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We've set this page up as an archive of resources for Forum Managers. In particular, we'll try to archive a library of sample messages that Forum Managers might want to copy or modify when replying to common problems or questions.
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This page provides our mostly volunteer Forum Managers helpful management guides and samples of messages for common situations in forum management. All of the material is copyright free and can be copied/amended to address your specific situation.  Please keep in mind that these samples have been tested and refined by Forum Managers for many situations, consequently they should need only minor modifications.
  
 
==Sample Messages==
 
==Sample Messages==
  
'''Opening a new forum'''
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'''First Step to Opening a New Forum'''
  
 
After you've gone through the [[Start A Forum]] process, worked with E-Democracy.Org staff to technically create your forum, and started recruitment efforts (using our [[example forum invitations]], you can now prepare to open and manage your community's new Issues Forum.  
 
After you've gone through the [[Start A Forum]] process, worked with E-Democracy.Org staff to technically create your forum, and started recruitment efforts (using our [[example forum invitations]], you can now prepare to open and manage your community's new Issues Forum.  
  
 
* The first few messages to the forum ought to accomplish the following goals:
 
* The first few messages to the forum ought to accomplish the following goals:
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# We highly recommend starting with an initial round of "Introductions" - You may do this with 50 or more members to help you build "who's who" momentum to attract the next 50 your need to open. Getting 25 of the 100 to introduce themselves publicly is a good start.
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# Ask them to invite others to become "charter" members (provide a [[example forum invitations|sample invitation]] for participants to pass along to others)
 
# Introduce the purpose and rules of the forum
 
# Introduce the purpose and rules of the forum
 
# Make sure that participants understand how the forum works, or that they will be getting lots of email, unless they change their delivery setting
 
# Make sure that participants understand how the forum works, or that they will be getting lots of email, unless they change their delivery setting
# Make sure that they understand the "[[sample digest|digest]]" and "web only" options and how to sign up for them
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# Make sure that they understand the different ways to read and post (One message per post, "[[sample digest|digest]]", and "web only")
# Ask them to invite others to become "charter" members (provide a [[example forum invitations|sample invitation]] for participants to pass along to others)
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# How to sign up for other forums
# We highly recommend starting with an initial round of "Introductions" - You may do this with 50 or more members to help you build "who's who" momentum to attract the next 50 your need to open. Getting 25 of the 100 to introduce themselves publicly is a good start.
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# Introduce an opening topic or simply ask participants what issues they think need to be discussed in the community. You can use the list generated down the road when forum traffic is light or when you want to direct attention away from a topic that is less civil than you'd like   
 
# Introduce an opening topic or simply ask participants what issues they think need to be discussed in the community. You can use the list generated down the road when forum traffic is light or when you want to direct attention away from a topic that is less civil than you'd like   
  
  
'''Examples to Copy and Edit for Your Forum '''
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'''Examples of Messages for Common Situations of Your Forum'''
  
 
* [[Example forum invitations]]
 
* [[Example forum invitations]]

Revision as of 11:52, 9 July 2009

This page provides our mostly volunteer Forum Managers helpful management guides and samples of messages for common situations in forum management. All of the material is copyright free and can be copied/amended to address your specific situation. Please keep in mind that these samples have been tested and refined by Forum Managers for many situations, consequently they should need only minor modifications.

Sample Messages

First Step to Opening a New Forum

After you've gone through the Start A Forum process, worked with E-Democracy.Org staff to technically create your forum, and started recruitment efforts (using our example forum invitations, you can now prepare to open and manage your community's new Issues Forum.

  • The first few messages to the forum ought to accomplish the following goals:
  1. We highly recommend starting with an initial round of "Introductions" - You may do this with 50 or more members to help you build "who's who" momentum to attract the next 50 your need to open. Getting 25 of the 100 to introduce themselves publicly is a good start.
  2. Ask them to invite others to become "charter" members (provide a sample invitation for participants to pass along to others)
  3. Introduce the purpose and rules of the forum
  4. Make sure that participants understand how the forum works, or that they will be getting lots of email, unless they change their delivery setting
  5. Make sure that they understand the different ways to read and post (One message per post, "digest", and "web only")
  6. How to sign up for other forums
  7. Introduce an opening topic or simply ask participants what issues they think need to be discussed in the community. You can use the list generated down the road when forum traffic is light or when you want to direct attention away from a topic that is less civil than you'd like


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