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  1. Changes are afoot at BuildHub! Short version: We'll be taking BuildHub offline for up to 24 hours at 8:30pm on Friday 22nd September to upgrade forum hardware and software. When we return, the new address will be https://forum.buildhub.org.uk/ Details: If you’ve followed the history of BuildHub, you'll know that we set out to create a forum that would allow our members to exchange ideas and discuss projects across a wide range of self-building and renovation topics, and to create the best place on the internet for this to happen. From day one, we've sought to base the forum on robust hardware and software. As we rapidly approach 800 members and 60,000 posts, we need to improve the hardware and software platform to make sure we're ready to handle another 18 month's growth with maximum safety and minimum downtime for our members. We're therefore switching to a higher-capacity server. We'll also be taking the opportunity to do a number of upgrades to the forum software to bring us to the latest version. The new forum software includes some new features that we may roll out over the next few months, but initially the forum should appear and function as it does now. These changes will require us to take the forum offline for a short period. We only expect to be offline for around 24 hours but the forum won't be available at all during that time. To improve security we are also updating the forum address to HTTPS, which will require you to update your bookmarks when the new forum comes back online. We'll try and make this transition as smooth as possible, but please bear with us in case there are any hiccups. We look forward to your continued questions and contributions at the new and improved BuildHub, the best community on the web for self-builders and renovators to discuss projects and exchange ideas! Thanks Forum Management Group
  2. We’d just like to say a great big thank you !! With all of your kind and generous donations, we can keep BuildHub advert free for another 12 months. Your financial support is gratefully received and we would like to thank you for supporting us in continuing to grow and develop the forum. Financial support is not the only way that you can help us - if you can offer any skills that may assist with the support of the forum, please contact either Peter ( @PeterW) or Ian ( @recoveringacademic ) for details about how you can help with forum supporting services. BuildHub and the FMG would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your ongoing help and support. Without your participation, this forum simply wouldn't exist. Thank you.
  3. CONSTITUTION FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE BUILDHUB FORUM AS AN ASSOCIATION OF MEMBERS ADOPTED ON: 13th March 2017 1. Name The name of the Association shall be: FORUM MANAGEMENT GROUP, 2. Aims The aims of the Association shall be to: operate and manage the BUILDHUB FORUM as an online discussion forum on topics related to building, renovation and self-build, together with the facility for members to host blogs, and to provide a knowledge base that can be easily accessed by members. 3. Powers In order to achieve its aims the Association may: a) Raise money b) Open bank accounts c) Do anything that is lawful which will help it to fulfil its aims 4. Membership a) Membership of the Association is open to any qualifying member of the BUILDHUB FORUM. b) BUILDHUB FORUM members are eligible for membership of the Association subject to them having been either of the following: i) a member of the FORUM FOUNDATION GROUP, ii) an active BUILDHUB FORUM member for a period of at least 6 months, and have a contribution total of at least 100 posts. c) Eligible members may apply for membership of the Association at any time. Membership of the Association will thereafter be confirmed by a simple majority vote of voting members of a general vote of association members. d) Every individual registered member of the FORUM MANAGEMENT GROUP shall have one vote at General Meetings, which may be held online as a part of the FORUM MANAGEMENT GROUP normal activity. e) The membership of any Association member may be terminated for good reason by a vote of two-thirds majority of the voting members of a general vote of association members. Any such Association member should be notified prior to any vote and have the reasonable right to canvas voting members before said vote. 5. Management a) The Association shall be administered by a Management Committee of Officers and not more than five other members elected from the Association's membership at the Group’s Annual General Meeting. b) The Officers of the Management Committee shall be: the Chairperson, the Technical Officer and the Treasurer. c) The Management Committee shall meet as required online, but no less than four times a year. d) The Chairperson shall Chair all meetings. In his absence, a temporary chair will be elected from those present. d) The quorum for Management Committee meetings shall be 3 members. e) Voting at Management Committee meetings shall be by using an online vote. If there is a tied vote then the Chairperson shall have a casting vote. f) Committee members may be removed for good and proper reason, subject to a two-thirds majority of the voting members of a general vote of association members. Any committee member proposed for removal should be notified prior to any vote and have the reasonable right to canvas the voting members before said vote. g) The Management Committee may appoint another member of the Group as a Committee member to fill a vacancy provided the maximum number is not exceeded. 6. Duties of the Officers a) The duties of the Chairperson are to: i) chair online meetings of the Committee and the Association ii) act as spokesperson for the Group when necessary iii) be the publisher, as defined for the purposes of an on line publication iv) prepare the agenda for meetings of the Management Committee and the Association as required. v) ensure that the electronic record of online meetings are retained as required b) The duties of the Technical Officer are to: i) manage the forum software, hosting and such configuration as may be required to provide the functionality needed to ensure the smooth running of the forum ii) to manage such changes to the forum software as may be required so as to provide the functionality that has been agreed at any meeting of the Management Committee. c) The duties of the Treasurer are to: i) supervise the financial affairs of the Association ii) keep proper accounts that show all monies collected and paid out by the Association 7. Finance a) Any money obtained by the Association shall be used only for the Association. b) Any bank accounts or electronic accounts opened for the Association shall be in the name of the Association, or if that proves impractical, in the name of the current Treasurer. c) Any cheques issued shall be signed by the Treasurer and one other nominated official. d) Approved electronic payments may be made as agreed by the Management Committee 8. Annual General Meeting a) The Association shall hold an on line Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) in the month of March. b) All members shall be given at least fourteen days’ notice of the A.G.M. and shall be entitled to attend online and vote. The quorum for an A.G.M. shall be 8 members. c) votes will be decided by simply majority. If there is a tie, the chairman will have a casting vote. d) The business of the A.G.M. shall include: i) receiving a report from the Chairperson on the Association`s activities over the year ii) receiving a report from the Treasurer on the finances of the Group iii) electing the Management Committee and iv) considering any other matter as may be decided. 9. Special General Meeting a) A Special General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee or by any 8 members to discuss an urgent matter. The Chairperson (or other duly nominated person) shall give all members fourteen days’ notice of any Special General Meeting together with notice of the business to be discussed. b) All members shall be entitled to attend on line and vote. c) Votes will be decided by simply majority. If there is a tie, the chairman will have a casting vote. 10. Alterations to the Constitution Any changes to this Constitution must be agreed by at least two-thirds of those members present online and voting at any General Meeting. 11. Dissolution The association may be wound up at any time if agreed by two-thirds of those members present and voting at any General Meeting. In the event of winding up, any assets remaining after all debts have been paid shall be given to another Group with similar aims. This constitution was adopted at an on line general meeting of the Forum Foundation Group on 13th March 2017 Signed by: Chairperson : @PeterW (Peter Whitlam) Technical Officer : @TerryE (Terry Ellison) Treasurer : @Nickfromwales (Nick Hooper) FMG Constitution.pdf
  4. Changes to Buildhub

    In May 2016, a group of fourteen volunteers (the Forum Foundation Group) founded BuildHub. Our aim was to build a non-profit, online community of self-builders and renovators who would learn from, share with, and support each other through the building process. We’re proud to say that in less than a year, BuildHub has grown from 14 to over 400 members, and continues to grow at a steady pace. Longer term, we always planned for BuildHub to be member operated and managed. To this end, we recently created the Forum Management Group (FMG) and drafted an updated Constitution that outlines how BuildHub is to be operated and managed in the future. FMG Constitution Importantly, the revised Constitution allows any qualifying forum member to apply for membership of the FMG. We’d encourage all forum members to read the FMG constitution. If you’d like to participate in the running, development and evolution of BuildHub, please contact us. As BuildHub members will be aware, we don’t have advertising on the forum. BuildHub was created and initially financed by the founding members. While overheads remain relatively low due to founding members donating their time and professional expertise, there are costs associated with running, managing and hosting a modern forum. We are keen to retain BuildHub’s ad-free status, and intend to move to a donation-only model to cover the forum’s running costs. Rest assured, donations will be entirely optional, and will only be sought as required. The FMG is not constituted to make a profit for itself or its members - it is merely a vehicle to manage BuildHub’s continued operation. If you would like to donate, the link is here - Funding the Forum We think BuildHub is already the best self-build forum on the web. As we continue to grow and evolve, the FMG will look to its members to understand what is needed so that we can continue to support the self-build and renovation community. How BuildHub evolves will be down to you, the members, so if you have any ideas, please get in touch. With this change in Constitution to allow new members into the FMG, we welcome your help in making BuildHub even bigger, better and more fun. Thanks Forum Management Group
  5. BuildHub.org.uk – The Back Story This forum exists today because of one unfortunate event, the closure of a much-loved UK self-build and renovation forum, together with some extraordinary coincidences that happened to bring together, initially via email, a group of like-minded people who had the right mix of skills and experience and a strong commitment to ensuring that the extraordinary knowledge base provided by the closed forum was not completely lost No one person had the idea for this forum, and no one person made it happen. It grew out of some ideas by a group of sixteen people, exchanging emails in an initially fairly chaotic fashion, and who then gathered on a quickly set up temporary forum. Many ideas were bounced around, from trying to get the closed forum resurrected, through to creating a repository of knowledge, rather like a self-build and renovation version of Wikipedia. As with any community project, the sixteen founder members had lots of ideas, many differing opinions and several days were spent discussing things, without there being any clearly defined objective. We realised we had some very good technical expertise, four of the former moderators of the forum that had closed, several experienced self-builders, and some trade experts. Once it became clear that the old forum had closed permanently, with there being no easy way to resurrect it, the Forum Foundation Group (as we had by then decided to call ourselves) had to make a decision, “What do we do now?” It seemed clear that many people wanted to see a replacement for the closed forum, as there was nothing comparable available on the web in the UK. Offers of funding were made from Forum Foundation Group members keen to see things happen, discussions took place and group decisions were made to create a new forum, acquire a domain and web hosting service, purchase licenses for software and start a new forum. Many may think this is easy, but to cope with the number of likely members interested in self-build and renovation, and to provide a forum with at least as good a level of functionality, including the ability to host blogs and to look and feel similar to the old forum, proved to be a relatively costly and very time consuming process. Sadly two Forum Foundation Group members had to leave part way through, because of the level of the high level personal commitment and effort involved, but their contribution was recognised and valued by the whole group. Whilst the whole Forum Foundation Group were committed to a forum that was run “by the members and for the members”, and was to be run solely for the benefit of the community, not as a profit making business, it was hard to decide on a governance model. The Forum Foundation Group of fourteen people jointly owned and operated this forum initially, and created an Association of Members, with a written Constitution and elected committee and officers, to ensure that funds were collected and spent with the agreement of all, with clear accountability. The work of the Forum Foundation Group is almost complete. The new Buildhub.org.uk Forum is now established and the Forum Foundation Group will meet in the next few months to set up the long term member-owned and operated entity that will manage this forum in future. As soon as that entity is established, the Forum Foundation Group will dissolve and any remaining funds will be transferred to the new community owned entity, with arrangements being agreed to repay any loans that have been made. The new Buildhub.org.uk Forum managing entity will retain the same guiding principles of the Forum Foundation Group, to protect the future of the forum and to prevent its members becoming part of a commercial, profit making, company. How the forum evolves and operates in future will be down to you, the members.