Why The MyDD Community is Failing
by ragekage, Sat Mar 29, 2008 at 09:06:26 AM EDT
We have a very real problem here at MyDD; there's no use in beating around the bush, so I'll just say it.
We are failing as a progressive community.
Bah, you say, what right do you have to judge that? You didn't even know MyDD existed a few short weeks ago. Perhaps that's your opinion, but you're WRONG, get lost!
But the evidence is clear, and if we want to make a difference in American politics, we need to do something about it.
Take a look at the "recommended" diaries list on the side of the main page. Four hit pieces on Obama, with only one somewhat positive post (a good diary, one I can relate with as a nurse, with the exception it seems to insinuate Clinton's healthcare plan is to Obama's like neurosurgery is to band-aids). These rack up hundreds of comments, mostly back and forth between Clinton and Obama supporters on supposed failings/scandals/et cetera between the two, with a fair amount of insults and childish retorts hurled back and forth.
Yet the Diary Rescue posted on the main page really illustrates the problem. Ten diaries about issues that should be dear to us, or candidates needing our support to win in their district. The one with the most comments? Entitled "Blood Will Be On Your Hands in November," it talks about (without mentioning names) what will happen if we let our animosity get the best of us and vote for McCain in the fall.
The comments are almost entirely centered around a back and forth about Obama "stifling the revotes in MI/FL".
The rest of the diaries are lucky to have even one or two comments posted to them. I've noticed this in the past; everytime a Blue Majority candidate posts, I'll at least encourage them. I called some of my friends in Portsmouth and Bath, Maine, to support one (convinced two of them to take a look at his stance on the issues and to consider supporting him financially). But I was the only one to respond to him. We had a post from a candidate in Florida that devolved into whether or not he supported Clinton instead of supporting him on the issues.
Now, when I responded to our boy from Maine, he (personally) responded back. I noticed he posted at DailyKos, too (ZOMG DAILY KOS!), and d'you know how many comments there were?
Running up on a hundred. None questioning his support of Hillary or Obama, none about our candidates at all, except on the note we needed to support downticket races. Actually, I take that back; I've now found a series of comments on the subject Obama would be a better candidate for down-ticket races, but none go out of their way to bash Hillary.
Keep in mind that this candidate responded to me, personally, and I was the only one who actually did something to help him and even bothered to comment on the diary, and tell me- what do you think this candidate's opinions on MyDD is? Or Clinton versus Obama supporters, at least online? How about the other candidates, or people who posted diaries on subjects neutral to either candidate, but about important issues, and then either don't respond or have it devolve into "OBAMA SUCKS!"
What's more, the "evil orange box" (must be sponsored by Home Depot) has actually been raising a not inconsiderable amount of money for these candidates, as well as organizing volunteers and such for those whose financial situations limit them from monetary support.
Now, there's nothing wrong with debating Clinton versus Obama... but look how it's infected the community here. We're ignoring EVERYTHING ELSE but that. How does that look to other people, how does that reflect on us to the Democratic party, these candidates, current undecided superdelegates, undecided voters, et cetera? Is this what Jerome intended with a site like this? Heck, MyDD INSPIRED DailyKos; why are they beating us at our own game?
So- what do we do about it? How can we fix this and bring our community back to the forefront of progressive blogging? We've got to do something, or we risk becoming another Hillaryis44.org.