Friday, March 17, 2006

Why Has the Arcuri Discussion Forum Been Removed?

There are lots of things I don't understand about the way that the Democratic campaigns are trying to establish their online presence. I didn't understand it when Michael Arcuri waited three months after informally starting his campaign to actually get his web site up online. I didn't understand it yesterday when I found that Arcuri's campaign had deleted a message on the Arcuri for Congress campaign site's discussion board that asked what Arcuri's position on abortion is.

This morning, I don't understand why the link to the discussion forum has been removed from the Arcuri for Congress campaign web site. Today, of all days, doesn't Michael Arcuri want voters to get involved at his web site?

The Arcuri for Congress discussion forum gave the Arcuri campaign an advantage over the Les Roberts campaign web site, even though the Les Roberts web site had a two-month head start.

Is it, perhaps, just a programming glitch? Is it a coincidence that, a day after I asked why a message about abortion was deleted from the Arcuri for Congress web site's forum, the link to the forum itself was deleted? Is someone on the Arcuri campaign worried that they won't be able to control their message if they allow voters a place to speak?

For now, you can still get to the Arcuri for Congress discussion board directly, by following this link. I encourage you to go and follow-up on what's going on there. Since I left a message there yesterday morning (as "Guest") asking about Arcuri's position on abortion, eight people have read the message, but no one from Arcuri's campaign has responded.

I hope that the removal of the discussion board is just an error, or a temporary necessity for an upgrade in the web site in general. I understand that some aspects of running a web site can be tricky at times.

Right now, as the nation awaits Sherwood Boehlert's formal retirement announcement, the Arcuri for Congress campaign needs to be developing more ways to involve voters in its campaign, not shutting these forums down.

6 comments:

24thNYIndi said...

See, this only proves that Arcuri is running to make our congressional seat another trophy. He's not going to make waves; he's not going to do anything substantial to provide solutions to the real problems that lie ahead. He's going to skirt the issues and stick his head in the sand when it comes to controversial issues.

The Utican said...

Relax! It's just a website in it's start-up phase.
I'll bet that the web site will be fully functional in short order.
Hey 24thnyindi, settle down! The only thing this proves is that you need to switch to decaf!

The Utican said...

Relax! It's just a website in it's start-up phase.
I'll bet that the web site will be fully functional in short order.
Hey 24thnyindi, settle down! The only thing this proves is that you need to switch to decaf!

24 Independent said...

Utican, I think that it is in VERY bad form to tell voters that they need to settle down. If you really want to help Arcuri, stop attacking Arcuri's critics, and talk with them instead.

The Utican said...

Hey 24th!
I don't speak for the campaign...I give my opinion.
And when you spout off about how a glitch in a website in it's infancy proves something about a candidate,
I'm 'gonna call it like I see it.
Have a nice day!

24 Independent said...

Well, Utican, the way in which a candidate's campaign administers its web site does say something about the candidate's ability to organize and lead, don't you think?

Today, of all days, the Arcuri web site should be running smoothly. Don't you think so?

Democrats from all across America will be visiting 24th District web sites today. It's time to put the best foot forward. Am I wrong about that?