[IMC-NYC-Editorial] moving both imc-tech and imc-editorial to imc
web? + blogs
chanders_imc at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 28 13:03:19 PST 2005
I have a proposal. Perhaps one of the ways we can
build a stronger, more integrated website team would
be to merge the imc tech and imc editorial lists into
one list, the imc-nyc-web list. There has been much
ink spilled over the unusual division between techies
and editors on the nyc imc site; one practical way to
address this right now would be to combine the tech
list with the editorial list into imc-web. This would
be a tangible and noticable change.
IMC philly has recently done this, reserving the tech
list for ONLY discussions about server issues. I know
there might be some tech talk on the web list that
everyone wouldn't understand, but thats ok, and
perhaps it would help people learn.
In order to get this done we would need to do the
1. consent to do it
2. Notify the imc tech, editorial, and other teams
about the change, put out a call for new members, and
do a roll call (I'll do this if we decide to do it) on
the new web list.
3. Come up with a new web working policy somewhat
along the lines of what patrick has laid out on wiki.
Do we have a date set for an in person meeting? I
heard wednesday at 7. I cant do tuesday, but wednesday
is possible for me. Agenda could include:
1. Site tech issues
2. Site design issues
3. Web editorial policy revisions
Onto the blogging question... I agree with patrick
that we wouldn't want to turn the rss feed into a
"vanity zone" for people's individual blogs. I see
blog integration into the nyc site as a way of doing
what we want to do better, not changing what we do.
We'd want to look for a certain type of blog that had
some or all of the following characteristics:
1. Local (NYC area) content
2. Concerned with politics / radical culture
3. Done by a group, not by a single individual
Of course, we'd have to decide whether all blogs
needed to meet the above criteria, some of them, and
which criteria were most important. Here are some
examples of the good, the maybes, and the no-no's:
The Indy site if it ever actually started working the
way it was designed to http//www.indypendent.org
counter recruiter: politics, but not necessarily a
group and not necessarily local
The politicker: really good local political coverage,
but part of a corporate news site (the observer) but
no better politcs blog that I know of
personal blogs like jeds
(http://www.burning.typepad.com) or mine
My idea is that we decide on a basic critera, put a
call out for interested bloggers on the center column
(once the new site is up) and then choose blogs based
on a modifcation of the feature idea: someone proposes
a blog and if there is no dissent within, say 24 or 48
hours, we add the feed.
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