Recently, the Airship Ambassador did a two part interview with the Moderators of the Great Steampunk Debate, an unprecedented effort to get Steampunks talking about the meaning of Steampunk. to my knowledge, it was the first real collective effort to have a global discussion about what Steampunk really IS.
You can read Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here. These interviews are long, but quite informative on how the moderators saw their roles, their initial expectations for the Great Steampunk Debate, and how it all played out in the end.
I found the interviews really interesting, especially because I know very little about moderating forums and spend very little time foruming. It gave a lot of insight on how something like a forum is controlled, especially a forum where there are set goals for the discussion.
I hope you all find these interviews as interesting as I did.
I am generally awful at the internet. Facebook, Twitter, Brass Goggles, blogging… it’s a lot to keep up with for one Steampunk gentlewoman with a social life and a full time job and no smart phone (I get the impression that I’m the only person left on the face of the planet without one of these…). Despite this, there is yet another online community that has captured my attention, and I think it is worthy of yours as well.
The Steampunk Empire is a Ning powered Steampunk social network that I’m currently in love with. It offers so much more than just the forums of Brass Goggles. Groups! Chat! Photos! Events! Blogs Galore! It’s all here on the Steampunk Empire and (in my opinion) in a much more navigable format than Brass Goggles.
It’s a nice supplement to Facebook, and especially since I try to only use my Facebook for Steampunk related activities. This succeeds to varying levels. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell solely by a profile picture if someone is indeed a Steampunk. On the Steampunk Empire, though, there’s no need to fret… it’s designed to be for Steampunks and only Steampunks! Yay! Steampunks everywhere! 😀
The Steampunk Empire is free to join and enjoy. So what are you waiting for?