To read items in any of the forums simply click on them and follow the links. To post to a forum you will need to log in. Your log in id is your email, and your password is the same as that in the web submission system. If you have no registered in the web submission system, or you have registered but have forgotten your password, go to http://www.systemdynamics.org/cgi-bin/sdsweb. Please note that after registering you will need to wait one to two business days until your registration has been processed by the Society office to log into the forums.
NOTE Do not use the link for forgotten passwords on the forum, it will not work. Also, do not update your personal information on the forum, it will not be saved.
There are currently three forums open for posting and discussion.
Announcements is intended for news of interest to people in the system dynamics community. You can post news to one of the existing threads: Conferences for anything relating to conferences including paper calls; Publications for news about new publications or calls for contributions to publications; Workshops and Courses for information about training and education events; Job Openings for academic and industry positions of interest to the community (see also the Career Link for job postings); Software for announcements on software products including version releases and availability news; In the News for press related coverage of System Dynamics and Other for announcements not fitting in the categories listed. There is no discussion in the announcements forum, but you may discuss an announcement by starting a thread in one of the discussion forums.
Moderated Discussion is for discussion of topics related to System Dynamics. All posts are subject to moderation in this forum so there will be a delay between when something is posted and when it appears.
Unmoderated Discussion, has the same purpose as moderated discussion but all posts will appear immediately. Posts unrelated to system dynamics, violating copyrights, or in bad taste will be removed.
Note that discussion specific to software, how to do something, bugs, feature requests and so on should be directed to the software developers or a support forum they maintain.
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You can configure the forum to send you a digest by email either daily of weekly of recent posts. To do this log in and click on "User Control Panel" in the upper left of the window. The rightmost tab is for Digest, select this to set up this options. You can subscribe to receive messages from the forums you are interested in. The digest will be sent to the email you log in with and will be from "systemdynamics.org Robot <forum at systemdynamics dot org>. You may need to adjust your email system not to filter out these messages. If you would like to receive these emails at an alternate address set this as your alternate email in contact info and log onto the forums using this email address (where the emails go will be determined by your last log on email used).
The forum has RSS feeds. For more information on these check out Wikipedia.
Questions and suggestions on the forums can be posted to the unmoderated discussion forum.
nstructions revised: 01/11/09.