Re: [webdesign-396] New Event: Plan our website Stage 3

From: Eric M.
Sent on: Monday, October 29, 2007 2:23 PM
At 2:06 PM [masked]/29/07, Alexis wrote:

>I feel very strongly about Clevelanders being the worst ambassadors
>of Cleveland.  So I may be making an issue out of a non-issue, but I
>feel like I should defend the reputation of Cleveland and erase
>negative representations of the city, one clevelander at a time. I
>hope you understand =)

    I certainly do-- I don't think it's a non-issue at all. 
Clevelanders (really, Ohioans in general) are often our own worst 
enemies.  I used to be much the same, but I've come to realize that 
we live in a great place with more to offer than many others.
    The world doesn't need another site apologizing for where and who 
we are, nor one that tries to forestall the insults we think we'll 
hear by saying them ourselves.  These days, whenever someone asks me 
why I live in Cleveland, I always respond, "Why WOULDN'T I live in 
Cleveland?".
    And that's exactly what I believe.  I believe it so strongly that 
I've turned down numerous job offers from San Francisco and other 
west coast companies over the past few years-- largely because I know 
that for me, living there couldn't measure up to living here.
    So, count me firmly in Alexis' camp.  We ought to have a sense of 
humor and fun about the site, but not if it's spent making fun of 
ourselves or anyone else.  That's just a net negative.

-- 
Eric A. Meyer ([address removed])     http://meyerweb.c...­

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