I’m pleased to announce a new forum for long-form discussion about Greater Seattle transit and land use called “Page 2.” Although we take pride in the fact that Seattle Transit Blog’s front page maintains a high standard of discourse, that standard requires work — work that substantially limits how much reporting and opinion we can bring you.

Our solution is to open up a forum for the broader community to submit their own posts with less editorial scrutiny. This isn’t a free-for-all: submissions must relate to transit and land use, no spam is allowed, and as in the comment policy vitriolic ad-hominem attacks and other anti-social behaviors are forbidden. To support those goals, we require registration for post authors: let us know if you’d like an account. Our guest post guidelines continue to be a good set of hints on how to write effectively on STB.

If you’re here for the carefully curated writing, rest assured that this will have basically no effect on how the STB main page works. However, a nice side effect will be a streamlined system for submitting guest posts. Our intent is to take the very best from Page 2, apply whatever editing is necessary, and “promote” it to STB for distribution on our RSS and Twitter feeds, as well as getting the usual play on the front page. Alert readers may have noticed that some Page 2 posts have already appeared on the main page, indicated by the new byline for guest posts. Although for now we’re going to allow handles on Page 2, any promoted post must conform to our usual policy on real names for authors.

If you don’t have the fortitude to write long form pieces, but can’t get enough of our comment threads, I encourage you to check there every few days and see what the community has produced. We invited a few longtime commenters to start building up content there in time for launch, but what they wrote was so good that I promoted it all to the main page, so at the moment there isn’t anything there. Check back later this morning for a subject that is sure to inspire some creativity. You can certainly comment on Page 2 posts just like any other.

This new feature is entirely a product of the tireless effort of Frank Chiachiere, who had to work through several major issues and deserves all the credit for its design and implementation. Although this is an experiment and all of you will ultimately decide its success, I’m excited about it and have high hopes you’ll be excited too.

12 Replies to “Introducing Page 2”

  1. I think my biggest complaint with the existing format is that it is difficult to weed out new comments from the stuff I have read before – say, something like UseNet News where stuff that is read disappears from view unless it is specifically marked unread. Something more like that would be appropriate for some of the more long running, spirited and interesting debates found here.

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  3. Page 2 sounds like a great place to post some of the old transit timetables I have collected over the years. From the tech side, what would be the best way to scan the timetables so they would be readable on Page 2?

    1. I love that idea! We don’t provide image hosting on Page 2 right now, but you could collect them and link out to them. Best solution is probably an image hosting service like Dropbox.com, Flickr or Imgur.com and then link to them on P2.

      1. A few from the 1960s, more from the 1970s and quite a few more from the modern era. In about 1980 I had a job that required a complete knowledge of the Seattle routes, so I collected every timetable and learned every route. Since then I’ve watched the changes, but I don’t collect every timetable–just the ones that are relevant to my life. I did, however, find a box of timetables at a garage sale a few years ago that supplemented my collection and fills in many of the gaps.

  4. Worth at least a try. But it really takes more fortitude to greatly improve a long piece by shortening. Exactly like sharpening a knife, which requires removing metal. Why not use OT mechanism to also include “BIS”- “Better If Shorter.”


  5. Interesting, maybe I can use it as a platform for explaining my Transitmix map once I’m finished with it!

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