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

<![CDATA[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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43 replies

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

    Best of luck with the .org!

  3. 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.


    • 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!!!!


      • 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.


          • 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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

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

  7. 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,

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