Online Poll: To Forum or Not To Forum

I’ve had numerous requests and suggestions from AOC Watcher readers asking for an online forum separate from the blog.  The two would still be tied together, but with a forum members could create their own threads for discussion as well as post articles or AOC-related materials they think other AOC Watcher readers would find interesting.

So, let me know what your feelings are on the topic folks.  Would you like to see a forum?


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11 responses to “Online Poll: To Forum or Not To Forum

  1. I think it is a good idea. The blog in its current form is valuable for the dissemination of ideas and information relative to the improvement of the administration of justice. I believe a forum would only enhance its capability. Personally, I would be interested primarily in the ability of readers to post articles and other written matter that might be of interest to others. I have no idea of the technical or monitoring problems that this might entail, but it would be a good addition.

    Chuck Horan

  2. A forum would be a great idea for the spreading of information and ideas.

    All great ideas have a downside though. Moderators. You need them or you’ll be busy 25 hours a day.

  3. Would you have a split screen format (main blog entries on one side, and forums on the other)? The forums might help to direct people that are new and/or focused on one topic, and they can begin to form the “brain trust” for posters who are knowledgable on a certain topic (e.g., CCMS vs. Governance). It can be more work for moderators, but it also can create more interest, issue identification and site traffic.

  4. Interesting paragraph from new LAO report:

    Directing Revenue to Courts Limits Budgeting Flexibility. The Governor’s proposal to devote the state’s share of the new revenues entirely to support trial courts is problematic. The administration has not provided a compelling policy rationale for linking these penalty revenues to trial court operations, such as court security. Notably, a court security fee paid by criminal offenders already exists to support the costs of providing security in the courts. In addition, we have not received sufficient information at this time from AOC to justify the need for additional funding for court security. Finally, we find that the Governor’s proposed restrictions on the uses of the revenue would significantly limit the Legislature’s flexibility in meeting its budget priorities each year. The Legislature has the option of depositing the proceeds from this new revenue source into the state General Fund, where it could be budgeted to support whatever state programs it deemed to be most worthwhile.

  5. Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Other states have tried to use offenders and infractors to balance their budgets. Virginia led the way.

    With regards to the comments, consider the source. The legislature is being asked to meet a 20 billion dollar shortfall and their analysts wish to find that flexibility to use those funds and this is their version of leaving no stone unturned.

  6. Composite Knuckles

    It’s going to be a rough year all around in California. No money. Lame-duck Governor (R). Chief (R) up for retention. A Legislature that is, erm, wary of doing either too little or too much regarding the judicial branch over the next 9 months? Got it? Get your gear on.

  7. Will anyone running for Governor endorse a plan to tag speeders with huge fines in order to finance either the Courts or any other State of California agency or function when the public knows this is a revenue and not a safety measure?

    I believe this proposal is dead before arrival.

    Incidently, will anyone who runs for Governor believe that CCMS should cost what it is costing?

    • I honestly think Judge Maino that at some point, the path of the Attorney General is going to cross with the path of the Chief Justice. One is running for Governor, and one is running for retention. The AOC has already enlisted the AG’s help regarding the contract issues, but at some point … there will be an election to contend with. MH

  8. Tired of This

    I don’t think so. This blog does nothing but dishearten me and make me feel unappreciated and taken advantage of by court commenters and my AOC coworkers. The work I do truly benefits AOC and court workers, but I can’t stay on top of it because, without any exaggeration, I have the workload of two people and absolutely no way to get help. I have a good work ethic and it upsets me when I can’t keep all the balls I am juggling in the air. And the people I am working exceedingly hard to serve sit here and make constant negative comments. Don’t make others suffer for your personal hatred.

  9. Hang in there, Tired. Keep in mind that this blog is a lot like every forum and talkback on the Web — the most frequent posters are those with negative things to say. I feel sure that there are a lot of people out there with positive things to say who simply don’t take the time to post. And despite the name-calling, science fiction metaphors, and general overall juvenile tone of the blog, I think several of the posters, in particular the judges, make good points and offer worthwhile food for thought.

  10. I feel your pain Tired. But this is only a blog. The same issues come up over and over again.

    I noticed today that 82 people have voted on the poll. If everyone who visits this site voted, it would go well over 100 people which means that a large number of people come here for information.

    And if you are overworked, please speak with your Director. There are sufficient assets at the AOC where no one should be doing the job of two people. Good luck to you.