Comments on: In the Trenches: Moderation for OpenGov http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/ The EPA Blog Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:52:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17926 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 05:51:44 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17926 It’s not working. People instinctively hide from unpleasant realities until harsh conditions interrupt their dreams, and then it’s too late to stop the disaster, because the human population keeps on growing and its economy keeps on expanding, while the planet keeps on shrinking. People are driven by their instincts, the part of the mind that ignores rational thought.

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By: Barry Everett http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17925 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:42:43 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17925 The entire OpenEPA team thanks you for the kind words. Active moderation can be very useful. But we should remember that putting an individual face on public interaction requires the efforts and support of many. I look forward to continuing the process.

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By: Barry Everett http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17924 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:33:53 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17924 Thanks. EPA has always been very active in public outreach, and has worked hard to provide as open a forum as possible. We hope that OpenGov will provide the opportunity to expand those efforts.

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By: Barry Everett http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17923 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:25:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17923 I believe that we have very carefully communicated to you, here and in the OpenEPA forum, that there are multiple venues for discussion existing within the EPA now, and there will be increased availability for open discussion, because of the OpenGov Initiative.

However, to address ALL issues, no matter what the topic, in a forum that, as defined, has a limited purpose and time frame, is counter-productive. It does not serve the purpose of the forum, and more importantly to you, it does not provide you with the opportunity for serious consideration of your issues and legitimate concerns.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17922 Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:43:13 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17922 How curious that you advocate open government, but oppose an open discussion on this public forum which, with the participation of government persons like yourself, would be a good example of open government.

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17921 Sun, 14 Mar 2010 00:59:28 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17921 It’s great to have the Administration concerned with new ideas to promote more openness in government. This is something that has been necessary for sometime but not done until now. Doing so will get wider suppohrt for agencies and programs. So this initiative serves to improve the public’s access into what the agency is doing and helps create greater public support at a time when increased support is very much needed. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: Brian Turnbaugh http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17920 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 19:32:39 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17920 Barry,
Thank you for your efforts moderating the open government forum. EPA’s forum so far is quite successful and there are many strong ideas being offered by the public. The forum moderation has contributed greatly to this success. When moderators request that participants clarify confusing comments, or when they directly answer a commenter’s questions, the forum becomes dynamic and responsive. Also, as moderator you have directed commenters to other sections of the EPA website for information about their particular concerns and – like here in this blog – actively sought to find additional sources of information for the commenter. This in itself is a step toward greater transparency. Please keep up the good work.

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By: Barry Everett http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17919 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:46:38 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17919 The current forum does not include a summary list of all Ideas, but by clicking on each of the five individual areas:

1. Transparency
2. Participation
3. Collaboration
4. Innovation
5. Help Us Improve This Dialog Site

…on the left and selecting either “Most Recent” or “Most Popular” as tabs on the right of each area, you move around the Ideas pretty well.

Also you might try the Search window on the left, for specific interest topics or key words.

Once the forum has completed, we will be providing a reporting of the forum, but details about what form that will take have not yet been completed. In the meantime, why not take a little extra time and look into some of the Ideas and discussions more closely?

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By: Barry Everett http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17918 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:14:07 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17918 I can reply to this type of comment quite easily: Thanks for your comment.

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By: Barry Everett http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/in-the-trenches-moderation-for-opengov/#comment-17917 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:12:51 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1511#comment-17917 Thank you your tolerance, and persistence, in addressing this issue. While not strictly part of the OpenGov or OpenEPA forums, part of the whole process of OpenGov is proposing to provide multiple venues where citizens, scientists and politicians can address much broader issues impacting our lives now and even the future health of this planet and our species. But philosophical discourse, as vital in the long term as it is, is extremely difficult in a world that turns it’s attention in seconds, rather than hours. Our hope is that we can build a new framework for discourse that feeds both the pragmatic solutions for short term problems, but grows answers for the long term as well.

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