Newswire is the mixed blessing of Indymedia, and most of the problems
been generated by posts published. But the newswire is, in a sense,
the heart of the project and then a very important aspect of the way of
making indymedia is related to how the newswire itself is managed and
Choosing the open publishing philosophy, entails the possibility to
newswire in which everyone can freely write, getting a later, i.e.
that a post
can be hidden, edited or deleted only after having been published.
There's a techincal way of facing newswire problems, based on the way
the useres benefite the site. Knowing that there are standard way of
to web pages, it's possible to implement solutions to highligth some
instead of others.
We have decided to divide the newswire in more than one "section",
to the kind of post published, highlighting those that the managing
considers more useful for the project of independent information.
With "policy" we mean the criterias we use to "hide", "edit" and
post published on the newswire:
- "to hide" means to move a post among the hidden posts;
- "to edit" means to change the text of the published post;
- "to delete" means to erase the post from the database.
Everyone who can work on the newswire can "hide", "edit" and "delete" a
They just have to follow some rules before doing this:
a) respect the policy;
b) discuss with the others when in doubt on what to do.
Hidden posts are, in the opinion of the newswire admins, those that
the policy of toscana.indymedia.org. Hidden posts will remain
read (even if not immediately visible).
This allows everyone to point out any error that can be, in this way,
In some cases it's possible to edit the text of published posts:
- when there are "sensitive" data such family names, addresses,
numbers or any other private
information relating to persons who don't hold offices or who aren't
in show business.
- when editing is required by the author of the post, i.e when we can
sure that the request comes
from the author.
- when some "legal backing" suggests to edit a post that could demage
or the site itself.
There are three kinds of "deleted" posts:
- double posts;
- "deleted" posts for extraordinary reasons concerning legal or security
- multimedia files out fo policy.
We won't save any backup copy of these posts.
We consider the policy criteria not such as the "Tables of Law", but
a kind of filter that could have some leaks. In other words, policy
used with cleverness and may, during times, undergo some necessary
these are the criteria according to which a post is considered out of
- fascist posts
- sexist posts
- posts about party and istitutional canvass
- religious canvass posts
- posts with photos in which people are identifiable
- posts unuseful for the porject (no info)
- double posts
Despite of this, we are consciuos that there aren't (and there never
be)objective criteria to decide what is in and what is out of policy.
means that "critical" posts should be discussed, case by case,
even without caring to much about policy, that, we repeat, is not a law!