First, focussing on the vision of the site, it is here as a tool for reporting of news and commentary based on personal effort for education and empowerment of action. It is an endeavor that requires quite a bit of work to maintain and that effort is all volunteer. People volunteer their time because of the feeling that it is a valuable resource for the betterment of our community, and its relationship to the broader community of nature all around us.
Some volunteers have expressed frustration at the site becoming viewed and used as more of a blog, or discussion board. While such discussion is important, it is only a secondary purpose. The primary purpose is to empower people to get up, go out, and do something in the world. In this virtual age, it is all too easy to sit behind the computer and discuss, argue and engage in near endless intellectual debate. This is not enough to bring about the changes that are necessary if we want to have the kind of society we dream about in our hearts.
Towards this end, one first experimental step will be to curb the overwhelming number of posts, many corporate reposts, about the election and the endless debates over Kerry or Nader etc. All of this stuff has actually hindered the efforts of people who post about actions on Nov 3rd, and important things people can go do. The important stuff of actually doing something gets hard to find in the midst of relentless heated 'debate' (which is often a rigid clash of dogmas rather than open dialog)
This is a first step and there will be other significant changes to follow. All such changes are subject to continuing discussion and observation of what is working and what is not. Indymedia is a fluid work in progress. This writeup is the work of one person so this post may be amended if something said is not accurately reflecting collective decisions.
Comments on this matter, and suggestions to improve the usefulness of the site are welcome.
Whatever happens on the national level come Nov 2nd, it is time for a change right here at home.