Our previous board was open, ie anyone could view the threads. I would suggest that this time round we make the forum a closed one, so that only registered members can view and comment on threads. Given the fact that many of us are either victims or survivors of abuse, my feeling is that it would be safer and we would feel freeer to post things of a personal nature, if we know the board is invisible for others.
If we make it a closed (private) board, then there is also the question of whether people can have immediate access after they have registered or whether they have to be approved by a moderator first?
I belong to another restricted forum on another DV website. There are pros and cons to both forums. The restricted forum gives you a feeling of safety, but I'll have to tell you, even though the other website really scrutinizes people before they grant access, we thought a couple of abusers looking for ex's had managed to get on anyway. They will find a way, regardless. Also, when it is restricted you will have a much smaller posting group, and you can sometimes go for days without any posts. The pro with a restricted group is that since the group will be smaller you have the ability to form closer bonds with your group members. The con is that as people heal and move on or if life gets too busy to post, you may not have as many people who've "been there" to be able to give comfort and advice to the newbies. And that's the other thing - for anyone desperate for instant feedback, having to wait to be accepted into the forum may deter them from applying.
The safety thing is nice, but I really liked the fact that the forum on this site WASN'T restricted. I always liked the randomness of the posts here, and the volume. I am always able to find someone that I can respond to.
I think it should be open. I liked the fact that it was so easy to comment and leave posts on the old forum. I didn't like the login process here as it required checking my email for an activation code. I think this board always was fairly quiet and it needs to be as open as possible to encourage people to post. I am a registered member here but I'm commenting now as a guest because logging in is too much hassle!
Open it remains then, until someone comes up with a good convincing argument to the contrary. I know that a lot of people spend a fair amount of time reading and watching the forum until they feel comfortable and safe enough to post themselves and if it were a closed forum, we could potentially put people off raising issues.
Post by walkingthrough treacle on Dec 9, 2013 19:33:11 GMT
I completely agree with Been There insomuch as I was usually in need of instant replies, which wouldn't be possible if people have to join first because it's a closed forum. Abuse victims/survivors are often wanting immediate responses and it's so good to get a quick answer and know that you're not alone.