Greetings All, whoever and wherever you are in the world.
Unusually for me, this is a slightly more serious follow-up to, and endorsement of Bee's very thoughtful and thought-provoking Post about How, and what we communicate about on this respected health forum.
First: as I write, there have been more than 160 interactions in 24 hours (wow!) as a result of Bee's insights into, and practical suggestions about making this Forum more navigable for some. But.. only 15 'Likes' (even I get more with my inane, silly, usually Off-Topic ramblings). Mmmm, it only takes one click of a button...
Ok, it's only my opinion: but whichever side of this controversial fence you sit on, I think Posts like Bee's deserve more, and visible appreciation on the forum for at least having the courage to open-up and then remain objective in sensitively mediating in what is clearly a lively discussion!
'Likes' in response to a Member's Post (s) on a forum like this will generate more interest in that particular Post or Topic: and by my logic are an indicator of the relative Value / Popularity of and Respect for that Member's input to the Community as a whole (whether on or off Topic?). It's also personally rewarding for the Member who has taken the (a lot of?) time and effort to put words-on-the-page (screen) to know that they are resonating with an increasingly wide and diverse audience. Whether a Silent Lurker or an Active Responder, and whether in agreement or not, a 'Like' means a lot to the HU Member who put their head above the Online Parapet and actually made a statement.
As for the theme of Bee's Post:
Yep, it seems to have polarised many of Us Lot as to whether Posts / Content on this Forum should be dedicated more to strictly PMR / GCA medical related topics: or that the Forum should allow and indeed encourage the Social Side, i.e. off-Topic chat around all things from the price of Broccoli to our pets, grand-children, gardening exploits and so much more (better not mention Br*x*t)! Or, maybe, a sensible balance of both?
But (and a Big But..): how can anyone (even the Site Moderators) effectively manage the process of achieving Editorial Balance on a Social Forum that satisfies ALL Users? You tell me...
Many of You Lot know my opinion on the above, for better or worse. But that's not important right now: what IS important is that thoughtful contributors like Bee get adequate recognition for their input in the Forum's Popularity Ratings. And.. a few 'Likes' validates their input and encourages them to stay around and contribute more. To be honest, that's probably the main reason I'm still here - seriously.
So, whichever side of the fence you sit on (be careful of Splinters.. ha ha!), let's hear it for Bee: and please send your appreciation with a simple click of a button as well as (or at the same time as) responding? It can make a big difference.
Best wishes All, and try to keep smiling on the often difficult PMR / GCA Journey. Yep, it's good to let-off steam here (in whatever way and about whatever topic..). But Life is too short and precious to let differences of opinion about the style of content of an Internet Social Forum become burning, stressful issues. Ultimately, we can all choose whether to engage or not.
Ok: I've said my bit. That's it. Here: the red wine is open, Tedski's out on the Razzle (again), the Curry's in the oven and all's well with the world (or as well as it can be with PMR..). Oops, sorry, Off-Topic (as usual..?)
'This, Too, Will Pass'