[Imc-uk-features] Web discussion board suggestion
chris at aktivix.org
Sat Jul 1 17:13:05 PDT 2006
Did people see this:
Ms. Frustrated | 01.07.2006 22:09 | Indymedia
Newswire Open Posting Guidelines
articles and/or comments may be hidden for the
Non-news : posts which are clearly purely comment,
opinion or rants unrelated to a recent event or action
Repeated : content that is reposted or text that was
originally a comment posted as a report.
Advertising : posts with personal or product
IMCuk is under attack. Every day items which break the
above editorial guidlines pass through the timeline.
Conspiracy theories, blog pastes, cut and pastes from
news sites, rants, book reviews, repeated news,
repeated posts, even songs, all of these are clogging
up the timeline. Indymedia is possibly the greatest
positive media achievement of our times, but personally
im wanting to check it out less and less these days
because of all the above. I think that if indymedia
continues on the way it is going now, it will be an
aborted or fully hijacked project within a few years.
That will be a tragedy that doesn’t need to happen. For
me something needs to be done.
I propose a couple of things, here posted for
1) We set up an indymedia forum, for people to discuss
things broader than simply news. Perhaps if people want
to discuss the truth behind 911 or the Yorkshire
Ripper, things which have no bearing on recent peoples
struggles, they could do so here. Also, it could
include a section for blogs, book reviews, etc.
2) If the idea of having a separate section on
indymedia is unappealing, then perhaps we change the
Newswire to not simply highlight important news, but to
have separate tabs to choose between news, opinion,
reviews, songs, etc. Maybe even an "alternative truth"
section or whatever those ufo folk like to call
3) If not one of the above or another drastic change,
then perhaps we take a stricter approach to the above
mentioned posts. More than simply hiding the text of
posts which breach the guidelines, we take them off of
the newswire entirely, leaving them perhaps inside a
temporary bin that will empty itself after a bit and
can be appealed from, where the appealer would have to
state why his entry does fit within the guidelines.
Those are simply some suggestions. And yes I would be
interested in trying to help out with this process.
Also, yes i completely see the irony behind me writing
a piece for the newswire about the problems of non news
on indymedia, but perhaps that testifies to the fact
that indymedia is lacking a decent method of
|-> Perhaps a forum experiment...?
If there are techies willing to set one up and keep
up with security alerts then I don't see why a
forum.indymedia.org.uk site couldn't be set up as
Italy has been running one for years,
http://italy.indymedia.org/forum/ of course someone
would have to write up a proposal to the
http://lists.indymedia.org/imc-uk-process list, it
would need to have a consensus and also some
techies would be needed to set it up and maintain
it and there would need to be a server found to run
Then there would need to be some process, even if
an informal one, for giving people admin access for
the forum so that it it able to run itself.
In the past some people haven't been supportive of
web forums because don't use them, but it does
appear that there are enough other users of the
site who would like one... so why not...?
The best recent example I have seem of a issue that
would be better on a forum is the veganism
discussion on the Sheffield site which started as a
argument in Matilda, which led to a rant on a blog
that was then inapropriatly (the author of the blog
site didn't think it should be on Indymedia) posted
to Indymedia several times and is now a long
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