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  1. #46
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    Lightbulb Reality Check

    Jeff,

    As you are quite aware, I was the one that filed the OCPF complaint about your private ownership and control of the WSC.org site.

    They never answered us in writing but rather then called each of us and explained what they were thinking. In summary:

    1. Since the site holds itself out to be the WSC site and there are no others then the site whether owned by you, controlled by you or not IS the official site and therefore, liable under the rules of campaign and finance. So your actions on that site must conform to all of the rules and laws just as if the site were the actual personal intellectual property of the town.

    This means to me that if you decided to use the site in a way that pushed the limits either via unsolicited email outreach or bringing back the blog that you moved off of that site a while back or any number of other actions that would turn the primary purpose of that site beyond advocacy to campaigning (which is still nebulous to me) then the town would be at risk... perhaps you would be too.

    This being said, I still would prefer WSC.org to be a Wayland property in total... controlled and funded by Wayland and I agree with Dave on this concept too.

    You could still be the site manager and the town would get the benefits of your labor. But unless something else forces you to change this then I just don't see that happening.

    Now what could force you to change this?

    If you are not re-elected then the WSC.org site is still yours but it would be ridiculous for it to continue to be the WSC official site so the right thing to do would be to turn it over...

    If you were re-elected but one other party was elected and that party did not want to recognize the WSC site (as it is) to be the official site then you would be hard pressed to continue it as it is and say that this site is the official site of 4 of the 5 SC members....

    In either case (above) you would have to make a change.. I would think.
    But I guess that you will cross that bridge when you get to it.

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    Alan, interesting post, with enough substance that I've copied your post and added my thoughts back on the original "is the WSC site appropriate" thread (see post 128 beginning on page 9).
    http://www.waylandenews.com/forum/showthread.php?t=163

    This sort of back and forth, by the way, is what I've always liked about the WaylandeNews.com Discussion Forum. Thoughtful, respectful, perhaps sometimes heated, but never anonymous. The same is true of the back and forth on the Wayland Real Estate thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Dieffenbach View Post
    The School Department would be subject to *more* hypothetical (and unfounded) legal action were the Committee to carry out its current activities on the WPS site.
    If that's true, please explain why the School Committees of Weston, Sudbury, Lincoln, Concord, Wellesley, Framingham, Natick, Newton, and Carlisle all carry out their activities on their respective town or public school web sites?

    http://www.westonschools.org/index.cfm?pid=10246

    http://www.sudbury.k12.ma.us/school-committee.html

    http://www.lincnet.org/schoolcommittee/scmain.shtml

    http://www.colonial.net/schoolcomm/schoolcomm.php

    http://www.wellesley.mec.edu/schoolc...S/members.html

    http://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/Scho...ee/default.htm

    http://www.natick.k12.ma.us/District...ittee/main.cfm

    http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/schoolcommittee/

    http://www.carlislema.gov/Pages/Carl..._Schools/index

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    Perhaps they don't advocate for ballot questions. Perhaps they don't have members with the time and/or inclination to support a separate site. Perhaps they haven't thought of the idea. Perhaps at the time of their content creation, their public school sites were farther along than our was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Dieffenbach View Post
    Perhaps they don't advocate for ballot questions. Perhaps they don't have members with the time and/or inclination to support a separate site. Perhaps they haven't thought of the idea. Perhaps at the time of their content creation, their public school sites were farther along than our was.
    The more likely explanation is that a privately managed School Committee web site makes the Town more vulnerable to legal action, not less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Bernstein View Post
    The more likely explanation is that a privately managed School Committee web site makes the Town more vulnerable to legal action, not less.
    You're certainly entitled to your opinion, Dave. Since we're in the realm of speculation, I find Jeff's far more plausible (i.e., "Perhaps they don't advocate for ballot questions. Perhaps they don't have members with the time and/or inclination to support a separate site. Perhaps they haven't thought of the idea. Perhaps at the time of their content creation, their public school sites were farther along than our was.")

    In any event, since this is all sheer speculation, now would be a good time to let this point drop, unless one of you needs to have the last word.

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