The Sunday Open posts have been popular, so I know there is demand for a more open space to chat. I also note that sometimes we don’t cover an issue, and posts can easily go off-topic.
I have created a forum for Slugger at https://forum.sluggerotoole.com
It is a different system than Hyvor, so you will need to register a new account on the forum, but it just needs your email and password, so it is pretty simple to sign up.
I am sure some of you are familiar with forums. You can create your posts, and people can reply.
Can I stress this is an experiment. If it becomes a complete pain to moderate, it will be nuked, so be on your best behaviour and do report any bad posts. Can I also stress you are not as anonymous as you think you are, so no libellous or contentious nonsense please.
I hope this makes it easier to moderate the main site, as there should be fewer off-topic comments if you have a specific place to discuss what you like. I also think with the implosion of Twitter and the general vibe that people are fed up with social media; there is a demand for more curated discussion places.
As I have said before, I consider Slugger like a good pub, so the main site is the bar, and the forum is the lounge.
Give it a whirl, and let me know what you think.
I help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily politics, preferring to write about big ideas in society. When not stuck in front of a screen, I am a parkrun Run Director.