gearing up

Hello out there! I’m Cory, a member of the Freethinkers at Virginia Tech, and i’ll be your host on this blog for the immediate, if not the foreseeable, future. This blog is a public forum for atheists, agnostics, skeptics, humanists, freethinkers, rationalists, and all free and eager inquirers at Virginia Tech and the surrounding community to discuss our interests and activities and current and local events. As other “designated bloggers” join or relieve me, we’ll edit this post to reflect their roles and outlooks.

I’d like to keep this space as simple, open, and welcoming as possible. This blog is hosted by and geared toward the membership of Free@VT, but is open to all who wish to join in the discussion, especially our neighbors in the New River Valley and surrounding region. Rather than polemicize (as i tend to on my own blog), here i’ll try to take only enough space to get a conversation going. While the range of topics is as wide as club interests and all non-abusive* views are welcome, i may tilt toward my own interests and i’ll be honest about what i think. Comment freely!

If there’s one guiding principle, it’s this: Before rebuffing someone, (be able to) articulate their position in your own words, and (be ready to) let them scrutinize your articulation. No moderating policies are currently in place, but they are available if we need them.

In the comments to this post, please suggest any policies (formal or not) you’d like this blog to adopt, any suggestions you have for the site, any subjects you’re excited to tackle, and any external links, for instance blogs, forums, larger organizations, and other RSOs, that should be on the sidebar! (Personal blogs of Free@VT members occupy the top—let me know if you’d like yours to be included.) We’ll be working on an official bloggers’ “job description” as we go along. I’d also like to invite members of Free@VT and of the Blacksburg and surrounding community to submit posts to freeatvtlib@[the basic Virginia Tech domain] and whether and how you’d like to be attributed (unless you already have an account, in which case…post away).

See you in the comments!

* I view this as a personal safe space while not an ideological safe space; but this is something we can discuss and abridge.