We’re thrilled to announce that the long-promised Shield Mutual Forum is now ready! The forum is a welcoming place where agorists, friends, allies and trading partners gather to draw up plans for advancing our shared vision. We come up with new ideas, business models, projects, deals and agorist enterprises in an environment free of personal attacks but full of patience, tolerance, understanding and support.
We wanted to make sure we got the forum right, with a solid platform that would enable us to have conversations comfortably with more than a little bit of fun! We selected the open-source Vanilla forum software as it meets – and surpasses – these criteria. We’re hosting the forum on Vanilla’s resilient cluster in Texas. The infrastructure is from Rackspace, a leader in web application hosting. So you can feel confident that the forum will load fast and be responsive. Traffic surges will not be a problem. This puppy is robust!
The Shield Mutual Forum is not your grandpa’s rickety old forum, no siree Bob! Our forum has some really cool features for facilitating interesting discussions about the agora and making close connections with new friends, allies and trading partners. Take a look at the short videos below to get an overview. Please note that some of the features mentioned in the below videos are only available to forum administrators.
Using the Forum
It’s easy and fun.
Just you, me, the sysadmin, the Dallas police, the Texas Rangers, the FBI, Homeland Security, ATF, CIA and NSA! Complete privacy /s.
The profiles will help us get to know each other outside of walled gardens like Facebook.
Every member of Shield Mutual is automatically invited to be a full member of the forum as well. Membership in Shield Mutual is available from $50 USD per year payable in bitcoin, litecoin, federal reserve note (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover & PayPal) or Shire Silver. Shield Mutual members have an exclusive area inside the forum dedicated solely to them. This section is not accessible to non-members and is not indexed in search engines.
Access to the Shield Mutual Forum is also available via invitation. Shield Mutual members can invite up to five non-members per month to join the forums and have access to the public forum areas. Once we attract a core group and have established a constructive culture in the forums, we may accept more members of the public into the forum.
Access to the forum is a privilege granted at the sole discretion of Shield Mutual. If you abuse it, that privilege will be revoked. The Shield Mutual Forum is property of Shield Mutual. We have a specific goal for it. We would like it to be a welcoming place where agorists and allies can gather to grow not only ourselves but also our businesses, alliances and friendships. We won’t let anyone wreck this vision. If you don’t like how we administer the Shield Mutual Forum, please send us your constructive suggestions. Thanks for your understanding.
Please note that the forum is a public venue. Only the members’ area is afforded any privacy from the relentless droids of Google’s bot army. Posts can be easily shared to social media, copied, pasted, emailed, etc. Keep this in mind when posting.
The Shield Mutual Forum is hosted inside the official legal jurisdiction of the US and Texas governments so please do not discuss illegal activities or violate state copyright tyranny. I made the decision to take ease of use and robustness over the greater freedom that might be achieved by hosting the forums outside the official legal jurisdiction of the US government. This is a trade-off and judgment call that can be revisited at any time. Feel free to discuss it in the forums. Just keep in mind that Shield Mutual can’t shield your identity inside the forum, so if you are concerned, feel free to use a pseudonym and take countermeasures such as the use of proxies, VPNs and Tor.
We’d like to offer secure https (SSL) access to the forum but the cost required for that can not be borne by our small customer base at this time. Please send your friends, allies and business partners to Shield Mutual so we can deploy full https for the forums. And earn a 10 per cent referral fee for your trouble!
I hope you enjoy the Shield Mutual Forum. Members will receive an invitation via email shortly. The forum is located at forum.ShieldMutual.com.