Imagine you're an arts editor at a city's only weekly newspaper. You get lots of calendar submissions every week, you write short descriptions of the stuff, maybe you write a little capsule review if you've already seen it or a version of it (or maybe you don't), maybe you give it a star if someone on staff is enthusiastic about it (or maybe you don't).
Calendar entries. Exciting!
Now imagine that your friend Francis (an artist) contacts you on behalf of her colleague Lydia (also an artist). Lydia wants a little extra love for her upcoming event—a few more words in the calendar, maybe a star, maybe even a Slog shout-out. The event looks promising, it's got some good folks involved, and if you hadn't written the description while racing to get your calendar done on your way to the next five deadlines, you might've given it that extra bit of love anyway.
However! This opens a question.
Should you goose the listing and make Lydia (and, by extension, Francis) short-term happy at the expense of reinforcing the old stereotype that The Stranger only helps its friends and drinking buddies? (They might be the only two people who'd know, but still...)
Or should you treat Lydia (and, by extension, Francis) like everybody else and leave things as they are, which will make them short-term irritated but is ultimately what they want—that everyone get treated equally (if only equally shoddily) by their only weekly newspaper?
Be nice or be fair?
Obviously, this conundrum needs a legally binding Slog poll. The fate of the calendar listing depends on you.