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Thursday, November 04, 2004


Discussion thread: Scoop?

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, November 04, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I'm gratified to see so much new activity here at Dean Nation. It's been a while, indeed :) I've been thinking about what direction to take this site for some time now, and I had been toying with the idea of launching a new, Scoop-based site like Daily Kos or myDD. However, some have expressed privately to me that they'd prefer things the way they are. So, what's your take?

Do you want Dean Nation to go Scoop, with comment moderation, threaded discussion,s and diaries, or do we want to keep things simple? Would Scoop really just be a vanity move given that we aren't anywhere near the size of Kos? Please weigh in.

UPDATE: Well, looks like we are sticking with Blogger :) I do plan on experimenting with minor changes, possible switching to Blogger's built-in comments rather than Haloscan. But Dean Nation will look largely the same, no Scoop for the immediate future. Thanks to all for your feedback and reality-check.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.