#ELTchat: the loss of eltchat.com – Plan B

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!!!

 Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto    Bruno Andrade         Sue Annan                Andrea Wade                

Henrick Hoprea          Mike Harrison         Sue Lyon Jones        Vicky Loras             Lizzie Pinard 

             Tyson Sebunt    Melania Paduraru       Vicky Saumell             David Dogson

Lesley Cioccarelli    Cecilia Lemos     Fiona Price       Miguel Mendoza 

 Arjana Blazic     Doug Peterson      Chiew Pang    Janet Bianchini  Tamas Lorincz

Huge Thanks for all these reposts  

Marisa Constantinides - Shaun Wilden

 

 

 

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.

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30 Comments

  1. Vicki Hollett says:

    So sorry to hear you’ve got to re-site, but it’s great that you’ve got the .org address and will be back. May ELT chat continue to thrive!

  2. Vicky Saumell says:

    I have just reported in my blog. Just let me know if I can be of any help!

  3. Lesley @cioccas says:

    Love live #ELTchat.org!
    I’ve reposted on my blog as requested http://cioccas.blogspot.com

  4. Mike Harrison says:

    I’ve just reposted on my blog too, linking back here. Will share on twitter and Facebook.

  5. Vicky Loras says:

    Hi Marisa!

    Have also reposted on my blog – always here if you need me : )

    Hugs,
    Vicky

  6. Nikki Fortova says:

    Sorry to hear that. Shaun’s told me how hard you both work to keep things going.

    Best of luck with the .org!

  7. Anna Pires says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this happened & hope it gets sorted out soon.

    I was trying to think back to my twitter days and I don’t recall the name Andy Chaplin at all. But I can’t help wondering what might have happened to this person to make him disappear like that. Maybe a really serious health problem? Is there anyone out there who knows him?

    I’d repost if I had a blog. Will keep my fingers crossed hoping all gets sorted quickly. I know how hard you & Shaun have worked to keep this wonderful project going.

    Ax

    • Marisa Constantinides says:

      Hi Anna and thanks for your comment.

      Andy went by the twitter handle of @olafelch

      You have no idea how many times we have emailed and tried to reach him by phone or message on email, on skype…

      We did hear he had a health problem but was recovering – no more information was ever available – of course we were concerned!!!!

      Marisa

      • Anna Pires says:

        Yes, I’ve course. I recognise the twitter handle.

        I’m sure you did your best to track him down and try to find out what happened. Just so strange how someone can disappear like that.

        Really hope you sort out the website really quickly.

        Ax

        • Anna Pires says:

          and “yes, of course”! ;)

          • Marisa Constantinides says:

            If he is well enough to start a google+ account he should be well enough to say, hey, I don’t care to hang out with you guys, here are the keys to eltchat.com

            A few #eltchat followers do follow him; perhaps they could let us know something

  8. DaveDodgson says:

    I’ve also reblogged this: http://www.davedodgson.com/2012/08/reblog-eltchat-loss-of-eltchatcom-plan-b.html

    As I say in the post, I will be more active in the chats once the summer break is over. And really, #ELT chat was mentioned so many times during my research (even though it was focused on blogging), highlighting what an important role it plays in ELTers’ online networks.

  9. Debbie says:

    Speechless, but #eltchat.org is what matters now. I have re posted. Hugs Marisa.
    Debbie

  10. Kate Kidney says:

    I am sorry to read this info, but i firmly believe that you will manage! Keep fingers crossed!

  11. Tyson Seburn (@seburnt) says:

    Mentioned here too:
    http://fourc.ca/eltchatmoved/

  12. Leo says:

    That’s shocking!
    They didn’t send you any notice or anything that the domain name is about to expire – not sure how it works but I would expect… What about all the content?? Lost too?
    I can imagine how you feel – I would’ve been devastated…
    LEO

  13. fionaljp says:

    Hi Marisa
    Sorry to hear such news! Have reblogged as you asked.
    http://fionaljblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/reblogging-eltchat-loss-of-eltchatcom.html
    All the best
    Fiona

  14. SueSwift says:

    Hi Marisa,
    What a nightmare – but am glad you’ve got it sorted. Will spread the word.
    Sue

  15. Arjana says:

    Hi Marisa,
    I’m so sorry to hear about this, but am convinced that #eltchat will continue to be the best form of CPD :-)I reposted it on my blog too!
    Take care
    Arjana

  16. Janet Bianchini says:

    Hi Marisa

    I couldn’t believe this totally unexpected piece of news! I am so glad that you have already got a Plan B in place ready to roll!! I do hope the move goes well and wish you and the eltchat team all the very best!

    I have just reposted your post on my blog:

    http://civitaquana.blogspot.it/2012/08/repost-eltchat-loss-of-eltchatcom-plan-b.html

    Warm wishes from Abruzzo

    Janet

  17. Eva Buyuksimkesyan says:

    just had time to read what has happened and reposted it on my blog. I hope everything will be fine soon.
    Best,
    Eva Buyuksimkesyan

  18. Martin Sketchley says:

    Hello Marisa, I am very sorry to learn about the ELTChat website. I have blogged about this and included your blogpost on my website:

    http://www.eltexperiences.com/2012/08/the-revival-of-eltchats-website.html

    I look forward to seeing the revival of the website. If there is anything you need help with please let me know.

  19. Josh Round says:

    Hi Marisa,

    Just catching up with this news this morning; will try to get a re-post up on my school teacher training blog soon to spread the news.

    What an upheaval and hassle for you! Moving home is never without a degree of pain…

    Anyway, great to see there is already a good Plan B. Hope to see you and all the chatters there in the Autumn.

    Best wishes,
    Josh

  20. Tara Benwell says:

    I’ve reposted on the ESL-Library blog. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. http://esl-library.com/blog/2012/08/14/eltchat-needs-your-support/

  21. Jo Steel says:

    Hello
    Great that you’re starting up again in Sept!
    I’ve reposted this at:
    http://jobethsteel.posterous.com/the-loss-of-eltchat-89100
    Good luck!
    Jo

  22. Sophia Mavridi says:

    Hi Marisa and all,

    Just reposted on my blog as well: http://sophiamavridi.edublogs.org/2012/08/16/eltchat-every-end-is-a-new-beginning-2/

    I’m sure plan B has a great future because it’s the people and not the domain that have made it so succesful.

    See you all in September and please, let me know if there’s anything else you need help with.

    Sophia

  23. sharon noseley says:

    Plan B will work..re-posted and hope to meet up again in Sept..team spirit will win all in the end..

  24. Jo Gakonga says:

    Hi Marisa
    I was so shocked when I read your post- so sorry to hear what happened (what a nightmare!) but very glad to hear you have a plan B – I’ve posted about the new site at http://www.elt-training.com. Good luck with it all,

    Jo

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