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Thursday, November 11, 2004


Administrative notes

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, November 11, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Some new rules in town, especially with regard to comments. Read on..

We now have two different types of comment systems:

* The Daily Open Threads are a free for all, anyone may post there, even anonymous users. No moderation will be performed whatsoever, it's a pure Darwinian environment.

* The Discussion threads attached to each post require registration with Blogger. No partisan insults, personal attacks, or other kinds of disrespect. No stereotypes of red staters or denigrations of President Bush. Basically, these comment threads are for an elevated tone and a serious debate. I will be deleting comments without warning to enforce this.

Note that registration with Blogger has the side benefits of automatically giving you your own blog! Any Dean Nation regular who registers to post comments and then starts blogging will be listed on request in a dedicated blogroll on the Dean Nation front page.

I can't think of any other blog that has a dual-comment system like the one we are experimenting with here. Let's see how that experiment runs. I think it will be very rewarding. My sincere desire is for the Discussion threads to become a true ideal of rational debate and dialog, beyond the narrow slice of moderate left. Respectful disagreement is the hallmark of success.

UPDATE: Pleaseleave any comments about the site layout, problems, etc here or in the open threads, I will try to tweak the site so its more pleasing to the eye and easier to read. Give me feedback!


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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.