I posted an essay, 'The Labor Theory of Female Value', ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/05/265550.shtml) on a number of Indymedia sites today, around six sites in total, including Ireland Independent Media Center.
The essay was soon deleted from the Ireland site.
I searched around the Ireland site looking for a link to a compost bin, and found nothing.
I also read their policy statement, and found nothing there that would indicate why my article had been deleted. So I reposted the article, with a note informing people that it had been deleted earlier. This led to a discussion of sorts taking place through the comments section.
Someone named 'Ray', and editor at Ireland Indymedia, responded like this:
"I deleted this article earlier
by Ray Thu, May 29 2003, 1:47pm
And I will be deleting it again soon.
This article was spammed across a bunch of different indymedia newswires - here, South Africa, Melbourne, Sydney, and probably many more. Articles that are crossposted across a bunch of indymedia wires are always deleted. (I deleted the 'Iraqis Riot, Shoot Down US Helicopter' story at the same time, and for the exact same reason.) "
"The link below takes you to the deleted list, where everything deleted from the newswire is automatically sent. In most cases, the deleting editor will have added a short explanation for the deletion to the story. Its always worth checking there for an explanation before asking here.
(In half an hour or so the deleted list will also contain this copy of the article...)
related link: www.topica.com/lists/imc-ireland-hidden/read"
When I asked about the guidelines, Ray responded with this:
by Ray Thu, May 29 2003, 1:56pm
Unfortunately, the editorial guidelines page hasn't been updated in ages. There have always been too many other things to do (and some of the proposed changes are controversial, so discussion on those delays any update)
But the practice of indymedia Ireland, for at least a year now, has been to delete crossposted articles. This has been stated again and again by editors on the newswire. I'm sorry you couldn't find this out before your article was deleted, but its not going to stop me deleting your article if its crossposted.
Indymedia Ireland's users are perfectly capable of going to other sites themselves to find news of interest. And if your essays are as good as we all like to hope our writings are, then they'll be picked up in emails, fanzines, and lots of other forums. In the meantime, its more than a little arrogant to decide _yourself_ that your writings are so important that they deserve to be posted in four continents (US, Africa, Europe, and Australia). And no matter how good or bad these writings are, if all indymedias all around the world carry the same stuff then that destroys their function as an outlet for local news, or analysis by local writers.
The policy stands, and it will continue to be enforced."
How do other indymedia posters, and editors, feel about this policy? Is this a common policy of all indymedia sites? Should it not be stated clearly? Should not the compost bin be clearly marked, and readable?
I realize that imc is volunteer, and i have expressed my appreciation numerous times, so I'm just wondering how other people feel about the unstated (on the website) policy at Ireland IMC?