Mood: accident prone
Topic: independent media
Sydney Alternative Media (SAM) website is pretty humble on its first day out. A 'welcome' article and a second article being a review of the West Wing tv series (from 1999 to 2005).
What is needed is the capacity for interactive publishing from the community like traditional indymedia users, and anyone else who might become interested from around the Sydney metroplitan area and further afield.
I'm still working this side of things out so I don't run the risk of a massive spam attack making the thing unmanageable literally as the door opens.
Most options with the SAM hosting service seems to require active moderating of the site which looks a bit demanding. I'm playing with some password, and remote email to blog, possibilities to promote interactivity, so sensible people with good faith interest in publishing their news free of big or biased special interests can get their material up, but ratbags will move on to something else simpler to amuse themselves.
It's the frisson as they say, the excitement of having your own sincere views up on the web within seconds of submitting them to the publishing platform that I am looking for with SAM. It won't be nearly as good if they have to wait for me to analyse and edit some hours later. On the other hand it does need some quality control to mediate the destructive and angry posts.
This is proving a pretty big hurdle to jump for a non geek but let's see if it's possible somehow.