Welcome to the History Commons Groups blog. This is the place to interact with the other members of the Commons community–project managers, contributors, and readers alike. It’s also the place to discuss issues and ideas that come from the various groups represented in the Commons. Whether your issue of interest is the 9/11 attacks, the use of propaganda by the military, torture of terror suspects, the occupation of Iraq, global warming, or any of the other topics represented on the site, you’re welcome to state your views, express your opinions, and get a conversation rolling. We also welcome non-issue discussions; we can’t be serious and issue-driven all the time.
There are a few things to note. First, it is very important to note that the History Commons does not own the content on the site, nor does it attempt to control the content. The content–the groups and entries that make up the content of the site–belong to the individual contributor. The History Commons merely provides a place to house this content. Just as the content on the Commons represent the opinions, beliefs, or ideas of the Commons itself, neither do the opinions, ideas, and expressions that make up this blog represent the opinions or beliefs of the History Commons itself. It may seem like an unimportant distinction to some, but it is key to understanding what the Commons is and how it functions. We have a separate blog for the History Commons itself that can be visited by clicking here. That blog covers site issues itself–functionality, design issues, fundraising, volunteering, etc. We do content here, function there.
Secondly, the content providers who handle the material on this blog will not, repeat, will not tolerate personal attacks, ugly invective, spam, trolling, flame wars, commercial proselytizing, racial slurs, ethnic attacks, pornographic postings, advocacy of violence, or anything of that nature in the posts and comments. There will be no warnings except for this one. Posts and comments that violate this prohibition will be deleted without warning, and if users continue to attempt to post such material, they will be banned. Sorry, but there are a million flame pits on the Internet. This will not become one of those places. The proprietors and administrators of this blog are the final arbiters of what will and will not be allowed.
Whew. Now that that’s over, what is allowed? Just about anything else that relates to the Commons. We want you to feel free to discuss ideas, bring up new topics, trot out opinions, even butt heads–civilly. The project managers and contributors do not, as a rule, stray from factual presentations and content on the History Commons itself; here, they can and hopefully will let their hair down and let their opinions fly. You can, too.
The History Commons does not take a partisan stance on any issue. Individual contributors and blog visitors are certainly welcome to. This blog does not hew to any one political or social ideology. As long as the participants remain respectful of each other’s views and each other’s humanity, any and all viewpoints are welcome to be expressed. You will not be banned or demeaned because your views don’t align with someone else’s.
We also want to know what you’d like to see in the History Commons. Is there a group that needs starting? Is there a topic that isn’t being adequately covered? Is there an informational resource out there that we need to know about? What can the Commons do to address your needs as a researcher, a reader, a user, a contributor, and a human being? We want to know. Here’s the place to discuss all of that.
Thanks for reading. Now say something!