Dear friends, as recently announced, this is the Summer 2015 invite thread! Here in Pakistan, it’s basically been summer for a couple of months already (it was 108˚today, which is kinda par for the course), but I think it’s just starting to really warm up for those of you back in the US. If you are interested in authorship, please read this entire post! This invite period will last for three weeks and will close on July 11th.

To keep things regular and help us streamline things, we’ve decided to do our invite threads quarterly, so the next chance after this will be the ‘Fall’ thread.

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. There have always been a lot of discussion about the purpose of GT in light of ongoing 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.

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However, as awesome as GT is, keep in mind: this is open community, find-able, Google-able, and readable by anyone on the internet. This is not a safe space community. Remember this when posting personal, identifiable information about yourselves INCLUDING SELFIES.

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. Questions about our policies? You can always contact us via our preferred method, groupthinkmods@gmail.com.

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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.

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If you have no commenting history at all or no commenting history on Groupthink specifically, we will not approve you for authorship. 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, mods 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. It can take us several days or more to comb through all our responses and check the posting histories of people requesting authorship access.

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Because this process is indefinite, you’ll have indefinite chances. 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. Regulars are also very generous about sharing posts to the GT mainpage for those who ask or need advice from the community.

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.
  • Answer this question: where do I (Slay Belle) 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.

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NOTE: Do not e-mail SorciaMacNasty@gmail.com (head moderator, Sorcia MacNasty) or commenters@jezebel.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 as volunteers we also need to have some personal space where we do not need to handle GT issues.

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.