I thought I'd see what Keyes is mucking up now. Ah, challenging Obama's birth certificate. ("He's a Kenyan! He's black! He can't be President!") I'm sure I'm not the first person to note that Republicans are not so big on that "will of the people" stuff. Yeah, we know y'all elected Clinton--twice--but we have to impeach him because he lied about an extramarital sexual encounter! It's for your own good!
As I read through the comments after the post itself somthing jumped out at me. There are a lot of OS members (the sort of folks who have an avatar) commenting initially and then suddenly there is a spate* of generic avatars. These were people who had dropped in as a result of the newsletter link. As you are required to sign up to make a comment, they are now OS's newest "bloggers."
I see this as one of the unintended consequences of the structure of OS. I guess the idea was that people would be interested first in creating their own blog and then would interact with other bloggers and we could all sing "We are a fam-a-leee" together. And it did begin pretty much just like that.
Now, though, the number of people who have signed up just so they could rate posts and add comments far outnumbers those who actually post on their own pages. If you have ever clicked on the "People" link at the top of you know that there is no reason to ever click that link again. It shows page after slow-loading page of blank avatars.
It would be nice to make OS more about the community, the interaction of people who at least occasionally put up a post of their own. But that little idea winked out months ago. We need a way of sorting people into those that want an actual blog page and those who just want to make a comment or thumbify a post (props to Jodi Kasten).
One particular comment to Wo's post revealed another unintended consequence, this one concerning the relationship between Open Salon and "Real" Salon.
Here, you can see for yourself:
I've linked to the post in the first line of this post, so do go read the whole thing. But I wanted to pull this out so you can see exactly what has happened here. (By "see," I mean squint at the fuzzy jpeg image.)
Oops. F Arouete has wandered onto the holodeck, but thinks he/she is still in the real (Salon) world. This doesn't really raise any issues for Open Salon--we know who we are, after all, and we aren't, for the most part, pretending to be real journalists. We just post stuff. That's what blogs are for. And that's why blogs are not a substitute for that nasty old mainstream media, or rather "MSM" (insert sneer emoticon here). The one that, you know, pays people to bother to verify stuff they write.
Mother Salon, on the other hand, might want to post a notice that her readers are about to enter the playground out back and while we are, indeed, her many children, she disavows all responsibility for the kooky things we might say.
*Yes, I think that is the proper term. A murder of crows. A spate of generic avatars.