One aspect of this website that I like is the freedom for anyone to take part. It doesn’t require anyone to register or become a member. If I (or anyone else) says something you want to add to or disagree with it’s just a matter of making a comment. I love the comments section and see the unrestricted format as vital. People know they can write anything the want, provided it is opinion or fact, without censorship.
The downside to not having membership is there is some information I simply cannot (or must wait until after-the-fact) to share. I always need to remember that there are bad people who follow this site… really bad people. Oh, yes, they are quite interested in what I have to say. Mostly they just lurk in the shadows hoping to go undetected. Still, now and then I can flush them out. They just can’t stop themselves from being assholes.
I suppose I could take the approach by the Vantrease family, specifically Austin’s sister, and restrict readers to those I specifically invite. Aside from being entirely self-serving and delusional, this is a formula for failure. Hell, just look at what it did for their site. It is, in all effect, non-existent (or actually might be shut down). Good luck finding it, if you’re so inclined. I suppose it’s buried on the back pages of a search engine somewhere. Funny, support sites for a felony don’t tend to get a lot of public sympathy. Their rhetoric is not to judge without knowing the details… he’s a good boy from a good family and treated unfairly. Well, the details are out there for all to see. You are encouraged to take it all in. Fortunately,there’s no need for you to judge. A jury did this for you.
Where was I? Oh, yeah… membership. Here’s what I’m thinking, if it’s even within my ability. I’d like to set-up a “Members” section that would require credentials to be verified before being granted permission to view it. After this, a login would be needed each time a person wanted to visit that specific area (but no change to visiting all other areas). Essentially, there would be no login required to visit the site, just a section. It might be a place to include a wiki (a page were registered users can add, modify, or delete content) on certain people. It might include more information on the civil trial. It might let you know if I am out and about if you want to swing by.
Who knows if it’s even worth doing (only time will tell), but I like trying different things to keep it informative and interesting. Some might remember the “Jokes” and “Polls” pages that came and went. We all had fun with them for a while, right?