Green Party Watch Open Thread
April 23, 2011 in Green Party Watch
This website Green Party Watch was initially started in 2008 to:
- fill a hole in online media coverage of the Green Party in the United States known as the “Green Black Out”;
- generate and disseminate news about Green Party locals, candidates, state parties and the national party;
- bring Green bloggers and other Greens together in one place to discuss and talk about Green Politics;
After three years, I find myself contemplating whether the site is still serving its original purposes, whether the site can be improved by new (free) software tools, and other questions.
I am always interested in what other people want to see here. We’ve gotten great suggestions in the comments before, and we’ve tried to improve the site and services based on feedback within the bounds of money and time.
Several times we have had suggestions that there needs to be an alternative to Democratic Party “group think” sites like Daily Kos and Democratic Underground, which routinely ostracize and kick out Greens. We certainly agree, and there were some failed attempts at that in the past (see “Green Commons” for example). Can something like that be integrated into Green Party Watch, or should it be a separate website? Is GPW primarily a “News” site, or is the “green way” of News generation to have many Greens reporting and sharing what is happening where they are? Are they one and the same?
And then there is the question about overlap with the official “gp.org” website – sometimes people come here and think they are questioning the “Green Party Leadership”, whatever that means. Shouldn’t some of the things we do here (like a calendar of local and state Green Party meetings) be better suited on the National GP.org site? The difference might be that here at Green Party Watch users can (or should) be able to generate content, while gp.org is less “user driven”. How can Green Party Watch better differentiate itself from the “official” Green Party website? And how can Green Party Watch better enable users to generate content here? Or is “user driven content” the wrong way to go?
These are some of the questions I have been pondering while I am on vacation in sunny southern California, not distracted by work. I’m interested in what people think, and I have some time now to possibly do some site redesigning over the next few days.
What do you think?