City Barbs was founded in 2005 by members of a small ad hoc community group who got tired of waiting weeks for their letters to appear in the local newspapers. Thus the first, foremost, and continuing mission has always been to provide an additional forum for local viewpoints.
Since then the blog has also grown to embrace other purposes, including:
City Barbs does not endeavor to become a newspaper. The primary goals are to offer facts and viewpoints that constitute alternatives to official narratives when needed, and to let others know they are not alone in their desires for reform. Sometimes that involves acts of journalism, sometimes not.
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You may publish here under a pseudonym as long as you are not a public official or director of an organization that receives public money.
City Barbs reserves the right to edit or reject any post or comment the editor finds to be nonfactual, excessively inflammatory, or disrespectful of City Barbs’ contributors or readers.
City Barbs earns no revenue from advertising or subscriptions. It is a 100% volunteer operation. We do accept small donations from readers to help cover the costs of domain registration and hosting at Dreamhost.
Your City Barbs editor hates getting her facts wrong and will make a correction as soon as she is aware of the need. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice an error.
Please submit corrections in writing. This courtesy helps your editor to quickly differentiate between actual corrections and attempted spin.
When a correction is made, we place it at the top of the original post along with the date of correction. We might also publish a correction in a separate post if the error is discovered one or more days after the original story appeared.
Minor mistakes (typos, grammar, word choice, re-phrasing for better clarity) are corrected without notifying readers.
City Barbs reserves the right to “nuke” posts at any time, but has only done so once or twice. Since we want government to acknowledge mistakes instead of minimizing them or covering them up, we almost always choose to display in perpetuity both the good stuff and the flubbed.
Additions & Clarifications
As with the handling of factual errors, watch for updates at the tops of the original posts along with the dates of additions or significant clarifications.
You will also find clarifications in discussions among members of the City Barbs Facebook Group as well as in the comment sections here.
Sometimes you will notice that a post contains unanswered questions and guesses as to what’s going on. This is a device for exposing the myths and faults of so-called “transparent” local governments, and is often more in tune with our purposes than filling in every single blank. So while we welcome unsolicited contributions of tips and background, please keep in mind that the existence of holes in citizen-accessed knowledge is sometimes partly or entirely the point of a post.