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January 22, 2009

From the Publisher's Desk: Comment away on our site

Ever get frustrated feeling there is no one place to have a healthy discussion about a pressing community issue _ especially because you already wrote a letter to the editor and the newspaper's policy says you have to wait 30 days between published letters?

Are you passionate about a topic and want to engage others in an open forum?

Well, I am pleased to announce a new feature that launched this morning on our website. It's an online community forum.

It is super easy and a great avenue for one and all to post ideas, opinions and solicit productive interaction on topics and pressing issues _ all in a centralized location.

Let me tell you how it works and encourage you to sign up or just check it out (no registration required to view it) and read the comments. You just might find it useful, informative and _ I am sure _ humorous at times.

Worried that you are not super "techy?" You don't have to be. Let me share a secret. As our systems folks here will attest, I'm not "techy," either.

It is as easy as 1-2-3 and if you need help, we are here to help you through the process.

The first step toward commenting is to set up a free "user" account. Go to www.thedailystar.com/forum or click the forum link on our website. Click the login/join button on the top right and complete the information.

All you need is a valid e-mail address and you will be able to create a user name and password to post comments or start new topics _ or threads _ send private messages to another user and (my personal favorite) create a buddy list of folks who really intrigue you.

You can be creative with your user name and not reveal your identity. It's your choice when you create your display name in the user registration fields.

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