This blog has matured tremendously in terms of its members, readership base, the amount of information available and the broad landscape of opinions circulating the discussions here. It is difficult to know how people can be considered “members” since WordPress doesn’t allow me have a registration just for this blog alone, it will only permit me to require that anyone who posts to be a WordPress member. I thought that would be quite restricting for people and would hinder the discussion and readership that this blog has now reached.
As I have said in the past, the intention of YorkStrike2008 is to have a space where information can be consolidated and opinions may shared as openly and democratically as possible. The purpose was never to rally people around one side or the other, only to have everyone recognise that there are a lot of people who are students and share similar concerns, experiences and opinions. What we have here is something to be very proud of as students. Our Union has all but abandoned us in terms of giving us a voice or even a forum to represent our concerns and opinions. We have made something out of nothing.
Now that I have said that I will get to the purpose of this post. I am opening up YorkStrike2008 to you guys. I have enabled the service that allows me to give you the permission to write posts such as this one that will appear on the main page under your own usernames. The only restriction that I will impose is that you cannot “Publish” but you can “Save” whatever you have written, whatever video you have recorded or pictures you have taken and I will review them only to ensure that they are not vulgar, malicious or in any way inappropriate. I am only one person and I cannot represent all of your thoughts, opinions, concerns and questions – and after all, who am I to do so.
Once this strike ends this blog will most certainly fall into the depths of the blogosphere along with MySpace and PureVolume. However, I am sure many of you will still want somewhere to ask questions about the new difficulties and choices that this strike will inevitably produce for us. So, after this strike ends it would be excellent if we could turn this place into a great space for people to ask questions and get answers from others, complain and maybe even talk about organising a coup d’Osman. 😉
If you would like to be a contributor and express yourselves on the front page then you must make a WordPress account (you don’t have to make a blog or anything – it is a simple email and password registration that takes 2 seconds) and email me at yorkstrike2008 <at> hotmail.com with the email address you used with your WordPress account.
This is the description of a Contributor:
Contributors can write posts, but they don’t have authority to hit the “Publish” button. When they are finished, their posts are in the “Pending Review” status, until a higher-level user reviews and approves for publishing. If you were to use WordPress to publish and online newspaper/newsblog, for instance, and wanted to maintain an editorial process that would have articles go through review by an editor, you could have most of your “reporters” be Contributors, so that it would be impossible for one of their posts to be published without that review. Associate Professors at SMUG are in the Contributor role.
Ps. I wonder if this would be considered Web 3.0?