Anyone know the folks at MySociety?

Think I’d like to talk to them about working on something together. Anyone actually know any of the bods there? The only one I did, very vaguely, know, I think, has left.

13 thoughts on “Anyone know the folks at MySociety?”

  1. The Meissen Bison

    Sorry, Tim, I can’t hep with that and wildly OT – anyone share my instinct to have shot the child instead?

  2. wildly OT – anyone share my instinct to have shot the child instead?

    No, but I can’t see the need to shoot the gorilla.

  3. @Theophrastus

    I too can’t see the need to have shot the gorilla. I believe they should have darted both or lured the gorilla away with food.

  4. Depends how you

    You could try the contact page:

    or join the “community” email group here:
    I have been on this for about 10 years, in recent years as a lurker listening in, as there are a lot of interesting peeps on there.
    Good place to lurk to see who the right bod is if you have time. The archives are, I think, public.

    Or pick your team member here:

  5. Bloke Not in North Dorset (Moored on Helford River)

    “No, but I can’t see the need to shoot the gorilla.”

    I thought the same when I first heard the story, but then I listened to an interview on Today with woman who has a PhD in Gorrilas. Worth digging out as she was very interesting but the short answer was that they couldn’t tell the Gorrila’s intentions and a tranquilliser dart wouldn’t work.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    The Meissen Bison – “anyone share my instinct to have shot the child instead?”

    Why the child? The parents perhaps. Looking at the video, I can see why the zoo panicked and shot the gorilla. After all, he doesn’t have relatives who can sue.

    On the other hand, he was endangered, in the general sense, and he comes close to being a human being. You shoot a lion without a second thought. But he is a near relative. In the circumstances the zoo could hardly have done otherwise. But I would have thought about it for a long time.

  7. BNiND

    Perhaps. But, with a marksman on hand to kill him if necessary, the gorilla could have been darted with a tranquiliser, which would take 15 minutes to work. Meanwhile, the public should have been cleared from the area, as they could spook the beast. From the videos I’ve watched, the gorilla is not behaving aggressively towards the child.

    Looking at the child’s parents, I wonder if they didn’t allow him to get into the enclosure so that they could claim compensation.

  8. The Meissen Bison

    I heard the gorillarologist that BiND refers to and agree that she argued persuasively against intervening to pacify the animal.

    The Cincinnati Kid shouldn’t have been taken out but there are so many children and so few gorillas.

  9. When I saw the first video snip the obvious reaction was the gorilla didn’t need to be shot. Dig a little more(sorry I didn’t save the link) and you see why they did.

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