When you want to know what's going on in Saline, you go to The Saline Post. High school sports coverage and current debate team performance. City Council. Ideas for how to spend quality time here during any given holiday. Pitches on where you should shop locally, holidays and otherwise. News and, yes, Opinions. Current stories at the top, older coverage from years gone by still instantly accessible. Or are they?
Let's see if everything is really where we'd look for it.
Stop reading this article for a few minutes and return to The Saline Post home page. Scroll down to the last five articles you see; any five will do. Click on the headlines and when the full stories appear, note the number of Comments for each. We're willing to bet that most if not all show "0 Comment."
But you know that can't be right.
- Over a dozen Comments were made on The Saline Post coverage of the X-Golf grand opening in Saline (move over, Volvik!).
- Seven Comments on the piece titled "Woman Celebrates End of OWI Probation, Gets Arrested for Drunk Driving."
- Ten different people took time to congratulate Brewed Awakenings for its recent Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Enterprise Award win.
Our own video overview of the 2017 Saline Street Machines car show downtown earned a rebuke for one vehicle that we failed to highlight.
Notice the four reader Comments you'll see on the Opinion piece about a Saline parade float brouhaha at Hornet Stadium, plus two replies from The Saline Post owner Tran Longmoore himself. What you will not see here are the ninety-two additional responses that some of your neighbors likely thought had connected to The Saline Post, proper.
Where are these bits and pieces that add the often vital details to complete the pictures of people, places, and events covered here? The unique citizen perspectives necessary to having a more authentic record of Saline history as it unfolds here, real-time?
Those Comments are scattered in the wind.
When you share your thoughts on social media elsewhere, you not only disconnect from The Saline Post, but also from this part of your own Saline community. It took us about took almost thirty minutes to find the Comment references made above — and we knew where to look for them on Facebook, and limited our search to just this month. Who has the time to do that for other articles of interest, going back a month or a year? How will readers in the future even know that you'd made a Comment that they need to seek out?
"Phooey! Who reads old news anyway?" It's a reasonable question to ask. The answer? We believe it quite likely that you do.
Again, let's see. Return to The Saline Post home page and open "Saline Area Schools Board of Education discusses budget amendments," by Sarah Rigg. As a parent or property-tax-payer in Saline, you're likely interested; so you read it. Once engaged, many people will want a bit more perspective, to dig a little deeper for accountability. Is there anything else about the Saline School Board of Education? Click on the tag at the bottom of this story and see. Thirty articles, by a few different writers. But only one Comment each on just three of those stories.
No one else cared to Comment? Perhaps. We're stuck with guessing. Did anyone Comment in some other forum? If so, where?
Back in the days when we had The Saline Reporter delivered every Thursday by the good old United States Postal Service, reading that newspaper could mean two things. Read the articles to stay relatively current on what's new. And read "Letters to the Editor" to see what your fellow citizens had to say about articles that had run in The Saline Reporter last week and maybe the week before. Even today, if you pull back issues of the Reporter at Saline Library, fleshing out histories from most snapshots in time will involve little more than a review of few consecutive editions of that paper, one way or the other.
We get it: Posting Comments to stories linked from The Saline Post on Facebook is easy.
Not surprisingly, the muscle behind Facebook designed it to be. Facebook management wants you to make their community your community, and that's okay sometimes. Many special interests and relationships could never connect otherwise without a worldwide network that makes online interactions with Antarctica as easy as virtual connections to Ann Arbor. Some topics are too small to reach conversational critical mass for meaningful discussion if they had to be restricted to participation by neighbors who simply happen to live on the same street.
Understanding that, we're here to ask that you stop and ask yourself if you're missing out by not recognizing that The Saline Post is different.
The Saline Post isn't selling you on making this place your community. It already is your community. You know that because so many of the past articles that you saw referenced above were already familiar to you as a reader. We're also willing to bet that you, yourself have Commented on some of those stories — or you know someone who has — on some form of social media, somewhere else.
We'd like you to start Commenting here. You put important thought into your responses to the stories that appear here, and we value that. Don't risk letting it become disconnected from a community where it really matters.
Saline values your input more than that.