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We now have a "Member Profiles" page!

Ever wonder who the other folks in the square are? Even the quiet ones who don't post or comment much? Now you can see a list of all the Square's members on the "Member Profiles" page. (You might have noticed the new menu link on the left side of the Public Square menu.)

Of course lots of members haven't made profiles yet, so the page looks a bit sparse. If yours is one of the blank ones, stroll over to your account area and upload an avatar, add some of your interests, tell us what you're passionate about, you know, reveal a bit of yourself! (Oh, and if you're one of the folks whose avatar disappeared in the great avatar heist of several weeks ago, please do re-upload your avatar!)

Can't recall how to edit your profile info? Click here! Want to know why we want members to have profiles? Click here!

And as always, if you have ideas about new info you'd like to see in the profiles, just use the contact form and let us know!

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Tom Paine says we make a difference!

Tom PaineTom Paine, co-author of Polyamourously Perverse (and a member of this site), calls us a blog that makes a difference! Click here to read his description of our site and others that he thinks "make a difference."

A quick correction, though: You don't need to join this site post comments. You do need to join ifyou want to post new forum topics. And of course we encourage you to join because above all we're trying to build community, and communities need members.

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Do I really need an account? Do I really need to log in?

You don't need an account if what you really want to do is just read everything that gets posted on the site and leave comments on that material. (Your comments will be held for moderation to avoid any spam comments of course.) However, if you want to have a more active role in shaping the agenda of the site, you'll need to be logged in.

Here are some of the benefits of becoming a member of the site:

For one thing, accounts come with the ability to make and search profiles of other members. In other words, you can get to know each other better.

This is a collaborative space, and members have more say in setting the agenda. Members can create new forum topics, and can post "Take Action!" items, book reviews, polls and new web links.

If you are a member and you contribute regularly in a way that helps develop this community, you will be offered "regular contributor" status, which will get you a blog on the site, and the ability to post events and other kinds of updates, information, or newsy things on the front page.

Why join?

Everybody can view the content on this site, and comment on blog entries or respond to forums. But there are other ways to be involved, and if you want to participate in them, then you need an account.

Of course membership is completely free and the only real personal information you need to provide to get an account is an email address where your initial password and instructions can be sent. That means you can become a member and remain anonymous. (Some members of our community use different names in different parts of their lives, so this is important to us.)

So, why become a member?

For one thing, accounts come with the ability to make and search profiles of other members. In other words, you can get to know each other better.

This is a collaborative space, and members have more say in setting the agenda. Members can create new forum topics, and can post "Take Action!" items, book reviews, polls and new web links.

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