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Are we the internet "Curators" of the Beatles?
23 June 2013
1.23am
SatanHimself
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I love our wonderful site and forum, and I stay here (rather than seeking out the hardcore audiophile-type sites) because it seems that this place has become a jumping-off point for new listeners.

I've noticed a good number of younger and newer Beatle fans showing up here, and a very high number of first-posts being requests for guidance and recommendations.

So thus lies the question…:  Is The Beatles Bible the definitive starting online starting point for new fans?  Should we be?  Is it a responsibility…? Or a burden for people who just want to casually converse in the forums?

If we stake our claim as "Curators" into a bigger world, are we morally obligated to take some responsibility in our conversations with the new generation?

 

I've been thinking about this for a while, and I think Joe has noticed the shift here from a general information site to something more important.

I would love to hear your feedback.

E is for 'Ergent'.
23 June 2013
8.58pm
LongHairedLady
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I think it's pretty cool.  It is a great site, and people on the message board are quite friendly.  Nobody treats you like a "noob"  when you come here, people are quite welcoming.  

You can talk about technical things, or just be a "fangirl".  Maybe the latter bothers some, but if it does, I guess they just don't bother looking.  I am one of those people obviously, but like the others, I still love and respect their music and like to join in on more technical discussions as well.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

I think it's great when the "younger" generation gets into the Beatles, it warms my soul.  I've been in love with the 60's since I was about 10 years old back in the early 90's, and I felt like the only one for a long time.  Clearly that isn't the case, and that's wonderful.  heart

I have also noticed lately there have been a TON of new members, which is awesome!

WELCOME to everyone new!  a-hard-days-night-john-6

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

23 June 2013
10.42pm
Funny Paper
America
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That reminds me of a new topic I will put up.  Keep your eyes open.a-hard-days-night-george-4

 

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23 June 2013
10.46pm
Funny Paper
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On topic, I agree within Satan Himself that there's an additiona je ne sais quoi about this site that makes it a cut above the rest.  I'd expand that by saying it's not just a great place to begin the induction, for the young whippersnappers among us, but also to renew it, for the older wiser folks like me who knew and loved the Beatles like an old flame but had for years just kind of kept them tucked away in the attic, and then some time in the last few years decided to bring them out again and dust them off -- only to discover to our pleasnat surprise just how eternal they are -- eternally relevant, fresh, and superior to so many other bands and musicians out there.

 

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23 June 2013
11.37pm
SatanHimself
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I was doing some looking around online, and I've noticed that most Beatles sites cater to the hardcore fans.

The Beatles Bible seems to exist as a jumping-off point for new listeners.  It's just something about the way Joe laid the whole thing out, that it seems to work as an easy-to-digest definitive introduction to the world of the Beatles, and the forum is where the Curators help guide the new generation.

It's a good feeling to be part of this.

E is for 'Ergent'.
24 June 2013
3.43pm
fabfouremily
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I agree with that a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Before finding this site (which I did when I was looking for info on a song), I came across nothing but badly made websites talking about the more technical side of their music, mostly. As somebody who was completely new to the Beatles and anything prior to the mid-nineties, it scared me a bit. I didn't register with any of them because I knew I wouldn't be able to get involved in most of the discussions yet – I didn't even understand some of the words they were using! Then I found this place, where I can ''fangirl'', if I like (I apologise if that really gets on your nerves, btw), and I can also get involved in the more ''mature'' threads, even if I can't really provide anything worth reading usually. Here, I don't feel young and stupid and like I have nothing important to say and, therefore, should just shut up.

I think I've been spoilt a bit because now I'm looking for a Pink Floyd forum and I think I won't sign up to any because they all seem rubbish in comparison to this place.

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24 June 2013
5.13pm
Joe
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I don't know. I wanted it to be comprehensive to begin with, but I'm not very good at writing news stories (lack of time). So it's not really ever going to be the go-to place for all Beatles fans unless I open it up and allow other people to post articles. But I'm too much of a control freak for that to happen! I like it as it is – I get mentioned now and then in international publications and other media, and have visitors all over the world. Nobody thinks it's a crap site, and people get involved and start discussions, point out things I've missed etc. It's a good mix.

There are loads of other ways in though. I've been on Reddit lately spending a bit of time on /r/beatles, and there's a good range of discussions there. Others will go to DM Beatles, Wogblog or another site. I'm not so much of a megalomaniac that I want to hoover up all the newbies and keep them here – people can find a good fit for themselves, and I'm glad some people choose here.

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