A discussion forum for subscribers and visitors to the newspaper’s online edition
In late summer 2008 the online Wall Street Journal set up a series of community forums to take advantage of emerging social media.
Since September 2008, I’ve been hosting a discussion forum at the online WSJ on the nuclear energy industry globally including new reactor investments, economics, politics, technologies; and, issues associated with the entire nuclear fuel cycle. So far it has about 250 members, which makes it the largest energy-related group at the WSJ.
This month, on the one-year milestone of the forum, I’ve opened the forum to anyone who is registered at the online WSJ web site. You can view the forum without being a subscriber. You can register for free to comment on topics in the forums, but you must agree to use your real name. Click on the "Join this group" button to become part of the forum.
There are opportunities to post topics and comments to generate discussions. Please stay on topic or start a new one, e.g. nuclear energy topics. Off-topic posts will go in the bit bucket. Content citations in HTML links are OK in the text of a topic post or a comment. Please make sure your link works.
If you want to move beyond a discussion of nuclear energy, you can search for other groups using the ‘search’ tab on the community page. One of the more interesting forums is called “Question of the Day” which is moderated by the WSJ editors.
You can see who has joined the nuclear energy group as the members are listed by name. If they have chosen to fill out a profile, you can learn more about them as well. In that way it is like the Linkedin groups, and, like Linkedin, the demographics are based on who selects to register and participate.
Why does the WSJ require you use your real name? Here's the answer.
"The Journal Community encourages thoughtful dialogue and meaningful connections between real people. We require the use of your full name to authenticate your identity. The quality of conversations can deteriorate when real identities are not provided."
The online WSJ and its community forums can be accessed via mobile applications with specific support for Blackberry [tm] and Apple's iPhone [tm].
There is a fee for mobile access If you are not a subscriber to the online WSJ. If you are a subscriber to the online WSJ, login with your account user name and PW to access the paper’s content and the forums without additional charges. If you have questions, check the WSJ web page on mobile applications for details.
The forums include the ability to send and receive messages with other members within the online WSJ website without impacting your personal or corporate email. You can exchange messages from any platform that supports a valid login.
The Journal Community is composed of Wall Street Journal readers who seek to connect with each other on topics of mutual interest. Discussions connect you with a group of individuals who are interested in sharing their viewpoints and learning yours on a shared topic, such as a company in which group members invest, or an industry in which you all work such as the nuclear energy field and its supply chain of components and services.
The Journal Community puts you in touch with Wall Street Journal readers who share your professional background or goals. If you read a post that inspires, intrigues, or humors you, make a connection with that person. Your connections can become business contacts, personal friends, or online colleagues.
The WSJ requests that you contribute thoughtful and sincere comments and content. However, there are certain mandatory rules that each person ("Member") participating in this Community must follow. Each Member must comply with the following rules of conduct while participating in this Community:
You must use your actual first and last name when you participate in the Community, including when posting any comments or participating in any discussions.
Of course, you may not represent that you are any other person, whether real or invented, or imply any connection with any person or organization with which you are not in fact associated.
The remainder of the rules deal with malicious behavior. The Journal reserves the right to cancel content or ban users, etc., for violating terms of service which is standard for social media.
The WSJ does not compensate me, nor does anyone else, for owning this forum, or operating it, within the Journal Community. I am a paid subscriber to the online WSJ.
# # #