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Local Author Douglas Kendall's Posts Removed?

Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on May 27, 2009

Earlier today, there were two new posts started (supposedly) by local Pleasanton author Douglas Kendall. He's the author of the parody book "Pleasantopia". The posts looked like new writing and were not just snippets from the book.

Now on the one hand Mr. Kendall's posts looked like they could have violated PW's Terms of Use where it says one can't make posts of a commercial nature. Mr. Kendall linked to his website and gave out his email address at the bottom of his two posts. But it looks like there's a fine line being explored. Local artist Claudette McDermott has regularly written posts of a commercial nature, as do the "Moxley Team" by linking to their website at least once a month.

I'd like to understand the editorial reasoning behind removing Mr. Kendall's posts in light of allowing other similar posts. Furthermore, I encourage the PW to tap into the local community by considering exploring with Mr. Kendall his own humor column.


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Posted by Also
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Articles by Livermore's Independent were posted over the weekend for their relevance to our city and they were also removed. Credit was given to the authors...

I guess the almighty editors don't like what they don't start...

Suddenly "big brother" seems more aptly to apply to the press than the government. The press gets freedom of speech, apparently lowly citizens do not. This is a blog!

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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on May 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

I was the "big brother" who took down the posts. This is not a blog --- this is a forum where multiple voices are to chime in on a subject.

Mr. Kendall's submissions are great, but not really appropriate for the Town Square forum. More appropriate for a blog.

I'm hoping Mr. Kendall will contact me about doing a blog.

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Posted by but what about
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm

But what about the commercial posts that Stacey refers to? They seem more appropriate to the paid advertising section.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I too may have been responsible. I clicked them as objectionable and apparently someone agreed.

They took up incredible bandwidth, and were more prose than comment. Totally inappropriate for this forum.

Even 'advertising' or 'promotional' posts can be discussed and commented upon.. but, those two [and the 'Onion' articles] just don't belong.

Kinda like Charlotte complaining about the unkempt appearance of the Alviso Adobe 2 weeks ago and then announcing her upcoming art show at the Adobe today. Did 'ja notice she restricted comments on the art show promo to 'registered users'?? Just no sense of humor, I'd guess...


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Posted by Douglas Kendall
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 20, 2009 at 12:16 am

Yes, anything by DOUGLAS KENDALL should immediately be removed. And, your web should be PROGRAMMED to automatically delete anything that he posts. Plus, you should track whoever it is that's posting his postings -- and hang them! Like in Pleasanton's good old days when they all really KNEW how to deal with rable rousers like that DOUGLAS KENDALL. Actually, hanging's too good for him -- let's BURN him in effigy! We must put a stop to him, and Glen Beck, and any more of these flagrant, flippant, fools infesting the media. From the PLEASANTON ARCH downtown, we should hang him high, and let him twist in the wind -- just like his twisted hyperinterpretations of the news, politics, and worst of all his downright diabolical interpretations of our sacred PLEASANTON lifestyle -- that latte-swilling potentate! Why, he isn't good enough to be Pleasanton's Side Walk Crack Grinder -- maybe dog catcher in Livermore where there aren't any dogs running around, not one!, because they've all, every last pooch, broken their legs on all those colossally raised side walk cracks because Livermore's Side Walk Crack Grinder is too damn busy these days grinding optics over at the Lab's National Ignition Facility which will solve our energy crisis by lighting Livermore up with lasers so brightly that all those bird-whacking wind mills along the Altamont pass shall be replaced by solar panels powered by the sun during the day and powered at night by Livermore, the glowingest town this side of 'Vegas.
Don't believe it's nuclear fusion going on, folks!
I tell yuh it's just re-packaged nuclear fission with the cadmium rods missing. Or, were they Cadbury rods? Can chocolate really dampen Uranium-235 and prevent it coming out of the closet, as it were, to become Plutonium? Sounds like a cool plot for a new channel-30 TV show. Throw in a few trendy vampires, and I think we'll have a hit! The Billion dollar Budget Sucking Vampires of Livermore.
(It'll be bigger than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.)

Mmmm, chocolate!...

I gotta go..

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 20, 2009 at 1:27 am

If, as suggested, we're going to hang someone down town for posting inappropriately on this forum, then I think unclehomerr should go to his room for 5 minutes for objecting(which started to all this trouble), and, Stacey should go to her room for 6 minutes for objecting to the objection...:):)