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  • Any further restriction on political campaigning has to be seen as and justified (if it can be) as a restraint on freedom of speech. The problems of post-truth politics are fairly well understood. The solutions are less so. During the Remain campaig…
  • The site needs more than a new theme. It needs rethinking from scratch, with the design and content considered holistically. The prototype in the OP is build with Jekyll, a static site generator in Ruby. You don't need to know Ruby to use it. While…
  • We could just link to the relevant pages on the members' site.
  • If anyone wants to play around with this as a working system, have a look at the code on GitHub and the staging site. Don't get hung up on the (broken, incomplete) design and content. That's not the point at this stage. Fork it, tweak it, stage it …
  • I'd get rid of comments on the main website and move all discussion to this forum. That would keep everything in one place, lead to greater activity (I'd hope) and allow spam control etc. to be exerted in one place only. It would also remove the ne…
  • +1 for @ThyPirateDave's comment. There are plenty of things to do, and I find it hard to see what 12 governors can achieve that nine can't. It also reduces the administrative overhead with internal elections etc.
  • The main website needs a new Drupal theme. This doesn't involve messing around with the database/membership functionality. And the theme work could and should be done in conjunction with a full content review, if possible. This wouldn't require an …
  • I'm in the "burn the website to the ground using maximum fire" camp. Happy to help and work with others if there's a serious attempt to rebuild something much better from scratch.
  • I'd like to pick up on the general topic of the thread. As I see it, the question is: How can PPUK thrive and grow? I don't think PPUK's problem is "image", or funding per se, or the branch/membership structure, or a lack of ambition, or a desire t…
  • Hi @kcar, I wrote the tweet you quoted. I certainly hope we can do more than bicker with other parties but that doesn't mean we should shy away from criticism where appropriate. The key issue in the Cameron story is transparency and accountabilit…
  • In reality you wouldn't be able to say a single word anyway because Glenn and Cory would be doing all the talking.
  • Dawud, I won't be backing you for the leadership. There are numerous issues. What follows is just one of several dealbreakers for me. It's more than enough. PPUK has a broad political platform based on a core of digital rights. Any leader of the …
  • Dawud, I'm not advocating anything. I'm just asking questions.
  • In the circumstances you describe, the consequences of a person choosing not to comply would be the presumably successful commission of a serious terrorist act that might otherwise have been prevented.
  • In which case, why have the law at all? The law you're proposing would be ineffective in every case in which it applies and terrorists would see the likely penalties as an occupational hazard rather than compelling.
  • Currently the law specifies a maximum five-year sentence for refusing to hand over decrypted data in terrorism cases. Some critics of the law say that this is ineffective because serious terrorists would rather serve that sentence than a potentially…
  • Dawud, Part III of RIPA gives the police and other authorities powers to require people such as criminal suspects to hand over a decrypted copy of lawfully-seized encrypted data or the keys to decrypt that data. Is this a tolerable limitation on en…
  • @Drowz0r The rule is never to make a broad-brush statement. Ever.
  • I'm not going to argue against this, but just to note: the European parliament currently travels between Brussels and Strasbourg, while having its administrative offices in Luxembourg. This arrangement was created for political reasons (though not t…
  • The board of governors rejected a motion to dissolve the party on 24 February but the party is nonetheless on life support and ultimately will not continue unless people step up, formally and informally, to get stuff done that needs doing. Every are…
  • Dawud, That's interesting. Thanks. Surveillance is a big area of focus for the party. You said earlier that you are "completely against all forms of surveillance". Could you expand on that?
  • Dawud, I don't want to get into splitting fine hairs over specific political definitions on which we might or might not agree. What I'm interested in, as I said, your personal political trajectory. In other words, the changes in your political outl…
  • I suppose "progressive" could be (and is) used by just about anyone to the right of the Tories and to the left of full communists. I wasn't so much thinking about your specific reasons for leaving Respect, which as you said earlier, were more to do…
  • Hi Dawud, Politically, how did you get from Respect to the Pirate party?
  • I certainly think we shouldn't be sending data to third parties. I hope our users expect us to be respecting their privacy by default, even though that's the opposite of what's commonplace elsewhere online. We don't want our privacy policy to say th…
  • You wouldn't have to wait for the old cert to expire. You could get new ones today. The current cert expires on 7 April 2016. If you put the Let's Encrypt cert in place today you've got a few months to ensure everything's working properly. Otherwise…
  • Regardless of getting the new domain name, if we can save £200 a year by getting certs from Let's Encrypt then that's worth doing, especially if the cert renewals are automated.
  • One way to cut the cost of the wildcard SSL certificate would be to use Let's Encrypt. Those certs are free, and while they don't issue wildcart certs, they do let you put up to 100 domains/subdomains on a single cert. More generally, Let's Encrypt…
  • So where do all the things that used to be on the wiki go now?
  • Thanks for that info, @azrael. What's the plan for the legacy wiki? I can't see it linked from anywhere on the main site so I assume it's no longer in active use.