January 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm #83586AnonymousInactive
The SPGB web forums are operated by the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) and are intended to promote discussion of matters related to the SPGB, the World Socialist Movement, and socialism in general.
Does the forum live up to its intentions?
What percentage of posts are related to propogating the ideas and aims of the WSM?
How many messages are there to our fellow workers? Explaining capitalism and asking them to join us.
Or is that not the purpose of the forum? Is it more of a club house for those already convinced?
Can the forum be used to propagate socialism rather than for self indulgence?January 21, 2015 at 9:16 am #108809Young Master SmeetModerator
Well, the point is it's a place where people can come for in depth discussion with party members (and where party members can discuss issues). That is, it's not a magaphone. The work of the forum is being promoted in our otehr literature, to draw people here for discussion.January 21, 2015 at 9:54 am #108810alanjjohnstoneKeymaster
Being a few thousand miles away and politically isolated, i see the forum as a place to connect and communicate with comrades and to share information…..much like if i happened to drink in the same pub with them…sometimes it leads to interaction with strangers…but mostly i view it as an accepted place of comradeship.., my local with its regulars, we miss people when they disappear from the forum …..I get input and feedback on current issues that i receive no where else …hence sometimes my own views develop from contributions from others on threads…i learn…If visitors come, they get the welcome they would get if they sat down at the same table as us in a pub, having overheard the topics of converstion …treated with respect and understanding and tolerance if their views prove naive…If it is a club-house for the convinced, i have no problem with that…Actually the distance in location is not important…i'm sure even if we all stayed in same city but didn't meet daily, the forum would reflect our common bounds and serve a purpose….And it saves some people from buying their round if it was a physical meet in a real club and not a virtual oneJanuary 21, 2015 at 10:49 am #108808AnonymousInactivealanjjohnstone wrote:….And it saves some people from buying their round if it was a physical meet in a real club and not a virtual one
Are you suggesting I don't get the rounds in? Who's been talking? But that's fair fair enough YMS and Alan, If it keeps members and sympathisers in touch and motivated then it serves a good purpose. I suppose I may have grandiose view of the forum, believing it can and should be a bit more than that: perhaps reaching out a bit more.January 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm #108811jondwhiteParticipant
We have a mailing list (four or five in fact) for members only to post. I appreciate the purpose it serves for distant members especially Alan but I believe the party can go further than a mere club-house for the convinced.February 3, 2015 at 11:16 am #108812AnonymousInactive
There is still very little of the World Socialist Movement's case receiving exposure on this forumFebruary 3, 2015 at 11:39 am #108813ALBKeymaster
That's because you persist in arguing with L. Bird.February 3, 2015 at 11:39 am #108814AnonymousInactive
Is it not time to dump 'science for socialists' into the trash can and allow members to start threads relevant to the position of the working class today and what we propose as an alternative.?By the way no apologies for being a 'shit stirrer'February 3, 2015 at 11:47 am #108815AnonymousInactiveALB wrote:That's because you persist in arguing with L. Bird.
Lbird draws me in by calling me a 'stalinist' now and again Also my threads are not allowed. and when they are Lbird trolls them.February 7, 2015 at 1:22 am #108816AnonymousInactive
Can anyone help me find a thread on this forum that deals with the socialist solution? Apart from deleted threads? I may be wrong but I can't find anyFebruary 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm #108817ALBKeymasterVin wrote:I have received a reply from moderation saying that your copy and paste verbatim is allowed because it is not from the Socialist Standard! Only the Socialist Standard is not allowed. So don't try an open letter from Clifford Slapper! But an open letter from Nigel Farage is fine.
Could it be that it's because articles from the Socialist Standard are already published elsewhere on this site and people can tweet a link to them there. I think that also at the end of each article there is a section for comment — which ends up on the forum. It seems to be an argument about where on our website a tweet should link to: the Socialist Standard or the forum? Personally I'd have thought that the Standard was a better visiting card than here. Or you could do both, I suppose. Just post the link not the whole article on the forum and tweet a link to this. Seems a bit of a roundabout way, though.February 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm #108818AnonymousInactive
Well Alb, in my wildest nightmare I cannot think of a logical reason to delete a post from the publication of the SPGB of a letter from an established and well respected party representative. The mind boggles.February 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm #108819DJPParticipant
We don't want to create a duplicate of the website on the forum because dupliclate content is bad for search engine optimisation and for the quality of the site in general.Comments about website content really should go in the "comments" section, not general discussion anyhow.If you want to comment on content, even if it is just to say "please tweet and share this it's great", do so by using the "comment" button at the bottom of each page and a thread in the forum will be automatically created.If you want to share articles it will be more effeiceint if you share the original link.If you provide me with the details of any shares you do on twitter I can look at the analytics and see if any are resulting in return visits or click backs…February 8, 2015 at 10:28 am #108820AnonymousInactiveDJP wrote:If you provide me with the details of any shares you do on twitter I can look at the analytics and see if any are resulting in return visits or click backs…
I don't need statistics. I am talking to workers about socialism. It does not cost the party a single penny. How much does the party spend on summer schools and elections and how many members per pound have we got. I am talking to workers and you are deleting the content we are talking about.What is behind all this rubbish. If it is an attempt to wind me up to prove a childish point, then it has worked. Stop wasting member's time with the stupid moderation and sarcastic and nasty emails from mod and let me get on with propagating socialism.February 8, 2015 at 10:59 am #108821AnonymousInactive
Every organisation, including political groups, recognise the importance of twitter. If some members don't recognise this, they should not hold back members that do. You do your thing and I will do mine. There should be no control involved, we are socialists.
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