I only just read this topic today. It looks like the last post here was a week ago -- Maybe since then there have been some compromise?? IDK, but I haven't been to an online meeting in a little while, (things get in the way...) I just came from one today BEFORE I read this topic, and I didn't even notice the changes!
I agree almost entirely with OBG, but honestly the guidelines set out before the meeting today seemed to be the same as they were a month ago. We were encouraged to reply with TYFS AND a FEW encouraging words. Our moderator was Sharon, and she too added a few words of encouragement... Official or unofficial compromise, it doesn't really matter - I like always, felt welcome and at home here. I can not comment on the 'chat' issue, since I haven't used it. I do however, believe that if you come here for the FIRST TIME in crisis.. most people probably feel comfortable talking to someone in a chat room rather than by phone. It's definitely better to have an immediate response when you are in crisis - I love the forum but, most-times you have to wait for a response.
I hope this issue is not as big as it sounds... Personally, I have been helped tremendously by many people here including, OBG, Sharon, Kelly, Carn, Tako, Dave, and numerous others. I look forward to seeing you all in the forum. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
People do not change their lives because of what they know,
they change their lives because of what they feel.