In the past couple of days I have received several complaints about Blatant Politics with regards to deleted posts, removal of featured posts and the role of Moderators. ActiveRain has groups that are intended to promote a single political ideology - Blatant Politics is not one of them. If someone takes the time to write a blog (liberal, conservative or apolitical) and wants to post it to BP, the least we can do is leave it alone. However, if a post violates AR's Terms of Service, it will be deleted.
I have revised the group description to include "and does not violate ActiveRain's Terms of Service". So, as of 11/19/09 the group description is: Blatant Politics is a group for anyone to share their blatantly, honest opinion about politics. As long as a post is not criminal in nature and does not violate ActiveRain's Terms of Service it will never be deleted at Blatant Politics.
I have been hestitant to suggest or implement limitations on Featured Posts. Based on the complaints it is evident that we need some basic guidelines for Features. So, the following is a rough draft for Feature guidelines:
1) A Feature must be original - no reposts of AP stories, etc. If your post could be considered grounds for expulsion from school due to plagiarism, it's not worthy to be posted on BP, much less a Featured Post.
2) A Feature should contain at least 150 words or it should be reasonable to assume the author spent at least 15 minutes writing the post - I usually spend about an hour, but I'm a slow writer.
3) A Feature and/or a post must be in full compliance with the Terms of Service.
4) If a Feature meets the above criteria and for whatever reason should be "defeatured" - only the Moderator that featured it in the first place is allowed to remove it's featured status.
I'm glad to have started Blatant Politics and do not want to see it dissolve or lose membership due to animosity or anything else. This group consists of intelligent, witty and passionate people. I look forward to many more years of spirited debates from interesting posts/features written by our members. If you have any suggestions as to how to improve the group, send me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!
Founder - Blatant Politics