Comments also appear. Sometimes they are thoughtful, sometimes just a “me too”, sometimes they hijack the thread, sometimes, shall we say, they are less than kind.
It’s quite rich. And while there is lots of wheat, there is also lots of chaff. It does take a little sifting to find the really interesting bits.
So I’m going to do a few things to both help you with the sifting, and to stimulate the creation of more quality content. This is all above and beyond the existing categories whose function and moderation level will not change.
Post of the Day via Facebook
A while back I created a Facebook fan page for WaccoBB.net ( http://www.facebook.com/WaccoBB) I’ve been using it to promote what I think is one of the most interesting posts from that day (“Post of the Day”). So if you’d be interested in seeing a short introduction to that post, along with a link to it in your Facebook news feed, please goto http://www.facebook.com/WaccoBB and Like it and become a fan! Your friends might be interested in seeing it too and its a great way to introduce them to WaccoBB.net! We particularly appreciate if you click "like" on the Facebook post (if in fact you do!) At some point the Post of the Day feature will find its way onto the website as well.
We’ll publish thoughtful articles by community members and occasional outside authors. This will allow us to cover various topics that are of special interest to our local progressive community in a more focused fashion, while still keeping our special Wacco flavor.
Topics may include local progressive politics, spirituality, sustainability, healthy lifestyles, entertainment picks and reviews, local news, gardening, along with anything having to do with conscious community.
I am delighted to say that Dixon Wragg, an original Wacco (in all senses) has signed up to write an ongoing column on Critical Thinking. Critical Thinking clearly is a key component of being “conscious” and its also rather helpful for having a worthwhile conversation, whether online or off.
I am equally delighted that Jennifer Branham, the new owner of Laguna Farm, will be writing a monthly column on various aspects of gardening and agriculture in Sonoma County.
Several other writers have expressed interest and I welcome you to contact us if you would like to submit an article or column for publication.
We are an exceptionally talented and creative community! I’d like to provide a opportunity for those of you who’d like to step into the spotlight for a moment. We’ll have a few topical features written by a different member each time, such as the Divination of the Week, Goddess of the Month, as well as a featured member profile (anybody got a creative name for that?)
I consider Astrology, Tarot, Numerology, and the I Ching tools for divination. I know that some of you use them as important talisman for your lives, while others dismiss it for rubbish. I guess I’m someplace in between.
I invite practitioners of these arts to offer a “reading” (in article form) for us, with a different reading each week . I’d love someone to step up to be the editor of this column, say for 3 months, including soliciting appropriate articles and reviewing them.
The Goddess of the Month will feature one of the many beautiful goddesses that inhabit greater Waccovia who will introduce us to a goddess (mythical or real) that inspires her, accompanied by a sweet photo of our local goddess author, along with any other appropriate images. The first Goddess has been selected for the columns debut in March.
We’ll also start up a community member spotlight feature where we’ll ask a community member to answer several questions as they exercise their transparency and creativity.
Community Features will be accompanied by a generous bio of their author.
Moderated Community Comments
Comments on these articles will be moderated (reviewed) to assure that they substantially and appropriately contribute to the community dialog before they are made visible.
The articles and comments will appear on our new Home Page, as well as a new category called, creatively enough, Articles and moderated comments. Initially your email subscription to this category is set to same level as your subscription to the General Community category. So if you are getting the General Community category in your digest now, the new Articles and moderated comments will be included as well. You can easily adjust which categories appear in your digest.
Quid Pro Quo
The articles are to be strictly non-commercial, that is to say that they will not contain any marketing content, or in any way be self serving. However, it may very well be that the author, who has expertise on the topic, works in a related field to their article. So for instance, a nutritionist might write about switching to a raw diet, but they would be prevented from plugging their practice in the article. I will allow the author a short bio that may contain links to commercial offerings.
I will also be offering a small honorarium of Wacco credit as a token of my appreciation, in addition to the certain fame that will follow...
If you or somebody you know would be interested in writing an article or column for WaccoBB.net, please contact me.
Threads and Posts of Note
Some of the content that appears organically in our categories are also worthy of special attention. I (and perhaps members of the Editorial Council) will add to a weekly summary of some of the more interesting posts on an ongoing basis.
Editorial Advisory Council
This initiative is going to create the need for more editorial review. I’d love some help with that! We’ll need to review articles and comments. I have a few candidates in mind based on their worthy participation in our discussions. Please contact us if you’d like to be considered as well.
I hope you’ll enjoy this new area of our conscious community!