Mission Statement?

Discussion in 'Questions & Comments' started by FetePerfection, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    For clarification and historical purposes, should we prepare a brief mission statement? Something that explains our goals and purpose?
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Good idea, maybe as the explanatory text for the policies section (currently lacks a "category" header, policy forum is at the highest level).
  3. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    (A little out-loud brainstorming)

    Should include something about allowing travelers to share experiences relating to travel security without fear of censorship or harassment. A major reason this forum was created was the increasingly hostile environment at other forums, namely FlyerTalk, perpetuated by their board moderators, namely essxjay, wherein members were put under increasingly stringent regulations regarding what was okay to post. At the same time, a second group of members representing the organization that the first group feels had wronged them were allowed free reign on a level inequal to the first group to post whatever they liked, effectively creating a microcosm of an abusive airport security checkpoint on a forum that was, ostensibly, there to allow exchange of ideas about those checkpoints.

    We want to avoid that and create a safe place for victims of TSA abuse to speak their minds freely and for those TSA employees who wish to defend themselves or their organization to do the same. I definitely think there should be more of a commitment to First Amendment freedom of speech here than there was on FlyerTalk, even if it means allowing discussions to turn "ugly." I think we should prohibit only those things not classified as free speech under the 1st Amendment: namely direct threats of violence, incitement to violence/riot, etc. If it's permissible by law in a public place, we should very seriously consider making it permissible here as well. The last thing we want is for this to turn into a simple rehash of TS/S. I had a reason there to screencap every last post I made, no matter how insignificant or (seemingly) inoffensive. I don't want to give anyone a reason to doubt the fairness and permissiveness of our moderators. TS/S seemed to lose sight of that concept of moderate in its moderation. We should strive to avoid such a pitfall here.

    Okay, that's all the brain-dump I've got for now. Now I have to go fix an obstinate document scanner and its crappy software.
  4. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Agreed - suppression of free expression at TSA checkpoints is reason enough to stick fast to the 1st Amendment, no FT/MP moderation history required.

    As for mission statements, something like "To provide a safe place for air travelers to report, discuss freely, and fight against civil-rights abuses carried out in the name of safety/security."

    Not sure if "safety" or "security" sounds better. "Security" matches up with the S in TSA's official definition and also avoids the double use of "safe" in the mission statement, but "safety" seems to hit home psychologically in more people. e.g. "As long as it keeps us safe!"

    Also, might want to change "air travelers" to just "travelers" or "mass-transit passengers" or what-have-you since TSA is making rumblings about expanding to other modes of transportation.
  5. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    How about:

    Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are the aim of a free people. When oppression, in any form, is encountered, we should feel free to express our concern, distaste and disgust with an agency that has grown to embody everything that is not part of the American way of life.
  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    This is the only part I don't really agree with - it runs the risk of sounding like we're all talk. Granted, venting about TSA is a lot of what we're hoping to enable and that's a good thing but we also want to convey that we're about action. Helping people coordinate with their elected officials, helping navigate airports and avoid the Rape-i-scans, how to make TSOs really really earn their paychecks via resisting as much as legally possible, etc.

    I would submit the following modification:

  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'm going to start from the simpler one that was proposed above:

    Probably not those exact words but close.

    KISS, or simplicity is elegance.
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    If I may here is my suggestion.

    TravelUnderground is a community of people from around the world where discussion of travel, individual experiences both good or bad, travel tips and tricks and other issues facing today’s traveler may be freely explored.

    edited to change trips to tricks
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  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I came up with a blend of CelticWhisper's first idea plus boggie dog's suggestion. The "official" mission statement, Rev. 1:

    It appears as the description for the Welcome! category in the forum index.
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  10. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I like it.

    I'm hesitant to say "uncensored", though, just in case we have to, you know, actually censor something.

    Maybe something like:

    in a free speech environment
    in an environment respecting freedom of speech

    or something else along those lines?
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    agreed -- will ponder that for a while
  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Latest rev:

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  13. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    "an environment respectful of free speech" maybe?

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