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stkitt
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   Posted 12/5/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Some times people are confused by the 2 terms.
 
Chat Room
  • An area online where you can chat with other members in real-time.
  • A virtual "place" offered by an online service provider in which one or more people can participate in live chat
  • Online space where participants have simultaneous discussions by typing messages on computer monitor that appear on all chat room participants' monitors.

Peer Support

The idea behind peer support is that people living with the same disorders or problems  provide emotional and practical support to each other.

Message Boards - A discussion board (known also by various other names such as discussion group, discussion forum, message board, and online forum) is a general term for any online "bulletin board" where you can leave and expect to see responses to messages you have left. Or you can just read the board.

Forums differ from chat rooms and instant messaging in that forum participants do not have to be online simultaneously to receive or send messages. Messages posted to a forum are publicly available for some time, which is uncommon in chat rooms that maintain frequent activity.


 


 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 12/5/2008 9:52:00 PM (GMT-7)


nervymeg
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   Posted 12/5/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Well put and informative as always Kitt. Thank you smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 12/5/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
......Thanks for the great clarrification lil sis

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Mazfire
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   Posted 12/6/2008 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
phoenixphyre, i am sorry you feel 'picked on' or unwelcome. i can guarantee that is not anyones intention. this is a place of support and caring. im sorry you have found this to be a negative experience, and i hope you reconsider your decision to leave- you are always welcome here. none of us are perfect, and we are all indivuduals, just trying to get by.
Maz XX
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Mazfire
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   Posted 12/6/2008 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Lusima87 said...
I actually kinda agree with phoenixphyre... The forums seems like a bureaucracy...
Too many rules... This should be the place where we let out and relieve our feelings and all that... But we can't curse and have to watch the things we're saying and stuff... Yea there should be some rules I agree but it seems a bit uptight...

Hi Lusima, it took me awhile to get used to not swearing, and to be careful not to be offensive with language and even attitude in my posts, but at the end of the day, i like the fact that HW is strict about language, cos im a high school teacher, im surrounded by the most offensive language you could imagine, and yes i swear too, but its great to come here and kNOW that i can get a break from all the negative language and pessimism, and know that even though i might have a difference of opinion with someone, there is still mutual respect.
 
thats what i like about HW. this place works on mutual respect- you are free to disagree with members and moderators, you can vent, blow off steam- we all know what its like to be doing it tough, but mutual respect is important, and i think that is why so many people have found comfort, support and stability here- its a 'family friendly' environment. like you said, you can go elsewhere to somewhere that is more liberal and has less rules, but i hope you stick with us here.
 
The mods are humans who volunteer their time and do the very best they can to keep things running smoothly. there will always be differences of opinion- every one of us is unique and our journeys, though similar, are at different stages. I know you clearly stated that you meant no disrespect for the mods and that you 'werent taking sides' which is great-
i hope you can see that the rules, although tough at times, are what makes this forum a special place for so many wounded souls.
take care,
Maz XX
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TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 12/6/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
As best I can tell, Kitt is simply explaining the differences between the formats. I work in the IT field and sometimes there is confusion about terms used to describe different types of online services. Quite honestly, all I get from her comments here is clarification of chat room (synchronous, real-time conversation) vs. message board/forum (asynchronous, people post anytime but aren't really having a conversation all at the same time) to make sure everyone is familiar with the format.

With respect to the language that people use here, I appreciate the respectful tone and the clear lack of foul language. We're all guilty of using it sometimes, but it's nice not to see it here. I agree with Maz that everyone is just trying to get by, and we're here to help each other do that. I find this forum very helpful, especially on days when I feel like so much is going wrong and I need to talk it out with people who will understand... and there are all too few places where I can do that, but this is definitely one of them.

Betsy (-:
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/6/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   

phoenixphyre,

If you would have read my apology above on the thread I posted on you would have noticed I have aologized.  I also left a message up on the boards for you to email me which you did not do.

Everyone that  signs onto HealingWell is required to read the rules before they post and they can communicate by email at anytime with the moderators or with the Owner of the Site.

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 12/6/2008 8:54:28 AM (GMT-7)


stkitt
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   Posted 12/6/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Members,

I thank you for understanding the reason for rules.  Anytime someone has a question for any of the mods please do email.

I think we can continue on with our wonderful forum and and continue to provide caring and support to each other.

I am touched by each of you and the posts you write.  I have always promised to do no harm and I will continue to keep this your own special place to come to and feel safe.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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Nanners
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   Posted 12/6/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I think another point that needs to be made is the reason no foul language is allowed is because we have younger folks on these forums too. Plus why not treat everyone with respect, maybe someone would be offended by someone's else cursing. I think the mods do a wonderful job here at Healingwell on all the forums and I appreciate all their hardwork. I also believe that sometimes folks get a little out of hand with their posts. We are here to support and share tips on whats worked for us, but we are not doctors or phsychiatrists either, and can only offer so much support. JMHO
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 12/6/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't read this thread. I just want to chime in and say this:

I LOVE CHAT ROOMS.

I have a lot of pain. I can go to a chatroom and totally distract. It's 100 times
better than a cigarette.

Pamela Neckpain smilewinkgrin

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getting by
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   Posted 12/6/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners is right about this being family orientated and having younger people on here. There are members as young as thirteen. And I am sure that from time to time we get even younger people reading. I think that we should treat everybody with the same respect as we would like to be treated. There is no need for cursing, though I do it myself, I would never put it on the forum.

I think that this is a very special forum and the members and moderators both give so much of themselves. And I believe the moderators only want to see it run smoothly and be enjoyed by all.

Just my two cents worth.

And I would like to add that I think the moderators on this forum are wonderful and very giving of themselves.

Luv and hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/7/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Nikki,

Your input is appreciated.  Have a great Sunday.

Hugs,

Kitt

 


badfish
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   Posted Yesterday 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
i was jus wanted to say bit
Mods on this forum are awesome kitt lyn & meg do a really good job, and i wouldn't swap them for the world.  Some of the other Mods can AT TIMES be abit heavy handed in their interpretation  of the rules. The best example i can think of is the recent username incident. Which i believe was cited by a mod from another forum.
 
I completely agree with the no talk of self harm and 99% of rules here, when there are young impressionable teenagers goig through mental anguish the last they should be hearing about is that.
 
For me HW is not about what you cant say its about what you can say, to people that dont jus nods there heads and tell you "that must be really hard". To use one of kitts words we are peer comuunity with experiencing similar problems, living with similar conditions. This is one of the only i can find actual elp and advice from people who are having to cope with the same things as me day in and day out. Sure we cant swear or rant bout how much we would like to kill our bosses but those rules are there so young ppl, teenagers who the help and support can come and share in the experience which is HW.
 
Badfish
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted Yesterday 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Badfish,

Well put and you are right, we are family and there will be many times we have different opinions and it is good to share opinions as long as it is always done with respect and with the purpose of suggesting advice to the member.

Each of us has our own unique personality and yes some are more vulnerable then others. 

Having teens as young as 13 is the reason why we do not allow indepth descriptions of self harm, the last thing we need to do is tell someone how to hurt themselves in an open forum?

So thank you for your words of wisdom.

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" - Hamilton Wright Mabie

Gentle Hugs

Kitt

 

 


 

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moonatic
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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Healingwell, I was in chat, got booted , I'm so so so sorry for what I said wrong.... I'm not sure exactly what it was, Just that I couldn't be more sorry... Am I totally band, I just finally found you... please let me back. I apologies please... Thank you cry :( email me, what ever you want:( cry

Post Edited (moonatic) : 2/19/2009 3:27:21 PM (GMT-7)


Tirzah
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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Moon,
It happens all the time. I think it's just a technology glitch. You would have been notified if you were in trouble for something. And if you were banned totally you could not log on anymore, so I think your safe.

If that happens again. Try to log right back into the chat. If that still doesn't work, wait 5 minutes and try again. No worries. Like I said, it happens to me all the time (& all the people I go in to chat with) and I haven't gotten into trouble yet. Even the mods get kicked out by the system sometimes. lol

No worries. :) btw -- welcome to HW! Usually there 4 mods for this board, but poor Sam (Green Grove) is trying to hold down the fort all by himself right now, so I thought I'd jump in & respond to your question.

take care,
frances

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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Frances thanks :) We hope to hear from you more Moonatic! Post on the forum and tell your story.
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/20/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Moon,

Welcome to A & P..........everyone gets booted.........as Frances said it is a glitch in the system and just sign back in.  You have no reason to apologize at all.  You are welcome in chat and in the forums..........

I am Kitt and I look forward to knowing you better.

Kitt


 

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moonatic
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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I got all you emails thank you,thank you, I was so worried I said one of the no no's , because the rules sheet pop on to my screen, that's why I figured did something wrong. I'm very embarrassed, I wasn't going to come back.... I'm 36 what you must have thought. maybe late tonight I'll give it another shot...:):( I'd love to meet the moniters, i''m sure they great people, to donate their time, emotions. thank you so much again. Hugs,:) blush rolleyes :-) :-) :-)
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