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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Editor's Note

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Sherman Kassoff:

Uh, uh. This guy is "serious" about being a "philosopher."

http://freewillastrology.com/home.shtml
http://www.amazon.com/Pronoia-Antidote-Par…

Posted by Michael Good on 05/09/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

I've always thought that "Free Will Astrology" was satire. A bit verbose and long running, but satire. It isn't?

Posted by Sherman Kassof on 05/08/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Nick,
As someone who read 7 Days A Week religiously to know what was really going on, especially at Oakland City Hall, I congratulate you for having the sense to come back to the Bay and I hope you will continue exposing the incompetence that is unfortunately such a fabric of life in Oakland. In particular, Darwin Graham Bond's reporting on housing and the lack of affordability is a topic worthy of intense scrutiny and coverage of 2 important developments in the Temescal (tower at MacArthur BART/meeting on May 11th) and May 18th Planning Commission meeting re: 51st and Telegraph project are critical in the story. Will North Oakland provide the high density and reduced parking that most progressive folks think are vital? Or will the City keep making developers tear their hair out and look elsewhere? Thanks for the email share as well. I like your style.

Posted by Karen Hester on 05/06/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

I agree with everything the other commentators have written here.

Posted by Vincent Sauve on 05/06/2016 at 3:34 AM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Nick Miller:

As I said: You have your work cut out for you.

Taken from the About Us section : "We seek to promote truth, expose wrongdoing, and give voice to the voiceless. We are dedicated to local arts and culture. We aim for the highest standards in our journalism and business practices."

If you want East Bay Express to aim for the highest standards, then you may want to ask yourself why you are promoting the reading of astrology - pseudoscience at its worst.

Being all things to all people in the East Bay will put you in a bit of a bind.

Good luck rationalizing this one as part of high standards and the promotion of truth.

Posted by Michael Good on 05/05/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Richard,

This week's Free Will Astrology has been posted – sorry to make you wait! Here's the link: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/free…

Thanks for reading!

Posted by Bert Johnson on 05/05/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Did you cut "Free Will Astrology"? If so, not a great start.

Posted by Richard Landry on 05/05/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Did you cut "Free Will Astrology"? If so, not a great start.

Posted by Richard Landry on 05/05/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Welcome, it will be excellent to have someone with your experience carry the flag. One request: Can you guys please stop with "The Town" thing? It's just embarrassing. Oaktown if you really must.

Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 05/05/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Congratulations on your new role and best of luck. I believe you will find that you have your work cut out for you.

"Clearheaded" reporting is often lacking and the substitute is more along the lines of cherry picking facts and quotes and a significant amount of confirmation bias.

A diverse mx of writers, better reflecting the East Bay Community, will be welcome. There are actually are a few people in the East Bay that are not to the left of the left. But, you would never know it by some of the articles that appear here.

The Writers Guidelines for EBExpress includes: "A strong point of view is not necessary but welcome, as long as the writer can back it up." As the editorial leaders, it would be great if you would please work on the latter part of that.

In general, "news" and "opinion" seems to be conflated to the detriment of each.

I look forward to the day when I can continue to look forward to reading the Food and Drink section but discontinue my dismay over the quality of "reporting."

Posted by Michael Good on 05/04/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

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Posted by Editor on 06/13/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

As long as Facebook commenting isn't used, I think it's weird to require a full first and last name. Last initial should really be enough. But I understand your rationale

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Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 06/12/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

Trib/Mercury news don't have a facebook only policy. They use Oauth open id, which allows comments via several different services. You also fundamentally do not understand the purpose of it - one thing it isn't used for is elimination of anonymous comments. That policy is shifted to the individual services, such as yahoo, live.com, aol. Among them only facebook demands user's real identities, and even then policing is lax. And you should go look who actually comments on the Trib using their real facebook, if you want to see how that elevates the discussion. Bona fide morons, nearly all of them, and pretty nasty as well.

The fact that you specifically forbid anonymous comments reveals you to be cowards and frauds, and terrified of critisism as only the truly mediocre and pretentious can be. I hope in the future you have the good sense to refrain from editorializing on privacy issues, or drone controversies, since you've outed yourselves as massive, smelly, sanctimonious leftier-than-thou hypocrites.

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Posted by Alfred Packer on 09/07/2013 at 8:39 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was removed because it violates our new policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

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Posted by Editor on 12/13/2011 at 3:19 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

Bravo! An excellent decision, and one I hope will be emulated by other media organizations in the coming year.

Eric Westby,
Berkeley, CA

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Posted by Eric Westby on 11/22/2011 at 10:54 AM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

Of course anonymous comments will present the problems you outline here. Probably also to include some you don't mention.

Still, I remain firmly against not allowing anonymous posting generally. A sufficient argument that this should not be done is that it restricts free speech, but I am also finding no comfort in the idea that disallowing anonymous comments results in an improvement of discourse. So what? That's not the point really. Keeping ignorance and stupidity and ill intent OUT will improve discourse...but these are ordinary components of free speech. I notice you are not suggesting not posting comments flavored by these.

Finally, as others observe, there might be a good reason for wanting to remain anonymous. I find the "let's check your papers" aspect of using Facebook and the like as an identifier extremely invasive. Wanting to keep your right to privacy by denying such a procedure should you wish to do so is worth protecting.

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Posted by terrybake on 11/04/2011 at 6:21 AM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

How will you determine who is using their real name in creating an account?

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Posted by J.B. Schwartz on 11/03/2011 at 6:02 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was deleted because it violates the Express' new commenting policy, which bars anonymous commenting. See a full explanation of the change here.

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Posted by Editor on 11/01/2011 at 10:59 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

This comment was deleted because it violates the Express' new commenting policy, which bars anonymous commenting. See a full explanation of the change here.

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Posted by Editor on 11/01/2011 at 9:48 PM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

For more on this see "You are Not a Gadget" by Jaron Lanier. He makes a good case for why anonymity has been so destructive on the internet.

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Posted by chrisg on 10/31/2011 at 1:11 PM

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