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#18431 - 11/07/02 10:49 AM Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
Muldoon Offline
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MaleSurvivor

Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 1428
Loc: St Paul MN
I have some concerns that our two forum set up may not be healthy for us. Those that come here in the begining of our recovery need all the wisdom and knowledge we can get to make the very hard step of ending the silence to become survivors.
When I found this web site back in Jan 02 I was in great need of help and the words here gave me hope. I came to this website every work day from the computer at work to read those words of hope. I read every post for 4 months from the background before I became a member.I broke the silence and began my healing in May.
Wisdom and knowledge on this subject of SA is very hard to find. I feel that all the W&K could be on the Members Forum and those of us who need it so much will be LOCKED-OUT.
Muldoon

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#18434 - 11/07/02 02:38 PM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
Muldoon Offline
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MaleSurvivor

Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 1428
Loc: St Paul MN
WillP
You and I frist came here about the same time.
Up to Sunday Nov 4 we where all one togeather as brothers in Healing . Now we are divded in two Members and Guest.
Read Richards post of Nov 4th called Members & Guests. Don't leave us stand your grounds and help change this for the better. Muldoon

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#18435 - 11/07/02 03:04 PM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
The Dean Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 2080
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
hi Guys,
I am a little befuddled. I went to the public forum and I see everything there that is in the members forum--at least I think that is it. I will double check, but it looks like both forums have the same material--senior moments are possible here.

Bob

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#18436 - 11/07/02 04:30 PM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
Wuamei Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
Loc: The left turn I should have ta...
With all due respect, and kinda like what Bob says, it seems to me that the same kind of conversations, wisdom, support, sharing, insights, etc are taking place in the public forums now as before the member forums were started.

It would be interesting to know an average number of posts on the public forums now as compared to before the member forums.

I'm here virtually every day, 2-3 times a day, and my gut feeling is that whatever decline in posting & changes in post there are started with the uproar Lyin Cub & a couple others had going all at once, which started well before the member forums did.

That problem has been cleaned up well, and as others have said its time to not let ourselves feel bullied by some cyberterrorist who cannot hurt us now, time to move on with the business of supporting one another and working our own recoveries.

In fact, I wonder if that whole mess, on top of other things, isn't why we now have member & public forums.

And actually I don't think it's such a bad idea. The public forums, as recently shown, are still very safe forums. They are especially good for those who are for whatever reasons not sure of the idea of "joining up" too quickly, or who still have anonymity as a/the major concern, or really can't pay the membership fee, which BTW is based on your income a kind of sliding fee scale.

I'm not poor or homeless or anything--tho I've been both--but I like most of us have a lot of bills & a little money. I'm currently on medical disability leave thru my work, tho I do still work a (very) little. To me, the membership is already valuable way beyond what I paid for it, just a week or so ago.

The member forums, for me, offer even more security than the public forums, simply becuz as soon as you pay the MS administration (at least some of them) know exactly who you are. For someone like me who has just become ready for that, to start breaking out of anonymity, it is a great step toward greater disclosure like going public, confronting a perp, etc.

The member forums for me are very liberating. In fact, I've made it a place "where everybody knows my name." As have many but not all the other men in those forums. Its still a choice.

Of the men I've seen on the forum, most still seem to be posting mostly on the public forum, or at least as much there as they were before.

I'm quite sure I've not used the public forums any less this past week or so than I did before. I'm simply using the MS site more, becuz I now post almost as much on the membership forums as on the public ones.

I talk about mostly the same topics of discussion that are in the public forums on the member forums. But I'm able to go deeper or more intimately into things becuz I'm not concerned about anonymity so much there. This too is very liberating--now that I'm ready for it & want it. That took a while.

And becuz of the additional sharing I can do on the member forums, I gain more insight & inspiration I can share in old discussions or new topics on the public forum, without of course breaking confidentialities or anonymity.

I've been a "guest" and a "member" and even moderated and otherwise been active working in other forums (that charged a lot more than this one!). I had no problem with it. A lot of recovery forums do this & work it well it seems to me.

Of course all this is just my opinion & experience. So as they say take what you want & leave the rest.

I see no split or different groups of people here. I see only my fellow male survivor brothers.

Take Care

Wuame

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#18437 - 11/07/02 06:20 PM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
The Dean Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 2080
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Actually only a couple of people will know your name if you join MS, and that is so they can mail your stuff to you. I suppose you could give a false name siince the mail comes to your house.
When I was being silly I would order things using the name Benton Berwin--got the idea from a sign in Michigan Benton Beer and Wine. When the mail cameI just laughed.

There is a membership directory, but I bet you could have your name left off it if you wanted.

I would sure hate for someone to not join MS and noy get all the stuff we get, simply because they are not willing to have anyone know their name and address. I am sure you could work around that.

Peace!

Bob

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#18438 - 11/07/02 10:49 PM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
Wuamei Offline
Member

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
Loc: The left turn I should have ta...
Bob:

I guess I was thinking more of the fact that when you pay for membership by credit card (I guess you could pay other ways?) they have the info to track you. But I'm sure there's ways to get around even that.

I didn't want to imply everyone will know who you are in the member forums. That is still a choice. I wasn't sure how many people would know. Thanks for clarifying, Bob.

Wuame

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#18439 - 11/08/02 02:53 AM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
Don-NY Offline
Member
MaleSurvivor

Registered: 08/06/02
Posts: 546
Loc: Long Island, NY
Quote:
Disclaimer: I am not yet a member, but not for lack of trying. Software problems prevented my joining on-line. My snail mail attempt was thwarted by procrastination and dis-organization. A second try on-line, and subsequent communication with the webmaster have shown me that the problem is my ancient version of Internet Explorer. I will join this weekend using my brother's or nephew's system.
I will join because I have learned that the truth will not hurt me. It doesn't embarrass me anymore and it sure as hell can't be held or used against me.

I am joining a group of people (men and women) who know that only by standing together, publicly and politically, can we create the awareness and services needed.

The awareness will help protect the young. Services will be more readily available for them if, or when something happens to them.

Those of us in our 40's or older know how much time and life can pass before we finally admit what keeping our secrets can do to a man.

Malesurvivor (NOMSV) can read my name out loud in the Congress of the United States, if it will help one man heal or protect one child.

But I digress.

I am conflicted over the new forums.

On one hand, this creates a barrier. It brings up feelings of "us and them". Or, "if I can't join now, I'm missing something".

On the other hand, becoming a member can be looked at as an important goal to reach. To feel strong and confident enough to be counted and to be known.

AND: You get to kick in some bucks, to KEEP THIS WEB SITE OPERATING.

So I won't be posting in the other forums when I can. I may read them, but if I see a topic in there I want to respond to, I'll do that here or send a private message as I do now.

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Donald

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#18440 - 11/08/02 05:30 AM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
Roy Offline
Member

Registered: 08/02/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Los Angeles
To be perfectly honest, I do not like the new system one bit. If I had the money I would give it to nomsv in a new york minute mainly because it is such a vital resource, especially for those who are isolated. I don't need the carrot of membership dangled in front of me with the promise of gaining access to the inner sanctum. The way it is now has sort of a country club feel, with the "haves" and the "have nots", and it does not feel good. Situations like this are breeding grounds for resentment, and bring up old feelings of not belonging. Being on the outside looking in. Especially since those of us on the outside have lost access to boards like the one for events and groups, "ask the board", and news updates. If its money you are after, there are much more effective ways to raise it. Many people with histories of sexual abuse suffer the results through loss of employment, disabilities, financial problems, and of course have major issues around trust which make joining a formidable obstacle. In addition, those who have joined and stay in their member forum are being given a false sense of security. Like deceitful and manipulative people like perpetrators don't have credit cards? I'm sure lioncub never thought he would be caught and probably would have enjoyed toying with those in the member forum with them never the wiser. There are plenty of paid websites where people encounter one another under dubious identities. If you think you are safe in there, you are fooling yourselves. It just doesn't feel right this way. Please change it back.


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#18441 - 11/08/02 08:29 AM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
Richard Gartner, PhD Offline
Past President
MaleSurvivor

Registered: 09/20/00
Posts: 404
Loc: New York, NY, USA
As you probably know, we wrestled with this problem for a long time before making a decision.

We had to balance the needs of survivors who are not ready to join the organization with the needs of the organization itself, which must grow and have greater numbers of members if it is to be a force to be reckoned with in the world and if it is to receive grants. The web site itself is expensive to run, and it is not our only activity. Finally, and most importantly, some members of the Forum have felt they would like to have a place to talk to one another with more confidentiality and privacy. Recently, this became more evident when we found that LionCub had been misrepresenting himself in a way that was quite predatory. I think this would not have happened in the Members Forum.

Not that it would be impossible for someone to misrepresent himself when joining, but it is far less likely. We do get credit card information, and that can be traced, even if the card belongs to someone besides the poster -- I doubt many people would be happy to get pressed by the credit card company about a purchase of a membership that led to predatory acts, so I think people would think twice or more before using someone else's card to register. In addition, we ask for an address, phone number, email address, etc. A membership pack is sent (discreetly) to new members, and if it were a false address it would be returned, which would alert us to a possible problem. True, the address might (legitimately) be a post box, and therefore difficult to trace, but I have no doubt that this whole procedure would cut way down on the likelihood of someone taking advantage of the system to be a predator.

We want to encourage membership, which can be free to anyone who cannot afford it. If you do not want your contact information published in our membership directory, just say so when you join.

We recognize that men who are first coming to our site are not likely to want to join the organization right away, and we respect their needs to take as much time as necessary to feel safe to do so. We want to offer them something even if they never join. That is why we are continuing the Public Forums as they have always been. And anyone can ask a question of the Board of DIrectors in the Public Forum. True, there are some forums that are not open to the Public Forum that formerly were. These are now membership benefits.

I hope this clarifies our thinking. This decision came from survivors in the organization as much as from non-survivors. I recognize that some of you are not happy with it, but I hope you will continue to use the Public Forum and also consider joining us. MS/NOMSV needs members, and membership is free if you cannot afford it.

Sincerely,

Richard Gartner
President,
MS/NOMSV

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#18442 - 11/08/02 12:45 PM Re: Wisdom drain at puplic forum?
The Dean Offline
Moderator Emeritus
MaleSurvivor
Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 2080
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Thanks for your explanation Richard.

There is no doubt that people are much more impressed with an organization that represents 900 male survivors than 100.

I like the idea that membership can be free. We can look to other ways to raise money.

Foundations want to know how many people you serve so numbers are important there.

There is a directory of foundations that support Roman Catholic causes, either solely, or among others. I would be happy to write a letter in support of MS applying to any of them to help offset the damage down by predatory priests.

I guess the thing I am saying it that I would like MS to have a good list of members that they can speak for AND to have the finances to do what we do and even more. It takes money to do good works at times.

Let me know if I can help.

Bob

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