Depending on the info we get back, I'm thinking we could try it private. If it flops, becomes stagnant, turns out to be a bad idea for any reason, we could always just start another public forum - easy enough. What do you think?
The person who created it had to get the E-mail addresses (affiliated with their user ID on WebMD) of the people who wanted to join and she sent an E-mail invitation to those who she chose. Mine for some reason got sent to my spam folder though so I had to hunt for it there. When I accepted the invitation it took me right to the private board and it shows up on my Exchanges list on the left of the page. I think you can save it to your favorites too so you can go whenever you want but I haven't done it so I don't know how else to access it unless there is a new post.
I thought about this alot last night. The main problem I see is that the forum could get stale with just the same dozen or so people posting. This could be helped though, by members frequenting other boards and finding interesting posters to invite to join. This board and your recipe board is an avenue. So is the RC community if it starts attracting more people. I don't know what other boards members participate in, but it seems logical that we could "find" new members through parenting, weight loss boards, etc.
As for PI...well, if we do this I'm inviting her. Up to her if she decides to participate or not. I don't share her view that private and internet do not go together. Many sites on the internet are private to reduce trolling. I read blogs where the blog owner reads all the posts first to prevent the kind of nastiness we see on Webmd. Totalitarian? Maybe, but I think it may be worth it. If we do private I'm going to look at it as an experiment. I'm still going to participate on R&C as well.
Part of me thinks the people who think its "high school" (other than PI) are secretly concerned they will not be asked to participate. I will be honest after Reading D's response to Tori last night, I stopped reading that thread all together, I am pretty much done with that board as a whole and you may have noticed yesterday I only communicated with a few people. I am sick of being the instigator and the bad guy. I don't think the board will get stale, but I do like your ideas to bring on new people. I know that you know who I mean when I say I am just done and want nothing to do with them. I personally like the fact that I may be able to say things that arent going to be viewed by everyone. I like the fact that we DO (contrary to popular beliefs) have our OWN opinions, but we are able to communicate differences to each other without being rude, but are also great support systems to each other when we need it and understand that VENT may mean that is all I am looking for, KWIM?
See I am not crazy about posting my email on a thread. I use my work email and will not put that out there. I have a yahoo account, but that is a blocked site at work and I do not have a computer at home right now so no access to that. Dang
well if the person making the invitations is comfortable posting their E-mail address you can just E-mail them with your usename on here and your E-mail address so then it would just be between you and the person creating the private board.
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