Is it wrong to suggest a few metropolises should be involved in the administration of this site since well this is about Orthodox Christianity?
Are you interested in getting to know how it works in practise?
I am a staff member of a Polish website
about the Orthodox Church. It was set up almost 10 years ago by a group of members of the Brotherhod of the Orthodox Youth (Polish Orthodox youth NGO). Since it's creation it has had several dosens of the crew including priests, future priests, seminarians, theology students, lay Church employees, the Brotherhod of the Orthodox Youth members, clergy relatives and also laymen with no connection to the "official Church". The website has never had an official Church supervision. It is overseed and owned by another one NGO Prawosławna Inicjatywa OthNet (Orthodox Initiative OrthNet) that also owns OrthPhoto.net
. It has not become an official Church website (despite being much more popular and developed than the official one
) because all the materials published there would must be approved by the Metropolitan - his condition.
There have been some small conflicts with the "official Church". Some priests or hierarchs have been asking or insisting to remove some materials, articles, posts or comments. Usually they have been politely refused (unless that were very serious and well motivated cases). Generally the typical attitude in tle clergy circles was something like "We are not fond of your activities but we won't forbid it to you" or "You have good ideas but you should do it with more toning down" or "You rascals
" - with a wink. On the other hand the website has sometimes been relieving the official Church press-services with spreading information because they are sometimes not sufficient. It was running more-less smoothly.
Last year (or two years ago) there was a gossip running around the crew that one bishop is about suing the site owners for a user's comment not nice to him. The site owners without checking that with him (it later proved to be false) in an act of autocensorship decided to turn off the forum and comments. When it was made clear that the gossip was false that features were not turned on back because "such thing might have taken place". The biggest (frankly - the only) one place for the Polish Orthodox Christians to discuss Church matters disappeared and it doesn't look like it will change soon. Daily visits amount is a half of the one that used to be with comments and forum (1300 to 3000). Some more autocensorship tendencies can be noticed among the crew.
Just some thoughts.edit
: If anyone would like to discuss my case feel free to start a new thread. The discussion about changing this site's governance is the one that is locked.