Think of 'Regions' as Rivers
As a river has a channel for the water to flow, think of 'Regions' as a river and the commenting system as the channel for thoughts and expressions to flow. There are no main questions though you can ask one if you wish and see if others answer. It might branch off into another river, a stream, end up in a pond, soak into the ground, or just evaporate. Make it an expression of 140 characters or several paragraphs - your call. Just post whatever you feel is relevant whether to you as an individual or to the world at large.
What makes the 'river' of comments different from other websites' use of a comments area? Overall, not that much of a difference but I thought that by establishing the free flow/free association aspect from the get-go it might make for a different regard and approach from the poster/reader. As to what the result of that will be, I figure such will be evident after a period of time.
There are six Regions sections, each one devoted to a continent. Each section is intended for those who live in that particular continent though at the present there are only two: North America and Europe. The reason for that is for me to get a basic idea of rate of participation and other aspects. Until the other continent pages are up then those in other continents can post in these too.
My reason for indicating a continent instead of a country is simply a matter of grouping into a larger geographical context rather than nationalistic location. This does not mean that a poster cannot mention anything having to do with his or her sense of whichever nation they live in especially in these times when there is obviously much that relates to nations and their particular identity. But these times are also a precursor to larger, global concerns and the increasing technological connectedness is evidence of it. There is nothing wrong with the 'local' but ultimately it resolves itself as temporal identifier.
Note: Though it is a continent, Antarctica is not included simply due to the low population. If it happens that someone posts from there they can indicate Antarctica or continent of origin. Now, if I start getting pugnacious emails from Antarctica then I guess I will have to act accordingly. :-)
'Politically' speaking, as it relates to this website and politics I will address this in an article within the next week. There is too much going on to fit it in this brief introduction. Personally, I will say for the moment that we've come too far to let a flat tire run the U.S. into a ditch. Either the tire gets patched, replaced, and we drive on, or we even walk continuing on that road to a more perfect union. The 'road' didn't provide roadside services to past empires and civilizations and it's not about to provide such to current biases of destiny.
Posting guidelines? Well, if it's going to be free flow/free association then there can't be too many guidelines, that would be like damming the river here and there. But because I, and I think others, would like a clear river instead of a sewer drain, then out of necessity there has to be a measure of monitoring. That task falls to me as admin/moderator. Having said that, here's how I see it using the river analogy: If I see something in the river that has the potential to dam up the flow, but it simply goes by in the rush and out of view, then I will let it go its way yet remain on record. But if it catches on to something in the river or by the banks, then I will get rid of it and any other debris it has snagged. Now, if it is something that is obviously offensive and with no regard for the sensibilities of others then I will get rid of it permanently from the record. And if the poster responsible for it continues to do the same, then I will afford them the same permanent courtesy. And I have no problem listening and responding to counter-arguments.
Post in the language you want. Of course, if you post in English then there may be a larger audience, possible response, etc. But there are those who may want to post in their own language and that's perfectly acceptable. Just remember that I will not be able to moderate in all the languages. Eventually some may wish to volunteer as moderators for the particular language but again that will depend on overall participation.
That's about it for now. The comments section on this page is for general comments re Regions. If there are any questions re all that I've stated above then please feel free to comment or if necessary use the Contact page. You can also send an email: Send Email