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Original post made by Tyler Hanley, digital editor of Palo Alto Online, on Nov 3, 2008

Note to Town Square users: We will be deleting any newly-created campaign-related Town Square topics today. If you wish to continue debating political topics, please do so on one of the currently active topics.


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Posted by Vote No on the bond
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2008 at 9:16 am

Why is that Tyler???

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Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:10 am

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

New issues raised on the day before the election provide little or no opportunity for others to respond and for facts to be verified or evaluated. Simply re-stating old arguments contained in earlier discussions that are still "open" for comment adds nothing.

With both sides of election issues looking for every possible edge, we want to reduce the opportunities for Town Square to be used unfairly on election eve.

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Posted by Vote No on the bond
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:19 am

or you want to make sure that the Weekly editorial picks win--anything that may encourage people to vote against your editorial board choices is to be discouraged.
I wonder if other online boards/forums etc are also exercising pre-election day censorship?

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:39 am


Your reasoning makes sense. I would answer that last post with a [ ].

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Posted by JA3+
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 3, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I agree it is quite logical.

I would argue, however, that prior disclosure would be a benefit to all here. In other words, it's unfortunate the PA Weekly did not earlier provide such notice; doing so would allow all to prepare. Nevertheless, what's done is done; and, again, I believe Tyler's logic is sound.

A final thanks to Tyler and other Weekly staff for monitoring the forums. As a voter who has posted several times to multiple forums devoted to Measure N, I would like to take the opportunity to commend the Weekly for its efforts to curtail the postings by "Mike"; as many of us now know, "Mike" later changed his identity, adopting multiple nom de guerres. His posts -- in part -- were too often belittling and denigrating, disparaging many with whom he disagreed. I will posit "Mike" -- and his "alter-egos" -- did more to ensure Measure N's failure than any other single source.

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Posted by sigh
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm

This is fair enough, though I would suggest placing the more topical threads on the front page. You would have to dig back through a number of pages to get to the active posts on Measure N.

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Posted by Help
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm


click on "Go to Message Board View" above the list of topics and you will find them change to chronological order with most recent at top. Measure N seems to have become a lot less popular lately.

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