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Old 11-03-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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The Lookout Tower is intended only for critical threads that contain "heads ups" or reports about developing situations that people need to know about in order to react or prepare.

To determine if a thread belongs in the Lookout Tower, ask yourself: Does the post or report contain information that impacts a number of Members directly, either now or in the short term? If so, it may belong in the Lookout Tower. If not, it doesn't.

Examples of what belongs include: fresh news about a serious health issue such as a recall of a widely-used product; news about terrorist attacks or other "major bad news" in areas where many Members reside; information about serious weather events like major winter storms and hurricanes, and so forth.

Note that something doesn't qualify for the Lookout Tower simply by virtue of being "breaking news". For example, an announcement of a Supreme Court decision might indeed be important, breaking news, but it isn't something anyone needs to know about immediately. The same goes for things like political announcements, the deaths of foreign leaders, etc. In contrast, a terror threat that caused JFK airport in New York to be shut down would be both breaking news and of immediate importance. It would go in the Lookout Tower.

Some specific guidelines for how the room is run:

* Anyone can post in this room. We are counting on everyone to follow these guidelines and only post the most critical threads here. So far this has worked out pretty well.
* The Custodians and I are fairly "ruthless" about moving things out of the Lookout Tower, because it is only of value if it is kept "lean and mean". Threads that are not appropriate for this room may be moved without a redirect to their appropriate areas.
* Threads will be kept in the Lookout Tower only as long as they are current. Once the event they are discussing passes or becomes "stale", they will be moved to the Lookout Tower Archive (under the News Room). If you are looking for a thread that was here but is no longer, check there. Note that this means that often the Lookout Tower may in fact be empty, except for this thread. That is by design, so you know at a glance there is nothing that needs your attention.

(many thanks to a0 for the original text for this forum, on curevents.com)
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— Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 2 May 1935.
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