[ Our parent company, interenet.com, has decided to mass the
efforts of all its sites in terms of gathering information on how
individuals may help out after the 9/11 attacks. We're doing it
this way to provide consistent, non-duplicative work that can be
updated in a timely manner as events unfold without individual site
editors having to continually check and update
A link to internet.com's coverage can be found from our
front page on the right-hand column immediately over "Today's Big
Story" in the form of an US Flag Ribbon graphic with the caption
9/11/01, or you can go there directly by visiting http://www.internetnews.com/special.
If you have information you'd like to share specifically
with other readers of this site, feel free to place it in
talkbacks. Links appropriate to a general audience will be
forwarded to the InternetNews.com staff following this story.
It's not the intent of LinuxToday to "cover" this unfolding
story, as yesterday's front page probably indicated. There are
sources better equipped to handle breaking news and most readers
most likely found them fairly quickly. The list internet.com has
provided is certainly limited, though staff members are committed
to updating it as possible. I'm not presenting this as the final
word, but rather as an anchor upon which the Linux Today reading
community can build, so please limit comments under this item to
contributing useful links providing additional information on how
best to help out in the wake of yesterday's attacks. If readers
feel they absolutely must comment on the execution of this
particular item, I am happy to receive e-mail.
Though we kept the links about the attacks to a minimum, we
continue to host ongoing discussion on the events. This was largely
against my better judgement, because LinuxToday isn't a "political"
site. But the parks, neighborhood bars, living rooms, and coffee
shops people clustered around tv's at yesterday aren't "political
places," either, and I'm certain they were used to discuss the same
issues readers wrestle with here. I hope the amount of space we did
give was adequate for members of our reading community who wanted
to discuss events with friends they've made on our pages.
The discussion has become heated in pockets, as is inevitable. I
can't say that every comment has escaped moderation, as much as I
understand the frustration and anger many feel. At the same time,
we have four items on the front page discussing various elements of
the tragedies yesterday that will remain there for another day or
so before dropping out and being replaced by more mundane news.
While those stories remain, I hope readers will remember that
others they discuss these events with are more likely than not
thoughtful people who will, by virtue of the simple and awesome
diversity of our community, inevitably have different ways of
seeing the world we share.
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