When watching something die, there is a point where you have to decide: should we struggle to save it or let it died with dignity.
It is a hard choice. I have seen the struggle for life lead to a horrible death. The unwillingness to admit the inevitable leading to a messy lingering hell, where death becomes the best of the possible options.
It is time. Portland Indy Media struggled to stay alive. It started so good, we all loved it, that's why we couldn't let it go, but now it is in that lingering hell of chemtrails, FBI persecution and government sponsored disruption.
It needs to die. It is begging for it, "please, let me go. I wasn't meant for articles promoting hand guns and the tracking of imaginary chemtrails."
The rot has spread outward from the center. It probably started inoccently, one person seemed ok to put as an admin, how were we to know they worked for the government or we a conservative plant. That other person seemed normal and stable, how were we to know that their hidden insecurity would stifle open discussion. And it was a slippery slope from there, "we won't remove one crazy post", "well, they didn't remove it before, so why should we now."
Until it came to this, people still look here for news, but it gets harder and harder. The disappointment gets to be too much. Almost all of the articles are reposts. Nobody comes here to do original reporting. It is a wasteland of second hand information that is posted here because of the remembered glory. I remember reporting on Chase, the homeless guy murdered by the police, that was Portland Indy Media at its best. How does that compare to what you see now?
We should let it die and then built something new out the the remains. Learn from the problems, fix the structural errors.