[imc-uk-moderation] Promotion of articles on Indymedia
vg at genny.force9.co.uk
Thu Sep 4 00:59:26 PDT 2008
Hi Doug, Andy and all
Er... I seem to have promoted 7 of the last 10 articles promoted. They
are articles I happen to have read and which I've thought should be
promoted. Not having time to read everything, I guess this would make
it look like the articles have been 'picked out of a hat'. This
approach works fine if there are half a dozen people reading and
promoting articles, as it's a time-consuming business and it shares out
the load, but it obviously doesn't work at all well when only one or two
people are doing it.
I have no idea where everyone else is - maybe all taking early September
jagmad at riseup.net wrote:
> Yes I too have noticed that loads of news items are not being promoted and
> this has been going on for days now. The odd thing is that just a very few
> were promoted but as if they were picked out of a hat.
>> Hi Andy
>> I'm not sure if anyone else has dealt with this query, but there don't
>> seem to have been any other posts to the moderation list about it, so I
>> guess not.
>> I've now read your article and promoted it as good, original analysis
>> (ed. guidelines)
>> There seems to be very little promotion happening on the newswire right
>> now, maybe because the few people who usually do newswire work are busy
>> elsewhere - I dunno.
>> I think it's most likely the lack of people doing moderation that has
>> led to posts which might normally be promoted not being promoted, rather
>> than any change of position on what gets promoted.
>> Andy Worthington wrote:
>>> Hi there,
>>> I was hoping that you could clarify Indymedia's position re: the
>>> promotion of articles. Early on Saturday morning I posted an original
>>> 2700-word article about the case of British resident and Guantanamo
>>> prisoner Binyam Mohamed:
>>> I have posted several articles about Binyam since the end of last year,
>>> which have all been promoted, and which, as a result, have been
>>> well-read and are ranked well by Google. I also know that Indymedia
>>> recognizes the significance of Binyam's case, as you ran his case as a
>>> major topic in July and August, based around protests on his 30th
>>> I was, therefore, disappointed that this latest article was not
>>> promoted. 12 hours after I posted it, I sent it to several US websites
>>> that I write for, but I deliberately waited before doing that, in the
>>> expectation that Indymedia would promote it, out of respect for your
>>> posting policies, and because I have, to date, been delighted to use
>>> Indymedia as a forum for UK-related Guantanamo/War on Terror issues,
>>> because of your ethos. As someone who does this for love rather than
>>> money, I was delighted to be part of an open publishing community.
>>> However, if you don't want to promote my articles, then I'll stop
>>> posting them on Indymedia, as there's little benefit to me of having an
>>> unpromoted article which reaches virtually nobody, and there are other
>>> sites in the UK that will be happy to promote my work.
>>> Looking forward to clarification.
>>> With best wishes,
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