Commenters, Lurkers, and Trolls,
First of all, thank you for your continued support over the last few years of GeorgiaPol. We have seen some pretty interesting things happen in Georgia politics and on the federal level. We also are now approaching three million unique views and 40,000 comments.
We have tried to put out a good mix of news and opinion to help drive discussion about what is happening across the state. Recently some of that news content has not been up to the quality that you should expect from us. We are not a site that lives and dies off clicks. We sell no ads. We make no money. Our authors only reap whatever legitimacy they create using this medium. This site’s legitimacy comes from our contributors’ ability to speak with authority about what they write.
Yesterday an article from an online technology site was basically copy/pasted by one of our contributors concerning voter registration data being sold on a forum that cater to “hackers”. The first line of this contributor’s post asked a question about the value of the registration data. A simple Google search would have turned up that you can indeed purchase the same list from the Georgia Secretary of State’s site for what the “hacker” is selling it for. A little bit more research would have turned up that you can get voter history, as well as current absentee ballot requests from the site, for free. Not only did the author of the article not do any research, neither did our contributor. I believe in legal terms it would be kin to ‘fruit of the poison vine”. This is not how legitimacy is earned.
Also, the comments section has become a little rough. We are going to ask everyone to calm down a bit and bring back a modicum of decorum. If you don’t, we will do it through the use of administrative moderation. We’d like not to have to get to that, but we will if we need to.
Consider this a thread to tell us what you would like to see more or less of here at GeorgiaPol.