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Mar. 15th, 2008

05:22 pm - Good news politically!

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I rarely post good news on the political front. But I felt after my exhortation earlier to call your representative about the telecom immunity thing that I should tell you all the result.

The House has rejected the concept completely in a number of strongly worded speeches given on the House floor representatives one-by-one stood up and told the administration that our country is ruled by law and not by presidential fiat. According to this article, the debate was rather impressive to see.

So people who bothered to call, you very likely did some good. Thank you. Everybody in the US should thank you.

Current Mood: [mood icon] pleased

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From:eqe
Date:March 16th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
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The scuttlebutt I heard is that the Senate bill includes immunity and there's no chance of it being removed in conference committee, so the House vote was handed off to the grandstanders so that they could score some points in a battle that doesn't matter.

I would *love* to be proven wrong on this point.

Yay, politics.
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From:fallen_x_ashes
Date:March 24th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
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Hi there. I wanted to first, thank you for joining the forklivejournal community.

Secondly, as I mentioned, I just wanted to start the community, but I have no intention of leading it or moderating it. A very small light influence perhaps, but nothing more. I know myself quite well, at times I am a firebrand, and I really don't think I should be a moderator for a project I could potentially be quite emotionally invested in.

I was wondering if you would like to moderate the community? I think that you would do very well. I choose you not necessarily because of any technical background, but just on the basis of how you may interact with people. I don't believe we are at a point in the project where bringing aboard a moderator with much computer science whiz is even necessary, we just need someone with good people skills.

I may choose one or two more people after you, following that, I'm going to be keeping a very hands off approach. I'm going to let you guys deal with moderating. I don't want to deal with that task at all. The only limitation I'll give is that I'd rather /I/ suggest all new moderators on an as needed basis, you can then talk amongst yourselves and approve or disapprove. You can also suggest additional moderators to me, but I only ask that you not add them yourself.
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 24th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
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I am happy to moderate that community, but I will also tell you that my main purpose in joining it is because I'm really curious about where the project goes more than because I want to contribute myself. Moderating isn't the same thing as contributing and, as I said, I am happy to moderate.

I agree that a moderator for that community shouldn't require someone with a heavy computer science background. It just so happens that I actually do possess a heavy computer science background. :-)

If you would like another moderator, I would recommend that you also ask foxfirefey. She is one of the most even handed moderators I've ever seen. She has done an amazingly good job with the no_lj_ads community and kept it from becoming a community who's sole purpose is to rip on LJ while not alienating any of the community members. She hasn't joined forklivejournal, but if you ask her and say something similar to what you said to me, she might join and help moderate it.

Another suggestion I would have is that if you are really serious about this, and want to get people on board, that you pick a name for the forked version of LJ that reflects the goals in forking it. You will attract a lot more people to the project by making it a project that's attempting to achieve something rather than if it's just a project that's perceived as simply existing to avoid a negative.

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