Edits for Green Party of Virginia web pages

Here are edits that are needed in GPVA web pages.

Pages are mentioned in alphabetical order.

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    OVERALL COMMENTS

  1. It is not clear how many pages there are or how to get to them. A site map would be helpful.

  2. We know no way to test most e-mail links.


    <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/listinfo>

  3. A link is needed to Blue Ridge Greens mailing lists at <blueridge-greens@yahoogroups.com> and <Blue_Ridge_Greens@yahoogroups.com>.


    <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/listinfo/gpva-ic>

  4. A link is needed to the committee membership at <http://vagreenparty.org/ic>.

  5. The statement that "Only members of the Interim Committee may post to this list" is inconsistent with a bylaw (XX.B.10.):

    • All discussions of the interim committee are open to any member of the GPVA. Any member of the GPVA may may (sic) participate in discussions unless the committee finds such participation to be disruptive.



    <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/listinfo/gpva-localorg>

  6. A link is needed to the Local Organizing Committee at <http://vagreenparty.org/local>.


    <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/private/gpva-ic/2003q4/date.html>

  7. On a list sorted by date, the date should be visible. For that matter, it would help to have the date on the lists sorted by author and subject.


    <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/private/gpva-ic/2003q4/000222.html>

  8. From Article 222, the link to "Previous message" should go to Article 221, not Article 219. (There are probably many more of these errors than one person can find.)


    <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/private/gpva-localorg>

  9. The monthly breakdown of messages is ridiculously inefficient, as all the committee's scant correspondence can fit on one page. An annual or quarterly breakdown would improve efficiency.


    <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/roster/gpva-ic>

  10. The column headings "12 Non-digested Members of gpva-ic" and "6 Digested Members of gpva-ic" are misleading, in that some subscribers are observers.


    <http://www.naderva.org>

  11. In 3, the word "laid" is the past tense of the transitive verb "to lay"; it should changed to "lay", the past tense of the intransitive verb "to lie".


    <http://vagreenparty.org>

  12. Although the majority of home pages are viewable through third-generation browsers, this one is not. What is the difficulty here?

  13. Named anchors are needed at all headings, with links from a list near the top of the page.

  14. A link is needed to the mailing list directory at <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/listinfo>.

  15. A link is needed for Virginians who do not know where to vote, to the State Board of Elections' polling place lookup form at <hhttps://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT2/PublicPollingPlace.aspx>.

  16. "About us" seems to invite the public to learn about GPVA through any of the subordinate categories. It does not live up to that promise. {E-mail Listservs} is only useful to GPVA members. It belongs under a title like "Information for our members".

  17. "Committees" should be listed in alphabetical order, including the Central Committee.

  18. {Green locals} should link to local contacts at <http://vagreenparty.org/contacts.html#locals>, instead of the top of the page.

  19. Obsolete links from {Central Virginia} and {Virginia Beach} should be deactivated.

  20. {Loudoun} has a weird link to <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/loudoungreens>, which contains correspondence without background.

  21. {Richmond} should link to <http://vagreenparty.org/richmond>, instead of the obsolete <http://richmondgreens.org>.

  22. The right column is a disorderly mess that needs logical grouping. Some of the text may be better positioned on a page designed to acquaint people with the Greens, separate from the nexus of links.

  23. Under "Campaign 2006 & Beyond", the word "serious" should be omitted. We should know as soon as possible about a Green's frivolous entry into an election.

  24. "Upcoming events" should appear near the top of the page, where members can easily check it.

  25. "Our next quarterly business meeting will be" held on September 15 in Newport News.

  26. "2005" should have been changed to "2007".

  27. "Past activities" is an incorrect description. Nothing appears but elections.

  28. "Green Issues" is followed by a list of slogans with no links that seem less compelling than those at <http://members.dialup4less.com/~aloe/slogan>. This section needs ruthless editing.

  29. We don't know the authority for the statement, "DC Statehood Now!" Unless it was approved by GPVA, it should be modified. Not all Greens agree that it is the best way to provide full political rights.

  30. {GPVA News} does not make clear who is eligible to receive releases. The link leads to <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/listinfo/gpva-news>, which we cannot properly test (pretending to be a reporter). We assume GPVA wants journalists to subscribe, as long as GPVA knows who they are. Can any journalist use this resource?

  31. {Press Release Archive} link leads to nonexistent <http://vagreenparty.org/press.html>.

  32. {Press Releases} link should go to the current <http://gp.org/press.shtml> instead of the obsolete <http://gp.org/press.html>.

  33. {Other State Parties} link goes to nonexistent <http://gp.org/statepress.html>.

  34. {Google News} link goes to <http://news.google.com/news?q=%22Green+Party%22&num=100&scoring=d>, with no press releases, but with summaries of news from New Zealand and uncomplimentary blogs. It doesn't make sense for GPVA to send anyone there.

  35. {New visitor} leads to <http://www.gp.org/welcome.shtml>, which provides no opportunity for newcomers to join GPVA. Instead, it invites them to "Register Green", an action not legal for Virginians. They may naively assume that by following the link and the subsequent instructions, they will be enrolled in GPVA. GPVA will never hear from them; they will never hear from GPVA. In 2006 or 2007, we recommended changing the wording to "the Green Party of the United States welcomes you". Removing the words, "new visitor", and leaving the rest would be an improvement.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/bylaws.html>

  36. This page has disappeared from Google, indicating insufficient incoming links.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/c/gpvamember.pl>

  37. Errors here cause many of the errors in the database.

  38. Evidently, entering the first letter brings up a county name but not a city. For convenvience of the user, cities should be alphabetically interspersed with counties. If necessary, each line should say be changed from "City of ____" to "____ city".

  39. People who are unsure of their county are unable to leave it blank and let us fill it in (from SBE records).

  40. People who live in one locality but receive mail at a post office box in another may find it impossible to enter both on the form.

  41. It is not clear how "the Right Reverend J. van der Gelder Sathyavagiswaran IX, M.S.W., PSC 117 BOX 385, APO AE 09080, Phone (49-228) 555-1212" would enter his name and mailing address.

  42. The {Local District} field does not make clear whether it wants election district or magisterial district (which have different boundaries in Fairfax County and possibly elsewhere). Without seeing the script, we cannot tell how city council districts and boroughs are handled.

  43. Applicants should be able to enter their precincts, if known.

  44. The closed-ended response makes it impossible to donate $60.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/contacts.html>

  45. Central Committee membership (at <http://members.dialup4less.com/green/gpva.html#central>) should be included.

  46. Three of four officers have changed.

  47. The contact for the Blue Ridge Greens has changed.

  48. Obsolete links from {Central Virginia} and {Virginia Beach} should be deactivated.

  49. {Loudoun Greens} has a weird link to <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/loudoungreens>, which contains correspondence without background.

  50. {Richmond Greens} should link to <http://vagreenparty.org/richmond>, instead of the obsolete <http://richmondgreens.org>.

  51. T.B.Y. wants C.J. to replace T.Y. as Candidate Exploration Committee Chair.

  52. Under "Green Party of Virginia Representatives to the Green Party of the United States", the selective list of committee members is arbitrary, incomplete, and incorrect. More Virginia Greens serve on these committees than are included.

  53. The {Fun Stuff for Spammers} link seems pointless and unprofessional.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/electoral_archives.html>

  54. T.B.Y. says {Chair} should link to C.J. We do not know whether T.Y. agrees.

  55. The table of election results lacks commas in large numbers.

  56. There are entries missing from past elections that are in the public record:

  57. There are entries missing from past elections absent from the public record:

  58. No distinction is made between
    • nominated Greens with ballot designation (e.g., David Cobb 2004 and Jim Lowenstern 2001),
    • Green-endorsed candidates with ballot designation (e.g., Ralph Nader 2000),
    • nominated Greens who could not be designated on the ballot for partisan office (e.g., Josh Ruebner 2006-2007 and Eli Fishpaw 1997),
    • Greens choosing to run without party designation (e.g., Alex Ballin 2007 and Eric Sheffield 2003),
    • Greens seeking nonpartisan office (e.g., Chris Simmons 2007 and Greg Allen 2003),
    • GPVA's endorsed candidates (e.g., Barbara Jean Pryor 2006), and
    • candidates with local but not state endorsement (e.g., Andre Peery 2006).


    (We do not remember whether Tex Wood ran as independent or Reform in 2000.)

  59. In 2002, Blacksburg, a town, should not be listed under the "City Council" heading.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/ic>

  60. The listings for Loudoun, Virginia Beach, and all officers are two years out of date.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/listservs.html>

  61. A search for a subscriber list is bewildering.

  62. There is insufficient enforcement of the policy, "Subscribers who abuse the lists or other e-mail services will have their posting privileges restricted or terminated."

  63. The next sentence maligns Usenet readers: "Usenet is available for those in need of an education on netiquette." Usenet is not designed for boors. Considerate professionals and hobbyists around the world rely on it. (Advice on netiquette is available from a number of sources, such as <http://members.dialup4less.com/~aloe/netiquette>.)


    <http://vagreenparty.org/local/mission.html>

  64. A link is needed to the bylaws at <http://vagreenparty.org/bylaws.html>


    <http://vagreenparty.org/meetings>

  65. The table on this page should be incorporate the table at <http://vagreenparty.org/minutes>, so that readers can easily compare the advance agenda for a meeting with the minutes of that meeting.

  66. It is important that the record make clear on which days there were state party meetings and on which days there were not (by omission). The missing information (including all agendas and proposals from 2006-2008 and from before 2001) must be found and posted.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/minutes>

  67. The table on this page should be combined into the table at <http://vagreenparty.org/meetings>, so that readers can easily compare the advance agenda for a meeting with the minutes of that meeting.

  68. It is important that the record make clear which meetings lack minutes, so that participants who have missing information from those meetings will be alerted to the need to share it with the Green community. The missing information (including all minutes from 2005 and from before 1996) must be found and posted.

  69. The link to the minutes of December 15, 2001 at <http://vagreenparty.org/minutes/mt011215.php> points to a nonexistent address.

  70. The location of the September, 2007, meeting was Newport News, not Virginia Beach.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/minutes/mt000415.html>

  71. Sharon Williams gave a report and took the minutes, yet is not recorded as attending. "Judith" must be Judith H'Ormaycht, Carey Campbell's friend.


    http://vagreenparty.org/minutes/mt040523.html

  72. The mention of http://members.dialup4less.com/~aloe/green/20040304.html should be tagged for a link to that page.


    <http://www.vagreenparty.org/minutes/mt060114.html>

  73. The date at the bottom of this page and the title in the source code indicate that this meeting took place on 9 October 1999, when it was actually on 14 January 2006.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/newsletters>

  74. The table does not mention newsletter issues 1-14 and 27.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/platform.html>

  75. A link is needed to the Platform Committee at <http://vagreenparty.org/platform>


    <http://vagreenparty.org/platform/mission.html>

  76. A link is needed to the current platform at <http://vagreenparty.org/platform.html>

  77. The link to the Platform Committee at <http://vagreenparty.org/platform> should be written out, as the initials appear to lead to a politically correct personal computer.


    <http://vagreenparty.org/press>

  78. S.J.D. took down some of R.C.'s postings because of disputes over who said what. We don't know the truth. If journalists are in possession of press releases that GPVA members can't read, we are putting ourselves at a disadvantage.


    <http://vagreens.org>

  79. Although the majority of home pages are viewable through old browsers, this one is not. What is the difficulty here?

  80. Named anchors are needed at all headings, with links from a list near the top of the page.

  81. A link is needed to <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/listinfo>.

  82. A link is needed for Virginians who do not know where to vote, to the State Board of Elections' polling place lookup form at <hhttps://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT2/PublicPollingPlace.aspx>.

  83. "About us" seems to invite the public to learn about GPVA through any of the subordinate categories. It does not live up to that promise. {E-mail Listservs} is only useful to GPVA members. It belongs under a title like "Information for our members".

  84. "Committees" should be listed in alphabetical order, including the Central Committee.

  85. {Green locals} should link to <http://vagreenparty.org/contacts.html#locals>, instead of the top of the page.

  86. Obsolete links from {Central Virginia} and {Virginia Beach} should be deactivated.

  87. {Loudoun} has a weird link to <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/loudoungreens>, which contains correspondence without background.

  88. {Richmond} should link to <http://vagreenparty.org/richmond>, instead of the obsolete <http://richmondgreens.org>.

  89. The right column is a disorderly mess that needs logical grouping. Some of the text may be better positioned on a page designed to acquaint people with the Greens, separate from the nexus of links.

  90. Under "Campaign 2006 & Beyond", the word "serious" should be omitted. We should know as soon as possible about a Green's frivolous entry into an election.

  91. "Upcoming events" should appear near the top of the page, where members can easily check it.

  92. "Our next quarterly business meeting will be" on some future date.

  93. "2005" is past. The year should be updated.

  94. "Past activities" is an incorrect description. Nothing appears but elections.

  95. "Green Issues" is followed by a list of slogans with no links that seem less compelling than those at <http://members.dialup4less.com/~aloe/slogan>. This section needs ruthless editing.

  96. We don't know the authority for the statement, "DC Statehood Now!" Unless it was approved by GPVA, it should be modified. Not all Greens agree that it is the best way to provide full political rights.

  97. {GPVA News} does not make clear who is eligible to receive releases. The link leads to <http://lists.vagreenparty.org/mailman/listinfo/gpva-news>, which we cannot properly test (pretending to be a reporter). We assume GPVA wants journalists to subscribe, as long as GPVA knows who they are. Can any journalist use this resource?

  98. {Press Release Archive} link leads to absent <http://vagreenparty.org/press.html>.

  99. {Press Releases} link should go to the current <http://gp.org/press.shtml> instead of the obsolete <http://gp.org/press.html>.

  100. {Other State Parties} link goes to absent <http://gp.org/statepress.html>.

  101. {Google News} link goes to <http://news.google.com/news?q=%22Green+Party%22&num=100&scoring=d>, with no press releases, but with summaries of news from New Zealand and uncomplimentary blogs. It doesn't make sense for GPVA to send anyone there.

  102. {New visitor} leads to <http://www.gp.org/welcome.shtml>, which provides no opportunity for newcomers to join GPVA. Instead, it invites them to "Register Green", an action not legal for Virginians. They may naively assume that by following the link and the subsequent instructions, they will be enrolled in GPVA. GPVA will never hear from them; they will never hear from GPVA. In 2006 or 2007, we recommended changing the wording to "the Green Party of the United States welcomes you". Removing the words, "new visitor" and leaving the rest would be an improvement.

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