In order for this blog to be an effective form of interactive communication for Longmeadow residents there is a need for people to contribute both new subjects and to make comments about existing subjects. To do either will require a "Google account".
If you have already have a Google Gmail account, you probably have already signed up for a Google account. Gmail is just one of the services that having a Google account provides. You simply need an existing email account such as firstname.lastname@example.org and a couple of minutes to fill out the required form.
There are no devious intentions with our Google account requirement. We will not be using any means to identify the real names of forum posters. Requiring a Google account to add comments provides some degree of authenication so that the forum cannot be easily sabotaged. This forum will allow anonymous postings of comments using the Google screen name that you select. In addition, all comments will be moderated... that is, screened for irrelevant or obnoxious content before they are posted.
Requiring a Google account will also allow us to conduct polls without easy opportunities for sabatoge. For example, once you vote on a poll question, you cannot vote a second time. You can however change your vote.
If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor of new subjects, send an email with your name/ address/ phone number to LongmeadowBuzz@comcast.net . Contributors of new subjects are not required to post with their real name but we do require that they provide their real name and address.
LongmeadowBuzz is also interested in new subject ideas as well as suggestions as to how it can improve this forum. If you encounter any problems, send an email to: LongmeadowBuzz@comcast.net and we will try to provide some assistance.
Go create a Google account and participate on LongmeadowBuzz.