[pp.int.general] EU elections and website

Jay Emerson jemers2 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 22:50:24 CEST 2014

US Pirate Party Vice Chairman
Georgia State Pirate Party (US) Vice Chair
Pirate Party of UK Governor
(speaking for myself, and not on behalf of any of those organisations,
or on the behalf of Torrentfreak)"

That just speaks volumes right there.

US Pirate Party Vice Chairman?  Um no, you're not.

Georgia State Pirate Party (US) Vice Chair?  Yes, this is true.

Pirate Party of UK Governor?  Pick a country.

US Pirate Party Secretary of Defense (because why not?)
Pirate Party of New York, Founder
Eastport Fire Department, Seatuck Company, Badge #324
(speaking for myself, and not on behalf of any of those organisations,
but I would just like to throw those titles in your face to give my words
more authoritah!)

On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM, Andrew Norton <ktetch at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Greetings all,
> As many of you know, my day job is working as researcher and community
> manager for Torrentfreak. One of the things we're obviously looking at
> is covering the EU election. So, guess whose job finding all that info
> became?
> Yep, Mine.
> Many of you may have received emails from me, asking about candidates,
> or for statements, or comments over the past month. There are a few
> reasons for this, but mainly it boils down to one thing.
> For a "tech" party, our websites are mostly TERRIBLE.
> Since mid-March I've been through every website listed on the PPI wiki,
> and that I could find via twitter, for the 28 EU nations. Not every one
> has a party, not a problem. However, those that do, the websites are
> often poorly designed, or half-abandoned. Often there's no clear
> information that said party is even participating in the election, even
> if it is, let alone any candidate info. When there is information, it's
> often buried 2-4 pages deep on the site
> This is basic stuff. It should be pretty much 'top banner' on the main
> site, clearly marked.
> Next, distinguish it a little - set up a quick sub-domain if possible,
> to focus everything internally. It's much easier for people to remember
> http://eu14.partyname.com than
> http://partyname.com/number/number2/eukandidate
> If I'm searching for it, and I know it's there somewhere and getting
> frustrated, then how will regular voters feel about it if they're just
> curious?
> Next, contact info - this is a MUST. A lot of the sites have poor
> information here. Many don't list who the important people are in the
> party (like the leader) and often don't list contact information.
> Instead they'll have 'contact the party at info at partyname.com' and
> that's it. Or worse, a forum/wiki. No-one wants to join a forums to ask
> a simple question.
> Also, if you have a real-time communication medium on your site (such as
> an irc webclient) make SURE it's used. Nothing is as off-putting as a
> webchat window that has no-one else on. It gives the party the look of a
> ghost-town.
> This might not seem important, but it's VITAL for the media to contact
> you, as well as interested people. Journalists are lazy, if they can't
> easily find the information they need, they won't bother.
> Finally, parties NEED to update their pages on the PPI wiki. Member or
> not, each party should at least have a page. On that page, it'd be nice,
> if there's a list of officers (as in the elected/appointed party
> positions) as well as a link to statutes, some contact addresses
> (including press contact), and maybe a brief overview of what those
> positions entail, and their responsibilities. Like the UK's NEC is
> day-to-day operations, while the UK's board of governors deals both with
> the party constitution, and with arbitration/discipline within the
> party. Even provide primary methods of communication (be it irc, mumble,
> etc.)
> This makes it MUCH easier for someone like me (with my news reporting
> hat on) to find who I should be looking at/talking to and so on.
> There's one month before the EU elections, and it really needs to have
> been done a month ago. 20 minutes from 2 people per party is all the
> last point needs, the initial points will take as long as it takes, but
> the sooner the better.
> Andrew
> US Pirate Party Vice Chairman
> Georgia State Pirate Party (US) Vice Chair
> Pirate Party of UK Governor
> (speaking for myself, and not on behalf of any of those organisations,
> or on the behalf of Torrentfreak)
> - --
> Andrew Norton
> http://ktetch.co.uk
> Tel: +1(352)6-KTETCH [+1-352-658-3824]
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