I’ve been wanting to find a way that the community aspect of this place can flourish and readers can talk to each other without adding to my own site administration plate. Fortunately, Carbonatedwit has created a site that includes forums. Carbonatedwit is looking for a) feedback & ideas and b) volunteers to manage & moderate the community. Their current plan:
“About the Forum
Right now, it’s got an empty forum. Why a forum, you ask? I’m thinking:
While CA will still host open threads periodically, we can have open threads there whenever we like.
When a comment thread has run its course, CA can close it on the site but discussion can continue in the forums.
Some of the hundreds of questions in the queue can be asked and answered on the forum instead of on CA proper, thus getting more people more help. To Clarify: People may post their questions to the forums directly. Captain Awkward will not be sharing emailed questions with the forums.
We can do persistent community building that doesn’t get lost behind “Wait which reader post was that again?”
When someone starts a project, like a more thorough index of the CA site (Jane’s idea), or the glossary (that thegirlfrommarz did) they can get help and share results.
Right now the forum has a bunch of broad categories, but I made them up one day. I would love feedback about whether they’re good, if there’s too many or not enough, etc.
The forum will stay open but with no user-only accounts approved until there’s a managing team in place.
What am I looking for?
I need admin and moderator help. I’ve never done this before. I’m not sure how many people we need, or how much work it will be. So the first thing to figure out is how many people do we need on board, and then get them. If you’re interested, please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know what experience you’ve got.
I could also use a graphic designer to poke at the header graphic of the forum, but that’s a low priority.
[I would especially welcome someone from CA’s current team to sign on as a contact person if not an actual admin/moderator, to smooth whatever coordination may come.]
I’ve set up some mailing lists, which you can get to from the front page (www.friendsofcaptainawkward.com). I invite anyone who is interested to join either or both lists. I especially invite the discuss list to talk about the forum categories and such and give me great feedback.
Other Important Stuff
A serious thing to know is that Jennifer is Not Involved TM, other than saying “Sounds good!” and posting this. I’ve marked the site as a fan site, to distinguish it from Captain Awkward proper.”
The blog will keep working as it always has, so there will still be questions and discussions here. I won’t be reading or administering the forum site, but occasionally we might cross-post things like meet-ups to both places. Please let Carbonatedwit know your thoughts!