 15, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Looking forward to the new board. Am dissapointed that when I looked this morning, I found that over 1000 posts and a couple whole threads that were done by Ackerman were nowhere to be found. He brought a point of view that has been shared by many and it's a shame Ted deleted it all. Seems a little bit selective.
J. Burket November 16, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt . . . you're a writer, son. I expect so much more from you! It's "Hear, Hear", not "Here, Here." ;o) http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/178100.html
Samantha Liss November 16, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Jaded Smaded, your comments were deleted because they violate Patch's terms of use. Patch does not accept "screen names," we encourage you to use your actual name.


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