To encourage more widespread use of the forum

    • This forum is vital for building a community of Epicureans and
    • Important for the proceedings and transactions that will further develop the Epicurean Philosophy.

    In order to realize this potential, it's therefore crucial that more people become aware of this resource.

    • There are greater than 1.71 x 105 likes on the FB of Epicurus.

    Facebook is no substitute. I will do my best and ask that readers also help get the message out and encourage the regular use of this forum.


    This is a dedicated and invaluable forum for Epicurus and Epicurean Philosophy. I think the least we can do is to invest our time on here and perhaps it'll grow, like our motto at U of T; Velut arbor aevo (as a tree through the ages).

    Joy to the World!

  • Of course I agree, Oscar!


    The key is "Facebook is no substitute." It works as an advertising tool (one among many) but it is not suited to real teamwork on a project like this, and to the extent that it encourages "drive-by philosophy" with easy-in easy-out, there is actually a certain demoralizing aspect to it -- and that's not to mention the huge privacy and potential censorship issues.


    There are no doubt many ways to go about a project like this. Do you have specific thoughts on ways to approach it and how to organize it?


    We got this far through interaction on Facebook (most of our core existing relationships came from there) but Facebook isn't going to take us to the next level. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

  • Hi Cassius, I agree facebook is a stepping-stone. I think in order to have higher retention and encourage more frequent use; a digest of the main topics discussed (perhaps also listing, consenting, participants involved with bullet points for ease and clarity with topic briefings/summaries) would help get people on the same page, through time, about philosophical points currently discussed amongst members.


    When it comes to freedom of thought and brainstorming, I'm big on mapping things and presenting things less hierarchically and more as a web/network. This isn't difficult to do, more difficult is to be consistent, timely and produce high quality work that people can enjoy freely.


    Is there an option whereby members can register for a digest of the forum. Perhaps, now I'm thinking, not just forum but also media (gallery), and other things relevant to Epicurus and Epicureanism?


    I've deliberated starting a blog but then I'm just one drop in a bucket, and I think how Epicurus built a garden for everyone to come and contribute. Frankly, the internet long thought as capable of connecting people on the same page turned out that everybody is on a different page.


    Building a persuasion architecture is probably the task at hand here lol. When it comes to freedom of thought, which is perhaps what will really stimulate the development of the forum, community and philosophy, I think it is something to consider, I personally don't like top ten lists, most popular, and other hooks to catch peoples attention, however effective they remain. I believe that conversations on here have the intrinsic quality of being interesting to participants and the community at-large.


    I will have to think about this more and get back to you on here.


    I just had an idea; you know how there's the saying of what's on the public conscious, like when there's an environmental disaster and people around the world are thinking about some crisis. I think for a digest, we could make it to reflect our Epicurean community's conscious, in weekly or possibly to be realistic monthly format as it is no small task to make a quality work that members of our community can enjoy and would entice them to as friends pay a visit to the garden.


    Do let me know what you think Cassius.


    Sincerely,


    Oscar

    Joy to the World!

  • Is there an option whereby members can register for a digest of the forum. Perhaps, now I'm thinking, not just forum but also media (gallery), and other things relevant to Epicurus and Epicureanism?


    The forum software definitely allows that through the notification system, but I am sure I have not done enough to set it up and publicize it. In fact let me look at that right now before I reply further.

  • Oscar take a look at this page: https://www.epicureanfriends.c…hp?notification-settings/


    Are you currently receiving any email notifications at all? Come to think of it I am not myself, except for notification of new users. Let me look into the default settings.

    Also, at times past I put together a "newsletter" format at my wordpress blog, http://www.NewEpicurean.com, but I have not done that for several years. I need to look at restarting that and seeing what can be done through the forum software.

  • Thanks for the link. I wasn't getting notifications before, now I've changed my settings to get notifications so we'll see if it works.


    Such a task is best preferable automated. Although, to start you could enlist help from interested members as volunteers for such a project.


    Was the newsletter a reflection of what was happening on the forum here or from varied sources around the web?

    Joy to the World!

  • I started my activist phase almost ten years ago, mostly on facebook, and at one point I was sending out a weekly summary of the most important posts and developments on the facebook forum, with additional commentary and links to other places for Epicurean resources. I think some of those newsletters are probably stored here in this new forum too.


    I now see from the forum software people the rudimentary procedure for sending a newsletter. I am going to test that in just am moment.

  • That's incredible, really good work Cassius. I'm going to go there on a weekly basis to catch up with everyone ;)

    Joy to the World!

  • Thanks again Oscar. I have just pulled the trigger on sending a short newsletter email to everyone who is a registered user. Could you let me know how that worked and if you received it?


    I don't want to do these more than once a week lest it be too much, so I hope I didn't butcher this first one ! ;-)

  • Before I send another one next week I'll want to think about whether there is any ability to subscribe or unsubscribe to the newsletter email. I don't think the software allows me to do anything less than send to "all users." It's probably a decent bet than anyone who subscribes is willing to receive a weekly newsletter. but I'll look into the ability to maintain a mailing list, or perhaps use something like mailchimp.

  • It worked out well, except that it went to straight to my email's junk bin. Probably a good idea to make a shout-out to all members to look in their junk/spam folder if it doesn't appear in the inbox and then to add epicurean friends to their contacts so it doesn't continue being sent to the junk bin.


    Perhaps, consider scaling it back for now to biweekly or monthly. That way the newsletters pack a punch. I noticed the archived ones from 2015 were very detailed and understandably can be time-consuming to make. I'll try to keep a tab of things I notice on the forum and epicureanfriends.com more generally, in point form and will message you biweekly, if that helps?

    Joy to the World!

  • That would be great -- and I think I have figured out how to set up a list from which people can add and subtract themselves to receive the newsletter.