I was here for all of 2015/2016 and I see/feel a difference in this sub this time around.
I know it's early – BUT- the volunteering has BEGUN and needs to amp up. I don't come in here nearly as often as I did the last time because most of what I see is the same polls, memes, articles being talked about. I check in once a day – scan – and pretty much leave the sub.
Volunteering or poll posts barely get commented on or upvoted.
The MoveOn straw poll happened and Warren beat out Bernie big time- I didn't even see it posted here (maybe it was, but if so, it didn't make it to the front page that I saw)…..last time we were all over these things. Granted I didn't know about the poll, found it in my spam folder too late – BUT- I did post about the WFP – working families party Poll last week and it got 2 comments and like hardly any upvotes. These polls may seem silly – but they are used on social media and the news to gauge support. Warren cleaned our clock with MoveOne….and these are also important because these orgs ENDORSE. Last time both MoveOn and WFP endorsed Bernie – and were a BIG help in trying to get him elected. We need orgs like this when we are fighting so many other establishment Pacs. People pushed that silly straw poll from DailyKos like crazy – because they can't stand the guy running it, and it's talked about on MSM – But they don't endorse/help – orgs like MoveON and WFP DO.
Also- would love to see the mods push volunteering a bit more. Did you know the Bernie dialer is already up and running? We are already phonebanking into early states like Iowa, NH AND California…..can we get the link across the top of the page again? Have contests and such like before to get people to start volunteering and stop just talking about Biden and Warren? It was a lot of fun watching the red dots ping across the Bernie dialer map and having it light up.
Would also be cool to see like the new Bernie App link at the top that volunteers created (available for iPhone on iTunes right now – android coming soon) and the Bern App as well….maybe start a competition of some sorts for people to get into using the Bern app – whoever gets the most peer-to-peer canvasing points in a given time gets a cool flair?
I also haven't been seeing hardly any money bombs being organized on here….the last one was I think when Biden announced? This is the largest platform of Bernie supporters and we can make a big difference if we are strategic and use this for more than looking at the most recent poll and speculating if AOC is going to endorse Sanders.
I'm not saying we can't have fun but man it really is upsetting when I see Harry and Nate Silver on Twitter basically laughing at Bernie because Warren won a MoveOn poll that Bernie should have cleaned up on (Nate was delighted to point this out)
Anyway – just my 2 cents…I run a local Bernie group here on the ground – and it's hard and time consuming….and trying to even just get people to RSVP to the debate watch party is like pulling teeth. We need to be promoting the important stuff. Many on the ground aren't even paying attention right now. It's the best time to get them engaged. We can do that, if we organize on here – and get ourselves out into the streets/on the phones.
Mods…we need to shift this place into Volunteer mode…these next few months are going to go FAST – and we need to put this army into action now – Biden is still leading in the polls, Warren is getting pushed in the MSM – so we all are it…it's US that will make it so Bernie wins.
(and thank you to those I have seen posting about volunteering and tabling and such – I have seen some of those posts and try to comment/upvote them as much as I can)
Ok- end of rant – please don't be mad at me – I want this to be a fun place too – but man – we need to get our butts moving is all I'm saying.
*Edited for spelling/grammar corrections.