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So you've got 25 new members and your forum is ready to 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. Submit your spreadsheet
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== Next Steps ==
  
Email 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.
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Step 1. Submit your spreadsheet ([https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtkNsX36XQLDdFBLN01teU5ydlBqTXdxdF9MX3FUSXc&usp=sharing Google Doc sample])
  
Step 2. Configure your forum page
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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>
  
You can adapt 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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Step 2. Configure your forum home page and charter
* 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 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.
  
 
The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks opening a new forum.
 
The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks opening a new forum.
  
Step 3. Introduce yourself to the forum and provide a sample invitation for initial members to forward widely.
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Step 3. Continued outreach
  
Step 4. Collaborate with your initial base to build membership.
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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) who can add them directly.
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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.
  
Once you've reached 100 members, you're ready to publicly launch your forum!
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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.
  
 
See our [[Forum manager resources]] to help you run your forum.
 
See our [[Forum manager resources]] to help you run your forum.

Latest revision as of 09:54, 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.

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