View Full Version : Thanks to DU for Maintaining an Open Website

09-10-2010, 09:57 PM
Talk about a SuckUp Thread... (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x9112310) :D

MineralMan http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/images/donor.gif (1000+ posts) Fri Sep-10-10 08:19 PM
Original message Thanks to DU for Maintaining an Open Website

Edited on Fri Sep-10-10 08:22 PM by MineralMan
One of the great things about Democratic Underground is that all parts of the form are open to members. While some areas, like the groups, require a small contribution for full participation, the vast bulk of the site is open completely to all who come here. I've been using discussion forums since before the internet actually existed, starting on BBS systems, Compuserve, and GEnie.

I've been a member of dozens of discussion forums. Many of those always maintained hidden forums, only accessible to the chosen few. I've been in some of those caves or caverns or hideaways. Generally, they are full of people sniping about other forums or members who don't have access to those areas. Almost always, they're poisonous places, full of toxic attitudes and people who have secrets they want to hide.

We are very lucky here on DU. We discuss political issues out in the open. There are rules that help keep discussions under control and the tone at least suitable for public viewing. It is for that reason and others, that the threads that appear here are ranked at the top of Google searches, instead of being ignored by the search engines.

When you create a new thread on DU, you can search for that thread title just minutes after posting it, and it will be at the top of a Google search. For forums that hide their discussions away, Google has contempt, and won't even list those discussions at all. At DU, we reach a larger audience than you would believe. Carefully written thread titles bring hundreds in to see our discussions.

As a DUer, you should be proud of our discussions. We don't have the need to hide them behind locked doors. Even though we often dispute with each other, those disputes are still in the public eye.

Thanks to Skinner and the other admins, and to our staff of moderators, who help prevent the need for us to hide what we have to discuss!

DirtBoy must be looking for a free Star Extension. :D

09-10-2010, 10:52 PM
We don't have the need to hide them behind locked doors.

Nope, the dumbest site on The Internet should be open for all to see.

09-11-2010, 05:52 AM
Hey mineralman. We don't require ANY donations to see any of this forum, and we won't ban you for having a differant view point. Why don't you come visit.