[Imc-cymru] Re: [Imc-uk-process] Re: wales imc?
mrdemeanour at jackpot.uk.net
Sat Jul 24 06:51:47 PDT 2004
Space Bunny wrote:
> So when zcat throws the term 'open publishing' to Ilyan he response
> with fact he put every thing submitted to his site on it. I have
> always said let a thousand website bloom, and it is good to see
> people running sites such as indycymru.org.uk
I personally appreciate this considered and careful post. I don't really
understand the issues there seem to be around welsh indymedia, but I
have received several clear indications that they can't be stuck on
Ilyan. So I really hope nobody reads this post as stirring anything -
it's supposed to be positive, not critical.
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in my view that "open publishing" is a
*requirement*, and that there must be a collective, not just an
indyvidual, handling the site, if the site is to be considered part of
IMC-UK. I have my own gripes about the "hiding" aspects of IMC open
publishing, which I'm not airing here. I only mention this because Ilyan
raised the issue as a riposte to zcat's criticism.
An Indymedia site should not require a correspondent to register before
they can submit articles. It's not a question of the hassle of
completing a registration form, or of logging in, it's an issue of
privacy and openness. The requirement to register and log-in effectively
makes the site a private website, whose contents are under the control
of the webmaster; the fact that the webmaster's policies are currently
"liberal" is neither here nor there.
I don't see any harm in the welsh lists continuing to be hosted by
Indymedia. It costs nothing, and it doesn't embarass indymedia to host
these lists, so I'm not content with zcat's proposal that they should be
I don't block proposals, so this is:
Just my 2p.
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