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Definition of Forum Manager

Posted to Roseville Issues Forum on July 11, 2006

Critical to the success of any online Local Issues Forum, is the forum manager. The forum manager is the person who manages the online discussion, enforces the rules, and maintains a civil and respectful atmosphere in the forum.

E-Democracy.Org requires that participants in our forums:

  1. Use their real names
  2. Only post on topics relevant to the group (Roseville Issues)
  3. Be civil and respectful to each other
  4. Post no more than 2 times in 24 hours

In addition to enforcing these rules, forum managers often try to stimulate discussion, maintain a positive atmosphere in the forum, and provide support/encouragement to new members of the forum.

The E-Democracy.Org model for Local Issues Forum calls for a local volunteer forum manager, under the supervision and advice of a steering committee, composed of a diverse group of local residents.

E-Democracy.Org is working with the Roseville city council to launch the Roseville Issues Forum, but within 6 months, we plan to turn it completely over to an independant group of local citizens who will maintain and nuture this forum into the future.

Having served as the volunteer Forum Manager for the St. Paul Issues Forum for four years and as a part time staff person for E-Democracy.Org, I've been assigned the job of acting as the "temporary Forum Manager" for the Roseville Issues Forum.

I want to be very clear, that my role is to help facitate the launch of the Roseville Issues Forum. However, to be successful, this must be a grassroots community effort. Over the next few weeks, I'll be asking participants in this forum to think about how each of you might actively contribute to the success of this forum.

In the meantime, I'd like to let it be know that I'm NOT a resident of Roseville. BUT, I do live a short distance away (down Snelling Ave) in the Midway area of St. Paul (where I've lived for almost 40 years). I did also attend a private school in Roseville for two years, but that was a long time ago. I'll tell you more about myself, when we all get to introductions (later this week).

Best wishes,

Tim Erickson Temporary Forum Manager Roseville Issue Forum

 

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