Skip to comments.Free Republic Quasi-Official Blog Concept and Nomination Thread
Posted on 05/08/2003 3:46:32 PM PDT by I Am Not A Mod
I know that some people here are fans of Blogs. I am one as well. I had a brainstorm for something new here at FR, and Jim gave me the go-ahead to give it a whirl. The idea is for a quasi~official blog. The Freeper Island Blog.
Why Freeper Island? Because like Survivor, a blogger can be voted off the island.
Basically what I am imagining is that we will have a dozen people who are the designated inhabitants of the Freeper Island Blog. There will be a blog thread each day, and any of the twelve can add items to the blog (it would go in the article section of the thread. How we will handle updating it I need to work out. I have an idea but I need to talk to someone about it first). Anyone could reply to the thread, but only the twelve bloggers could add things to the article/blog portion of the thread. Each time an entry gets added to the blog portion of the thread, it would get bumped back to the top of either the Extended News or Editorial sidebar (this needs to be decided). The 12 islanders would have a month long term.
As the end of the month approaches, we would have a thread for voting for your favorite bloggers (all voting done publically). The 10 who get the most votes stay on (if they are willing).
Who gets to replace the two who didn't get enough support? We would also have a thread where people could nominate themselves (and give reasons why they should be voted on the island). And then a vote- again done publically on the thread. The two highest vote getters get a month on the island.
Who would be the original twelve? They would be picked by the same method- a nominating thread followed by a vote. Any replacements needed for emerging reasons would also be determined in this way.
Who gets to vote? To avoid problems, only Freepers with at least three months and at least 100 replies under their belt would be allowed to vote (or run).
These are my ideas for it. I figure we will give it a shot, and if it turns into a good feature we keep it and if not we won't.
Anyway, feel free to make additional suggestions, or if you are interested in being one of the first twelve, write up a nomination. I'll arbitrarily set Sunday at midnight as the cutoff for nominations, and will post a voting thread for Monday with each of the nomination writeups on it (order determined at random), with 24 hours for voting. You can nominate anyone, but only those who post to this thread saying they want to do it and why will actually make the ballot.
If you aren't familiar with Blogs, you probably should not run to be on the Island at first :-)
Mr. Mulliner would be great at this....
I have two alternative suggestions, though. Either, 1) include more than 12 FReepers at the beginning, because many more than just 12 have the knowledge, writing skills, and sense of humor to do this. Or, 2) run two rounds of the contest, with 12 folks invited to start each week for 12 weeks, and then put the winners of those contests into the "Best FReeper Blogger in the Known Universe" in the final round.
The latter pattern is how the poker championships, the annual "Jeopardy" contests, and others, are conducted.
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