Pikachumaniac (pikachumaniac) wrote in legal_dissent,

Letter Writing

III. Letter Writing

“My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.”
~ Jimmy Carter

There will be two types of letters.

Format A
These will be the longer letters written by a volunteer on a chosen topic. If no one volunteers to write it, an administrator will hopefully do so, although of course it will be better for the people who are most interested in the topic to write. However, this will work by the community choosing a topic every two weeks or so. Information will be pooled together and discussed, and the person writing the letter will base it on said information and whatever information they may already know.
Once the letter has been written, it will be sent to an administrator and proofed. Once proofed, it will be put up for others to read, and they will be free to add information. If there are additions that are very dividing, they will be voted upon before being added.
After this, the letter will be posted for those who wish to sign their name. They will have two days to do so before the letter will be sent by an administrator.

Writing Format A Letters:
For those who end up writing these letters, please use some discretion. Do not curse, do not make threats, do not insult. If you use personal stories, get permission first and realize that these stories will potentially be exposed to many people. Also, attempt to back up information with valid sources, especially if such information is controversial. If it is well-known information, then there is no need for this, but if it’s a little known fact, attempt to get a source.

Proofing Format A Letters:
With these types of letters, we (as in the 'overworked' administrators) will be attempting to get rid of all possible inflammatory remarks, or toning it down. All cursing will be immediately deleted, for example. They will also be proofed for grammar, spelling, and other more traditional problems.

Format B
This format is for spur of the moment letters, especially for people who discover a sudden pressing issue and desire to write about it. These letters may be sent to the community e-mail account, and will be proofed. Then, depending on what the writer wants, it will either be put up in an entry for one day for people to sign, or will be immediately sent. These letters will have less room for debate, but are more for sudden events that need to be hurried through the process so that they reach representatives before their importance has died out.

“I haven’t the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.”
~ David Sedaris, Naked
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