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Welcome to iBrattleboro!
It's a local news source by and for the people of Brattleboro, Vermont, published continually. You can get involved in this experiment in citizen journalism by submitting meeting results, news, events, stories, reviews, how-to's, recipes, places to go, things to do, or anything else important to Brattleboro. Or, just drop by to see what others have contributed.

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Feb 20, 2003 to Feb 6, 2013


iBrattleboro Turns 15 Years Old

Happy birthday, everyone. iBrattleboro is now 15.

Fifteen years ago, Brattleboro had one newspaper, owned by an out-of-state media corporation. There was no “social media” and Brattleboro had few online sources of information. There was also a threat of further major media consolidation.

We wanted Brattleboro to have another option.


Would You Like Some Spam?

We have a number of checks and balances built into the iBrattleboro system to keep you, dear reader, from ever seeing submissions by spammers.

The submissions come in at a regular pace, and are in two categories. The first are people who try to join to get an account to post spam. This is why we ask new members to tell us something that lets us know you are from around here. Foreign spammers and mindless bots can't name anything, and we delete their attempt. We see lots of spammers with Russian email accounts, but also attempts from China and other places.


Hello, Lurking Readers

In the last week or so, I've met no less than 8 people who have told me they love reading iBrattleboro, but have never written anything on the site. No stories about things they know about, nor comments on what others are doing. But they visit and read it often. I assume that if I met eight in a matter of days, there are probably many others, too.

That's fine with me, but I thought it was a bit of a shame that these nice, talented people might not know one another, or that they share a pastime. Some might be able to help one another with projects underway, or become real-world friends.


iBrattleboro Turns 14

Well, well. One day we’re sitting around planning a community news site and fourteen years later we’re looking back as if in a Talking Heads’ song. My god, what have we done?

Same as it ever was.

For fourteen years now, almost every day of our lives has had an extra layer to it - iBrattleboro.


Select-All Delete: Why We Sometimes Delete Comments

Sometimes on iBrattleboro, we find ourselves forced to delete comments that violate our community standards.  We hate having to do that, but there are times when comments cross the line — for instance, when a commenter personally attacks a business owner for promoting a product, service, or event that the commenter thinks is wrong.  Deleting comments, no matter how harsh the comments may be, inevitably leads to accusations that we’re denying the commenter their free speech.


Citizen Media in the Trump Years

President Trump seems to be presenting a unique opportunity for citizen journalists. Yes, I’m digging up that dusty term to remind you that you have the power of the pen.

The unique opportunity appears to be that he plans to bypass traditional media and go direct to the people via Twitter and YouTube.

When he announced his first 100 day plan, it came as an upload to YouTube, not a press conference. Professional reporters were forced to write stories about an online video.


Happy Birthday, iBrattleboro

Happy birthday, everyone. We’re all teenagers today!

Today is the day that iBrattleboro.com turns 13 years old. We can now watch PG-13 movies without adult supervision!

13 is a baker’s dozen, the number of cards in each suit of the deck, and the number of original colonies.

Math lovers will note that 13 is the 6th prime number, the smallest emirp, a Fibonacci number, and a happy number.


Citizen Media in the Ukraine

iBrattleboro.com remains one of the longest-running citizen-powered news and information sites out there, and we continue to be contacted from people around the country and around the world who are interested in doing similar projects where they live. As I noted a week or so ago, we’ve recently answered questions for someone in a small town in Queensland, Australia, and have been interviewed by hyperlocal activists in the Ukraine.

You might be interested in the Ukrainian project. Yurii Antoshchuk, head of a community media foundation there, got in touch to ask us some questions for publication in Russian and English. We answered their questions, but also asked them about what they were doing there.


A Little iBrattleboro Update - Facts, Figures and a Renewed Invitation To Participate

People we talk with are sometimes unaware of the numbers behind this site. In honor of our Token Economy, let me share some recent statistics.  As you know, we’re extremely local, and focus on Brattleboro and surrounding areas in southern Vermont. Our audience drifts into NH and Massachusetts as well. We also have people reading and writing who are interested in Brattleboro but live elsewhere. A few of these folks are reporters looking for stories and people to interview.

Let’s look at some numbers.


A Challenge Grant

iBrattleboro was just given a generous gift of $300, and the person doing the giving asked us to challenge readers to match the gift. Our guess is that the hope is we can raise another $300 for hosting, upkeep, and so on from some small donations.

If you are so inclined, you can contribute using PayPal (a box here in the iBrattleboro section in the right column should assist) or send a check to iBrattleboro, 41 Cedar Street, Brattleboro, 05301.


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