I have to admit knowing about the Austin Cassidy had to say:since at least mid-November 2005 when Shane Cory (LNC Chief of Staff) gave us a sneak preview. Since any embargo on telling the world has , I think perhaps it’s time to have my say. First, I agree wholly with what
I saw this link posted on LP.org last week and I wasn’t immediately sure if I liked it or not.
The current site somehow feels more inviting to me. The new one is a little overly “flashy” and the name of the party doesn’t have the strong look that I would think they’d want.
[…]If you look at the DNC and RNC pages, it doesn’t quite look up to those standards. The LP redesign looks kind of pale and washed out by comparison.
It’s pretty clear that there is change afoot inside the LP, and for that I’m thrilled. However I get the distinct feeling that they are largely playing catch-up to the DNC and RNC instead of taking the long view of where political Internet strategy for communities is heading: open source.
See, I have an idea for how the LP could always stay one step ahead of the competition: set-up a technology foundation that does nothing but upgrade and build tools for libertarian websites and candidate campaigns. Something similar to how AOL funded Mozilla before they parted ways. There’s thousands of libertarian geeks out here who are already working on state, county and candidate sites who could be harnessed for a few hours of their time to create the best community strategy we could dream of.
A unified set of tools means a unified face for the party, from candidate to state party to national, and for less cost and time. The effect is simple: hundreds of people working on hundreds of projects versus hundreds of people working towards cohesion.
Then again, who says we need to ask the LP?