We were pleased to see so many comments about the community on the recent thread about the Leader Board. We are always wanting to learn more about how we can develop the community and so have locked the previous thread so that all comments and suggestions about general improvements to the community can now be placed here on this thread.
Please comment here on any ideas, improvements or feedback you have about the Online Community.
Please note that although we take on board all your ideas, we may not be able to implement all of them.
As always, please be kind and respectful when commenting to each other.
Teenagers and those people in their twenties fit in the 'Autistic adults' group.
If we have a group for such people, where does it end? Do we then create a group for adults who received a diagnosis after a certain age? Do we create another group for those of pensionable age?
I see no reason to single out teenagers and those in their twenties from any other adult group. If we create a group for those people then in fairness we should create groups for other categories of people.
Regarding posts being missed, I wrote a thread about using RSS feeds ('Keeping Abreast of New Threads') and mentioned above adding RSS icons; I do agree, though, that people missing posts does seem to be a problem.
In theory you can use the community search box to find threads but I have been unable to get it to work.
A 'sticky' thread (possibly in a new 'information' group) for links relating to benefits, employment, etc. might be a way of allowing quick access to such information.
If a new group for such links is created it would need careful control to avoid it becoming 'messy'.
I'm sorry caretwo I have no idea what a "sticky thread" is. But it sounds very useful. I don't know what you mean by messy either. But agree it wouldn't be for chitchat but actual links or specific recommendations. For example Deepthought gave some very practical information about selfcare recently. I have participated in several threads and again don't know how to find it. So such strategies would be useful in one place.
Caretwo It isn't the posts within threads that I am talking about. Though yes that is a problem too. When you go into a forum and scroll to "unanswered " there are people who are searching, enquiring whose posts do not get answered at all. Ok some of them are difficult and uncomfortable topics we may not wish to answer but some are on subjects which we could help with. Those are the posts which I meant as being "missed". I just feel sorry for the people who have taken courage to post and then don't get a response. Like I said I don't know if there is a remedy for that.. ?
Hi missy I always try to answer people when they first post,but sadly I don't always have answers and quite often they really need instant help! The admin or mods do quite often step in on the more serious posts,they place links etc,I think the team who run this site need praising sometimes as trying to control this resource is not easy,time consuming,and it cannot be right for everyone all the time.
A big thanks ADMIN.
A section for teenagers is a good idea as we often get teenagers asking where can I find other teenagers to talk to.a small demographic compared to us more mature members.
They have very specific needs just as women do!Theres a very popular post for women running now.lots of posts lots of visitors, it works,somewhere specific to aim for.
take care all,
Yes the mods and admin do have a tough job. Yes I have noticed they do step in to very serious pleas
I second Lonewarriors thanks and praise for your work mods without you in the background and occasionally forefront we wouldn't have this forum
Sorry, Misfit61, I should have explained myself. A 'sticky' thread is one which is pinned (by a moderator/administrator) to the top of a group so that it is visible and does not get lost amongst all the other threads.
Not having it for chit-chat was part of what I meant about stopping it becoming 'messy' but also for the information to be presented in a logical order.
I know what I mean when I am typing but forget that it may not be clear to other people. I shall try to be clearer in my future posts (if, as is likely, I forget to do that in future, please just let me know and I shall do my best to explain).
Okay, I know the posts you mean.
From my own experience, I know that some of those posts go unanswered by me simply because I do not feel I can contribute anything; sometimes it is because I do not feel well enough to post a reply even on a topic I feel I can help with.
I suppose the lack of answers to such posts is more a person than a system problem (assuming users are aware of such posts).
I agree different groups of people have specific needs but not that such needs equate to new groups.
As I said earlier, where will group creation end? We have to be fair to all groups of people.
By having more groups there is the possibility of splintering the community as users may become focused on 'their' group.