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Anarchist International, as a forum project for anarchists, is a part of the larger Anarchy Planet hub. The site's international scope hasn't been established in an organizational sense. It is international in the sense that it is truly open to the general discourse and affairs among the anarchist milieu, and is willing to accommodate international features. Currently, at the time of this introductory post's authoring, there is no popular board that provides an open ended forum for the anarchist milieu as a whole. Some other anarchist message boards have arguably had some success in this but these projects are often either eclipsed by a larger, more successful and complex project, and its specific challenges, or they have failed to provide an adequate means of sustaining dissimilarity in the overall relations between the particular, but always diversifying, discourses and ideas concerning contemporary anarchists. Therefore they don't seem to have struck a balance between intensity of interest and, most importantly, differing orders of interests and activities unhindered in their capacity to deal with their differences and display brilliance in their own ways; all the while, providing some level of open ended service to their users and their own projects. (Apologies for any erroneous generalizations, but I need something like bravado for this project to finally work.)
I'm not going to lie, I don't see the forum becoming a massive hub for anarchists the world over. I wouldn't even know where to begin in really handling something of that size. However, my own intuition guides me to respond to fears, uncertainty, or indifference by stating simply that instead of endeavoring to collect a massive user base and becoming a huge, unwieldy project, Anarchist International would be better understood as a tentatively coördinated tool that, like all useful things, can be picked up when needed and then put down. "Tentatively…" mainly because I have never done this before, but also because I don't want this message board to simply be a vanilla forum that never tries to be something more than whatever stereotype one might apply to it; that never tries to live up to my repeated emphasis of its experimental qualities. This press release is not only an invitation to participation, but also collaboration and commitment to improving the project. Re: Security—Do make a note of the fact that the forums organized for collaboration on projects are only accessible—or viewable, for that matter—by registered users. That is to say, general announcements and regional forums will be open to the public on a read-only basis, but the forum(s) tailored for projects that have necessitated the use of a forum will be protected. I'm not sure how reassuring that is, but at the very least these sort of things aren't open to any person who walks in on the board.
These forums, while having already been named as part of a larger online based project, will only fail to the extent that people do no take a serious interest, do not commit themselves to the nature of the project, and do not contribute to the project; all Anarchy Planet projects stand apart from each other. This has been demonstrated before in that this board failed once because of a lack of interest and a resultant lack of sustainable obligation by its sponsors, and has been resurrected. I, and others involved, are anticipating that this board will be part of a larger movement towards experimentation and dissemination of the skills necessary to establish inspired projects by other anarchists or their fellow travelers.
I am fully open to technical collaboration (i.e., knowledge sharing) with other online projects anarchists have generated. In fact, I am aspiring to it because, frankly, this project won't be able to succeed on its own and with merely me organizing it. Notably, Anarchist Black Cat has successfully facilitated a multilingual message board for anarchists.(Please refer to: Language Support forums… First topic) I have also made sure that Anarkismo's RSS is featured (if only in an improvised fashion, for now) in the News, History, and Culture forum. I'm looking forward to cross-pollination.
Welcome to Anarchist International,
madlib (the site's administrator)