RussellHltn wrote:You're referring of course to this policy. Yes, you figured out where I was heading.
I do think that's a valid issue that needs to be considered. The policy doesn't say "blog" but does prohibit "website" and "email groups". Given the limited popularity of blogs back then, I think it would be easy to explain why they were not explicitly mentioned. Or perhaps it was felt that "website" covered it.
If it hasn't already, I think the issue needs to be reviewed by the ward leaders with all the relevant policies in hand. If it were my place to decide, I'd give thumbs down on a blog outside of LUWS.
I agree with you. The LUWS is limited, but it can be used in a moderated blog-like manner if a few individuals are given administrator access to the LUWS. So, while a lot of blog functionality may be absent, the ability to post and share information is present.
There is no policy that prevents a normal member from creating and maintaining a personal blog. In fact, we are encouraged to be involved and to communicate our standards and perspectives to all the world.
The policy statement doesn't indicate why ward websites and e-mail groups should be within the http://www.lds.org umbrella, but blogs have all of the same potential problems such as insecurity of personal and private information, and potential confusion about "official" statements of the Church.