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.
5 days ago copied as suggested from the other threadAnother idea for our forum.. I think the 5 heading groups should be extended to have a "Teens and 20's" section. They don't necessarily fit in with parents and carers and they don't fit in quite the same with older adults. They sort of get missed in the middle and need a place. ? Also it does concern me that new people and also some other posts get missed and unless you go to unanswered posts don't get replies.. which must be disheartening.. not sure what you can do about that though
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.
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.. ?
I just posted suggesting a 'teens' group, but missed your comment, caretwo. Sorry. I've been on MH forums in the past where they've had separate forums for, generally speaking, people over around 18, and for younger people. There was a post yesterday with a mother asking if we knew of any suitable online communities for teens. Her daughter is 13. She might feel she's too young, therefore, to take part in a forum group entitled 'Autistic Adults'. Maybe the forum title could be changed to something that feels more inclusive.
I take your point about adding to the moderating burden, which must already be substantial (and I echo everyone's heartfelt thanks to the Mods for their great work). But I also think there may be younger teens out there who might feel more comfortable talking to people in their own age group. When I was 13, anyone who was 16 seemed vastly older. Anyone who was 18 or 20 might as well have been 30.
I don't think it necessarily needs to go any further than that. Adults who receive a diagnosis after a certain age are still adults.