Today, there’s a recced diary at Kos lamenting the departure of blackwaterdog, which I documented when it happened. ?The purge at Kos is ongoing, and it’s really a sad commentary on the state of the Democratic Party netroots, in one particular manner. ?When I returned to DailyKos after numerous bannings, I wrote about the value of what Markos Moulitsas has created in DailyKos.

If you want to change our country, DailyKos is a required arena of engagement. ?And for that, Markos Moulitsas deserves all the credit in the world. I’d love to someday debate Markos, have a drink, put the past in the past, and thank him, to his face, for creating with his own hands this historically powerful tool for progressive politics, the Democratic Party, and our country.

That’s the positive side of DailyKos. ?The damaging side? ?The commenting interface creates layer after layer of opportunities for users to force out opinions they do not like. ?Over time, if you are consistently deemed to have an opinion that enough users disagree with, you will inevitably be banned. ?That’s good if you want to keep out right wing trolls.

But that dynamic, created by the commenting interface itself, is now ripping DailyKos into pieces, focusing the echo chamber not in support of Barack Obama, but against. ?That was not only inevitable with me, it was inevitable for blackwaterdog, and now inevitable for anyone who strongly supports Barack Obama. ?If a Kos diarist engages in support of Barack just far enough, your clock is ticking at DailyKos. ?That’s just a fact.

That’s also a problem. ?A big problem. ?If the single most powerful online tool for political organizing on the left, DailyKos, cannot tolerate loud, aggressive, and unbreakable support for a Democratic Party president of the United States, DailyKos will become marginalized. ?There have been numerous, widely documented instances of such purges at DailyKos, but not until recently have the purges been targeted at supporters of the president we all just elected.

I don’t know if this can be solved. ?But unless and until it is solved, DailyKos will lose influence, and will never be the force for change it can and should be in support of electing Democrats, its stated goal. ?Leadership from Markos himself would be useful here. ?Otherwise, Markos’ site will not be a site for Democrats. ?It will be a site for people who claim to be Democrats when it suits them.

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  • mvirenicus

    so it doesn't really matter where a democrat stands on policy issues as long as they call themselves a loyal democrat?

  • you really are going to have to read more carefully if you plan to comment. the stated goal of DailyKos is to elect more and better Democrats. if a user can be cast out because they strongly support an elected Democratic Party president of the US, that stated goal is just not true.

    that's a fundamental choice for the site to make. either the site supports Dems, in particular a Democratic Party president, or it is something else. at the moment, it is quite plainly something else.

  • Alas, I was one of the naive, starry-eyed Dems who thought that fellow prog-lefts would back our Prez in working WITHIN the system to CHANGE the system. But I was proven wrong. DKos is little more than Free Republic with a better interface and better weed. There is just a dozen kinds of loony going on over there.

  • Adrienne

    It is clear that there the idea that “for us or against us” has taken dkos over and the resulting scorched earth has made it very unpleasant over there. I limit my comments to support and encourage and give a little perspetive.

    Why not use the Kossack energy where it would be helpful……Sen Graham's very bad remark re Black people in his state, Sen Demint holding up the nomination of the head of TSA.
    How well has “abstenence only” worked?

    Conservatives targeting Uganda and much of Africa for their “social conservative” agenda?

    Why go after the President when the GOP present such a great target!!

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