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On August 5 Randy Signor, editor of PDGA's Discgolfer magazine, asked me to write an article about the splitting of the age-protected divisions from the Open division. It was to be for a new column called The 19th Hole, in which guest writers can editorialize. I did so, he accepted it on the 11th, and subsequently asked me to send a photo and a short bio to accompany the piece.
Then on the 19th he informed me that the PDGA had taken the matter out of his hands, and forbidden him from running the editorial. The PDGA gave me no reasons for this action, nor suggested any way in which I might revise the article to meet with their approval. I was surprised, because it is certainly not rabid, nor even particularly radical. For example, it doesn't really recommend a split, rather a reorganization within the PDGA umbrella.
Two points are important here. First, Randy's acceptance of my article does not mean that he agreed with it. We can only assume that, even if he disagreed, he felt that respectful difference of opinion may benefit an organization and perhaps make a magazine more interesting and relevant. Secondly, there is nothing illegal about the PDGA's censorship. The PDGA is now the publisher of its own magazine, and publishers have complete control of what does or does not get published.
Still, I worked hard on this editorial and would like the membership to have access to it. As I see it, I have these options:
1) Post it to the PDGA Discussion Board. This would certainly be the most convenient, but I feel edgy about posting a piece that the PDGA has already banned to a forum that the PDGA censors.
2) Post it to an independent private forum with wide readership, like this one.
3) Post it to a few club forums (three or four only, so I could keep track of comments), geographically separated, easily accessible to readers, and not subject to control by the PDGA. One would be the Mile High Disc Golf Club, as I am familiar with it and already have posting privileges there.
I'd like to decide on an option within the next few days. I would appreciate your suggestions. If I go with a private forum, is Discgolfersrus the most appropriate, or are there others I should consider? And if I go with club forums, which ones would be best? Please respond here or directly to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).