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RiotACT announcement follow-up

By Canfan - 15 April 2014 18

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Thank you to all of you who completed the RiotACT User Survey. With nearly 1000 responses and some great comments and suggestions, there are now some great leads for discussion.

One primary area of concern is moderation (removing snarky comments and keeping people on track), so comments will be monitored closely. As listed in the user agreement, posts or content will not be published that:

  • Are defamatory or abusive
  • Promote hate of any kind
  • Attack the writer instead of the argument
  • Are blatantly off-topic
  • Do not contribute to the discussion
  • Mislead through impersonation
  • Don’t make sense

The other area for focus is content. Over the next few weeks you will see articles from new writers and contributors. We hope you enjoy them.

If any of you are interested in the results, see below for a snapshot of survey outcomes. Responses to the ‘if you were boss’ question ranged from ‘give out free lollipops’, to ‘get rid of the trolls’. Everything has been noted for consideration (although too many lollipops rot your teeth!)

We will be in contact with further updates.

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18 Responses to
RiotACT announcement follow-up
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Calamity 4:15 pm
15 Apr 14
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Thanks for publishing the results. Look forward to seeing the changes!

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farq 5:28 pm
15 Apr 14
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Not going to tell us who the new owners are? Why not?

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old canberran 5:44 pm
15 Apr 14
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Congratulations on picking up the ball and keeping the site going. While I rarely post I do check in daily for my regular Canberra fix. It’s interesting to see what is happening in my birthplace and how it is growing. The survey results are quite interesting but fairly predictable except for sports which I thought might be more popular than indicated.

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bundah 7:10 pm
15 Apr 14
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So when are we going to be introduced to the new kids on the block?

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Androyd 10:00 am
17 Apr 14
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Can we ask who you guys actually are? We don’t know who you are, what agendas you may have, what links to local business or other media sites etc. Not asking for your life story or school photos, but if you want new RA to have some character and integrity, then good to give us all a sense of where you are coming from and why you’ve bought into this patch. Thanks!

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Skidbladnir 10:09 am
17 Apr 14
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So, when will the cabal of new owners reveal themselves?

I don’t care about their life story, more if they understand there’s more to journalism in this city than just running press releases and taking notes at stand-ups.

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farq 10:31 am
17 Apr 14
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What Androyd said.

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Canfan 10:37 am
17 Apr 14
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There seems to be a theme developing here, so I’ll wade in. The site has been bought by a small group of local business owners and residents who wanted to ensure ownership of the site remained in Canberra. Their main priority at the moment is to develop a clear strategy/vision before making any public announcements. We understand everyone wants to know the agenda, but are seeking user input first in the form of focus groups. There was an opportunity to sign up for these in the survey, but if you haven’t and would like to join let us know.

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:37 am
17 Apr 14
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Should we expect to see the term “All” in the names of the new owners…?

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HiddenDragon 12:12 pm
17 Apr 14
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If “Canberra news (warts and all)” and “Witty and often scathing debate on Canberra topics” survive and flourish, I won’t be too much concerned about who owns and runs the RiotAct, but whatever the outcome in that regard, there are good reasons why the new owners and operators should identify themselves in the very near future.

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Androyd 12:37 pm
17 Apr 14
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Thanks for the (interim) update Canfan. Yes, have responded to the survey already and appreciate you taking the pulse in this way. I guess just to reiterate that your identities will be a valid issue of interest if you are looking to retain the longtime readership. Cheers.

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dungfungus 1:57 pm
17 Apr 14
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Skidbladnir said :

So, when will the cabal of new owners reveal themselves?

I don’t care about their life story, more if they understand there’s more to journalism in this city than just running press releases and taking notes at stand-ups.

It was announced that the site was purchased by some businessmen.
There are very few journalists who have ended up successful businessmen and there are fewer businessmen who have invested successfully businesses that employ journalists.
Rupert Murdoch was one who did.
At least they are not representing themselves as enthusiasts.

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Masquara 6:34 pm
17 Apr 14
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Whaaaaaa? No more hating on cyclists? They are such easy game!

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Deckard 7:20 pm
17 Apr 14
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Knowing who these businesses who are backing the site is most important. How do we know any topics critical of these businesses are getting through moderation?

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jl 6:59 am
18 Apr 14
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I wonder if the new owners are the same (or related) to the Allhomes owners (real estate agents)…

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