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  •  I felt like there were fewer diaries about OFA (7+ / 0-)

    GOTV efforts this year compared to 2008. Was this because OFA has been giving out explicit instructions to volunteers, "Do Not Blog About Our Activities!"? I don't remember whether they did that in such a clear manner in 2008; I don't think so. It's sort of a double-edged sword to have such rules. On the one hand, GOTV stories encourage folks to get involved. On the other hand, the Romney campaign was apparently operating from a huge intelligence deficit (they actually thought they were about to win!), so maybe OFA secrecy helped.

    •  I was wondering about this too. (2+ / 0-)

      I volunteered with OFA, but didn't, or at least tried hard not to, say anything about it, I presumed it was secret because it said, "This is not a media event" when I went in to volunteer.

      I would kind of like to know what is ok to blog about in that sense for the future. Is it supposed to be a secret that you are calling undecideds, for example? Or is that routine?

      I was not around here in 2008, so I have no clue about this stuff.

      I would appreciate any answers on this.

      •  It seems to me that the idea was to protect (2+ / 0-)
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        The privacy of the voters we contacted.

        When I saw diaries and comments that have identifying info, it felt very wrong. One person actually mentioned the name of a man she spoke to who, granted, was very rude. I was shocked, but I thought that HRing it to hide it would draw more attention to it than just leaving it alone.

        None of the voters we contacted consented to be blogged about. And I did say that in a diary that I felt gave away too much personal information about a voter.

        Anyhow, that's what I think. Most of what we volunteers did wasn't so unique or revolutionary to need to be "secret" for strategic purposes otherwise.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:33:33 PM PST

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    •  Didn't know about the pledge to secrecy (1+ / 0-)
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      (Of course it wouldn't have been keeping the pledge to secrecy if folks told about it, would it?)
      I think there are probably two different kinds of GOTV diaries. I can see asking bloggers not to post details of location and strategy ("Went to a awesome OFA organizing meeting here in Scranton, and over 300 of us will be doorknocking this weekend around the neighborhoods near....").  On the other hand, the most inspirational are the ones where somebody tells about a discussion they had on the phone or on some front porch - minds changed, or insights gained.

      "...you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:51:28 PM PST

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