It’ 5:00 am and, as is somewhat usual, my phone just chimed with a PM. Basically, the person said that they would “leave” and not follow the group if I didn’t go back to allowing comments on Facebook instead of on this website.
Well, and I brought this up yesterday; so that says to me that the person is not really so much committed to the goals of slowing growth and density, but rather what is easiest for them is more important than slowing growth.
Here’s what I don’t understand/appears to be a disconnect, and would like to hear your comments about. So many people say that they are extremely concerned about the growth and density and want to change the direction. People say that the current decision makers need to be replaced with people who will change the direction of the cities. So many people say that this group is important to achieving those things. So by leaving, what are you really saying? If you leave the group, what will you do come the election? Will you still organize, in some form, to find and elect slow growth candidates? I hope so, and if you do without being in the group, that will be great! I don’t care how it gets done, by what vehicle it get done, as long as it gets done.
I have had people say that by closing comments, I am making Facebook my “own private comment page.” No,,, if you click on the link, as you had to do to reach this post, you can comment below in the Reply Box, just like you can comment on the Facebook page. You can even check the box below the Reply and get notifications when someone responds. And I’m a direct guy, which sometimes people don’t like, so yes,,, I started this group and spend almost all of my time doing something related to the group. So, as hard as it is for some to understand,, I am the person who ultimately decides how the group will function.
I get the phone calls, texts, emails, PM’s and when people have an issue with the group, they associate it with me. I am the one who the CDA Press called a “twisted soul” in their editorial about the name calling etc… that occurs on the page. I am the one who gets the phone calls and communication from city staff and public officials when they see something in the group that they don’t think is appropriate. It is on my front door that people show up. So yes, I am going to determine how the group functions.
There are three primary reasons why I feel this works best:
First, too many odd things have happened with the Facebook page. People have been moved around on the member/blocked list, and even disappear from the members list. I don’t know if it is a glitch in Facebook, or what causes it. I want to get away from Facebook for many reasons. Using a website allows access to the group for those people who are not on Facebook; and there are a lot who do not use Facebook. If, something happens with Facebook, let’s say they don’t like something that I post on my personal page, and block me from using Facebook, how do I monitor the page?
Second, I am tired of getting PM’s (at all hours of the day and night) from people complaining about a post or what someone has written. So, the website allows me to see the comment before it goes public and I can avoid, hopefully, getting those complaints. Yes, it will be a slower process, because I have to approve the post before it is posted.
Third, is that the website facilitates reaching people with information specific to each city and area. If for some reason, something happens with Facebook, (it gets put in Facebook jail, I get put in FB jail, FB censors what content is allowed, etc…, the website will allow us to remain in contact as a group. If Facebook has an issue, the member list will not be accessible, so how do we communicate? As we close in on the November election, the contact list from the website will allow more specific and direct contact and organization by city, without having to push out information to everyone in the group about things in cities that don’t pertain to their city.
The comments that have particularly left me wondering, have been about people wanting to keep Facebook so that they can “vent.” I started this group, primarily, to get information out about growth and density; about Council meetings and decisions; about what is needed to contact elected representatives, etc… I did not start this to particularly end up as a discussion forum. As one person said when asked why they were in the group,,, “For entertainment,” I am not spending so much time so that people can be “entertained.” If I am going to “entertain” maybe I should start selling tickets?
So, if people “leave” the group, so be it. If the group disappears, so be it. If that happens, then to me, it shows that slowing the growth and limiting density is not really as important as people say. I hope that people stay and are committed to being active and involved as we close in on the November election. But things will be what they will be.
Please give your honest feelings and comments. As long as you are civil, I’m a big boy and can handle whatever you have to say.