The OD Forum has been redesigned and relaunched. You can access it through the tab in the header. I don’t think the spambots will be a problem anymore. We’ve had over 21,000 unique visitors this month. With that amount of traffic, I think we should have sufficient demand to host a forum. H. Rock White will be the point man for this project.
The blog went through several iterations before taking off. Maybe the third time will be the charm for our discussion forum. I’ve been incredibly pessimistic about forums over the last few years, but the success of White News Now and The Apricity has convinced me there is still life in this medium. A forum is also a better medium for coordinating activism than a blog. Now that vBulletin forums have trackbacks, permalinks, social bookmarking, and tagging, they have begun to regain some of their lost competitive edge.
Everything about the OD forum is explained in the Mission Statement and Moderation Guidelines. It is a community building tool that will be used primarily for activism, networking, and special projects.
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