Tud, I find your 3 levels do not cover the whole scope of support and what someone coming here might want or not want. I don't appreciate you stereotyping me to your type #1 support. I am not into the #2 at all, I could be - as I have lifetime experience in writing lengthy technical papers, but I choose not to here. And lots of us, including me, contribute on your #3. If you notice with me, I don't give advice on areas that I am not experiened in, I know nothing about
ED, so where do you see me giving advice there? I had the opposite problem of incontinence, so I rarely have anything to say about
I detected some anger in your post, not towards me, but in general to whatever happened yesterday.
The bottom line is very easy. It's a free site, the owner has his own vision, its his place, his investment of time and money, and we only have to agree to a handful of simple rules to be here. If any of us don't or can't go along with that, we are free to leave of our own free will. Or, if some felt strong enough in their views of "support", they could start a new site and a new forum with a different focus.
I think our moderators do a good job under tough circumstances sometimes, and its our job to support their decisions at times, whether we agree or not.
I would rather that Peter Waite, the owner, say this, but I would guess that he would mostly feel, using your 3 categories, that #1 would be the bulk of his intent. If you go to some of the other diseases and ailments at HW, many other groups are heavy on your #1. Just my opinion.
Even though I am a veteren here, like you, and others, I think we should never lose the memory of what it means to come to a place like this, sometimes in a deep mental funk, uneducated often about
our cancer, full of real fear and horror for what lies ahead.
I equate it sometimes to when someone has a death in the family, and the funeral director (to make more money) pushes the bereaved into making instant expensve decisions, as they wallow in shock and grief.
We need to remember our own fears and uncertanties, if we ever hope to help those new to our community..
David in Sunny South Carolina
Post Edited (Purgatory) : 2/26/2011 9:39:39 AM (GMT-7)