Mr. Locke’s Classroom goes “Open”

I had a long talk with a friend today about traditional security vs. “soft security” (the kind of security practiced by Wikipedia, among others). It’s time to start practicing what I preach.

This is my blog. It will always be, first and foremost, my blog. But as of today, it is your blog, too. I’ve set the permissions up so that anyone who registers (see side panel to the right and down) as a user of this blog can publish posts here. Obviously, there are limits to this and (since it’s my blog) I still reserve the right to hit the “delete” button on any article or change my mind about this whole thing tomorrow. If you’re a spammer, don’t even think about it. But consider it a bold experiment — success or failure will become evident over time, and either one is a worthy pursuit.

My only requests are that if/when you post an article, please use your real name (not anonymously or with your “screen name”) and make sure it’s actually an article — something with depth, or something funny, or something interesting (although I realize my own posts don’t always rise to that level) — as opposed to just “saying hello,” asking me a question, dropping a link, or replying to someone (those things belong in comments). You can post something you know I’m passionate about, or interested in, or you can post something that you’re passionate about or interested in. Either way, consider yourself my “guest blogger.”

And welcome…

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1 Response to Mr. Locke’s Classroom goes “Open”

  1. Ginger says:

    Have you seen Communitas? It is a link on my blog. It’s a similar idea to this one; only it’s more pointed in that there is a clearly defined mission.

    The idea is to promote community in an effort to change all of that soul eating negativity (that the media tends to sensationalize) into something positive and productive. I’m “allowing” my litmaggers to post. They each have their own username and password, and they can post from anywhere at anytime. Each article has to be approved by me before it goes up. (SO untrusting, I know!) The kids try to find/write and post “good” articles in an effort to show each other how good the world really is. We also link “doable” service projects so that kids can actually go work in “the garden.”

    When this group graduates, they will hopefully continue to post from college, and I’ll add the new staff to the posting list. AND next year, I think I’ll make posting a grade. (Is it wrong to force community onto people?)

    This is a new experiment, but hopefully one that will uplift our community and will contagiously spread across the nation, though it may take a few years to catch on.

    Also, Brit friend Mark has created a new “guest blogging” site. It’s called NewSov and is more of a political/human rights/ free for all type site (also linked on my blog). He’s asked me to post my Womanifesto when I’m finished with it (under feminism).

    So, as you can see, I really like this idea!

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