Some announcements

Howdy, friends and neighbors. I have a few announcements to make!

First, we have a new moderator on the Topics.AreaVoices blog. As many of you know, Topics is a blog where we post stories published by our newspaper partners in the Forum Communications Company. Members of the AreaVoices community can comment on these topics to share their thoughts and opinions on today’s top local news. You may also have noticed that sometimes it gets a little…rowdy. So the AreaVoices moderators are on hand to keep things in check. Your Topics moderators are:

Lindsey Guajardo (that’s me!). I’m the Support Manager for Forum Communications Interactive.

Zac Echola. Zac works with me at Forum Communications Interactive.

Ryan Babb. Ryan works for The Forum newspaper in Fargo, ND.

Aaaaaaand introducing…

Kari Lucin! Kari joins us from The Daily Globe newspaper in Worthington, MN.

So if you run into troubles on the Topics blog – like if you see something that’s┬ádefinitely┬ánot appropriate, or you feel a discussion has gotten out of hand, drop one of us a line!

It’s important to note that none of us are able to be “full-time” moderators, unfortunately. We don’t have a ton of time to devote to Topics, so it’s really helpful when you let us know where there’s trouble! We do appreciate the assistance.

The second announcement I have relates to the Community Guidelines we’ve recently posted. You can find them via the tab at the top of the Topics.AreaVoices blog, or the link at the bottom of the main AreaVoices page. (Here is a direct link for you.)

You’re all grown-ups. I’m quite sure you can read them, understand them, and understand why they’re necessary.

AreaVoices is getting to be a big community and we have people of all kinds here, which is awesome. We really do want this to be a place where people can blog about anything they want. But – and please, take this to heart, folks – we also want it to be a place of respect.

I realize these guidelines don’t really do anything to actively promote respect, kindness, and the feeling of community that we want in the end. But that can come from you. We need your help in making this community the best it can be. Treat others how you want to be treated. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t say in front of your grandmother and 5-year-old niece. Let your behavior be an example for others.

If you have any questions about the guidelines please do email me at

Thank you for your participation in our site. You guys are cool.