Updated 4/28 10:08 pm to reflect the fact, confirmed at http://aetownhall.com/node/119#new, that Americans Elect delegate BarberB has created the Americans Elect Town Hall website independently:
“I built this website on my own with no support for AE, and in fact proposed this as the build this back in febuary as ‘superchooseday’, and got miffed when they took the site I did actually build.”
It at first appeared that Americans Elect Town Hall was an Americans Elect website. This is not the case. It’s better. It’s off the reservation. It appears to be free from the control of Peter Ackerman and the Concord Coalition and any other meddling bodies. BarberB, whoever and wherever you are, a salute!
In a major step forward, an Americans Elect delegate has opened a Town Hall website at aetownhall.com. The administrator of the website (account BarberB) has made an official welcome and set the standard:
Welcome to Americans Elect Town Hall
This site should be fairly stable from now on, so please come and participate if you want. There is also an AE Volunteers website up now, which is more of a general community page, with way more social and collaborative features than here. Here is an outline of the features:
- Chat rooms with either youtube or ustream content either live or pre-recorded, both on the main site and profile pages.
- Forums to discuss whatever suits your fancy
- Questions and Answers page, where we will accept submissions, and ask for input from candidates
- Blogs to see what the canididates are up to
- Candidates profile page, to get an overview about who they are
Please respond in the forums with whatever input for the site you may have, but most importantly have fun and be civil.
The capabilities of the Town Hall website are extensive. If Americans Elect had rolled out this feature in January or February along with its other processes (as BarberB tried to convince Americans Elect to do), Americans Elect might have been a very different entity. It’s too bad that this website — the first allowing for the formation of significant community among Americans Elect delegates — was not rolled out until 2 days before ballot access standards must be met for the first Americans Elect nomination vote. And it’s too bad that it wasn’t rolled out by Americans Elect itself, but rather by a frustrated delegate who’d had enough. But the website is there now, and that’s a positive step.