There has been a lot of talk on Political Fleshfeast (PFF) about bannings and the rules/enforcement here at Docudharma. Buhdy, joined in this diary and was besieged. As you can imagine, the comments got pretty harsh. If you can’t handle harsh criticism of this site, I suggest you don’t follow the link.
Personally, I have fond feelings for this site, as many of you are people whose DKos writings I appreciated. I have also come to enjoy the … er … free-for-all at Political Fleshfeast. The depth of difference in administrative approach of these two sites is immense, to say the least.
I do not write this from malice, but from the viewpoint of a well-intended outsider. Some of the Docudharma disciplinary warnings quoted at PFF sounded … almost theocratic. Control of expression by contributors must allow a wide breadth of dissent, else full discourse is impossible.
At PFF, the startup was horrendous in that the posing, name-calling and general crap-spewing between lefties and righties was uncontrolled. Since, the level of discourse has improved (you only have to duck now and then) and a few very unlikely truces have been declared. That has come about without a single banning that anyone knows of.
I do not wish to get into a finger-pointing contest, nor will I. Your comments are invited, though I may or may not participate. Honestly, I write this only because I feel it needs to be said, not for any other purpose.
I said in an earlier comment that, you are building your own cage. That is not meant as a put-down, just as an observation. I’ve been around the block (a few times too many) and know the signs. Please, take some deep breaths and read what I’m saying with an open mind and take it as heart-felt, sincere advice.
The cage you are building is too small for the breed of animal you wish to preserve.
I was happy to see your site come up. It was gratifying to see a site with a purpose that went beyond raising more lucre to elect the next not-as-bad-as-the-other-guy politician. As a bonus, it sounded as if there would be a more open exchange of views.
Having started up a few web sites myself, I know how frustrating and draining it can be. In fact, the hardest part is remaining focused on the original intent. Giving in to the press of details and extinguishing brush-fires and losing sight of that overarching intent guarantees failure.
You are fighting alligators, here in this comment thread, and there on your site. Stop that. Step back. Take a walk. Talk to yourself. Picture your actions from others’ viewpoints.
You’ve written much that I have liked and agreed with. You have also written much that I have liked and disagreed with.
You are now beset by attacks from all sides. What is your reaction? The reaction I am seeing is that you are injuring and banishing your attackers to go back to their villages and inflame their friends and family. You have multiplied your attackers.
What is the harm your attackers inflict on you to begin with? In my view? No harm. They attack and draw no real, only virtual blood.
Your village, your supporters, will react as they will and your attackers will be marginalized, not as quickly as you might like, but ultimately marginalized. Your supporters need to understand that approach also, lest they become overzealous in their defensive tactics. This way you avoid creating additional enemies, and you avoid a reputation as a village to be avoided.