We want to make some changes to the Vaccinations forum to accommodate support needs as well as open discussion and respectful debate to a forum for that purpose where everyone can participate. This will include some changes to the guidelines and moderation in the separate subforums, which we'll refine later. For now we want to decide on structure. Based on a previous thread we posted to get community feedback, we are keeping our existing forums but are considering the following changes and additions:
Set Vaccinations as the category forum closed to posting. It serves as a category only - like Pregnancy & Birth does for its subforums.
Vaccinations Discussion and Debate: The main discussion, wear-your-big-girl-panties forum to discuss all information and concerns about vaccination for parents who vaccinate as well as those staunchly against vaccination. Talk issues, not individual.
Researching the Vaccine Decision? Start Here - Pull our past Archives of different topics into this forum or place as subforums. This will be a forum where info is shared but not debated. new info an be posted but will be posted by submission and approval of moderation team with no discussion. Possibility of a moderator-hosted monthly chat thread..
I'm Not Vaccinating - If you're not vaccinating, this is your forum. This forum will host topics that are about dealing with issues when choosing to not vaccinate.
Selective and Delayed Vaccination - For those who are vaccinating selectively or on a delayed schedule
The question is whether to add a subforum where parents who have made the decision to vaccinate on schedule can post to discuss issues of concern to them. What do you think would be best? Cast your vote in our poll and feel free to add any comments or suggestions in a post.
You might also want to refer to the results and feedback on this community-initiated poll, which is our reason for considering some of the changes: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1355206/should-there-be-a-pro-vax-forum/0_100
And see Peggy's poll here: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1361271/mothering-poll-of-vaccine-choices