I sent the following email to the woman who controls|
She never replied.
I also sent a copy of this email to the seattle-editorial list
This email was blocked from the list. List readers are
-- Ben, May 1, 2006
From: Ben Seattle Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:13 PM To: xxx Cc: seattle-editorial at indymedia dot org; Subject: resolving the concerns about the Seattle Indymedia newswire Hi xxx, In the current situation I believe that the progressive community expects me to write a calm email asking for clarification about the following two items. (1) Is there an editorial policy which prohibits me from posting the url to the page at: http://NewsRefinery.com/indymedia/seattle ? One of my comments which linked to this page was deleted while two others appear to have been edited to remove the "http" and render the link non-functional. Someone posting under the name "David" ( http://seattle.indymedia.org/en/2006/03/251926.shtml ) suggested that this issue may simply be user error or database glitches. I know the issue is not user error and it is unlikely to be database glitches. And it appears to me that "David" may be you (and if so, I do not understand why you would not write under your own name). So the simple and straightforward thing to do -- is to simply write you directly and ask: is it now Indymedia policy to prohibit me from posting a functional link to http://NewsRefinery.com/indymedia/seattle ? If this is the case, then from this point forward, I will post it without the "http" in front of the URL and save you the trouble of removing the "http" from my link. My thinking is that whether your policies are well-considered or otherwise -- you are in charge and it is best for everyone if your policies are clear -- that way there will be no confusion. You will not need to monitor my posts so closely and I will not be left wondering what is going to happen to my posts and whether or not you will edit them or delete them. If you _are_ David and it is your intent to eliminate what you call "self-referential discussions on process" -- then I believe it would be better if you were to make that clear. Again, this can reduce uncertainty and unnecessary friction. (2) After noting that the recent center-column post on the actions this weekend was authored by the person who signs herself "./" it occurred to me that this person may be you. This would make sense in terms of many other things that have happened. However it would be irresponsible for me to make such a claim without first giving you an opportunity to confirm or deny this. So I am asking you to do so. * * * * * * Finally -- I will note what David said concerning my efforts to supposedly start a "flame war" or create an "anti-Seattle IMC website". I have seen many kinds of disagreements. I believe that everyone who recognizes their responsibility to the progressive community will act calmly in their actions. I have made, and will continue to make, every effort to treat you with courtesy and respect as a person and as someone of significance within the progressive community. It is my intention to act in such a way that I will earn your respect. I intervened in the controversy that erupted as a result of a number of neo-nazi posts and comments after others (whom I did not know and still do not know) spoke out on a matter over which which I, and many others, have very strong feelings. I repeatedly asked the indymedia editorial collective to make their policies clear. If this had been done then much of the so-called "self-referential discussions on process" would never have taken place (because there would have been no need to discuss process). It is not too late to put things on the right track. I am clearly not a threat to you or seattle indymedia. I am a political writer with a small audience. I respect your work, which I know is often hard and thankless. I have criticized your work only because, in my view, criticism was necessary in order for indymedia to address the concerns of progressive readers. Since you are clearly paying more attention to the newswire at this time -- then I can conclude that some of my concerns have been addressed. I doubt that I am going to see very many neo-nazi posts on Indymedia in the near future. What remains to resolve things may not be very difficult: a clear and believable statement regarding your editorial policies. Also -- if you have been posting as "./" or "David" or many other names -- I am going to ask you to reconsider that practice. Ultimately this kind of thing makes readers feel manipulated. You are in a position of trust within the community and I and many others believe that your actions should reflect this. Sincerely, Ben Seattle http://struggle.net/ben