GV wrote: if we stick up a new forum, why not set it up sort of like the "Recovery Poems" section where only the individual does only what is outlined from that simple sentence quoted above out of the book, and nobody else can comment or post.
Tim-One... that was the reason the Poems forum was originally set to "post and not comment" only. I forgot. Do I still need to change it so people can comment on the poems???
Tim-One wrote:I kinda don't think many people right out of the shoot come here, do they?
Not too many. On an average day we only get about 4,000 to 5,000 or so visitors that cruise through this forum and the site (reading and downloading and copying stuff) everyday.
Maybe if we can get your idea and suggestion of ..."Each individual, in the personal stories, describes in his own language and from his own point of view the way he established his relationship with God" ... section of the forum up and running... some of those readers, visitors, members, and a few more will be interested in actually posting and participating in the forum... instead of just reading.
The things we'll need to set it up:
1. A title for the forum section. (something small).
2. An announcement as to what the forum is all about. Along with some sort of disclaimer that suggests that "these are simply each individuals experiences and opinions... and they do not and are not intended to represent any other individual member in AA, or otherwise... or AA as a whole."
3. Any special guidelines that we need to post about posting or replying in the forum. Also, a repeat of the disclaimer part.
4. Do we set it up to limit comments on a post? In other words... will it be okay for people to cross-talk and comment on what someone writes? (Other than a Moderator's comments). If someone has a different idea about God or their HP that's different than the person who writes the message... we wouldn't want someone to criticize them or try to convert them to their point of view... or make them feel uncomfortable and end up with arguments or hurt feelings... that can also make a bad impression for the site and for other AA-er's.
Of course... it might even be better to allow commenting. I don't know the best answer for this... I just have a preference for no-confrontations or arguments.
Perhaps you can team up with that enthusiastic big biker-lookin' Garden Variety and put your heads together on it and come up with something great!
Then... just let me know how you want to do it... and we'll get it done. With this kind of stuff... I like "following the directions and suggestions" of the forum members... rather than coming up with my own ideas about it. (Or else... I get labeled and perceived as "site owner" or something worse! Another lower-than lower-companion??? )
Hey... sometimes... "somebody's got to do it!" (You know... plug it in and turn it on and let it run and stuff)... Or, ideas only disolve into chemical reactions in the brain and vaporize as the flow out of the ears... rather than becoming the results of effort and intentional actions! And, it's always good to have at least one person to blame if life doesn't meet up to our expectations!
And... of course... ALL the other members here in the forum are encouraged to share their ideas, suggestions and helpful hints now... rather than wait and think "they should have did this a different way!!!"