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So you've got 25 new members and your forum has been set up!
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So you've got at least 25 new members and your forum is ready to set up!
  
Step 1. Configure your forum page
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== Next Steps ==
  
You can adapt this text as your placeholder description for your About info tab on your [http://e-democracy.org/example home page (example)]:
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Step 1. Submit your spreadsheet ([https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtkNsX36XQLDdFBLN01teU5ydlBqTXdxdF9MX3FUSXc&usp=sharing Google Doc sample])
* Join your neighbors now! The PLACE HERE Neighbors Forum is the place to share announcements and discuss community issues and life specific to our area. While an independent forum, it is conceived as a friendly complement to our neighborhood association. The forum will open for introductions with 100 members. To get a sense of what this space can be check out this [http://e-democracy.org/se example open forum].
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By emailing it as an attachment to [mailto:signups@e-democracy.org signups@e-democracy.org] with a clear indication of who your Forum Manager will be and their contact information. We will get back to you and/or your [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Forum_manager_job_description Forum Manager] with the home page and log-in instructions.<br>
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Step 2. Configure your forum home page and charter
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By adapting this text as your placeholder description for your About info tab on your home page ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/example example]):
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* Join your neighbors now! The PLACE HERE Neighbors Forum is the place to share announcements and discuss community issues and life specific to our area. While an independent forum, it is conceived as a friendly complement to our neighborhood association. The forum will open for introductions with 100 members. To get a sense of what this space can be check out this [http://e-democracy.org/se example open forum].
 
* We do have a longer "charter" that you can craft ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls-staneric/charter example]) that sits a top our our universal [http://e-democracy.org/rules civility rules]. Don't worry about this for now.
 
* We do have a longer "charter" that you can craft ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls-staneric/charter example]) that sits a top our our universal [http://e-democracy.org/rules civility rules]. Don't worry about this for now.
[http://e-democracy.org/contact Contact us] with those details and we will start the process. The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks the opening of a new forum.
 
  
Step 2. Introduce yourself to the forum and provide a sample invitation for initial members to forward widely.
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The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks opening a new forum.
  
Step 3. Collaborate with your initial base to build membership.
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Step 3. Continued outreach
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* Introduce yourself to the forum and provide a sample invitation for initial members to distribute widely.
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* Collaborate with your initial base to build membership.
  
 
New members can be added in one of two ways.
 
New members can be added in one of two ways.
  
# Provide the link to the forum home page where they will have the option to join directly.
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# Provide the link to the forum home page where they will have the option to join directly.
# Ask your initial base to send the contact information of the people they've connected with who have said they'd like to join to your [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Forum_manager_job_description Forum Manager] (that may or may not be you).
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# Ask your initial base to send the contact information of people who want to join to your [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Forum_manager_job_description Forum Manager] (that may or may not be you) who can add them directly.
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Once you've reached 100 members, you're ready to publicly launch your forum! Opening with a friendly round of [[Starting introductions|introductions]] (before opening to everyday postings) sets a positive tone.
  
Additional details are on our [[starting a neighbors forum]] outline.
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See our [[Forum manager resources]] to help you run your forum.
  
[[Archived Start A Forum]] advice is available.
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Return to [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Starting_a_neighbors_forum Starting a neighbors forum]
  
Back to [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Starting_a_neighbors_forum Starting a neighbors forum]
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Archived [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Archived_Start_A_Forum Start A Forum] advice.

Latest revision as of 10:54, 22 March 2013

So you've got at least 25 new members and your forum is ready to set up!

Next Steps

Step 1. Submit your spreadsheet (Google Doc sample)

By emailing it as an attachment to signups@e-democracy.org with a clear indication of who your Forum Manager will be and their contact information. We will get back to you and/or your Forum Manager with the home page and log-in instructions.

Step 2. Configure your forum home page and charter

By adapting this text as your placeholder description for your About info tab on your home page (example):

  • Join your neighbors now! The PLACE HERE Neighbors Forum is the place to share announcements and discuss community issues and life specific to our area. While an independent forum, it is conceived as a friendly complement to our neighborhood association. The forum will open for introductions with 100 members. To get a sense of what this space can be check out this example open forum.
  • We do have a longer "charter" that you can craft (example) that sits a top our our universal civility rules. Don't worry about this for now.

The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks opening a new forum.

Step 3. Continued outreach

  • Introduce yourself to the forum and provide a sample invitation for initial members to distribute widely.
  • Collaborate with your initial base to build membership.

New members can be added in one of two ways.

  1. Provide the link to the forum home page where they will have the option to join directly.
  2. Ask your initial base to send the contact information of people who want to join to your Forum Manager (that may or may not be you) who can add them directly.

Once you've reached 100 members, you're ready to publicly launch your forum! Opening with a friendly round of introductions (before opening to everyday postings) sets a positive tone.

See our Forum manager resources to help you run your forum.

Return to Starting a neighbors forum

Archived Start A Forum advice.

 

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