The Standard provides a free forum for all for reading and commenting. I like to think it is quite a special and unique site in the NZ social media space that provides an unmatched opportunity for opinion and discussion of NZ politics, society, culture, and pretty much anything you can think of under the general posts such as Open Mike and Daily Review.
There is a bunch of regular commenters who we sometimes lovingly call Standardistas. Just a few active Authors provide the content that is the lifeblood of this site. Authors write on their own accord and about stuff that only they decide; there is no editorial or managerial input or control at any level. The site welcomes Guest Posts and cross posting. The site’s kaupapa is robust debate that is inclusive and the policy is designed to enable this and keep Authors and commenters safe from online attacks.
The Standard has no advertising, no funders as such and no other undue outside influences. What you see is what you get here, at least with regard to the Authors’ Posts.
It is impossible to gauge the impact of The Standard; impact is hard to measure at the best of times. However, I thought I might do an unscientific survey about what The Standard means for you.
For example, what do or would you like to get from The Standard and what effort do or would you put into it to make this happen? That is the sort of aspirational stuff I would like to hear about.
You may also want to comment on how The Standard has changed your thinking, e.g., whether it has helped or encouraged you to engage more (or less) with politics, be it at work, a club, a school, or the level of local, regional or even national level. I love to hear success stories and positive feedback.
It might mean more to you than you realise, care or dare to admit.
It is not my place to guess or second-guess what draws you to this site and motivates you to comment here, so let’s hear (it) from you! I especially invite silent readers to have their say!
Please do not take this as an invitation to criticise the management and moderation of the site or to have a go at other commenters, even without naming them. Thank you in advance.