Posted on March 21, 2009

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This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series How to Start a Polyamory Group

The use of web and email forums allows for a group to connect during the time between face to face meetings. It also allows for information (articles, news, etc.) to be passed on relatively quickly.  The ease of simply forwarding on messages verbatim or responding to them directly also eliminates the troubles that come with the “telephone game” method of communication.

The next thing that you need to determine is:

  • What type of online communication tool will fit your group’s needs?
  • How do you go about implementing it?
  • What do you do to ensure that it’s a safe place for people to share their thoughts and information?

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Posted on March 23, 2009
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series How to Start a Polyamory Group

A local social group cannot survive on Internet discussions alone. Part of building a community is creating events where members can get to know each other offline.  This also allows for members to be able to discuss topics that they may not feel completely comfortable with bringing up on the Internet. This could be due to privacy issues or wanting to engage in a conversation that also uses the subtle nuances of physical gestures or vocal inflections (things that are missed in an online discussion).

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Posted on March 27, 2009
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series How to Start a Polyamory Group

Sooner or later, you are going to find people that are not only curious about your group, but interested in joining.  While it may sound good to have a group that accepts everyone that is interested in becoming a member, there are people that would not be a good fit. Some may have assumptions or expectations that run contrary to the purpose of your organization (seeing it as a “dating pool”).  Others may want to join in order to gather information on the members for malicious purposes (”outing” people without their consent).  The security and safety of your current members should be one of your primary concerns when putting together an admissions process.

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