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Jessica, define the Express Forum, please

Original post made by Hal, another community, on Dec 21, 2010

Dear Jessica,

Danville neighborhoods have been discussing your Express Forum this morning with interest in defining its function and purpose. Neighbors in Alamo, Dougherty Valley and Delta region joined the conversation with similar curiosity. Most concurred that at the present time it is not a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community(s)information and opinion due to the near absence of respectful and truthful postings.

What is your definition of the Town Square Forum?

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Comments (6)

Posted by FreedomOfSpeech
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Please read this and share it with your concerned citizens from the Danville, Alamo Bubble Society.

"The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law "respecting an establishment of religion", impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances."

If you see a comment that you feel is disrespectful or not "truthful" write a comment and balance the argument as you see it. Thats why it an 'open forum'. 'Open' to everyone.

Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Dec 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Dear Jessica, with a wink and smile,

The question was for you and not the many pseudonyms used by EMCEB-sponsored commentators. What was respectfully asked and disrespectfully derided with content outside the nature of one HAL of a question to you was a request that you detail, "a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community(s)information and opinion." If it is a BLOG, then enough said.

As Dr. Phil often asks with a comedic intent, "How well is that working out for you so far?" If we are guided by commentary in this forum exchange, you should feel quite questionably protected by the US Constitution to freely answer my question with understanding that it is a common question among neighborhoods in your coverage area.

Ah, but if you don't like that question, maybe you can answer, 1) If tin whistles are made out of tin, what are fog horns made out of?, 2) Just exactly how many furlongs in a fortnight? and 3) If it takes a chicken and a half, a day and a half, to lay an egg and a half, how long will it take for a rooster sitting on a door knob to hatch a hardware store?

For your laughing and dancing pleasure,

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet
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Posted by Kerry
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Sounds like some grumpy folks here. Agree with 'freedom of speech'.) Cmmn Ralph, Speaking in tongues (see is a bit pretentious.

Change is difficult. The technology for communicating and the actual means of communicating is different now and in 10 years, this forum will be antiquated and useless.

My Grandfather feels the same way about the forums and blogs. Its normal for the older generation to have great difficulty in accepting these new communication and information sharing platforms. The reason...EVERYONE has a voice and opinion. Not just the newspaper writers you follow. My kids will say the same thing about me when they grow up.)

Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Dec 23, 2010 at 6:44 am

Dear Dolores,

Before we drift further into assumptions and comedic responses, let us agree that my continuing roles in advanced technology and its markets qualifies me to ask the questions that illustrate the lack of participation in the EXpress Forum. Thus, the question stands for Bill Johnson and Gina Allen to answer, "What is your definition of the Town Square Forum? At the present time it is not a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community(s)information and opinion due to the near absence of respectful and truthful postings."

It is certainly not fair to put Emily or Jessica in the way of such failure to create forum among a majority of readers. A handful of commentators using multiple pseudonyms is not a thoughtful community(s) gathering place.

Dolores, this needs your very capable consideration and Diablo Views in answer to a fair, rational and broadly considered question.

Harald A. Bailey
Web Link
CDSI Research Fellowship: [email protected]

Posted by Dick P
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Dec 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

Dear Hal I like the first amendment but also I support the second amendment if you catch my DRIFT...

MEANING: You cant fight Danville. You WILL lose. Technology is for nerds anyway.

This is my opinion on this matter.


Posted by Hal
a resident of another community
on Dec 24, 2010 at 8:10 am

Dear Jessica,

Readers of EMC's Palo Alto and Menlo Park Town Square Forums answered the question posed to you. Effectively, town square forums are a reflection of those few that participate in each EMC publication's website. "At any moment, such forums can be thoughtful or absurd," notes Sharon, a Google market analyst, "because there is no editor mediation to maintain the quality of the content. Such a forum is what tabloids are made of!"

Many among our corridor's e-exchanges see that definition of the Express as an on-line tabloid as reality for the many years of the Town Square Forum in Danville.

The answer was simple! Jessica, please continue writing well and let your readers celebrate your best work.

Joyous Christmas wishes,

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