How We Can Build Community
For those of you that get our newsletter, we are assuming you’ve also nosed around our website enough to be familiar with what it has to offer. One piece that hasn’t taken off like we have hoped is the forum. We started a forum for the sole purpose of building community among the operators and technical assistance providers that serve small systems.
Our hope is that everyone will see the value in such a community and participate actively as they can. Without going into too much detail, it’s a place where you can ask questions, find answers, give us suggestions and ideas, or ask your peers about situations you are experiencing that maybe someone else has already went through. It's a welcoming arena where every question is a smart one and we're here to help you figure things out!
There are two places where you can really help grow the forum. One is to give us feedback. Under the general tab, there are a number of questions about the website. Letting us know how we are doing helps us focus on your wants and needs. The other is to share experiences. Operators come to our site, and go to the web in general, looking for answers.
Our thought is that the best people to provide those answers are their peers, other operators who have been through similar situations. So, if we ask a question like, “please share a bad experience you have had”, I know if you have been an operator very long, you’ve had to deal with some kind of crisis or situation that you can share, especially what you did to solve it and what things to avoid if you find yourself in the same boat. As they say, there is no substitute for experience, so by sharing our experiences, everyone can benefit.
Please take a look and consider joining our growing list of registered users. There are videos at the bottom of our homepage that explain how to register and how to navigate the forum. We only ask you to register so that we can ensure the forum is a safe place to ask questions and so you don’t have to worry about being bombarded by vendors. Only we have your email address and contact info, and we don’t share it with anyone.