The community on AVEN has around 35,000 registered members (though it is difficult to determine how many are active at any given time), Thanks to a respectful culture and to the hard work of the Admod Team the community is free of many of the disrespectful attitudes and flame wars which plague most communities on the internet, and remains an effective 'safe space' for people to explore their identities and relationships. Discussion in the community ranges from personal to philosophical to inane, and the forum is actively used as an arena to build relationships of all types. Though the majority of forum participants identify on the asexual spectrum, many active members also identify as sexual or questioning.
Like most online social networks, AVEN has a high rate of member turnover and the majority of member accounts on AVEN have not been active for some time, though efforts are being made to keep AVEN members engaged. Several major cities have reached a critical mass of AVEN members and have begun to hold regular meetups, though the overwhelming majority of the community still communicates exclusively online.
What We're Doing
Not everyone has time to keep up with discussions on the forums. An important part of building community is creating an easy way for members to stay updated and involved. Media targeted at the AVEN community serves a vital role in keeping users engaged, creating a sense of common culture and driving discussion within the community.
- AVENues is a monthly newsletter which provides news, art, poetry and discussion from different AVENites.
- Love from the Asexual Underground is a podcast by AVENguy, which focuses on issues surrounding asexual relationships.
- Hot Pieces of Ace is a collaborative YouTube channel which covers a broad range of topics relating to asexuality.
As AVEN's membership grows, meetups have begun to occur regularly in a few major cities around the world. These meetups are largely social, though local groups in Berlin and San Francisco have begun taking local actions. Meetups are arranged ad hoc in the Meetup Mart in the AVEN forum, here in the wiki, and through local email lists. There is currently no system for connecting these different planning systems, or for coordinating meetups in general.
The SQL database which runs AVEN provides basic statistical information about our membership, such as the number of registered members. The Census Forum provides interesting but largely unscientific polls aimed at the AVEN membership.
We are not currently planning any regional or online events, if you want to post one here!
What You Can Do
- Write for AVENues or submit something to Love from the Asexual Underground
- Plan a local meetup or help figure out how to do meetup coordination
Communities beyond AVEN
There is an assortment of forums, LiveJournal communities, Facebook groups and other social networking groups for people in the asexual community, as well as a community presence on Tumblr.