Originally Posted by WildKingdom
Does this mean that old threads that have been pulled will be returning?
That would create a heavy burden on the staff because we'd have to check each discussion to determine why it was removed before it could be put back. But if you know of a particular one you'd like to see returned just let me know and I'll be glad to take a look. I would need the thread title though, or at least a close paraphrase of it.
Originally Posted by Ornery
As I posted on another thread, I feel like this really changes the fact that Mothering is supposed to be a supportive environment. How is it supportive if people are talking about other people? How does gossip fit in with Attachment Parenting values?
And when is the new User Agreement going to be unveiled? I would like to see what exactly the new agreement specifies.
ETA: Speed is also a huge concern for me. Why is attention being put on all these new features when the actual functionality of the site is so poor?
A lot of our members have made the request to return the celebrity gossip discussions so we'd like to do that for them. The fact is, a huge number of the discussions here are people talking about other people - be it a celebrity, a child, another parent, an in-law, a neighbor, a spouse or partner, or an ex. So it's not really any different. Whether we like it or not, celebrities do have an effect - positive and negative - on society.
We are working on lots of other things. Site development issues and technical/functionality improvements take time.
Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan
I'd like to know when usability is going to be improved. Speed on my laptop is okay, but this site won't even come up on my phone since the makeover. The white background is still very hard on the eyes and I can only stay on the site for short spurts. Navigating any one forum is an exercise in patience with all the back and forth in and out of the forum list and each individual thread. I give up before reading most of the info. The "next thread" and "previous thread" links made all the difference in the old format. I like change when it is progress and maintains functionality. At this point, MDC seems to be more about glitz and glamour (surface-level shine) and less about core issues.
We are working on color schemes. We hope to have that changed fairly soon. For the rest of your issues please post a separate thread to Q&S and I wil try to help you.
Originally Posted by dubfam
Sounds good. I might even start posting more often now lol! Before I was always afraid I was somehow violating the UA and gave up trying and moved to other boards. Thanks for working hard to improve MDC!!
Thank you for the kind words and kudos!
Originally Posted by flower01
I don't know. I left here to go to other boards for awhile because of the opposite fear. I used to come hear for support and like-minded conversation and I started to see so much name-calling and arguements it was really frustrating. I don't need to go online for drama. I am looking for people to affirm parenting decisions and help me. I just hope that these changes won't allow for more negativity.
We won't allow attacking, namecalling and disruptive, disrespectful posting now anymore than we did before.
Originally Posted by zinemama
I appreciate the move toward improving the board, but imo, the addition of celebrity gossip is not a win. "Winning" would mean bringing back the Politics and Current Events forums and allowing members to discuss those things - and everything else on the board - the way we used to (i.e. like grown-ups). And reverting to a readable format.
In my post I said "Over the next week we will open up celebrity gossip discussion in the Media forum, expand News & Current Events, and launch a new Intactivist forum. "
Politics was opened for the elections discussions so i don't know if we want to do that right now. Political news and events can be posted to News & Current Events for now.
Originally Posted by Storm Bride
I just looked at the new UA, and it certainly doesn't look as though name-calling is going to be any more acceptable under the new one than it was under the old one.
Originally Posted by Faliciagayle
If Mothering is supportive of a natural family lifestyle and attachment parenting principals, what happened to the clause about not hosing discussion about pro CIO, elective c-sec, harsh discipline, etc.
This used to be a safe haven for AP types. I don't have an account on Babycenter for a reason.
Our Web Statement of Purpose clarifies what Mothering is about. The simplified UA protects discussion. If we find members with an agenda to post things that are contrary to Mothering's Web purpose we will address that as we have in the past. While we will host some discussions about CIO, cesarean section, and discipline, we will do so for those parents new to attachment parenting and natural family living - those exploring these philosophies and open to discussion to learn. Our intent is to help inform and educate and that sometimes means taking a mother where she is, even when she is not fully AP/NFL. Some folks have some things they just aren't quite on board with. To shut then down doesn't help them move from where they are to where we are.However, we will not allow pro-CIO, elective c-section or harsh discipline advocacy here. Such topics may arise in discussions by a member who is new to the site but that will be handled with advice, information and reason. We trust in our community to report those posts that are truly set on disrupting discussions and attacking AP/NFL folks. We'll handle things appropriately.
Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife
Maybe it's covered here?
From the new User Agreement
As long as it's still known that MDC's values don't include advocating CIO, spanking, etc., I would guess that those posts will continue to not be allowed.
Originally Posted by dubfam
I agree but I feel like this is at least a step in the right direction. I don't care about celeb gossip but hopefully we get some of the other forums back eventually. I would love for N&CE to come back too!!!
Originally Posted by AFWife
I agree. If we're going to have Celeb GOSSIP I vote that we allow all members to discuss valid issues and news as well.
I totally agree!