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Emma_WebMD_Staff posted:
Are you wondering where all your pals went? Check the list here to see, this is also a great way to see what other exchanges we have at WebMD that you might find useful!
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Jen__ responded:
My pals are missing. There is no parenting 0-3 month message board.

FYI, I really dislike the new format. Its not user friendly at all.
 
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staceyj0709 replied to Jen__'s response:
I'm with Jen.
 
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scperdomo responded:
I agree! A member had to create the 6-9month board. I've already joined 2 other sites. We'll see how those pan out. This change was completely unnecessary. :(
 
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Emma_WebMD_Staff replied to scperdomo's response:
Actually Scperdomo, it was necessary, our old boards were degrading fast and we were experiencing more and more problems every day. There was no fix to it, it was just the design to it. This environment is to be much more stable to keep your boards available to you all the time.

With these new boards we can offer more experts to answer our members questions, we can offer the ability to post pictures up and for members to make links active so their board friends can just click and go.

Making your own exchanges is also a plus. One thing you may or may not want to do is start a month by month parenting exchange, my daughter was born January 2010, so for example I could start a parenting exchange titled January 2010 babies, and mom's with January babies could come together to talk about the many things our January babies struggle with and are doing those sorts of things. I think as soon as everyone gets use to everything you will start to see the good parts of the new environment.

Take care,
Emma

 
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knp1981 replied to Emma_WebMD_Staff's response:
I am with everyone else to. Can't you just change the layout back to the old style? This new one is not user friendly. I don't like it and when I try and navigate through it, I just want to go somewhere else because it is difficult.
 
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Emma_WebMD_Staff replied to knp1981's response:
I am sorry no we can't change it back to the way it was. You might try just clicking on the discussions link on the left hand side, that will show you just discussions on the board. The thread layout in that link is more like what we use to have on our old boards, that might make the transition a bit easier for you.

Take care,
Emma
 
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jagersmommy responded:
I really dislike this new format. I can't find anyone really that i went thru my whole pregnancy with. Looking for another easier site to joing
 
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EthanJen replied to Jen__'s response:
I'm with everyone else! I can't find anything or talk to anyone. I don't understand how it works. With a newborn I don't have a lot of time to figure this out. I loved the way the old format was. It was very user friendly. I understand we can't go back to the way it was but can we do something else? This really isn't working.
 
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lkevans replied to EthanJen's response:
Anyone have any other sites they recommend. This is horrible, im sad. There are no more boards to ask questions based on age? I guess they didnt want people to talk to each other on here
 
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scperdomo replied to Emma_WebMD_Staff's response:
Thanks for the response Emma, but IMO (and apparently the opinion of many others) the change definitely didn't seem necessary. The new set up is hard to use and exchanges are hard to locate. There are three (3) 6-9 month exchanges because no one can find it. I was on the prego "boards" and there are three (3) "Am I Pregnant" exchanges, 2 of which are clearly someone's attempt to post a question, NOT create a whole new exchange. There are also a few others between the parenting and pregnancy exchanges there were obviously meant to be posts, not a new exchange. (i.e: not user friendly).

There were only a handful of July babies (when my LO was born), so there would be like 10 people. I have been with a certain group of women since my 1st trimester, my son is now 8 months old - that's nearly 2 years!! But thanks to the change, most of them have left. So, what is the point in having all these new experts and all these new features, when the majority of people have left??

I just dont get why there wasn't some kind of survey, or demo page, something to give us, the people who use this site on a daily basis, some kind of forewarning, to know what the set-up was going to look like, why weren't we asked for input, asked if there were things we wanted to see moved to the new board (like signatures).

I don't think people would be so mad if we were maybe a teeny bit involved in the process. You claim this was done for us, but no one asked us what we wanted. But I guess that doesn't matter, we will all leave, and you will get a new batch of people in eventually who will have no idea what happened. Until you do it to them too......
 
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mommietoconnor replied to scperdomo's response:
I remember someone posting a cafe Mom's link... Anyone have it? I would like to join it. I can't figure this thing out and I remember they said that site was easy and a lot of Moms were going on there instead of here...
 
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laurab1979 replied to mommietoconnor's response:
Here is the link to the cafemom site. You have to request to join the group.

http://www.cafemom.com/group/109518/
 
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Emma_WebMD_Staff replied to scperdomo's response:
Scperdomo,

I am not sure if you remember how many times the boards would go down, but it was the old boards degrading with no way to fix it. So we went and found something that would benefit the members, and keep the boards online all the time with very little down time.

There simply wasn't the ability to show members the exchanges before we launched them, no other free site would be able to do that either. I am very sorry that you are upset, but please know we have put many posts on the previous boards, multiple times talking about the changes. This wasn't just a surprise to the members. If you gave everything a chance I think you'd find more things that you liked. Finding your friends is difficult I understand, but soon you'll find them and then settle in nicely.

Take care,
Emma


 
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scperdomo replied to Emma_WebMD_Staff's response:
I don't remember the boards being down that often. I've already found the board where most of my old friends are, but the majority of them have left and gone to cafemom or facebook. The ones that stayed are really only staying because this is the only site they can access from work. I personally don't have to worry about that, but it really sucks that a lot of the ladies that I've come to know so well aren't sticking around. I don't think I will leave completely, just because I don't want to strand the few friends that are staying. There are a few things that I like, but, like everyone is saying, it's just hard to navigate.

I understand that you have to do whats best for your bottom line and less work for you guys, this new set up and layout obviously fit those criteria.

There needs to be a way to delete excess boards that are the same (like the 3 6-9month boards) and boards that were created out of people not understanding how to create a new post somewhere and ended up creating a new exchange.

Oh, and the main exchange page is near impossible to find. it took my about 10 min of going to this page and that to figure it out, and for those that are less computer literate will probably never be able to find it - which means they probably wont find the parenting and prego boards, which means they will probably just go somewhere else.

Anyway, so if you could at least make it a little easier to find that main page where you have the A-Z exchanges, that would be nice. And maybe put into works getting our signatures back, why did you guys take those things away anyway? Seems like such a minuscule thing to get rid of.....


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