So if we can structure some spaces that help make the shy folks feel more free to participate, that's great. Not sure what those would be. Maybe some of the shy folks will make more suggestions!
As a fairly new and quite shy person (though less shy in writing than in person), I'll think about this. I'll say quite honestly that what I love about having landed here is the number of very experienced, advanced, realized people here who so generously comment on journals and help us more junior practitioners understand some context for what we are going through, help us practice sanity amid turmoil, urge us to try new approaches, and gently call us on the carpet when we are headed down a bad alley.
This said, I've sometimes felt too intimidated to start a discussion post or participate much on ones already posted. I don't have that problem on the DhO, because that place is so big and full of . . . hrmmmm, well, let's just say not a small chat room of very experienced serious practitioners. Even though it is cozy here and feels safe in that respect, one is also therefore more visible here and responsible for one's speech acts. Probably a good thing, but can cause shyness in the beginning. Also, I like to observe for a while when I join a new community, so I understand the culture, norms, and what not to do.
Some introductory guide to the site would be good, I feel, as well as some tabs set aide to invite dumb questions from noobs.
I'm sure there are negatives to these things too but I've not seen any forums that have actually tried this seamless ability to shift from one level of communication to another. If we could take out the barriers between these disparate communication methods I really wonder what could happen.
2 very, very, very minor quibbles.
- The login error thing happens to me as well. But I stumbled upon the fact that I only have to hit the login button without actually reentering my user name and password so it's not a big deal.
- It would be nice to have dates on posts. I used to use that exclusively to find where I left off in a conversation. But I've gotten used to just following the new posts number so that's also not a big deal. And I also realize you're dealing with really limited space on mobile.
Thanks for the forum.
Re: the increased chat/conferencing features - not of interest to me (I move to skype for that), but I'm probably less "chat online" oriented than some, preferring appointments to meet (even in real life) to lots of random interruptions. I wouldn't mind those features here, but probably would use them infrequently.
Kirk wrote: It would be nice to have dates on posts. I used to use that exclusively to find where I left off in a conversation. But I've gotten used to just following the new posts number so that's also not a big deal. And I also realize you're dealing with really limited space on mobile.
How odd. I never noticed that. But if you turn your phone sideways, the timestamp does show up. Frankly, I would want the post # to drop off, if anything, when using the phone in portrait, as opposed to the date. Thanks for pointing that annoyance out.