About The Web Cafe

The Northfield.org Web Cafe is an online community, a forum, a set of discussion boards for hosting group conversations primarily (though not exclusively) among citizens in the Northfield, MN area. We currently have forums within the Cafe devoted to Government, Nature & Environment, Business, Education, and a catch-all Bridge Square area.

The original Web Cafe (using the Motet discussion board platform) was open from 1996 through 2000. The next version of the Web Cafe (using the Web Crossing discussion board platform) was open from August, 2001 through summer, 2003. We'll keep that Web Cafe (Web Crossing) platform open for read-only browsing till the end of December, 2003. We're now using the phpBB message board platform.

You can browse the Cafe as a guest -- without registering -- to get a feel for the online community. If you like what you see, click the link to register and fill out the short form. If you have trouble registering, Contact Us.

Once you register, you can:

  • Contribute to existing conversations and start new
    ones of your own
  • Have the software keep track of what you've read and what's new
  • Initiate and take polls and surveys
  • Participate in the time-limited, special event web forums that feature
    panels, interviews, and group discussion with community leaders about
    issues relevant to local citizens.

See the list of previous time-limited community forums, including discussion transcripts for most of them.