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  4. A few key members left back in 2012 - then gradually, the children of the original members grew up and left home. 2010/11 was the golden era - there'd be a new post every few minutes more than less. I suppose I could email a few old members and see if they'd consider coming back, but it'd only be short lived. Too many years have gone by. And ASD isn't the obscure misunderstood thing it used to be - the world is much easier to function in nowadays because the help is just easier to access.
  5. I agree, I would have thought with the lockdown, more people would have been on the Forums which I use, but the forums seem less busy. perhaps people are doing diy or gardening etc.
  6. I've joined a lot of forums in my time. Too many to count, really. Regardless of how many I'm active on these days, very few of them have any real activity anymore. For example, lots of great games are coming out, such as The Last of Us Part II, which in fact, is being released today in the UK. Where is the hype, huh? Yes, it has gotten a lot of controversy already, due to the leaks, what the main antagonist is like, and stuff that I think folk are overreacting to. But generally speaking here, all of the forums I go on, where you may immediately think people would be keen to discuss games like that or other subjects, are all pretty much dead. It doesn't matter what the topic is. Every forum I ever joined that I'm still able to log into, is dead. And I don't get it, because way back in 2003 when I started out on gaming related message boards, you had new posts just about every minute of the day. Wake up the next morning to check back on your latest comment, and a thread would be into its 50th page or something, depending on who was replying and how often new replies came in. These days, it's never like that, except on the super busy forums. However, they're inclined to be a waste of time because of the trolls that infest them. I'm not a big Facebook and Twitter fan, but I reckon that's what has made forums almost obsolete. It's also hard to get [sane] users to notice you on YouTube as well. What's stupid is, Google has ruined that site now, because over a year ago by this point, they stopped allowing users to live stream from a mobile device, who have the misfortune of having less than 1000 followers. You're also required to mark whether it's safe for kids. It took me a while to fathom why my comments were turned off, as I didn't do it myself. Like, holy cow. I mean, how are you supposed to gather up that many subs anyway? Plus, I don't know about you, but I'd rather have a measly 20 sensible users being genuine subs for a low rate niche channel, than 980 online strangers being silly and trolling. I'm aware that trolls subscribe to me with hidden accounts nonetheless, just to abuse the like and dislike feature. I'm aware that you can disable that if you see fit to do so, but I'd rather have it there. Basically, all you had to do in the past was verify your number, wait a full day, and then you were good to go with streaming outside on your phone, in full high definition quality. It was as easy as saying "A, B, C". Now it's an absolute chore, as you have to use something like Streamlabs, to counteract that policy. The quality though is very bad compared to the real thing. Believe me, it's atrocious. When I did it, it was jerky, I lost the sound, and it was lame. So very lame. And by the way, if you aren't good at making videos in the first place, nobody will be likely to watch you twice, let alone subscribe. It seems nobody is interested in basic video logs any longer. You have to be fantastic at editing, making it all flashy and fancy, in order to be presentable to the nerds, or it's like nobody could care less about what you're saying. It's honestly ridiculous how Google took away a feature that should be available to everyone from the start. Live streaming was always better than using your camera offline, as it took up zero storage. Hell, Android isn't Windows. And making money is harder to do now too, if you're into that sort of thing. You need to have 1000 subs, which again, is awkward to achieve if you aren't amazing at producing YouTube content, or perhaps you just don't have a desire to end up that big in any case because you don't care enough about it, or you have a life away from the computer, meaning you aren't going to consistently log in and upload new stuff. Plus... you also have to have viewed 4000 hours of YouTube content into the bargain. Like, seriously. That's just Google being annoying. As I covered above, forums are dead now. I've been banned from lots of them for stupid reasons too, but it's not so much that which bothers me. They're all so empty now. I'm always seeing the exact same 3 or 4 people on them, and I feel like making short posts now is better than making long ones, since I doubt anybody is paying attention. I'd really like to know why the Internet is like this in the digital era we're in today, and lots of folk should be indoors anyway, per what the government has ordered. This COVID-19 lockdown surely indicates more people are likely to be going online to pass the time. Right? These are just my opinions, so keep that in mind if you respond. I've found myself needing to rant a lot lately...
  7. Aut_Scot

    New Server

    I was wondering if there was a reason for the lack of new posts and what could be done to attract new posters.
  8. Well done and also for your other achievement. I am going back to work next week, I am really looking forward to that. I use public transport so to get to and from work so that is a worry (small risk of Covid, but chance of not getting on the bus if it is too full). I am lucky to still have a job. Life will be very hard for a lot of people who have lost their jobs or who's businesses have been damaged. It is soul destroying looking for work when there is mass unemployment, applying for jobs and keep getting rejected, not to mention money worries that go with unemployment.
  9. I've been working full-time for the duration of the lockdown (my job was already set up for working for home). This I know makes me one of the more fortunate ones, but it has meant that I haven't enjoyed the massive increase in free time that other people are apparently experiencing. Nor have I got to know my neighbours any better. I live in a top floor flat and I don't even know how many other people are in the building. Physically I've been fine, apart from initially suffering sore hands from the frequent washing and (in the last month) somehow straining an abductor hip muscle which makes some yoga poses painful. In fact I've shed 4 kg. Amazing what a difference the absence of vending machines, colleagues' birthday cakes and samosa sales have made! My greatest achievement was to land two job offers last month: one for an internal promotion I'd been interviewed for back in mid-March (the last time I ever shook hands with anyone) and one with a different employer, an energy consultancy. I've decided to go for the latter. I'm still officially with my current employer until 29 June and am now using up my annual leave. Too bad there's not much I can do with it.
  10. As long as it's done with masks and precautions then I don't see a problem with it.
  11. This is very black and white, the research doesn't allow for individuals who mask or who have a different gender identity to their sexual defined at birth.
  12. I'm a fan of this show. I also like to watch "the good doctor". Alfie
  13. Sorry no one's replied to your post. After or around December 2020 your son should get an invite to claim for pip as his dla will be running out. He will be expected to ring up and apply over the phone (unless his autism prevents him from using the phone and he's classed as severely autistic and you're down with dwp as managing his affairs). The NAS has some online guides which can help you with pip. https://www.autism.org.uk/about/benefits-care/benefits/pip.aspx Hope this helps.
  14. David Seagrove 1941 - 2019, a man who had Aspergers syndrome. Short auto biography: https://www.raggeduniversity.co.uk/2013/08/28/aristotle-perhaps-david-seagrave/ David Seagrave portfolio: https://dseagraveportfolio.wordpress.com/ More articles from Ragged University: https://www.raggeduniversity.co.uk/tag/david-seagrave/ Videos: David Seagrave for Remade: A Measure of All Things David Seagrave: David Seagrave's model trains (part 1): https://aspergersnet.wixsite.com/elas/elas-video David Seagrave's model trains (part 2):
  15. I'll see what I can come up with; I'm sure I can suture up a few posts and say something half intelligent.
  16. Please see the New Topic about our server upgrade

  17. Lufty

    New Server

    Dear All I have moved the forum onto a new server which is twice as fast as the previous server. We get very few new posts these days but we do get lots of people visiting the forum for help and advice so I have decided to keep it running for now mainly as an information resource due to the limited new threads being posted. All the best Lufty
  18. Series 3 of the "A Word" starts tomorrow on BBC 1 at 21:00 hours. Link to programme trailer below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p089szgq Link to programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p089gzjx Link to previous episodes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09flzps/episodes/player
  19. Any thoughts on this? Source: What are the characteristics of a person with Asperger's
  20. Honestly, it's the best thing that ever happened to me. I'm now optionless but to buckle down and get all of my projects finished. I'm probably working harder now than I ever have, and it's ALL towards my big life goals. I feel like I'm being just generally kinder to myself as well, in a weird way this entire thing has caused me to re-tune my way of thinking a bit.
  21. Item on the BBC website, "Coronavirus: The struggle of living in lockdown with autism": https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52398144 Regarding the lockdown I am trying to make the best of things. How are you coping with the lockdown?
  22. Hi everyone! Hope everyone is safe and well! I am still in need of more participants to take part in my study, if you have a spare few minutes to complete my research then I would be so grateful! Information for the study is as follows: I am a current university student doing an MSc Forensic Psychology course at Newcastle and am conducting an online research study for my dissertation. I am focusing on a sample of adults who identify as having autism, and wanted to post my study onto this forum to ask for any willing participants! The study will ask questions on specific interests, contact with the Criminal Justice System and anger. I have been granted full ethical approval and have been given admin permission to post this study here. You will be provided with a full information sheet and debrief during the course of the study if you choose to take part. Any information you provide will remain entirely confidential and this participation is completely voluntary. I would massively appreciate anyone who has a spare 15 minutes to take part. If you have any questions, please feel free to make a comment below this post. Thank you so much and take care! http://nclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLTZDL7vbrARP6J
  23. Hi everyone, hope you are all staying safe! I am a current university student doing an MSc Forensic Psychology course at Newcastle and am conducting an online research study for my dissertation. I am focusing on a sample of adults who identify as having autism, and wanted to post my study onto this forum to ask for any willing participants! The study will ask questions on specific interests, contact with the Criminal Justice System and anger. I have been granted full ethical approval and have been given admin permission to post this study here. You will be provided with a full information sheet and debrief during the course of the study if you choose to take part. Any information you provide will remain entirely confidential and this participation is completely voluntary. I would massively appreciate anyone who has a spare 15 minutes to take part. If you have any questions, please feel free to make a comment below this post. Thank you so much and take care! http://nclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLTZDL7vbrARP6J
  24. Hi everyone, hope you are all staying safe! I am a current university student doing an MSc Forensic Psychology course at Newcastle and am conducting an online research study for my dissertation. I am focusing on a sample of adults who identify as having autism, and wanted to post my study onto this forum to ask for any willing participants! The study will ask questions on specific interests, contact with the Criminal Justice System and anger. I have been granted full ethical approval and have been given admin permission to post this study here. You will be provided with a full information sheet and debrief during the course of the study if you choose to take part. Any information you provide will remain entirely confidential and this participation is completely voluntary. I would massively appreciate anyone who has a spare 15 minutes to take part. If you have any questions, please feel free to make a comment below this post. Thank you so much and take care! http://nclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLTZDL7vbrARP6J
  25. Seen on the BBC news website, "Birthday drive by for boy with autism in isolation": https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-52159567/birthday-drive-by-for-boy-with-autism-in-isolation
  26. AARG is Autistic Artists Research Group, they have put a YouTube video up titled "Introducing AARG - Autistic Artists Research Group!":
  27. What about virtual meetups? That's all we're advised to do in the current circumstances.
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