I have been wondering how people are finding the new site now we’ve got more accustomed to the format. This is not a moan about the changes exactly, it’s more of an enquiry as to how it’s working, what has changed for you, what the new users think, and what’s happened to some of our old timers.
These are some of my questions:
On the old style forum we seemed to use the various ‘boards’ more than we’re doing now (I think). So people stuck to the PP or EL boards. Is it better now that we are more of a general group? Or are some people less confident because they don’t have the same ‘safe’, familiar home where they knew everyone? I’ve been wondering partly because some of us have begun having conversations with people we hardly knew because we stuck to the older possibly more divisive boards. I think this is generally a good thing, although threads don’t ‘flow’ as smoothly. What do you think?
Is the new ‘Welcome and introductions’ board useful for people new to the forum? Or do they write a few bits about themselves, get a few responses (hopefully), then wonder what to do next? Is it more useful to just start out on ‘New/before diagnosis’, ‘Symptoms and treatment’, or ‘Everyday living’? Your input as new members to the forum is particularly useful for old timers (like me!)
Should we be lobbying the administrators to ditch (mothball maybe) some of the older boards in favour of some different more experiential types. In a way, using the new ones like ‘Symptoms and treatment’ & ‘Finance and benefits’. Probably as well as ‘Everyday living’ for more general topics. I think the ‘New/before diagnosis’ and ‘Carer’ boards are essential, but do we need to have distinct boards for the different types of MS?
Related to the previous questions, what do the old users of the Primary Progressive board think about the lack of use? Are there more people missing who were users of that part of the forum more than others?
And on that note, who is missing? I know some people like Boudica (Bouds) have had trouble getting in. But has that never been resolved? Some like Scudger made a definite decision to leave and made that public. Jactac had specific problems which must have irritated the hell out of him, hopefully he’ll be back. Others have just vanished. I know that Carole58 (Catwomancarole) has had trouble with her computer. Hopefully she’ll be back at some point. But there must be plenty of others, either with trouble logging in, difficulties with the changes, or some other problems?? Does anyone know?
Does anyone have any other thoughts, questions, points that we as a group could raise with Admin?
Are these questions that are relevant to you or is it just me wanting to have the forum a bit more organised rather than have posts just pop up seemingly at random? Does everyone (except me perhaps) know where to place a new thread? And are we inclusive enough, especially for newbies?
Am I just rambling? Have I finally descended deep into the Fog? Or are these points that others would like to comment on?