Archive for October 17th, 2007

An Introduction to Using Google Earth for Political Advocacy

The San Francisco NetSqared group got a great overview of Google Earth’s potential for online advocacy communications on October 9th, courtesy of Google Earth project manager Steve Miller. Two audience members have written the presentation up for our enjoyment, complete with screenshots and links to more resources: check out Britt Bravo’s version on the NetSquared blog or his own site as well as Lorna Li’s take (BTW, the most alliterative author pair-up I’ve ever seen).

You’re not going to walk away from either article ready to make your own maps, but you’ll get to see some of the potential of this great tool and you’ll leave armed with examples and links to how-tos that’ll get you started. Plus, either article is a good resource for that most difficult of lobbying efforts — the one within your own organization.

cpd

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Improving the E.politics Comment Process

I’ve never been entirely satisfied with the comment policy on this site, so let’s take this fine Fall morning to make an arbitrary executive decision. The problem is that because of comment-spam, and despite a good spam filter, enough crap slips through every day that I’ve kept the system set to require site administrator approval for all comments. When you add a note to a story, until it’s approved, you can see your comment (tagged as “waiting for approval”) but no one else can. While this policy helps keep the spam under control, it doesn’t exactly make for live conversation, particularly if I’m off gallivanting around instead of checking my email to see if new comments have arrived.

So here’s the new policy, based on an incredibly exacting (two whole minutes!) review of the options available in this installation of WordPress: once you submit a comment and have it approved, your future missives will sail directly into the pages of e.politics, unreviewed by human eyes other than your own. Your identity is tied to your email address, so as long as you use the same address every time, once you’ve been established as human rather than robot (not to discriminate against our metallic brethren), you can participate in any discussion in real-time. Any other suggestions for improvements? Send ‘em along.

cpd

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