Personal update from Paulie first, since it appears this part does not get read:
Since I own no computer that works, and the one I have been borrowing is broken, and since I haven’t been staying in motels with computers in the lobby or working outside colleges or libraries with public access computers this past month, I have been online very little for the past month. This situation will continue for an unknown length of time. I’m checking email about once a week for an hour or two and that’s about it.
I will not post articles other than this one while this continues and I have not logged into facebook in a month or more either. Please do not expect me to be personally responsible for posting whatever items you send us. This is not my paying job, or that of the other IPR writers for that matter. We all do this in our spare time. I should not be having any spare time any time soon, since I make my own work hours. I forward all non-spam messages sent to email@example.com to all IPR writers, but it is up to each of them individually whether they decide to post any given item or not.
If there are items you would like to see posted on IPR you can:
A) Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
B) Post them in the comments to this thread
C) Ask to be signed up to write at IPR
Anything posted as a story at IPR should directly relate to alternative (“third”) parties or independent candidates, either by subject or by author. We ask that if you sign up to write here that you not post your own personal editorials as stories, although you may post other people’s editorials and/or ask other people to post yours. You may of course editorialize all you want in comments regardless of whether you are signed up to post stories or not.
If you post comments that do not show up, do not assume that you are being censored. There is an automated spam filter and it makes mistakes from time to time. If you alert us to what you believe is a legitimate comment that is not showing up via email@example.com, someone may take the time to manually get it out of spam. Or not. I do it when I have the time; other people rarely do. If you don’t alert us, chances are we won’t know. If you sign up to write at IPR you can also get your own comments out of spam, as well as post images and videos in comments (other people can not).
Same goes for any comment that you believe should be removed. We very rarely remove any comments except obvious spam, although it is at the discretion of the individual IPR writers. Please do not expect anyone to be monitoring all the comments. If you see something that you believe should be removed, ask the IPR writers. They may or may not decide to do so. Items that may be removed can include threats of violence, libel, slurs, violations of people’s privacy against their express wishes, and repeated harpings on a single subject in numerous unrelated threads after the pattern causes a great deal of annoyance expressed by our other readers. However, that does not mean any such items necessarily WILL be removed, especially if you don’t ask via IPR email. As with posting IPR stories, that is entirely up to our volunteer staff and/or the website owners (who also own many other sites).
There is no group decision process on which stories get posted. Nor is there any group attempt to favor one party or candidate over others. Each of our writers makes a personal decision on what to post, subject to removal by Trent Hill or the company he works for. If you are signed up to write here and not sure whether a particular story belongs on IPR, ask on our email list.
Please do NOT repeat NOT email us any requests that I personally post anything.
firstname.lastname@example.org automatically forwards to the first several people that signed up to post stories here. Unfortunately, most of them have not posted here in a long time, or post very rarely. Trent is the only person who can add people to that email list. For reasons unknown to me he stopped adding new people that I have signed up here to the list a long time ago. I created a second IPR list for the new people and whenever I can, I forward any non-spam items we get at contact.ipr to this second list. However, that does not mean anyone will post those stories. I hope they do, but I can no longer do more here than everyone else, since it is interfering with my actual responsibilities (IE actual paying work elsewhere). Also, I’m reasonably sure that every other IPR writer has better access to the internet than I do right now.
I may also have to revert to only reading those comments addressed to me personally by name.
If you would like to stay in touch with me personally, I vastly prefer phone calls (415-690-6352) to email. I don’t own a computer, and even if I did, I would need to limit my time on it.
My apologies for the rant to those who knew all that already.
Discuss almost whatever you want in the comments on this thread, other than stuff that would get you and/or IPR in legal trouble, or stuff that has already been quarantined in “special” threads.
This can include news items IPR should be covering, as well as just about anything else.
Call 415-690-6352 if you need to get a hold of me (Paulie), or email@example.com and/or comments on this thread (both if possible) for news tips to IPR. I’ll keep forwarding anything I receive that I think belongs on IPR to other IPR writers. I would also like to sign up some new people to help us post.
For those of you who have my personal email, in any situation where you can call me rather than emailing me or otherwise contacting me online, please use the phone, not the computer. I can’t emphasize that enough. Thanks!