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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   Depression and other mental health difficulties are common amongst people on the autistic spectrum and their carers.   People who are affected by general mental health difficulties are encouraged to receive and share information, support and advice with other forum members, though it is important to point out that this exchange of information is generally based on personal experience and opinions, and is not a substitute for professional medical help.   There is a list of sources of mental health support here: <a href="http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=18801" target="_blank">Mental Health Resources link</a>   People may experience a more serious crisis with their mental health and need urgent medical assistance and advice. However well intentioned, this is not an area of support that the forum can or should be attempting to offer and we would urge members who are feeling at risk of self-harm or suicide to contact either their own GP/health centre, or if out of hours contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or to call emergency services 999.   We want to reassure members that they have our full support in offering and seeking advice and information on general mental health issues. Members asking for information in order to help a person in their care are seeking to empower both themselves and those they represent, and we would naturally welcome any such dialogue on the forum.   However, any posts which are deemed to contain inference of personal intent to self-harm and/or suicide will be removed from the forum and that person will be contacted via the pm system with advice on where to seek appropriate help.   In addition to the post being removed, if a forum member is deemed to indicate an immediate risk to themselves, and are unable to be contacted via the pm system, the moderating team will take steps to ensure that person's safety. This may involve breaking previous confidentiality agreements and/or contacting the emergency services on that person's behalf.   Sometimes posts referring to self-harm do not indicate an immediate risk, but they may contain material which others find inappropriate or distressing. This type of post will also be removed from the public forum at the moderator's/administrator's discretion, considering the forum user base as a whole.   If any member receives a PM indicating an immediate risk and is not in a position (or does not want) to intervene, they should forward the PM to the moderating team, who will deal with the disclosure in accordance with the above guidelines.   We trust all members will appreciate the reasoning behind these guidelines, and our intention to urge any member struggling with suicidal feelings to seek and receive approproiate support from trained and experienced professional resources.   The forum guidelines have been updated to reflect the above.   Regards,   The mod/admin team
A-S warrior

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This is the place to discuss all of your forum concerns, points, suggestions and issues. All forum related issues should be disscussesd in this topic. Once we reach consensus we shall contact lufty and request the forum updates.

 

With nearly 20,000 members there is bound to be differing views on any potential changes.

 

Regards,

 

Ben.

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This is the place to discuss all of your forum concerns, points, suggestions and issues. All forum related issues should be disscussesd in this topic. Once we reach consensus we shall contact lufty and request the forum updates.

 

With nearly 20,000 members there is bound to be differing views on any potential changes.

 

Regards,

 

Ben.

 

1) moderators if they are participating in a discussion, that moderator cannot moderate that discussion to allay abuse and accusations of it.

 

 

2) moderators refrain from editing people posts under such guises as ensuring 'smooth flowing', as what does that mean ? This is a place for people to talk and if they can't say what they mean, then what is the point posting in the first place ?

 

3) moderators treat non moderators with the respect they deserve and moderate in an open and honest manner. If rules are broken, inform the person on open forum of what rule and why for the continued learning of everyone as rules will be quickly forgotten if they are not reiterated from time to time.

 

4) Given we can no longer post images to forums, how about a gallery, so people can share what they do ?

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Suze   

Some good suggestions... I like the gallery idea :D , ..

Point 2).........You made regarding smooth flow and editing , this is used if posts are duplicated etc it is sometimes necessary to edit in this way.

On the whole though I think generally the forum runs rather well, and is a safe and friendly place to post.

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oakers   

I've been thinking about this a lot since all the goings on the other day...

 

1. I think that people should still feel comfortable enough to post. I've seen a couple of posts now where it has said that something has been edited for 'smooth flowing' or whatever... but who says that what a moderator considers smooth flowing is what other people do? We're all supposedly either on the spectrum or have children on the spectrum and therefore are probably quite tolerant with regards to the way people communicate.

 

If you start moderating the way in which people write, if there is no danger in what they are posting, you run the risk of alienating people, further than they are probably feeling alienated in life already.

 

2. For moderators to be considerate of forum members and vice versa. A forum will NEVER work if there isn't mutual respect amongst the majority of members and their moderators.

 

There's more but I'll come back with that in a bit.

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2) moderators refrain from editing people posts under such guises as ensuring 'smooth flowing', as what does that mean ? This is a place for people to talk and if they can't say what they mean, then what is the point posting in the first place ?

 

Just going to touch on this.

 

So far i haven't actually edited an original post, all i do is merge posts, if someone has posted in succession within a short space of time. two reasons for this.

 

1) It keeps the thread clean, You surely cant have a problem with me, tidying the topic up? Some topics become like spam pages, it's just manners to tidy up, and so far i've had no issues from anybody on that. I'm not censoring anything, or taking anything away. I remember of a moderator here a while ago, who used to edit members posts to add punctuation, again it's just polite.

 

2) It's quicker for some members to post again, rather than edit there original post, or some just don't like to edit. I have no problem with that, it doesn't take a minute to fix the post. The editing of posts is just everyday moderating task.

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In my opinion, if anybody wants it, the moderators should be able to do what they want. They are providing a free service in their own time. On another site i've been posting on, no one seems to moderate it and there are two people who just bully and intimidate others for the sake of it, writing nasty comments to everything people say. It's put me off going back. I don't post things to receive negative and unhelpful comments. Nobody likes that. Some people like to cause trouble for fun. Here, they won't be able to get away with it so i think careful moderation is a good thing. In a past thread when i first found this forum, i wrote a few things that i didn't think through...and if what i wrote was moderated, i'm glad about it. It took the moderators stepping in to make me realize that the topic wasn't appropriate. There have to be rules in order to keep most people happy most of the time. The moderators shouldn't need our permission to do their jobs, and i think it shows how sensitive they are to offer us a say in things.

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Thankyou for your post merry, and it's good to have you back. I don't think we should be able to do what we want there are certain protocols we must follow, as well as being bound to forum rules. Our power must be used sparingly, and accordingly.

 

However (In my opinion anyway) we should be able to step in, and do what we have to do without disscussion of forum politics, i.e Why was my post deleted? etc. It can be a bannable offence on some forums, to discuss such things publicly.

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I look at it this way;

 

Who makes a forum ?

 

The moderators or the ordinary members ?

 

The answer to that is they both do, that being there has to be mutual respect for that to exist and in order to get that respect people have to be respected both ways and you cannot say respect us because we are moderators that does not wash, respect is earned.

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I earned my respect already, being a moderator shouldn't diminish that respect ive built up over my last 1700+ posts. Ive earned my spot, and people see me as a friend.

 

I'm an ordinary member at heart, i'll never lose track of my roots here.

 

I digress however and agree with you sa skimrande. respect is everything.

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Merry   

I agree A-S Warrior. You are doing us a service and i want to thank you for what you do.

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Please could the site be upgraded to support https and/or the security certificate be fixed?

 

When I try to log in I get a "Your connection is not secure" warning from FireFox. If I explicitly put "https:" at the beginning of the URL, FireFox complains thus:

 

The owner of www.asd-forum.org.uk has configured their web site improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this web site. Chrome gives a similar warning.

 

Can anything be done?

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While I'm at it, can anything be done to re-enable uploading avatars? I've tried png, jpg, large, small, nothing works. It justs shows the "uploading progress" circle, but the image doesn't change when the progress circle stops.

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