sheri at speakeasy.org
sheri at speakeasy.net
Thu Nov 18 19:36:45 PST 2004
hi lance and everyone,
i have wanted to chime in but my time is very minimal these days. i plan on being at the meeting on saturday, but also want to add on to what lance has brought up here. i was in those early editorial meetings having been the person who convened some of the earliest working group meetings. i was also very concerned that the editorial group would come up with a policy that was more hands on than hands off and i was very impressed with the collective, with our process and our intention. we very much did not want to have a heavy editorial approach because we were all aware of the slippery slope, but we didn't want the newswire to become a place where abuse was more prevalent than real information sharing and analysis. it is this line that we walk daily in our efforts to not filter the information and yet to provide a space where meaningful information can be shared and commented on.
i would suggest that the language here is to broad and sweeping and if put into policy would allow for more abuse than perhaps the original intention. i'm sure this can be figured out.
i have more to say on many of the topics raised, but i'm looking for a place to live and needing to move in less than 2 weeks, so i'm a bit focussed on that at the moment.
thanks to everyone who is continuing to be engaged thoughtfully and wanting to learn from past, move into the future and deal with the present. it gives me alot of hope. i have especially appreciated hearing from some people who have been quiet for so long and who i have respected in the past.
thanks to all your hard work and commitment everyone. many imcs have gone through many incarnations to find themselves in a place of stability.
we're no different. when the phoenix rises out of the ashes, it is always a more beautiful colorful and stronger more powerful form. i believe this is our future as well.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lance Larkin [mailto:inzimbabwe at yahoo.com]
> Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 12:46 AM
> To: imc-seattle at lists.indymedia.org
> Subject: [IMC-Seattle] proposals
> I don't think that I'm going to make it to the meeting
> on Saturday, and would like to comment on the
> editorial policy. As a past editorial collective
> member and one of the people who originally hashed out
> these issues in SeaIMC versionI, I am really happy
> with what I see.
> However, I found one of the reasons for hiding posts
> to be extrememly problematic. Position #11 says that
> the IMC can hide posts that are, "off-topic or are not
> I see where this one comes from. We don't want little
> Suzie to turn the newswire into a running thread about
> her dog. However, there is also a lot of room for
> abuse here. Who defines what is news and what is not?
> Is an article on the Burning Man arts festival in
> Nevada on topic?
> The old editorial policy was to hide with the lightest
> of touches. Defining "news" on an article by article
> basis not only sounds like a recipe for disaster, but
> also a lot of work.
> I look forward to the meeting minutes and let me know
> when the next editorial or general meeting is.
> Just my $.02,
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