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One of the key steps in opening a new forum is a structured and active push to get as many participants to introduce themselves as possible on the forum.

We recommend leaving the forum in moderated mode and not opening the forum for general discussion until at least 30 people introduce themselves publicly. There will be a number of people who will introduce themselves on the forum who may not post very often (lots of folks aren't comfortable sharing their opinions publicly), but will be far more likely to do so once the ice was broken.

Here are some sample calls of introductions (which we will edit into a state of the art call):

Subject: Introductions

What a beautiful afternoon to open a new forum for neighbors to break the ice online (and off our sidewalks as well.)

To introduce yourself, simply press "reply-to-all" via e-mail or "add" via the web. Be sure you see <email obscured> in the to: or cc: field if posting via e-mail.

Share a bit about yourself and family, how long you've lived in the area, and perhaps your favorite thing about the neighborhood. You can mention a local issue you'd like us to discuss in the future as well (we will create new topics for them).

Since this is "the Internet," if you are unlisted (or listed for that matter) you might want to describe where you live by the nearest intersection or landmark and not post the names of minor children.

With over 150 of us here, I'll be temporarily moderating all posts for the next week. I'll release around five introductions a day so be patient. Once 50 of us say hello we will be ready to open for general posting.

Your Neighbor,

Steven Clift Co-Host Standish and Ericsson Neighbors Forum

P.S. If you have any trouble posting, please e-mail - <email obscured> or visit http://e-democracy.org/comments.html

Hello Highland Park Neighbors Forum Members:

We want to thank your for being one of the first 100 to sign up for the forum and invite you to to break the ice online and introduce yourselves.

To introduce yourself, simply press "reply-to-all" via e-mail or "add" via the web. Be sure you see <email obscured> in the to: or cc: field if posting via e-mail.

Share a bit about yourself and family, how long you've lived in the area, and perhaps your favorite thing about the Highland Park neighborhood. You should mention a local issue you'd like us to discuss in the future as well.

This is an open community "Issues Forum" that includes a mix of civic issues and community life. Think of us sitting around a table, cup of coffee in hand having a friendly face to face to discussion. The fact that we've all agreed to use real names helps keep things civil and meaningful.

Since this is "the Internet," if you are unlisted (or listed for that matter) you might want to describe where you live by the nearest intersection or landmark and not post the names of minor children.

With almost 100 of us here, we'll be temporarily moderating all posts for the next week. Once at least 20 of us say hello we will be ready to open for general posting.

Your Neighbors,

Hal Clapp and Gary Fischbach Forum Managers, Highland Park Neighbors Forum

P.S. If you have any trouble posting, please e-mail - <email obscured> or visit http://e-democracy.org/contact


Good Day Participants,

Today we open the window to the Grand Rapids Area Issues Forum. You have enrolled as a particpant in this Forum along with over 100 others in the community. To get the Forum active we are asking you to introduce yourself so that others may get to know you.

To introduce yourself, simply press "reply-to-all" via e-mail or "add" via the web. Be sure you see <email obscured> in either the 'to:' or 'cc:' field if posting via e-mail.

Share a bit about yourself and family, how long you've lived in the area, your interests and perhaps your favorite thing about the Grand Rapids area. Since this is "the Internet," you may wish to not disclose your exact location, instead you may want to describe where you live by a nearby intersection or landmark. We also suggest you not post the names of minor children.

This is an open community "Issues Forum" that includes a mix of civic issues and community life. Thus, we would also like for you to mention in your 'Introduction' a local issue or two you'd like to have as a Forum topic for discussion. Think of us sitting around a table, cup of coffee in hand, having a friendly face to face to discussion. The fact that we've all agreed to use real names helps keep things civil and meaningful.

With over 100 of us here, we will initially be moderating all posts. We want to open with 'Introductions' only. Once the Forum is underway with at least 20 of us having introduced ourself, we will be ready to open for unmoderated general posting.

4 Dialog,

Tarry Edington Participant Coach, Grand Rapids Area Issues Forum

 

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