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Hi Kossacks! It's Chris Bowers, Senior Campaign Director here at Daily Kos.

I work with the brilliant Daily Kos Campaigns team of Rachel Colyer, Michael Langenmayr and Paul Hogarth to manage Daily Kos activism campaigns and our email list.

I am here this afternoon to answer any questions you have about our activism campaigns and / or our email program. To get things started, here is my broad overview of where I see us as a community right now.

With our blog (6.3 million unique readers and 16.4 million visits last month), email list (1.07 million active subscribers and over 3 million monthly clicks) and Facebook page (284,000 fans, usually many "talking about this" at any given moment) we have now scaled up to a point where the grassroots activism of the Daily Kos community can consistently make an impact in the national political scene. We aren't always winning, but we are making our presence is felt.

Consider just some of our recent major campaigns: Larry Summers, the Colorado recalls, repealing the Monsanto Protection Act, fighting against food stamp cuts, reforming the filibuster, taking back the Virginia State Senate, and stopping a new Iran sanctions bill from passing.

We were heavily involved in all six of those campaigns, notching four victories and receiving public credit for doing so. In the two where we lost, Colorado and food stamps, we functioned as by far the primary source of small-dollar donations ($371,178 from 15,669 donors in Colorado) and by far the biggest driver of constituents contacting their members of Congress (544,975 emails directly from constituents to their representatives in opposition to any food stamp cuts).

In short, we are starting to really come into our own, and as we continue to grow our future looks even brighter.

So please, I'd love to hear your thoughts, comments and questions about how you think we are doing when it comes to activism and email here at Daily Kos. I'll be around to answer the rest of the afternoon to respond as best I can.

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  •  Your Num 1 seeds for March Madness (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    blueyedace2, belinda ridgewood

    as of today?

    I got Cuse, Zona, Wichita State, Florida.

  •  On Activism (7+ / 0-)

    Is it difficult, or even wise, to join issue activism with a specific election campaign?

    •  Probably depends (5+ / 0-)

      Don't think that there is a general rule for something like that.

      Some elections, a single issue can dominate the national political mindset enough that activism on that issue would be beneficial to both your electoral campaign.

      Also, I suppose that running on a clearly defined agenda and winning can probably help the legislative success of that agenda.

      However, running on a single issue can alienate you to an electorate that is interested in multiple things. Sometimes issue stridency can also turn people off.

      So I don't think there is a general rule for combining issue advocacy with electoral campaigning. Sometimes they work well together. Sometimes, not so much.

  • addresses... (5+ / 0-)

    Great email accounts, or greatest email accounts?

  •  What you and the team have been (16+ / 0-)

    accomplishing it simply astounding.

    It truly illustrates how all of us coming together can make a real difference.

    This effort, along with the growth of the Moral Monday Movement and Light Brigade across the country, give me real hope.

    I find myself wondering how the Dkos activism team could work with the Moral Monday movement. I would think that there would be a strong convergence of goals.

    Any thoughts?

    There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    by Onomastic on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 12:40:17 PM PST

  •  props to the efficiency of DK petition collecting (8+ / 0-)


    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 12:40:39 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the work you do. (8+ / 0-)


    Have you or others at DK been approached by campaign, state, or national political staff  to help publish stories on political opponents? Perhaps these are tawdry stories that a particular campaign or organization may not want to be seen as distributing?

    Further, What is your position on coordinating with campaigns?
    I think it should be done more.

    •  That isn't exactly how it works (8+ / 0-)

      It's not like we are "approached" in a back alley or something. Maybe that isn't what you mean, and I'm misreading you, but bear with me.

      Daily Kos is a very large media and activism center in the Democratic and progressive space. As such, the staff of Democratic elected officials, Democratic electoral campaigns, Democratic party committees and progressive advocacy organizations are going to ping us about any number of things in the exact same way they reach out to scores of other media outlets and advocacy organizations.

      Communications staff want to bring certain stories to our attention in the hopes that we write about them. Other advocacy orgs want us to partner with them, or at least join in, on their causes. Campaigns want us to support them. And so on. When you get to our size, this is inevitable and pretty constant.

      The bottom line is this: we make decisions based on the Daily Kos community, not on what other organizations want. Sometimes what the Daily Kos community wants aligns with what other orgs want, and so great, we work with them! Sometimes it means we clash with other organizations or elected officials, but we are all grown ups and that's politics and that is gonna happen.

      So sure, we are "approached" all the time to do any number of things. But we work for the Daily Kos community, and are accountable to it. That is how we make decisions around here.

  •  Are there any plans (8+ / 0-)

    for an activism roundup/digest/report (or am I just not lurking enough and missing it)?

  •  DK & Creating Change (6+ / 0-)

    Chris! Awesome to see you do one of these. Here is my question.

    Lately, I have seen a lot of the petitions be national, somewhat lofty goals (ending Citizens United for example), or petitioning the Speaker. How is the activism portion of DK creating change on the local and national levels?

    •  Hard to see most local campaigns (7+ / 0-)

      We actually do a decent number of local campaigns. Not as many as I like, because people love, love, love when you ask them to do something close to where their live. However, we only have four campaigners, and there are 50 states.

      It's hard for people to see many of these actions because, well, they only live in one area. But just this week we did:

      --A Missouri campaign targeting Claire McCaskil for saying she would filibuster Gillibrand's sexual assault bill (this is why McCaskill posted here on Daily Kos)

      --A North Carolina petition to Gov. McCrory about the Dan River coal ash spill, telling him to stop blocking enforcement of the Clean Water ACt.

      --Urging people in Tennessee to contact Bob Corker, and tell him to stop intimidating workers voting in the VW unionization election in Chattanooga.

      --A Florida campaign to Rick Scott on Medicaid.

      This is pretty typical for a week (except for the southern focus, which is kind of unusual). We do a healthy number of local things, but by definition you only see the ones in your area. If we ask people everywhere to engage in a campaign, then it isn't really local anymore, is it?

  •  When did spamming people become activism. (0+ / 0-)

    Jesus Christ, half my email is from you and Obama.

    I haven't read any of them in years.

    Knock it off.

  •  I'd like to see more interconnection on DKos (10+ / 0-)

    with tools and tactics for engagement. I do a lot of posts about Light Brigades (OLB), and at times the Solidarity Sing Along, and I eagerly seek and follow all concrete examples of tactical media and "in the streets" work... and at times there are great user posts on this. However, why not foreground this work more? Meteor Blades at times does this, so I am not ignoring the great support given here, but would love to see more effort to look at not only content, but methodology (and best, where the two converge).

    There is so much creative cultural resistance, and it needs to be more widely disseminated. It is very empowering and community-building. What would be the best way to get this done on DK? A group? A front pager (like you! or MB) now and then highlighting it?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  •  question (0+ / 0-)

    Regarding the Larry Summers campaign, I thought we got Yellen for other reasons, like the support of economists.

    I doubt there is much that can be achieved by dkos itself I am afraid to say

    The internet is crazy. It is like people arguing about what kind of cheese to throw at a portrait, in order to destroy it completely

    by GideonAB on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 12:50:12 PM PST

    •  Summers was defeated in the Senate (8+ / 0-)

      Summers was defeated because he became unconfirmable. He didn't have enough support to even get through the Senate Banking committee, because five Democratic Senators (Merkley, Brown, Warren, Tester and Heidtkamp) told Reid they opposed him and would vote against him.

      That support would never have materialized without a full court press of massive grassroots outcry (we ran petitions against him for weeks, gathering 135,000 signatures. Many other orgs did as well); plus grasstops, donors and advocacy orgs making personal contacts to senators expressing their opposition.

      There was a huge push to stop Summers from a broad groups of progressives. That is what stopped Summers, and everyone here who took an action in that regard played a part in that.

  •  will we (4+ / 0-)

    make stopping kxl a priority?

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 12:51:54 PM PST

    •  I don't know. Maybe. (4+ / 0-)

      We've done some anti-kxl stuff, and I expect to do more.

      Will that turn into a campaign that we throw everything behind, like Summers, Colorado recalls, fighting food stamp cuts, or fighting the shutdown? Seems unlikely to be honest, but I also wouldn't rule it out.

      We go all-in on campaigns like the four I mentioned only when we start getting a consistently massive response from the community on the actions we take on a given topic. We have gotten solid response on kxl, but not at the level of the four I described above. That might change as we keep getting closer to the deadline, of course.

      My best guess, based on the numbers I have seen, is that our next big campaign is going to be Medicaid expansion at the state level. Massive response on that so far. We will see if it continues.

  •  No. (0+ / 0-)

    Best Scientist Ever Predicts Bacon Will Be Element 119 On The Periodic Table

    by dov12348 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 12:52:29 PM PST

  •  Hi Chris, (11+ / 0-)

    My husband, Dan, was a US Vietnam vet who survived torture. Dan suffered from his injuries for over thirty years, until his fatal heart attack eight years ago. He left me a mission, to stop torture as the law, policy and practice of the United States, and to push to ensure that those at the top who authorized and ordered real live people to be tortured are held legally accountable.

    It has been VERY frustrating that we had what I truly believe was a moment when we had the impetus and the will and the people to really make this happen, but it melted away after the first election of the President.

    I need you and all of the front pagers and the activists to help get the issue back on the "National Table."

    Are you willing to help ?
    Are the other front pagers willing to help ?

    Standing for justice and accountability,
                   For Dan,

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 12:55:07 PM PST

    •  Heather, I tip my hat to you. (4+ / 0-)

      And bow deeply in your general direction. May I sign on as well, despite my curmudgeonly sarcastic inner shelf?

      I think one small step would be for the USA to bring a criminal action against those (CIA, NSA, FBI, Army, Navy, AirForce, Marines, Haliburton) who actually used torture as a part of our so called anti-terrorism policies.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 01:08:21 PM PST

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      •  Thank you very, very much. (5+ / 0-)

        I appreciate the support.

        As to the prosecution of those who used torture as part of their "anti-torture" policies, I think it is important to prosecute those at the top who ordered and authorized the torture, because otherwise it is exactly like what happened with Abu Ghraib, where those at the bottom were prosecuted and punished, and none of those at the top who authorized and ordered the techniques to be used (especially including Rumsfeld), so they were able to say, contrary to the facts, that is was "a few bad apples" who were the problem, so nothing really changed. In my opinion, the only way things will really change it if those at the top are prosecuted and punished.

                            Just my two cents,
              Standing for justice and accountability,
                                 For Dan,

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 01:27:20 PM PST

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        •  agreed. (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Chacounne, LinSea

          The rot always starts at the top.

          Yet again, I am reminded what a professor taught me 3 decades ago - the US constitution is a brilliant document, anticipating the very best, and the very worst of humanity.

          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 01:37:42 PM PST

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    •  You have a very worth cause (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Aquarius40, RandomNonviolence, vcmvo2

      And I am sorry for your loss.

      Since you are on a mission, I will be frank with you.

      I don't try to get the progressive grassroots to start talking about and paying attention to things they aren't already talking about and paying attention to.

      I pay careful attention to see what the progressive grassroots are talking about, and I try to craft actions based on that.

      Our activist priorities are then determined by the response of the Daily Kos community to those actions.

      In short, I am not going to start writing actions on torture unless it re-enters the discussion of the Daily Kos community in a much more significant way. But if that happens, and the actions perform well, then it will become a priority.

      Best of luck with your campaign. I will be listening and following along.

      •  I have to say that I am deeply disappointed. (0+ / 0-)

        Several of us, to many of us, have been talking about torture since it was disclosed what the US had done. We did not stop when the President was elected the first time. It is one of the major issues that the President has been criticized for from the left.

        However, we, those of us who care about the issue, were told to shut up, because the President was so great on other issues. We were told to shut up right after the first inauguration, during the first term elections, and during the second election, and pretty much any time we raised the issue.

        We have been told it is too late. We have been told that it will never happen. We have been called vicious names and told that we don't really count. We have been told that there are "other priorities" and "more important priorities."

        If you haven't heard that are many of us who are fighting for this issue, then, to be honest, you haven't really been paying attention, or you haven't wanted to see that we are fighting.

        I have heard the line about "it is a worthy issue" a thousand times, from people who won't even talk to their elected federal representative about it. Saying that is, to be honest, completely worthless.

        I had thought that Netroots Nation would be a great venue to discuss torture and discuss strategies to get it back on the national table, but that has proved fruitless, because, in spite of many attempts, I can't even get a torture discussion on the list of panels.

        I had thought that Daily Kos, and the front pagers and the leading activists here would be helpful in organizing and getting it back on the national agenda, but, in the main, the front pagers have avoided the issue or told us to shut up.

        Please understand that there are people watching very closely at the fact that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest, are not being punished, and are in fact being rewarded with time on tv and radio, space in newspapers, that their opinions are being sought and being given gravitas, and they are being made more wealthy they we can imagine. As a result, there will be more and worse torture, with more impunity. Every American, including every activist and every front pager, will be responsible when that happens.

                       To be clear,
                      Standing for justice and accountability,
                                    For Dan,

        People are watching, and they are noting that Bush, Cheney,

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 03:51:48 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh, and I know I am cranky in that reply, (0+ / 0-)

          because I am so heartbroken that people I thought would actively work against torture won't.

          It really is  devastating, having been here for so many years, and having been to four Netroots Nations.

                     Standing for justice and accountability,
                                    For Dan,

          Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

          by Chacounne on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 04:05:37 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Hi, Chris Bowers! (4+ / 0-)

    I appreciate all of your efforts to reach out to a wider audience through initiatives such as emails featuring the 'Daily Kos Recommended' diary list.

    Is there a way to weed out diaries that have donuts in the Tip Jar though?

    It's a long story, but I was quite dismayed to see that a cruel hoax diary--Rick Perry in negotiations to accept Medicaid expansion - Turning Texas Blue--had been included on the email list despite having approximately 100 hydrates in the tip jar at that time.

    Some of us had spent much of the previous evening trying to get that diary off the wreck list because it was deceptively presented as well as cruel. If I could have hidden that entire diary, I would have, so it was quite disheartening to see it revived through that email.

    Thank you for reading.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by nomandates on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 12:59:51 PM PST

    •  IIRC, we did remove that (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      nomandates, belinda ridgewood

      IIRC--and we send out so many emails right now it would actually be very difficult to even check--we included that email in our tests for the Daily Kos Recommended email once, but removed it after we realized it was confusing a lot of people.

      I thought it was fairly obviously satire, but others didn't and it made them angry. Pretty sure we didn't include it in the main Daily Kos Recommended blast that day.

      •  Thank you for your reply. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        belinda ridgewood

        I'm guessing that I received the test email then.

        Daily Kos Recommended
        To Me
        Dec 4, 2013
        Daily Kos Recommended
        New York Republican makes early bid for dumbest mudslinger by Hunter

        Boehner tries to pass the buck on the least productive Congress, ever by Joan McCarter

        Poll: Congress should focus on jobs and also jobs by Laura Clawson

        Consumer Reports on fixed site: "It's terrific" by ericlewis0

        Judge rules Detroit pension benefits subject to theft by bankruptcy. by jpmassar

        Rick Perry in negotiations to accept Medicaid expansion: Turning Texas Blue by Cartoon Man

        Cartoon: Cell cell by Jen Sorensen

        Cartoon: Donald Glover by keefknight

        Mormon bishop posing as homeless man rebuffed by congregation by ProgLegs

        ALEC faces funding crisis & possible lobbying violations by StewartAcuff

        When Republicans start calling Obamacare 'free health care,' that means it's working by Jed Lewison

        Corporate 'Dems': cutting Social Security is path to electoral victory by kos

        And yeah, it made folks angry. The title got their hopes up because so many know someone here who needs that Medicaid expansion. Some things just aren't funny to those of us who live here.

        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

        by nomandates on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 02:30:43 PM PST

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        •  Thanks for the date (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          nomandates, belinda ridgewood, vcmvo2

          That allowed me to get the info I needed to look it up.

          The diary was not included in the main blast that day, even though it tested well enough to be placed in the third bullet point. (The main blast is ordered by performance of the tests).

          Since it was satire, and not obviously so, we decided to remove it. We usually remove satire for that reason, but not always.

          FWIW, you received Test F that day. We ran tests A through U for that particular Daily Kos Recommended email.

  •  can you PLEASE make the sun rise in the west? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Paul Hogarth

    This eastern stuff is getting boring.

    Also, Why do so many democratic politicians seem to be as strongly impacted by the small, insignificant, soulless, mindless, inane, irrational, evil policies promoted by the TeaBaggers, when even GOPers are grousing about them? Seriously, they seem to move to the reich side every time a new issue pops up.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 01:03:26 PM PST

  •  any DK campaigns planned for climate change or XL? (8+ / 0-)

    The NID determination is last issue before decisonmaking time.

    Our DK blogathon team will be doing a blogathon the last week of comment period in march to encourage more people to submit public comments, working in coalition again with eco and noneco NGOs.

    Public comments have made a difference in the past on this XL project, and both the substantive issues in comments and the quantity have been cited by State Dept. and President Obama when delaying or rejecting XL in the past.

    The western drought is one factor that is relevant to the NID, and President Obama will be in California today to discuss the drought link to climate change. Our drought has local and national repercussions across many issues in our daily lives, like food, economy, jobs, etc. and...oh, living. :)

    Because climate change is such an important issue, President Obama has even stated that it should be a factor in who we vote for in elections.

    Would love to see more of DK management projects along these lines.

  •  How do you collect email addresses? (0+ / 0-)

    I get inundated with the spam mail and unsubscribe and/or filter them out, but it only last for a month or two, then I'm inundated again.

    I've never disclosed my personal email to this website, and I ended up having to create a new account just to get away from all the crap. But sometimes I have to go check the old one to check on emails I may have missed, and it's all you and Obama.

    Do other organizations sell email addresses to you? That's the only thing I can figure out, unless you only honor the "unsubscribe" thing temporarily.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 01:16:36 PM PST

    •  People take our actions (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      RandomNonviolence, MNGlasnant

      We get email addresses when people take our actions.

      If you sign one of our petitions, donate to one of our Act Blue pages, or use our tools to contact your elected officials, then you sign up for our list.

      It's very, very simple. Take our actions, you end up on our email list. Unsubscribe and don't take our actions, then you don't get our emails.

      •  I really wish you wouldn't do that (0+ / 0-)

        I want to take part in all that other stuff but DON'T want to be on the email list.  

        If you keep this up, enough people will report your emails as spam that you'll end up RBLed.  

        An individual should never be subscribed to an email list unless they explicity request it.

        Praxis: Bold as Love

        by VelvetElvis on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 03:26:17 PM PST

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        •  The email is an opt-in (0+ / 0-)

          Submitting your email is an opt-in, as stated in our privacy policy on all landing pages, in full compliance with the CON-SPAM Act.

          290,000 of the 1,070,000 people on our email list have never opened an email. Of the other 780,000, about 660,000 open an email at least once a month. The average across all 1,070,000 is eight opens a month and four clicks.

          We have excellent engagement rates and, as such, high delivery rates. The overwhelming majority of people on our email list engage with it on a regular basis.

          The reason is because we send them good content and timely actions.

          Furthermore, your requirements for email opt-in would destroy progressive small donor fundraising, and leave us all at the mercy of donations from millionaires.

          All of those big campaigns listed above? They all go poof if your email requirements become law. You completely destroy grassroots politics and let the 1% run everything even more than they already do.

          •  you should have a checkbox (0+ / 0-)

            Allowing people to decide if they want to subscribe or not when they submit their email for other purposes.

            I've ended up having to use a dedicated email account that I hardly ever check for signing up for things because otherwise I get so much spam from politicians, nonprofits and causes I give a buck to that I overlook mail from friends and family.  Political and non-profit spam in my inbox easily outnumbers personal mail 20 to 1.

            It's shit like this that's driving people to quit using email entirely and FB and IMs exclusively for communication.  

            Hardly anyone under 30 uses email regularly.   This whole medium that you claim makes grassroots organizing possible is being abonded entire because of misuse by people like you.

            Just do the javascript popup when people visit the site.  Skip the email.

            You're seeing so many emails being opened because people click on them to delete them.  

            Can the Spam.

            Praxis: Bold as Love

            by VelvetElvis on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:43:16 PM PST

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            •  That's hilarious (0+ / 0-)

              To sum up:

              --No one under 30 uses email, because you said so
              --People under 30 would have used email, except political email ruined it, because you said so
              --People are instead using only Facebook, where politicians never bother them and have never stepped foot it. There are like totally no politicians on Facebook.

              And this is all true, because you said so.

              Totally awesome, and hilarious.

      •  agree (0+ / 0-)

        you should not be signing people up without permission.

        opt-in is the way to go these days

        The internet is crazy. It is like people arguing about what kind of cheese to throw at a portrait, in order to destroy it completely

        by GideonAB on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 03:39:40 PM PST

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        •  It is an opt-in (0+ / 0-)

          As stated by our privacy policy which is on every page, in full compliance with the CON-SPAM Act.

          We have enormous engagement rates and delivery rates, because the people on our list want to be there and love what we send them

          And frankly, why the do you think orgs requirement people to submit their emails on petition pages? Why is that relevant information other than as a signup?

      •  I wish I could further discuss this with you (0+ / 0-)

        Knowing that you actually cared about what I am asking, but you've already dismissed my feedback so apparently it's really not that easy.

        I would LOVE to send you verified proof of how terrible your spam is and how it continues after unsubscribing, but you've already made it clear that you are uninterested in honestly engaging with your audience.

        I am disappointed, but not surprised.

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 04:25:19 PM PST

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  •  socks... (5+ / 0-)

    I would go door to door to help with these and other progressive campaigns...but all my socks have would be helpful if you all offered socks.

    We are not broke, we are being robbed. ~Shop Kos Katalogue~

    by Glen The Plumber on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 01:26:30 PM PST

  •  Is anyone tracking (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    belinda ridgewood

    whether I open email from you?

    •  Sort of (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Paul Hogarth, belinda ridgewood

      We track what percentage of people open and click the emails we send, so I guess that includes you. We don't look at whether individuals open and click emails, though. I mean, we have 1.07 million active subscribers, so that would take a long, long time.

      If you don't want us to be able to track this info, then turn off your images in your email inbox and / or unsubscribe. We can only track whether people open and click our emails if they are active subscribers and have their images turned on.

  •  Tools and techniques - analytics and data category (0+ / 0-)

    What do you use, what would you like to use, what has been particulary useful or useless, etc.

    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 02:25:45 PM PST

    •  Our tools (1+ / 0-)
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      In Daily Kos Campaings, we use:

      --Salsa for emails and action pages
      --Google Analytics and Chartbeat to track website traffic
      --Act Blue for fundraising
      --Something called Campfire to stay in touch while we work (we have a virtual office in campaigns)
      --Google Docs for group writing and editing

      Basically, that's it. I like all of those. Wish Google Analytics updated in real time.

      I heard about something called Action Suite that I would like to use for A/B, but it was custom built for a different organization, and it only works on ActionKit, whereas we use Salsa. So that ain't gonna happen.

      I hope to one day get some of our activism tools connected to user diaries, so diarists can run their own campaigns.

      Finally, wish we had easier A/B testing on the blog, but we might get that soon-ish, so it's all good.

      Is that what you meant?

  •  Question on team competitions at dkos.... (0+ / 0-)

    Do you guys have a system for dealing with Team Hide Rating ?

    Do you keep stats to track these patterns?

    The HIDE system was abused horrendously by both side of the Palestine/Israel pie fight. Then the 2nd Amendment fanatics got in the act. Now both anti-religion and anti-anti-terrorism fanatics are doing the same things.

    Big egos. Bad manners. Followed up by open demands that sufficient HIDE clicks get generated to remove specific accounts -- not rooted in obscenity, personal attacks, or any other violation of site rules.


    "I hesitate to agree with Ted Nugent...."

    by waterstreet2013 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 02:51:26 PM PST

  •  Did you see this? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Chris Bowers

    I call this a textbook definition of tyranny.  Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo:

    Ask Me Anything (Well, Almost Anything)

    I'll be answering your questions this afternoon at 3:30 PM eastern in this thread at The Hive (sub req.). Get your questions in now. About the news, about TPM, or whatever else. I'll answer as many questions as I can answer in one hour.

    I'm so steamed I've a mind to eat some candy.

    Hi, Chris!


  •  Unsolicited "kos" (sic) Commercial Email for Credo (0+ / 0-)

    Being subjected to unsolicited and unwanted commercial email messages ostensibly from Daily Kos is disheartening. I never agreed to get commercial emails like the Credo ones. Credo is fine -- though they can provide me with no useful reception -- that's not the issue; these emails are a breach of trust by Daily Kos. I have replied to the emails with requests that they stop, but they have not. At the VERY LEAST, at the bottom of each there should be a clear way to specifically opt out from all such commercially-tainted communications without having to unsubscribe from action alerts or unsubscribe completely.  I hope you will stop sending commercial bleep unless/until I opt IN to it -- there are no valid excuses for these commercial emails!
    I would hate to unsubscribe from alerts or completely, but see no alternative at present. It's up to you...

  •  Petition Problem (0+ / 0-)

    Today I got yet another email from DKOS with a request to sign a petition.

    I wanted to. I really did. But I clicked that damned salsalabs link and it locked up again. I refreshed and refreshed and it locked up again and again.

    I have no issues with any other petition web sites at all, ever. Just salsalabs and it's all the time with them.

    I'm sorry but until I see you do something about the hideous performance of your petition process, you won't get my signature even though I'd love to give it.

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