Introducing the MacroBusiness Forum

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After your responses and support for our new Membership system, today we’re trialing the MacroBusiness Forum  – a place for more robust and varied discussion. You can also access by clicking on “Forum” in the menu above.

The Forum is not intended to replace the Comments below each blog post, but to expand the discussion, make it easier to track and have a “freer” hand, including starting your own topics – on pretty much everything…

For now we’ve got a few categories to start the conversation going and will add more as the forum and community grows.

Members will notice a restricted category called “The Member’s Pavilion” where they can find latest site statistics, monthly reports and an arena to not only discuss policy suggestions and campaigns but how MacroBusiness can hold the broader media, policy and investment community to account.

If you’re logged in to the blog, you are automatically logged in to the Forum. If you haven’t registered and would like to begin engaging, sign up now!

You can also find a series of FAQ, including comment rules in the “General Discussion” category to get you going. We’ve also stitched up some moderators to help out, but if you’d like to volunteer or nominate someone, please leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

For now, get moving to the Forum and hopefully we’ll be able to bring you MacroBusiness TV and news services next!

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Comments

  1. ScrabbleMasterScrotum

    This is a great idea. One request with the membership system though – I am finding that the ‘sign up to our newsletter’ popup keeps popping up even though i’ve already signed up, and when you view it on an iphone sometimes the close button doesnt function so you have to reload the page to get rid of it.

      • Left a couple of notes to that end as well on the forum. Nag screens and inability to load a character icon.

  2. The forum will be a welcome discussion locale I think. The comments section of the blog definitely lacks the flexibility and versatility of a forum.

    I wish you all the best with this and hope it doesn’t degenerate along the ZH line. A great site but comments from the socially dysfunctional detracts from the sites primary aim.

  3. Just a short note guys – the forum page looks very screwy on Safari(6.0.4). The first page looks great, but if you want to go into a sub-forum – it all bunches up to the left on about a third of the usable space.

    The same pages look great on Firefox.

  4. drsmithyMEMBER

    The Forum is not intended to replace the Comments below each blog post, but to expand the discussion, make it easier to track and have a “freer” hand, including starting your own topics – on pretty much everything…
    I’d just like to say I think you should have one, or the other, but not both. Discussions on the same topic in two locations will be counter-productive, IMHO.

    • Craig Thomas

      I agree, holding the same discussion in two separate places will be very confusing.

      Probably best to close the blog comments section and just have a link to the relevant forum thread at the bottom of each blog.

      • Good plan to have a forum topic for each blog post and link to that thread in the blog.

        But if you also leave the blog comments open everyones just gonna keep posting here.

        So if you want to really test the forum properly you need to make people use it by making that the one and only place for chatting IMHO.

        Just my 2 cents. 🙂

      • I agree. While a forum is a nice place to bat ideas around, it can quickly descend into a name-calling sandpit. The thing I like about the posts is that the focus is on the news and not the chit-chat. There are plenty of forums out there where people can chat. MB is different and I’d hate to see it go down that route.

  5. Dead-Money-Day

    Agree with the other commenters about having one place for discussions.

    Either have a forum, or have a blog comments section, but not both or it will only dilute the debate.

  6. Pfh007MEMBER

    I think ipad safari munched my earlier comment on the forums – so I will try again.

    Having comments with the articles is a good idea and it should be retained IMHO.

    Reading thoughtful good quality comments in the context of the articles adds to the ‘experience’ especially when the area discussed by the article is not one I know much about.

    Listening to /reading an informed discussion helps understanding and that is important with new visitors to the site.

    I don’t know if it is technically possible but the following might be a good compromise.

    1. All comments posted under an article on MB are automatically cross posted to a new thread created for the article in the forums.

    2. The mods of the MB article comments can decide whether any comments (and replies to that comment) should be deleted from the article comments. Note: The cross posted copy of the comment would remain in the forum.

    That way the comments under the article are the ‘pick of the crop’ and the forum has a full copy of all comments.

    3. If someone makes an excellent comment
    in the forum that the mods reckon is ‘pick of the crop’ quality they can cross post it to the MB article comments.

    This would allow the ‘pick of the crop’ comments on the articles on the MB to:

    (a) extend the discussion of the issues raised in the article

    (b) encourage posters to lift the quality of their comments to make the ‘pick of the crop’ grade.

    I think this is important to combat the prevailing post-modern idea that everyone’s opinion is valid and just spouting the first thing that pops into your head is as good as something that has been given some thought.

    Why not encourage a bit of competition amongst commmenters to put some effort in to make ‘pick of the crop’ selection.

    The full debate will always appear in the forum and more readers might be inclined to go there after reading the ‘pick of the crop comments’ attached to the article.

    Newbies can use the forum to cut their commenting teeth.

    Some might say that the moderation is a limitation of freedom of speech and might be inclined to bias.

    That is always a risk but the alternative – spleen venting, personal abuse, troll wars – has ruined far too many good forums and distracted from real debate of the substantive issues.

    A couple of forums, that will remain nameless, have some very intelligent regulars but digging for the diamonds among the flinging of faeces is very unpleasant.

    Strong moderation or curating of the debate is important in the same way the wild west of wall street would benefit from stronger boundaries.

    Biased moderation is something that can be discussed and fixed. A hypo-aggro troll fest forum will soon be ghost town.