That’s right. Forums. Where all you Boston-y skeptics can gab to your heart’s content, make suggestions, dig deeper into the book club books and whatever else you want to do.
But, on top of this, you’re the first group taking part in something that, we all hope, will take off and help grow and nurture grassroots skepticism. The site hosting the forums is called Skather and it will provide forums for us and other groups across the US and around the world. And each of those groups and its members can share and talk between groups. Skepticamps can collaborate, speakers can network, resources can be shared and, most importantly, ideas can be nurtured and grown among not just one group, but anyone who’s interested.
As the site grows, more things will be added (shared calendars of events, for example) and it’s hoped that this will help bring us all together globally just a little bit more. Skather will also be hosting forums for national and international groups who want to take part as well as giving national and cross-national organizers a chance to talk with each other and make grassroots skepticism more effective overall (which is already happening as I type this… big thanks for Travis Roy for kicking that into gear — more on that later).
So please visit and participate. You can sign up the old fashioned way, or simply (and securely) use Facebook Connect to join up using your Facebook account (only the bare minimum of data is used and you have full control over what details are imported). You can rate threads and, if you use Facebook Connect when signing up, even ‘Like’ them on Facebook (and, if you choose, post any new thread you start to your Facebook wall). But, that’s your call, everything is configurable. You can also sign up normally and then link your Facebook account later.
I (Maggie) started a couple of threads to kick things off, but they’re your forums so talk about whatever’s on your mind. I also want to thank Andrew V for being patient with me. He suggested this ages ago, but I couldn’t talk about Skather back then so I’ve kind of skirted the issue until now. :)
Click the ‘Forums’ link up top or head over to http://skather.com and look under USA -> MA for our forum.
** Yes, the forums will be moderated, first by each group’s owner/organizers/moderators and then by ‘super moderators’ at Skather. So if any trolls show up, rate them down and/or let someone know. Skather’s moderation policies aren’t all up yet, but will be soon. They’ll be very similar to those at, say, the JREF and will err on the side of keeping communication open but civil. Hostility and craziness won’t have a place there. **