I would like to reflect on the blog's 11 years. Not an editorial because I am not an editor. More like a moderatorial.
Created on 12/11/2007, this blog was intended to be an outlet for LLNL folks to give their opinion on the newly-privatized Livermore lab . Many thought the for-profit model was a recipe for disaster. A few thought it was the end of the UC good old boys club. Most LLNL folks felt they were paying for LANL mistakes.
I saw outraged, distressed, even depressed posts, occasionally interspersed with optimistic ones. Meanwhile, while we all barked, the for-profit DOE/NNSA caravan kept moving.
Gradually, blog readers became focused on relevant issues, such as waste of resources, cost increase, rising number of security and industrial incidents. It was becoming obvious that the privatization was a bad idea!
LLNL folks had the chance to be represented by SPSE but declined with so much rationalization and holy than thou comments! White collars don't unionize!
Golden passed up opportunity, as we found later.
Before we knew it, LANL folks flocked to the blog in far higher numbers. Llnlthetruestory became "LANL blog".
There was a fierce crusade against LANS management and overt hostility to everything LLNL. The word "livermorons"
was abused so much that I added it to the list of offensive terms.
Then, for a while, all you read is about was
TCP-1 required employee contributions!
How unfair! Sorry, cannot do anything about that! No SPSE to represent us.
Later, the blog became a troll's favorite hangout where every opinion was shot to pieces.
Debates were political, personal and virulent.
I was receiving hate mail for not posting hateful messages.
My first reaction was to shutdown the blog but I thought about the few readers/ contributors who made respectable contributions. How about them?
"Long story short", as a former LLNL colleague used to say, to those folks, this blog is for YOU !