The phBar.org community was born in 2007. It’s a place where bar examinees, students of law and everyone can share and discuss matters relating to the bar exams. It is naturally centered on helping law students hurdle one of the most, if not the most, difficult examinations around. Let’s consider the reasons of creating a separate blog.
Would the Blog eat traffic and reduce participation at the main phBar.org Forum?
That’s what we thought at first. However, this may not be true considering that the discussions at the Blog are generally based on (or are summaries of) the discussions at the Forum, with full links back to the Forum. The comment section of some posts here are disabled, with directions to the relevant discussions at the Forum.
Would it be easier for people to comment at the Blog, so they won’t go to the Forum?
Easier to comment here, definitely true (no registration and log in). They won’t go to the Forum, that may be true. But that’s fine because at least we’ll assume that those who take time to register and log in at the Forum also intend to spend more time to interact with the rest of the Community.
Can I “submit” articles here?
Yes. There are four ways of doing that (but we’re implementing the first method at this time). First, simply join the Forum and post your useful article there (interesting and helpful discussions there will be picked up and posted here). Second, become a contributor here (this presupposes that you have joined the Forum, expressed your intention to become a contributor, and have been promoted as a contributor). Third, you’ve become a moderator at the Forum, which gives you the option of writing here. Fourth, be nice to the moderators and request them to post your article here.
How can I be included in the blogroll?
The blogroll, or the “Member Blogs” that you see at the right sidebar, contains a list of the members with their own blogs. You have introduced yourself at the GTKY of the Forum before being included at the Member Blogs.
Why are comments moderated?
Let’s limit the comment section to more weighty and interesting opinions, views and facts. Not just hi or hello. In any case, while we welcome a robust discussion of issues, that is better done at the Forum.
Do we expect more features?
Definitely. The Forum started from scratch and the community made it grow. We’ll incorporate other helpful features in the days to come. Suggestions are most welcome.