Charter

St. Paul Issues Forum Charter

Purpose

The purpose of the St. Paul Issues Forum is to discuss St. Paul Issues with others who live in St Paul or are interested about St Paul.

Local Scope

The Issues Forum is intended for the discussion of issues local to St Paul (and community announcements) ... the issues need to either be unique to St Paul or (if they are regional, state or national issues) discussed in terms of their unique effect upon St Paul and/or her residents. We do permit discussion of Ramsey County issues due to the high level of overlap between both the population and geography of the County and St Paul; however, these need to be county-wide issues that affect St Paul directly.

Goals

The goals of St. Paul Issues Forum are:

  • Provide a place where residents, community leaders, and elected officials of St. Paul, Minnesota can meet to discuss important issues affecting our community;
  • Exchange viewpoints and opinions and discover new or different perspectives;
  • Talk about what's going on in your neighborhood or the City as a whole.
  • SPECIAL NOTES:
  • We permit discussion of Ramsey County issues provided they have a county-wide focus. This expansion of topic has historically been permitted due to the substantial overlap between County and City in terms of population and geography. However, topics affecting only suburban Ramsey County are discouraged.
  • We also permit discussion of the Central Corridor as a project in its entirety even though it crosses city boundaries. However, members are encouraged to discuss matters that affect only Minneapolis to discuss those topics on the Minneapolis Issues forum (http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls). Alternatively, members can also discuss those topics on the Minnesota Politics and Issues forum (http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mn-politics). At the same time, please do NOT cross-post (that is, post the same message to more than one forum).
  • If you wish to provide information about local events and meetings that affect St Paul and her citizens, please use the St Paul announcements forum (http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-announce)

Typical Topics

Topics that you might find here to discuss include:

  • Central Corridor
  • School Board, City Council and other local elections
  • Public Education in St Paul
  • Police and fire services in St Paul
  • Public Transit in St Paul
  • Housing issues in St Paul
  • Living in St Paul

Participation Rules

By taking part in this forum, you accept the full rules of the forum.

Highlighted rules:

  • Keep Topics Relevant to St Paul. National, Statewide or even Metro issues are not appropriate for discussion except as they effect St Paul and its residents. National issues can be discussed on the US Issues forum (http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/us) and state and/or metro-wide issues can be discussed on the Minnesota Politics forum (http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mn-politics)
  • Be Civil - Argue positions, not personalities. Discuss the issues presented rather than discussing (or addressing ) the author or author’s politics, etc.
  • No Name Calling - A key E-Democracy.Org rule is civility and we want to clarify "name calling" as it relates to this forum. This forum believes that calling other participants, public officials, political groups, or groups in society "names" in a negative way is not conducive to respectable and responsible debate. We apologize if this constrains your "creativity" but you must make your point without labeling others with pejorative names.
  • Avoid False Rumors. You are responsible for what you post.

Forum Manager

The Forum Manager in St. Paul Issues Forum is John Gaylord.

The volunteer Forum Manager is responsible for the general health and well-being of the forum. The Forum Manager shall:

  • enforce forum rules
  • respond to participant questions
  • listen to complaints or concerns
  • encourage active participation
  • maintain respectful tone of discussion

If you have any questions or concerns about the St. Paul Issues Forum, please contact us at: E-Democracy.org

Membership and Roles

Membership of St. Paul Issues Forum is open to anyone who lives in, or is interested about, St Paul.

The St. Paul Issues Forum Home Page shows the parts of St. Paul Issues Forum that can be seen and contributed to by members and non-members.

You are not a member of St. Paul Issues Forum. However, you can join St. Paul Issues Forum.

Who runs this Forum?

Members have primary responsibility for managing the forum ... send private e-mails to others who you think are not complying. These should be private exchanges and not posted to the Forum. If complaints persist, send a private e-mail to the Forum Manager (StPaul-fm@e-democracy.org). The Forum Manager is responsible for monitoring member compliance with the rules.