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For some reason, I'm finding this somewhat amusing. As with Richard Hallas, I've also just stood down as being an editor of a magazine and I must say editors tend to fall into one of three types...

1. Friendly ones. The sort you can phone at 2 in the morning for some advice and despite having just got them up from a dream about Shakira covered in honey (or something equally sticky and sweat), they'll still help you out. All they ask is that next time you're fantasising over Mariah Carey and Shania Twain in a mud-wrestling competition, you return the favour...

2. The back stabbers. They help you out, but only once they plunged a knife in a few times...

3. Utter B*stards. Very unfriendly and unhelpful. Will not even look twice at other editors.

In the RISC OS world, we used to have quite a few mags and therefore quite a few editors. Despite the things I've said about him in the past, Steve was an incredibly friendly sort of editor - very approachable and easy going.

The problem is, we're now at the stage where we have a new mag coming on stream, one which sort of has disappeared, one which is there and is as constant as the sun going up in the morning and one which has the same sort of reliability as the aforementioned sun going up one, but hasn't been around as long. I'll leave FRU out of it for now.

Me, I'd love to go back to the days of AU. Qercus seems to have been a disaster from the outset (sorry John, there isn't really any other word to describe what has gone on) and it really doesn't have a good name any more. As with the Acorn name old, Qercus now has too much negative baggage around it. I think now should be the time to either announce it's death and refund or do a full relaunch, new look, new name - go the whole 9 yards. It's probably the only way the magazine will (or can) resurface. Just don't make the same mistake as Steve and use a really dumb psuedonym!

Louie, I wish you luck. Don't fall into the same holes that AU did. Get a good editorial team around you and never be afraid to ask those with some experience of such things.

 is a RISC OS UserNodoid on 13/10/06 9:30PM
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