Hey all. TGIF lol. So I have a question. I am wondering how many people actually scan BT in it's entirety for newbies or new posts when they come on as opposed to getting on and going directly to 'their' forum.
I guess it is because I see a post every once in a while that hasn't gotten a response or a howdy-do and then the poster never comes back either because of no response or too long of a wait for a response. Also I have seen a couple of members refer to a particular forum as 'their' forum which I think may hinder a new person's exploration of BT in it's entirety or a new person who is not very computer saavy may not be able to navigate to find a particular forum. I am pretty sure most of us browse through BT either just to read or to get involved. Yes we hang at a particular one but most of us at least read a few others if not post in a couple others. Emotional support is my home forum but I try to go to others.
I think our own participation in other threads would boost posts and make us bigger and stronger which in itself can be it's own best advertisement. I mean I know we are more than welcome to post in other forums but we get comfortable and feel safe in our own regular places. For example how many people in the Chronic Pain or MS forum suffer from depression? I know I sure as heck do. Do I post in the Depression forum? Once in a while, mostly because I know it shows the forum is getting used but also because it is my depression exactly. I suffer from Chronic Pain but don't go there hardly ever. Just feels odd. I guess I feel like I am intruding. Which I know everyone there would say is ridiculous. I guess I am just saying that I think we need to spread ourselves out. Yes stay in our own forum but be active in others too. I don't have MS but I may pop in and say hey I'm here, I feel ya, so sorry or even congratulations. I am no longer a caregiver but I have been there so may have some words. Or even if you have a caregiver your view from the other side may be of some help. At least some acknowledgement that the poster is being heard even if you have nothing in common. Nobody likes to post somewhere and not at least get a nod.
Also I am noticing that the New Posts button is not an exact science. There are other ways to check for new posts and I am still figuring all the little bells and whistles so I wonder how many people are not seeing all of the new posts because they are barely able to navigate the forum to post. I know my mental faculties are definitely not up to par. So I keep my BT settings at the vB4 Default with Linear-Newest First set in my Thread Settings so that as soon as I come on I have a nice easy to read view of the newest posts. Also if I select remember me when I log in then I don't have to ever log in again and I don't get bumped for low activity.
Okay this may be too much for some to bother reading but if you do would you please leave a Nay or Yay just so I can get an idea of how many of us read in the other forums. And please if you can, comment so I know why you don't use any of the other forums.
Thank yous to all who read and answered. Love to all my BT peeps!