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Michael leaves 99% Declaration Forum

Post by brit0310 on Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:22 am

The following message was posted on the 99% Declaration forum by the reputed author of the 99% Declaration.

My last words to this forum
by michaelp Yesterday at 5:12 pm

We love the OWS movement but talking about changing the government and sitting in the cold will change nothing. Get involved, run for delegate and let the government know that we will vote them all out if they do not stop taking money and do what is right for the country!

We have a television commercial getting ready to first air on youtube
We are opening a bank account this week
We have hired a lawyer and CPA to file for tax exempt status
We are working on getting the various cable stations and CSPAN
We are forming election committees and signing up candidates for delegate

We need help with the voting technology and other details so switch over to the Facebook group.

Best of Luck and I hope you join us in electing the 870 delegates in March! Michael P.

www.the99declaration.org

brit0310

Posts : 76
Join date : 2011-10-09

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Re: Michael leaves 99% Declaration Forum

Post by brit0310 on Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:31 am

The following has been posted on NYCGA.
The NYCGA-True Hollywood Story: The 99Declaration Group, an Exposé

November 1, 2011 in Site News

In the interest of full transparency and openness, it is time to share with you, dear reader, a story about a group, a group that is no more.

Yes, that’s right. I am referring to the “99Declaration” group. You may remember this group from its presence on the site for the past few weeks. During it’s time on the site it did cause a bit of a stir. In the Internet Working Group, we got a series of emails and messages complaining about the group’s behavior and practices and even requests to delete the group. Not wanting to take this sort of permanent action without GA consensus, we did not comply with these requests and instead suggested that the concerned parties come to the GA with a proposal.

Then, on 10/31/11 at 11:15 AM, the group vanished from the site. At around 7:30 PM that same day, one of the admins of the former group (under his user account on the site) began to post a series of hate-filled, disparaging remarks about the site administration team and the movement overall. Some of those are quoted below:

“you forgot to delete this account like you deleted the working group; everyone can speak so long as they agree with you; this is why you will fail”

“OWS is a failure and there is no backup plan it is antidemocratic and censors people outside of the narrow agenda of the small elite oligarchy that runs it; I have been down there and I saw them in action; they are a star chamber made up of anarchists and other antidemocratic movements who want everything and nothing it cannot succeed; it has consumed it’s own oxygen and now the flame is out what a waste we will press on with the nationwide election of delegates to a National General Assembly”

“OWS is a fraud. They deleted the working group because they disagree with it”

And finally:
“this is an anti-democratic movement and we withdraw our support”

Clearly, they are trying to discredit the movement and paint a picture of censorship by the site admins and Internet Working Group. As we are a transparent, open, and accountable group, this is the kind of accusation we take very seriously. As soon as we noticed these posts on the site (around midnight on 11/1/11) we began investigating what might have happened. I immediately emailed all Super-Admins of the site to ask if any of them had deleted this group. We also began looking through our logs. While the main activity feed on the site does not track group deletion actions, our server logs do. After a little bit of searching, here is the entry we found:

11:25:09.000 AM
nycga.net:80 144.191.148.3 – - [31/Oct/2011:15:25:09 +0000] “GET /members/stormkrow/groups/ HTTP/1.1″ 200 50256 “http://www.nycga.net/groups/the-99-declaration/admin/delete-group” “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1″
host=nycga Options| sourcetype=access_combined Options| source=/var/log/apache2/other_vhosts_access.log Options

This may look like gibberish to many of you, but what it is basically saying is that at 11:25:09, the user “stormkrow” deleted the “99Declaration” group from the site. Now, who is this user, you ask? Is this some evil censor? Is this some power-hungry site admin? Is this some rogue member of the IWG? It turns out, this user was none of those things. This user was the only other user who had the power to delete this group – one of the admins of the group itself.

So, to sum things up, there were internal disputes within the 99Declaration group and one of the admins decided to take things into their own hands and delete the group. Any group admin has the power to delete their own group at any moment. This story gets especially intriguing, though, when the other group admin decided to blame the movement, which he knew very well was not at fault. Let this post clear the air and set the record straight.

A privacy policy

Our website doesn’t have a policy to deal with situation such as these. Admins in the Internet Working Group have access to the private message logs. The private messages of users involved in this were reviewed. More details can be found in our IRC chat logs.

This incident highlights a need for a privacy policy. How should we handle data? We are asking the community to start writing a privacy policy on the site wiki. We will also ask legal to review the policy. Thank your for you’re understanding and support.

brit0310

Posts : 76
Join date : 2011-10-09

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