Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! March is here and as a Bostonian still wading through mounds of snow, I'm happy for it! It's also a good time to get some fresh blood in Groupthink. Don't worry, no political assassinations in store for you. Just a community for chatting, discourse, and what have you! If you are interested in authorship, please read this entire post! This invite period will last for two weeks and will close on St. Patrick's day - March 17th! (A favorite holiday of my city.)
Here's how the Groupthink Invite Thread works:
Groupthink is a place for Jezzies to hang out and talk in their own open forum, same as always. I know that there has been a lot of discussion about the purpose of GT in light of Kinja changes and the mainpaging of GT articles. Let me be clear: we cannot 'stop' the Gawker network from crossposting posts that appear here. There is no way for us to opt out of that. Part of what you agreed to by signing up for a Kinja account is the crossposting option.
However, we are not a content farm for the mainpage. Groupthink is an open community. Its tone and purpose, such as it is, is directed by you, the readers, commenters, and authors. We have room here for fluffy posts about kitten names, academic essays, personal essays, and gif parties and everything in between. It is what you make of it. And you get out of it what you put into it. And seriously. We love the Inane. It's a pillar of this community.
However, as awesome as GT is, keep in mind: this is open community, find-able and readable by anyone on the internet. This is not a safe space community.
Ok, now this part is IMPORTANT. We have certain rules about posting and expected behavior on the forum. You can read the guidelines here, in the Groupthink Guidelines! Read them before you request authorship access. Additions to those rules, as well as discussions about our policies, can be found under the 'mod talk' tag. In fact, you have to read them. Don't just read them – make notes! There WILL be a quiz later. There are two levels of posters on Groupthink, just like any other Gawker site: commenters and authors. Commenters may respond to any post on GT, they just can't create their own. Authors can post articles on GT and share comments as well as other posts to the forum.
The best way to get authorship is to post constructively and try to establish a positive rapport with the community (the longer the better, so we can get to know you). If you haven't been invited yet it doesn't mean you haven't done those things. In fact, please try again! The more of a commenting history you build on Groupthink, the better the mods/admins who select authors (we're a whole team) can get to know you.
Also a gentle and friendly reminder to everyone who reads this thread, Groupthink author or not: the moderators generally frown on people acting like assholes to each other on Groupthink and we will take that into consideration when granting or removing authorship privileges. Yes, you can lose your right to post to GT. In egregious cases, you can be banned.
If you have no commenting history at all, we will not approve you for authorship. If you have no commenting history on Groupthink specifically, there's a strong chance we may not grant you authorship at this time. If you've called GT a pack of mentally-unwell guttersnipes living in squalor, don't be surprised when you don't get authorship rights. We want to give authorship to people who participate in the community, not to people who will only participate in the community if they're authors.
Again, if you haven't gotten authorship rights on previous invite threads, please feel free to request again in this one.
In general, I will not respond to requests in-thread to let you know whether or not you're accepted. Please do not ask. This is both because the process is time-consuming for all of us admins and because the potential for drama and bad feelings is awfully high. This round of invites will remain open for two weeks from the posting date, so you can always try later on to see if you can post (you'll have the option to post for Groupthink when you click your name or when you compose a post if you're in). It can take us several days or more to comb through all our responses and check the posting histories of people requesting authorship access. Due to the general busyness of the mods at this time, this process might take longer than usual.
Because this process is indefinite, you'll have indefinite chances. Currently, the invite threads are posted every two months. Try not to sweat it too much! As always, even if you can't author stand-alone posts, you can respond to any post made on GT, and we try to have regular open threads for everyone to participate in.
So here we go: if you would like posting access to Groupthink, please respond to this thread down below in the comments section. You must include or do all of these four things:
- A link to your Kinja blog so we can verify your user name (which can be different from your posting name) and your commenting history. If you have your commenting history turned off, you may wish to turn it back on briefly so we can get an idea of who you are and what your posting style is.
- Answer this question: where do I (Zap Rowsdower) currently reside?
- "Recommend" (click the star) on this post so that it shows up in the Groupthink sidebar.
- Tell us how you should contact the mods. Be specific, please.
You may only request posting access for yourself. This is an opt-in process. If you know of someone who deserves authorship access, feel free to direct them to this thread.
NOTE: Do not e-mail SorciaMacNasty@gmail.com (head moderator, Sorcia MacNasty) or firstname.lastname@example.org (me) to request posting access to Groupthink. Ditto with respect to the other moderators. And seriously, do not tweet any of us on this matter. We'll deny you privileges — on principle — if you tweet us. The proper procedure is to respond to any of these invite threads. Your mods are ready and willing to handle all sorts of other problems, concerns or comments you might have, but the GT team is much larger than just me and they want to help you out, too. I will not respond to e-mails requesting posting access. Also, please do not request posting access from other moderators on unrelated threads. You will be referred to the current invitation thread.
P.S. The moderators will be continuing to use a tack that's helped us greatly in avoiding duplication of efforts: more specifically, we'll be dismissing replies/requests as they are tended to, so please don't fret if your comment is dismissed.