CZ:Managing Editor/2012/003 - Responsibility for the Citizendium blog

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Statement of problem

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Existing applicable policy


  • The Managing Editor has the following duties:
  1. to ensure by means of executive decisions that the principles and policies of the Citizendium are effectively and coherently observed; such decisions shall be based on established policy where defined;
  2. to make interim decisions on behalf of the Editorial and Management Councils when established policy does not provide guidance; these decisions shall be overridden by the establishment of relevant policy;
  3. to represent the Citizendium in its relations with external bodies, such as the mass media, and academic or non-academic institutions.

Decisions by the governing bodies

Editorial Council

The Citizendium blog has not been used since September 2010, but it could serve as a useful medium for internal and external communication It could be used

  • to report Citizendium issues to the public,
  • to record and comment external views of Citizendium, and
  • to announce and document important events for the community.

Therefore the Editorial Council suggests that the Citizendium blog is revived, and that the Managing Editor is asked if he is willing to take the responsibility for the blog.

Management Council

The Management Council requests the ME to become the primary CZ blog author. This request has the following caveats:

  • The CZ blog is Wordpress based, not wiki based. Technical staff will not install a wiki based blog in the foreseeable future.
  • The ME will use the blog only to discuss Citizendium related issues.
  • Blog posts are official Citizendium communications and must conform to all Citizendium policies.

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Draft decision

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No. The Managing Editor is the appropriate person to oversee the blog, and the imposed limitations are reasonable. --Daniel Mietchen 09:00, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

Discussion of Draft decision

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No. The Managing Editor is the appropriate person to oversee the blog, and the imposed limitations are reasonable. --Daniel Mietchen 21:21, 4 February 2012 (UTC) as CZ:Managing Editor

Post-decision comments