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a sense that ET is never going to achieve its potential as perhaps the leading European Community blog

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ET seems destined to be a case of a few illuminati preaching to the converted


 It just doesn't happen to be the place I would like it to be - which is a much more widely read and blogged place


In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Apr 5th, 2009 at 01:09:56 PM EST
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I could be wrong, but I think that Frank expected to be integrated into the inner circle (the FP status?) given his efforts. From what I read, this didn't happen - and created a lot of frustration. "... a few illuminati preaching" is evidence of this. He didn't feel that he was part of the few... and as a result he felt preached to.

So it boils down to what your vision is of ET. A truly collaborative space - in which case you need a process to integrate new FP-ers. Or more of a top-down communications exercise focusing on a defined political agenda - in which case... you don't need the above process.

by vladimir on Sun Apr 5th, 2009 at 01:22:35 PM EST
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Umph. I got on Frank's case about his surmises upthread, so understandably this makes me a little uncomfortable.

This discussion is challenging enough when we take Frank's diary at face value.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 5th, 2009 at 02:06:35 PM EST
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The FP process, like others on or about ET, has been a consensual one, involving the existing FPers and a number of regulars (typicaly those that have been to meetups or are present very regularly), and Frank has been involved. There have been no new FPers for a while, as we did not even have the time to work on it, for various reasons. It was a mistake that we're now trying to correct. But Frank seems to exclude himself from all this.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Apr 5th, 2009 at 02:55:33 PM EST
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To add a little precision:

we did not even have the time to work on it

We were down to three or four active front-pagers throughout the past winter.

It was a mistake that we're now trying to correct.

More than trying: we've been working on changes for the past few weeks, and a new editorial and site management group will be announced very shortly.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Apr 6th, 2009 at 02:35:21 AM EST
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Isn't that first quote slightly out of context? (Though if you want to argue that in the quote in context he's setting the bar for ET higher than for other community blogs I'd have a hard time disputing it.)

But even were that not the case, I think these quotes rather substantiate my point than otherwise:

You can't expect to reach everyone. You can't even expect to reach every thoughtful individual who substantially shares your values. That will always be one of the limiting conditions.

That doesn't mean ET is a "failure", or that you are. You've achieved too much to have to wear that hat.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 5th, 2009 at 01:52:34 PM EST
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