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<p>Since the vote was to stay a due date club and then decide about becoming a group after we'd had our babies, I thought it was about time to start a thread to see if there's enough interesting in starting a group for our new little ones.</p>
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<p>I figure we can decide on leaders later if we decide to create a group.</p>
 

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<p>given the choice, i'd rather go to a different board, off-site.  i know it would require someone to go and set it up (there's lots of free options out there, if i'm not mistaken, some of them pretty sweet), but i would really prefer to have a password-protected forum to continue/grow our relationships.  i'm pretty uncomfortable posting private stuff about me and my family on such a public place as this.  while having a "social group" limits the people who can post to it, it doesn't protect any of us from lurkers or people we don't know at all reading what we might have to say or perusing our photos.  i don't mean to come across as socially-phobic, and if you guys opt for the social group, you can count me in, i just think it would be even better to go somewhere else, where it might be easier for people to feel more comfortable sharing with one another over the long term.</p>
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<p>in the birth bead collective we had in this DDC, someone suggested we might start up a private facebook group, which could be an easy way to move the party off-site, because the interface is already set up for us.  unfortunately, that limits membership to facebookers, and i don't know if that might be an issue.  plus, if anyone else feels like i do, they have a love/hate relationship with the place.  but it might be an easy way to transition to somewhere more private.</p>
 

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<p>I'm with HCM....does ez board still exist? or maybe yahoogroups is the way to go?</p>
 

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<p>I don't mind staying on MDC as a social group, but I'm also not willing to share any more of my life than I do right now.  I have no interest in putting my kids' names or faces on such a public board.  Shoot, I won't even put my own face on here!</p>
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<p>That being said, unless we move to some place that's user friendly I don't see a whole bunch of people going.  Yahoo groups is simple enough and (I think) free...so is google groups.  EZboard isn't around anymore - they've all transferred to Yuku, a new format.  I think Yuku is relatively cheap and can be made password protected, plus the format is quite similar to the one here.  I wouldn't mind chipping in to start up a new board.</p>
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<p>HCM mentioned Facebook and I know the vast majority of you likely use it, but I don't have a membership and won't get one.  Please don't let that stop you, though!</p>
 

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<p>I really want to have some type of forum for us all to keep in touch.  This group has been so important for me through this pregnancy - I can't imagine losing touch after all our babies are born.  I don't have a preference for how we do it.  If a more private forum would allow people to be more comfortable, then I say that may be the best way to go about it.  I'm part of both facebook groups and yahoogroups.  Both are easy and free.  However we choose to do it, count me in!</p>
 

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<p>I would definitely love to keep in touch with everyone, but also would like something a little more private!  As long as its free, I am game to go where ever!</p>
 

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<p>I'm happy with any type of "group", including FB... </p>
 

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<p>There's definitely at least one free forum place out there that's still going & I know you can lock everything down to registered members because I belong to another board there.</p>
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<p>Want me to start getting one set up?</p>
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<p>I would participate in a FB group but not another separate site.  Just because I already go to facebook, it would be easier for me.</p>
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<p>I would definitely participate more on a protected group though.</p>
 

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<p>Privacy is a concern for me as well. Perhaps ironically then, fb would be fine by me! I would love to share more with you ladies but mdc is quite public to me and I'd feel more secure 'elsewhere'. I would pop in on a social group though.</p>
 

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<p>devaskyla, i know of another free forum, too, which seems easy to get started (but i can't take it on right now).  i like the forum because it offers lots of different places to organize threads topically, versus just one discussion thread on FB.   i wouldn't want to have to pick one over another if it means leaving someone out.  (angela, i can't imagine a MDC group without you! waah!)  i hope we can find a way to include *everyone* in a place where we all feel safe and happy together.</p>
 

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<p>Im happy to stay here, since i dont post photos much anyway, and dont intent to post revealing information about myself that would be of any use to stalkers and the like.  I mean, its one thing posting bout my babies bowel movements, but you dont see any details of my sons school :)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>HardCoreMom</strong> <a href="/community/t/1342242/social-group#post_16834566"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>devaskyla, i know of another free forum, too, which seems easy to get started (but i can't take it on right now).  i like the forum because it offers lots of different places to organize threads topically, versus just one discussion thread on FB.   </p>
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<br><br><p>FB groups are just like forums really, with threaded discussions.  It's just inside of FB, but it functions the same as a forum.</p>
 

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<p>hey, that's good to know- i don't spend a lot of time in my FB groups, and i've never seen forums there before.  FB is definitely convenient for me.</p>
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<p>but africanqueen- we <strong><em>need</em></strong> you, woman.  and i don't want to exclude any other conscientious FB objectors!  i keep telling myself that i'm going to make the leap someday and quit, too...  :)</p>
<p>whatever we all settle on, i really want to stay in touch with you guys...</p>
 

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<p>Have we figured out a solution here yet?  I can't imagine not keeping in touch with you ladies after this little one arrives, you've all been my support!  Maybe we can have a couple of different options that appeal to all the mamas?</p>
 

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<p>I can easily set up another forum, I was just waiting to see if there was any kind of consensus about what to do.</p>
 

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<p>Although most people are OK with facebook, I know at least a couple important mamas wouldn't join us if it were a FB group.  I didn't see anyone opposed to a Yahoo group.  Is there anyone opposed?  My local AP group is a yahoo group and it's very easy to follow different threads and conversations on there.  As far as I know, no one outside the group can see any of the discussions or topics.  Does anyone have experience setting up a yahoo group? </p>
 

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<p>I've set up a couple yahoo groups. We could do that if more people would be willing to go that way. I'll make another poll.</p>
 

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<p>Throwing my two-cents in...</p>
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<p>I'd prefer a more private forum, but as long as we can stay in touch, I'm on board with whatever decision is made.</p>
 
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