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Groupthink Invite Thread: Special "Don't Be Afr-a-a-a-id" Edition

Just because it's Halloween and just because this place may seem rife with ghouls, goblins, witches, warlocks, vampires and people with scary commenter names, there's no need to feel spooked by the chance to delurk your sweet self and ask for Groupthink authorship privileges. We don't bite — not even today! — so the first order of business is to read this entire post and then take it from there. (I've opted not to officially change my commenter name for this spook-tacular event — as it might complicate things — but, today, I'm thinking of myself as JoanScream, so if the spirit moves you, you can call me that, too).

Here's how the Groupthink Invite Threads work:

Groupthink is a place for Jezzies to hang out and talk in their own open forum, same as it ever was. We know that there has been plenty of back-and-forth regarding the purpose of GT in light of Kinja changes and the mainpaging of GT articles. Let's be clear: we cannot "stop" the Gawker network from cross-posting 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 cross-posting possibility.


With that said, we are not a content farm for the Jezebel mainpage. Groupthink is an open community, searchable and readable to anyone on the Internet, so the bottom line is: this is not a safe-space community (and should not be regarded as such).

Okay, now this part is IMPORTANT. We have certain rules about posting and expected behaviour. You can read the guidelines here, in the Guide To Commenting On Groupthink. Please take the time to read them before you request authorship access. Additions to these 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, take 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: what is my (Joanbeam's) unofficial Halloween commenter name?
  • "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 joanbeamsquared@gmail.com (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.

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