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rob7,386 posts since 7 Apr 2001
Meridian (South) South Today
It was essentially a hybrid of a chatroom and thread. The "reply" box was at the top of the page (I think) and new posts would automatically appear at the top of the page in real time. After the "live" element of the thread had ended, it would revert to a normal thread for further comments and looking back on what was said. It has been used for elections and Eurovision nights in the past.


It was used for the launch of Good Morning Britain IIRC.
Last edited by rob on 16 January 2019 5:17pm
Ident Central / The TV Booth Podcast
Asa3,440 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today
Well remembered! Yes, “live topics” as they were known had posts ordered in reverse and replies would drop in from the top. Think it updated the browser tab title too. The last time it was used was for the BBC News launch at NBH in 2013. The page would poll for new content regularly but unfortunately the number of visitors at 1pm caused a site meltdown that required a call to the hosts and a reboot of the system. Wasn’t the best time for it to have happened 🙈.

Content-wise I think it generally worked pretty well (I was concerned we’d just end up with lots of one or two word posts AKA chatroom style but it wasn’t that bad). If I could get the time to rebuild it in a better technology I would.

The gap in posts in 2002 was, as mentioned, due to a big data failure with the hosts at the time. They restored the website files but did not keep a backup of the database. The original forum posts were stored in files (one per topic) so I had a copy I could import but nothing for the rest of 2002. I was gutted (still am!). A few years ago I restored some users’ original registration dates from the file backups where the name was the same.