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NaNoWriMo forums

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The NaNoWriMo forums are the primary online hub of activity for Wrimos to communicate with each other. They are by far the largest facet of the NaNoWriMo website and consume the most site resources. Many Wrimos solely attend to the forums (often when in-person meetings are not available) and some past participants may continue to frequent the forums even if they are not doing Nano. The site's largest surge is during November, and there are also significant surges during October, Camp Sessions, and in the month before each camp session. However, the sense of community is so strong that the forums still see activity when there is no NaNoWriMo event coming up or currently happening.

The forums serve many purposes: to let Wrimos gather and talk to each other about writing, to discuss their novels and the noveling experience, to find Wrimos in their area via regional lounges, and to procrastinate on reaching 50,000 words. Many Wrimos may form new friendships with people in threads they frequent, and some forums, such as the games and roleplaying forums are practically a culture unto themselves.

The forums have been around since 2002 and originally ran on PhpBB. The tech team used Xoops and later Drupal for the forum software. As of 2011, the site and forums now operate on Ruby on Rails.

As of October 2016, the forums are only visible to logged-in users. Blame the spammers.

Currently Active Forums and their Categories

There are also separate forums for Camp NaNoWriMo that appear during camp season. In 2011 the forum was simply named Camp NaNoWriMo and appeared in the December and Beyond section; however, in 2012 the following forums became active:

Former NaNoWriMo forums

  • The Great NaNoWriMo Book Drive in 2010 - the book drive did not return for 2011
  • Want to swap trading cards? (2012 season)
  • NaNoVideo (2011-2014)
  • NaNo Missed Connections
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • NaNoWriMo Alumni Lounge (for returning Wrimos)
  • Important Things We Need to Tell You
    • (Late) Breaking News, a similar forum
    • Announcements from Headquarters, a similar forum used in the off-season before 2011
  • Teaching NaNoWriMo (revived as NaNo University, which briefly had separate forums for students and teachers before being combined into the current forum)
  • Me And My Genre (replaced by separate Genre Lounges)
  • What I'm Going To Do With My 2002 Novel (the spiritual predecessor to the I Wrote a Novel, Now What? forums)
  • NaNo Veterans (Military) (succeeded by the Military Lounge and then the Mess Hall)
  • Life as a Municipal Liaison (public forum, succeeded by the private ML forums)
  • NaNoWriMo in the Classroom (succeeded by the Young Writers Program)

External Links

NaNoWriMo forums