I am writing tonight about ‘trusted usership,’ covered in some detail in the Daily Kos FAQ. On this site, it is about comment input only. Except to the extent that diaries now ALL have tip jars (except for some posted on the Front Page), by themselves diaries don’t impact so-called ‘TU status.’ You can be a ‘trusted user’ on Daily Kos without ever writing a diary. By and large I am fine with that. But it is recommendations comments receive that lead to that status.
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The purpose of Daily Kos is clearly stated, also in the FAQ.
This is a Democratic blog, a partisan blog. One that recognizes that Democrats run from left to right on the ideological spectrum, and yet we're all still in this fight together. We happily embrace centrists like NDN's Simon Rosenberg and Howard Dean, conservatives like Martin Frost and Brad Carson, and liberals like John Kerry and Barack Obama. Liberal? Yeah, we're around here and we're proud. But it's not a liberal blog. It's a Democratic blog with one goal in mind: electoral victory. And since we haven't gotten any of that from the current crew, we're one more thing: a reform blog. The battle for the party is not an ideological battle. It's one between establishment and anti-establishment factions. And as I've said a million times, the status quo is untenable.A recent diary engaged with OUR idea of purpose.
Something the Dog Said wrote about the contrast between the work and community, as if they might be polar opposites. Interesting diary, with interesting comments.
Of course, in the Top Comments community, community is emphasized. And, similarly, it isn’t that simple. In my personal activity on Daily Kos, I frequent comparatively positively oriented diaries and comment threads on this site. If the ‘energy’ isn’t positive, constructive, for building as opposed to tearing down, I am not there. It isn’t a fear of participating in our larger political initiatives, it is a belief in the value of compassion, fairness, integrity. It is a belief in caring.
The purpose of the site as declared by Markos is electoral success. My personal goals are much bigger. I want ours to be a better world. Locally and globally. I want our lives and those of our fellow human beings to be creative and fulfilling, happy, with all essential needs met as a prerequisite to pursuit of our creative goals. Obviously, there is no path to that world with Republican leadership. Only through Democratic leadership - BOLD Democratic leadership, will the larger goals I believe in be possible. So, for me, Daily Kos (with all of YOU!) is an excellent place to be. The best place I have found.
Trusted usership, for me, isn’t a question of mojo. It is a question of supporting Democrats, supporting and working toward Democratic ideals. I never post a word on Daily Kos in diary or in a comment that isn’t focused on nurturant support for those goals. Top Comments is my ‘blog home’ within the larger home of Daily Kos.
If words I use express an idea which helps Democrats at large or Democrats on our team in a personal way, then my creative energy is being used in a worthwhile way. If my words provide comfort or encouragement to another human being similarly focused, then I have done something worthwhile, BOTH in terms of work, as Something the Dog Said defined it, and in terms of community. Because without our community as passionate Democrats, neither our goals nor those of the larger party can succeed.
Trusted usership isn’t an issue of mojo. It is an issue of the human heart. It is knowing that I am one with my brothers and sisters of color. It is knowing that I am one with my brothers and sisters of gender (identity or orientation or both!). It is knowing that I am one with those less fortunate than I, that our hopes for a more cooperative, more peaceful, more loving world will come to pass. That we will make them come to pass. I trust myself, and I trust you, and mojo has nothing to do with it. I trust our hearts and our minds. I think you do too!
On to tonight’s comments! (Courtesy of gizmo59.)