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Admin Post: Tweaking the Site
zegeekgirl and I were recently having a discussion about comms/forums/websites in general, and jamiebambernews in particular, and what to do to ensure, in lean news times, that the community remain active. Of course, my timing being what it is, just a few days later we get news of Jamie being cast in Outcasts. While we may get a smattering of information here and there, likely there won't be a lot to discuss until the (hopefully) big PR push by the BBC. In the meantime (and beyond if people like what we are doing), zegeekgirl and I have come up with a couple ideas for the comm.

The Character of the Month: This will be a look back at Jamie's work to date. We won't be going in chronological order. The order in which we highlight his performances will be up to our whims or, in the case of the first post this weekend, the TV scheduling gods. We hope that everyone will have some fun with this. As much as we like Jamie, we must be honest and say, from time to time, while his performance may have been good, the material? Not so much. So humor and gentle mocking of the material shall not be frowned upon. ;)

For new fans, this will provide an introduction to work they may have been unaware of. I regularly stumble across people who are surprised to learn he was in Band of Brothers or Dollhouse or even Horatio Hornblower.

Friday Forums: This one is a bit of an experiment. I started jamiebambernews on LJ because, frankly, I wouldn't know how to build a website. But LJ also allows for a sense of community. I could post everything myself, but people find stuff I miss. Or have access to things I don't. I'm tremendously grateful to everyone who has contributed to the community, but I also realize some people don't feel comfortable posting or are unable to because they don't have an LJ account.

Forums are a way to open up discussion. For a variety of reasons, I don't want to create a traditional forum. I want to keep jamiebambernews news oriented and I think people like visiting here just to get the facts and, if we're lucky, pretty pictures. :) But only talking about Jamie doesn't allow people to get to know each other. At the same time, I don't want off topic conversations popping up all over. So I think zegeekgirl and I have come up with a happy medium.

Every Friday (or every other Friday if the idea well starts running dry), one of us will post a topic related to Jamie in some way. Some of the topics will allow, we hope, for people to get to know each other a bit better and perhaps feel even more a part of the community. When I post next Friday, you should have a better idea of what we are thinking, but I don't want to spoil the post. :)

And a few administrative notes...

- jamiebambernews is on Twitter: @JamieBamberNews. I don't post links to every post made on the comm, but do try and make sure I remember to link to all the major news...and pretty pictures. :)

- In the near future, I plan on going back through old entries and cleaning up old links and re-tagging posts. I've been looking at other LJ comms to see what systems their admins have come up with and as soon as I have a plan in place and the mission has been accomplished I shall let you know.

- Just a reminder that for the new weekly and monthly posts the same old posting rules apply and can be found on the profile page. Truthfully, you all have been wonderfully respectful of Jamie and each other. I can count on one hand the number of times I've had to delete a post or comment in over three and a half years. I just want to ensure, in more open discussion threads, we not go too far off topic or cross any lines. This is an open community and anyone on the internet can peak in, so it's always best to refrain from making discussions too personal.

ETA: I forgot to mention earlier, please feel free to leave any ideas, suggestions or feedback in comments before zegeekgirl and I kick off things next week.

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scifishipper From: scifishipper Date: May 14th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Friday Forums is a GREAT idea. I can't wait for the first one.

I <3 Jamie.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 14th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Heeeee. This should be a lot of fun. ;) There's a couple of CotM candidates I can't wait to get to already. *rubs hands fiendishly*

And Fridays will be good, everyone can let put their feet on the table and relax. It'll be like bamber_news happy hour. Picspams encouraged. :D
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 15th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, and if anyone wants to go ahead and use this space for a trial run - GO FOR IT. ;)

Here, I'll kick off....

shallowz From: shallowz Date: May 15th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Kick off and score! I love his mussed hair. And as I tend to be woefully behind on all things, I finally read this comm's profile.

Ghost Rig is so the best movie ever. JB all adorably earnest - that's irresistible.:D
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 15th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC) (Link Me)
*chortle* Ghost Rig is one of the CotM's I'm looking forward to. I would NOT classify it as the best movie ever*. But I have a fun write-up planned regardless.

*It is, of course, a great movie for the arms. The arms are all O HAI LET US DO ALL THE WORK, AND EVERYONE WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, THE END. Why didn't Jamie listen? ;)
shallowz From: shallowz Date: May 15th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC) (Link Me)
*points to user name*

Good heavens, do you actually mean the best movie ever as in there should be a story kind of best movie? Huh. My criteria for best movie ever is there has to be at least one cute guy. JB is overqualified with the extra bonus points for the arms.

And in my best movie criteria the jaw-dropping gorgeous ones never seem to listen. *sigh*
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I do love the tee shirt and what it does for the arms. And there really are far worse horror movies out there. Plus, he met Kerry on set! So it really is one of the best work experiences he's ever had. :)
shallowz From: shallowz Date: May 15th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC) (Link Me)
T-shirts were made with just him in mind. I'm sure of it.

I don't have one JB icon. That's all sorts of wrong...

Stepping out of the shallow end for a moment - well said admin. post.
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 16th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Ghost Rig is so the best movie ever. JB all adorably earnest - that's irresistible.:D

I actually liked Ghost Rig. *ducks* Last Sentinel, on the other hand... now that's two hours of my life wasted! ;0P
shallowz From: shallowz Date: May 17th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I loved that silly movie and totally own up to that. Last Sentinel? Didn't see that one. Will look it up... and probably do a bit of fast-forwarding from the sounds of it.:)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm taking 'Poirot'! And since I've seen more of 'Ultimate Force', I suspect I'm taking that bullet for the team. :p
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 15th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, yes you are. But Ghost Rig evens us out, no?

No? ;)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC) (Link Me)
You get the red tee of hotness which fabulously shows off The Arms. I get Lt Dotsy, who is made to look incompetent...in...every...episode. No, we are NOT even. ;p
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 15th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC) (Link Me)
*sheepish* Okay, you get to pick from the rest of the field then. You're still the CO around here, after all. ;)
phdelicious From: phdelicious Date: May 15th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC) (Link Me)
No Jamie pic spam would be complete without at least one pic from this shoot...

asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC) (Link Me)
i09 used a photo from that shoot when reporting he had been cast in Outcasts. I was amused. :)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 15th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC) (Link Me)
And "astrogirl", who responded to that io9 post with this quote, is my new favorite person:

"any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with." ~ hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
That is AWESOME. I'll have to save that for future use. Is she on LJ? We need to get her over here!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 15th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
No idea if she is or not. All I know is I'm ashamed of myself for not making the Hitchhiker's/towel connection before. Bad nrrrd. ;)
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 16th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC) (Link Me)
LOL. Brilliant!
phdelicious From: phdelicious Date: May 15th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Well, really that's his most iconic shoot at the moment. Plus a little ogling never hurt anyone. ;-)
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 15th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Testing, testing...

asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I think that was the first non-BSG related photo I saw of him. Which led me to do more "research". ;)
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 16th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC) (Link Me)
For which we are all so very grateful!!! :DDD
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 15th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC) (Link Me)
And the funny stuff...



Thanks asta and zegeekgirl for all these fun features! Looking forward to all of them!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 15th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC) (Link Me)
LMFAO... see that shirt? Now look at this photo from Tahmoh's page in the cast & crew yearbook:



I looked at that damn photo multiple times before I worked out that that's Jamie on the right. Double you tee eff. XD
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 16th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hee!! Excellent sleuthing skills!! I love that they are so goofy together!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 15th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC) (Link Me)
That's a really great idea! I might even be inspired to get my own LJ to participate properly and you know have appropriate icons and such. Thanks for all your effort to keep the community up!
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hee. No pressure! I allow Anonymous posting so people don't feel like they have to have an LJ. I wouldn't dissuade it though. Icons are cool! I have A LOT. ;)
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