Diary Purge

Over the past week, I have not been able to pay my usual amount of attention to MyDD. Also, over the past week, obviously a major new news story, Katrina and aftermath, has developed. This is the sort of story MyDD would not typically focus upon, but considering its overwhelming importance to the nation, obviously we have briefly shifted away from our typical focus on elections, organizing and political strategy. Also, Katrina has brought a new wave of readers to our blog that otherwise would not have stopped by.

While compiling a list of diaries for this post a few hours ago, I noticed that all of these developments have resulted in a wave of diaries that do not mesh with the spirit of MyDD. As a result, I just went on something of a diary purge, deleting around 70-80 diaries that were posted since last Monday. This purge included a few user bans, and was not limited to new members of the community.

In short, I deleted anything that I felt did not contribute to the development of the community. The point of a MyDD diary is to make a substantial contribution to the community. A diary is something with more depth than can be contained within a single comment on a relevant thread. A diary contains original information, whether it is in the form of commentary, links or action. A diary does not violate copyright law.

As we continue to upgrade the site, at some point we will have code and posted guidelines that will reduce the number of unproductive diaries, but for now use these unofficial guidelines in order to avoid having your diary purged in the future:

  • A diary that reposts the entirety of an article that is more than 300 words in length is generally not a contribution to the community, and is frequently a violation of copyright law that could land MyDD in legal trouble.

  • A diary that is less than 300 words in length is generally not a contribution to the community. Save it for a comment on a relevant thread, or for an open thread.

  • A diary simply talking about something you just saw on television is not a contribution to the community. This is especially the case if you fail to provide a link or a transcript of what you saw.

  • A diary that is little more than profanity and/or internet shorthand is not a contribution to the community. Save it for an instant message or an email to your friends.

  • A diary that is little more than an advertisement for another website, usually seen with a quick link and one quoted sentence, is not a contribution to the community. If you want to use MyDD to sell something, buy an ad.

  • Just as importantly, unless you are convinced that your diary easily avoids all of these pitfalls, don't even think about posting a second dairy in a single day. Hogging the conversation is not a contribution to the community.
MyDD is not a message board, and its users should not treat it as such. While MyDD is a community, MyDD is also a blog, which means that its mission and content are directed primarily by the front-page posters. One of the central directions that the front-page posters have tried to take MyDD in is a clear preference of detailed, researched, in-depth commentary on elections, activism / organizing and strategy over quick-hitting, free-flowing rants on everything comes over the newswire. If you want a message board community, go to Democratic Underground, or some other similar place. There is a place for everything, but that place isn't here.

Also, if you would like to know what a good diary looks like, take a look at the nineteen diaries I have collected here. These all contribute significantly to the improvement of MyDD and the MyDD community. If you wish to move forward with us, read them and emulate them.

Tags: Blogosphere (all tags)



clear preference of detailed, investigative postin
That is the very essence of this blog and I'm glad chris went this direction. the signal to noise ratio  on detailed, in depth studies of the world at large has to be be very high or you can't do your job.

out of curiosity, besides all my posts (just kidding) who got the axe?

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-09-07 01:51PM | 0 recs
Parker did.  So did Gary Boatwright.  You and I are the only two that remain.
by NCDem 2005-09-07 01:53PM | 0 recs
I'm personally...
...not in favor of banning users unless they are massively disruptive.  Posting semi-retarded diaries or having contrary views should not be a reason to ban somebody, IMHO.  For example, while I think turnerbroadcasting is off his meds at times, I would not be in favor of banning him.
by Geotpf 2005-09-07 01:58PM | 0 recs
Let the record show...
That I did not call Turnerbroadcasting "semiretarded" or advocate for him to be banned.  Or insinuate that he was on meds.  I don't have any idea as to why this comment was a response to mine.  This isn't to say that I don't agree that sometimes turnerbroadcasting posts... um... challenging-to-decipher comments and diaries.  
by NCDem 2005-09-07 02:12PM | 0 recs
I was agreeing with you
I think.  Now I'm confused.
by Geotpf 2005-09-07 02:26PM | 0 recs
hates me.  I just wanted it to be clear to him.
by NCDem 2005-09-07 04:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Let the record show...
whatever are you
talking about. Are
you trying to make
fun of turner? Why?
Just because
he/she/it writes
like a comment on
a blog is some sort
of ancient Japanese
poetry? Shame on
you and the clouds
that rode in with
the tides of the
terrible people who
are ruining this
by Alex Urevick 2005-09-07 06:39PM | 0 recs
we managed to wean Turner off the carriage return, and he's doing much better now. The feud between NC and TB has sort of bubbled down to a semi-jovial war of little barbs, and I can actually read them without getting vertigo from all the empty space on the page.
by catastrophile 2005-09-07 06:59PM | 0 recs
Open thread it is, then...
I suggest this thread be used for "must be purged for the betterment of MyDD"... and "must-read" diaries.  I nominate all of mine in both categories (same goes for my comments).
by NCDem 2005-09-07 01:52PM | 0 recs
Does Jerome
know you did this?
by Parker 2005-09-07 01:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Does Jerome
THAT is hysterical.  I actually laughed out loud when I read this.  

Parker is mad because 63 of the 78 diaries were hers, I'm sure.


by NCDem 2005-09-07 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Does Jerome
Well if you find this funny... I am sorry for you.

I find nothing "noble" about stifling other points of views. I just read an article today where this adminstration is not allowing photograghs of dead bodies in NOLA. Sorry, that we can't all paint pretty pictures...

by Parker 2005-09-07 02:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Does Jerome
so, was it 63 diaries then?

I see "FUCK CLINTON VOTE DEAN" is gone.  You should have deleted it like I told you, and you wouldn't have gotten so publicly bitch-slapped.

by NCDem 2005-09-07 02:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Does Jerome
The Breaux diary... which I found later Wes Clark Jr. saying the same thing in DK... but I did slip in that Breaux is the co-daddy of NDN.
by Parker 2005-09-07 02:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Does Jerome
You're kidding, right?
by Bill Felmlee 2005-09-07 02:56PM | 0 recs
I'm very upset
Please consider adding the following classic "Flame War" diary to your 19 examples of laudable diary attempts.  Just to make it an even 20.  


"I don't give two shits about your diaries."
(I think that was catastrophile's quote.... correct me if I'm wrong).

by NCDem 2005-09-07 02:07PM | 0 recs
Doesn't ring a bell.
Though now that you mention it . . .


by catastrophile 2005-09-07 02:31PM | 0 recs
Found it! (I think.)
It was craverguy.
by catastrophile 2005-09-07 09:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Found it! (I think.)
Yup, that was me. I was tired that day, so my usually keen wit failed me just then. I pledge to do better the next time I insult metonym to his/her face.
by craverguy 2005-09-07 10:54PM | 0 recs
are you really one of Felmlee's cronies? I applied for the job, but he never called me back.
by catastrophile 2005-09-07 11:19PM | 0 recs
Seems like a real good approach to the problems.  Recommend you consider adding the content of your Diary to the FAQ section, if you haven't already done so.

I recently deleted all of my Diaries.  Some good, some not so good.  I decided that after a while, any Diary, no matter how good, seems to lose importance as new and better Diaries emerge from other participants.  Maybe a periodic voluntary purge by all participants may help MyDD?  

I also just deleted my recent Diary (today) on Dowd's column.  I posted the entire transcript (700+ words) because NYT charges money for each story after only 3-5 days.  Was not aware of the concern for 300+ word transcripts/copyright issue(s).

Will be mindful in future...

by Bill Felmlee 2005-09-07 02:54PM | 0 recs
I'm coming for you...
NCDem... F.B.I. PhD
by NCDem 2005-09-07 04:22PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm coming for you...
Well, its a good thing you're walking this beat, working hard, and taking care of the blogland.

Now that Metonym has left us for an advisory role in the Bayh campaign, I feel better knowing that another pHd is picking up the slack.


by Bill Felmlee 2005-09-07 07:30PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm coming for you...
Do not even think about accusing anyone of ratings abuse. Do not even think about accusing anyone of a personal attack. The mayhem of last week is not ended until you have been banned.

You do not have the right to make any requests or demands. The only right you have is to remain silent and leave. Go away mad or go away. I don't care which.

You will not make a single comment that I will not attack. You will not post a single diary that I will not turn into a flame war.

You have my terms. Meet them or suffer the consequences of your poor judgment.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-08 04:19AM | 0 recs
Why don't you get that lawyer from Gary...
"I believe someone such as myself with a BA in Rhetoric from Berkeley, an MA in Art History from The University of Chicago, and a PhD to come in Art History from The University of Chicago knows the definition of 'hubris'."
---Metonym PhD-to-be

But... I just LOVE that quote.  That, in all seriousness, is absolutely my favorite quote of all-time.  In fact, I think I'll try to copyright it before you do, it's so genius/idiotic (AT THE SAME TIME!).  I'll modify it somewhat to take out your specific schools to make it more applicable to PhD's-to-be all over the world.  Then I'll charge them 5 bucks for copyright infringement every time their head swells so much that they say something so moronic/ironic.  I'm gonna make a killing off of this.  

A small piece of advice... if you don't want the flames to spread, don't throw gasoline on the fire.  

by NCDem 2005-09-08 04:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Why don't you get that lawyer from Gary...
"I believe someone such as myself with a BA in Rhetoric from Berkeley, an MA in Art History from The University of Chicago, and a PhD to come in Art History from The University of Chicago knows the definition of 'hubris'."
---Metonym PhD-to-be

Ah, that is the best one.  The irony of the arrogance it took to write such a statement in order to acknowledge the understanding of hubris.

by Bill Felmlee 2005-09-08 05:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Why don't you get that lawyer from Gary...
DING DING DING!!! Bill gets a prize...  but please don't quote my quoting of Metonym PhD-to-be without providing appropriate acknowledgement, a link to my original quote of the quote, and five dollars for use of my copyright-to-be.
by NCDem 2005-09-08 05:25AM | 0 recs
We've been had
When I saw the art history background, it all came to me in a flash... metonym's entire stay here at myDD has been some sort of surrealist performance art project. Somebody check with the NEA and see if they gave any grants recently for someone to do a "blogosphere installation."
by Crazy Vaclav 2005-09-08 12:33PM | 0 recs
Oh, please.
It's called humor.  Lighten up, Francis.

And please do not quote my writing without my permission.

You take yourself way too seriously.  I find it hard to believe that any reasonably intelligent person who is writing a Dissertation at the University of Chicago would write such an immature, over-reactive, and ridiculous statement.  

You write with fancy words, you state that your comments are more important than others, and now you place a copyright rule on your own writings in MyDD.  Nuts!

You really should stop this charade.    

by Bill Felmlee 2005-09-08 05:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, please.
"And please do not quote my writing without my permission."

What part of "And please do not quote my writing without my permission." do you not understand?  Jeez...

by NCDem 2005-09-08 05:28AM | 0 recs
Meet the new boss...
by Jerome Armstrong 2005-09-07 02:55PM | 0 recs
Re: cool
...Same as the old boss.
by craverguy 2005-09-07 03:46PM | 0 recs
we won't
be fooled again.
by NCDem 2005-09-07 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: we won't
I will pick up my guitar and play.
Then I'll get on my knees and pray.
by v2aggie2 2005-09-08 09:41PM | 0 recs
Okay. Sounds fair, but help me understand...
I've been stumbling around here trying to figure out the best way to let you all know that I have this vast archive of footage from Dean's historic grassroots run and I need help to get the movie made. My contention is that mass distribution will be of great help to us as we forge a new party as led by Howard Dean. I've been very careful so far to make sure that I'm sharing the story with you so you can be part of the production since I consider it THE REAL STORY, unfiltered. Am I alone in thinking this is valuable to the community? I blew the wad on the three years of gathering footage. Am I out of line in my attempt to keep this community informed about the projects progression and my call for help to keep it alive? I'm no techie but I'm trying to be as open source as possible. Obviously from the lack of comments I have not found the best way to do this yet, but I hope to keep trying to gain the trust of the community as my team crafts this important historical archive. Can you tell me if I'm going about it the wrong way or give me advice on how to do it right? I need help to buy an ad, how about that? Can I get support for thegrassrootsmovie.com to buy an ad here? Are my posts in violation of the spirit of this community even though I'm pretty sure my whole life has been dedicated to helping our community even before I had my one year old and three year old?

Please advise.


by HE 2005-09-07 06:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Okay. Sounds fair, but help me understand...
That'd be a good blogad, I'll put it up.
by Jerome Armstrong 2005-09-07 07:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Okay. Sounds fair, but help me understand...
Thanks Jerome,

There's a hell of a story here besides crazy socks via Pelosi's Diary and CNN's sob story. I live in Vermont and am happy to barter. My wife just made blueberry jam, pickles always seem to work here too!

by HE 2005-09-07 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Okay. Sounds fair, but help me understand...
Sounds good, but I moved down to Alexandria, Virginia. I missed the blessed summer there.
by Jerome Armstrong 2005-09-08 02:39PM | 0 recs
my video is down right now. Rats!
by HE 2005-09-07 06:44PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the guidance.
I'm new to the blogging world and had been wondering about diary guidelines.  Now I know.  Thanks.
by psnyder 2005-09-08 06:06AM | 0 recs


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