Enquiries - news and concerns
Handy web form for advising us on interests, enquiries, news, and concerns (including Web Angel reports.)
Use for any related contact, member enquiry, news item submission, Web Angel reports. Universal.
To let us know of your interests, news, events, web angel reporting, concerns and activities we have a general purpose web form here...
If you would like to submit further ideas on how to make this easier to use and related discussion, please reply here.
WEB ANGEL RECOMMENDS...
If you are working with sensitive issues (e.g. advocacy, support work) please ensure you use privacy online:-
Use a VPN (even a free one is better than none) such as Proton VPN.
VPN will mask your internet protocols ('IP') and issue temporary IP's from a location around the world.
Use a secure web browser such as TOR.
Tor is an 'Onion Browser' that does not save your session history and is usable on both the open web and the deep or dark web.
WEB ANGEL RECOMMENDS...
If for some reason you can not seem to register... you can use the all-encompassing Web Angel form to send us a message, advising your desired username and contact information... sufficient for us to set your account up and get you going. We'll do the rest and you'll be good to go.
Our handy anonymous as you like Web Angel form is there for you to make contact for all sorts of reasons. Adapt the fields to suit. For instance:-
News and current events
Questions and answers
Urgent help requests
Questions on living here, working, health, wellbeing, advocacy.
Releasing pain from past events --- use it as a confessional ---- use it to clear karma!
It can be used to raise concerns, or to clear out your current issues and get a fresh start.
It's up to you.
If you could not register before, please try again. There was an issue with the prior verification process (sent via email) which now is working (tested with gmail.com) If you still can not register, please consider using an existing (or if helping with advocacy etc) a new gmail.com account.
Everything you needed to know about online activities: why your name is not registered or your past posts archived and admin's position on a future community:
Firstly, you are not forgotten and neither are your posts. They are archived and can be recovered if there is a valid requirement.
With major forum updates such as a change of server or systems, we typically archive all the prior forum information (which we have done since day 1 in the good year, 2005.) Unless forum activities remain active they are archived and usernames are removed through lack of use. Just as members move on with the future, so should we. We will never be a solid community otherwise, least of all by trying to hold on to a forgotten past.
Over the past two years or so, we have tried various web site installations to see if there was a way to overcome the Facebook exodus that has afflicted so many sites. We have honestly failed to recapture the membership who are trapped unwittingly there and on a few other social media sites (almost all fail to recognise they are actually Facebook clients, not mere users.) Many even fell for the TM NA&S which was in the end removed by staff there once the site was onsold. Many tried to recreate new NA&S web forums or Discord chats, which was inevitably abandoned (because IMHO it's faberge!) There again, people tried to recreate what is already created and failed. You can not succeed by dividing. When those other sites were created, we announced each and every one of them in fairness. But not one advised of our presence or even wanted to know. Again, you can not succeed by dividing.
So here's the long and short of your life on an active forum (or a forum that wants to remain viable)
Your username and/or posts, or forum areas will be deleted for the following reasons
- If you registered but never posted.
- If you have not posted since the preceding significant update (i.e. the one prior to the most recent.)
- If you are a spammer or troll.
- If you register just to put a post promoting something else (i.e. not a contributor in the proper sense. Read our info following regarding promoting other activities.)
- If you were given member privileges (e.g. site editor) as a financial member but did not subscribe.
Let me be very clear. We failed in past because we were too soft. We made terms and were perpetually affronted with requests to change our core policies. Such as membership. We are a member based community whether that be one or hundreds. If you do not subscribe, you have no rights to protest.
Kevin (the writer of this post) has and will continue to provide servers, operating systems, licences, infrastructure as long as humanly possible no matter what you think of us asking you to consider subscribing. We will never get to the point of being a strong, influential community, if we do this any other way. Every forum in New Zealand that was similar and offered free subscriptions has failed. Period.
When we offered free services, the working team were exhausted. They gradually fell away and no wonder. Their time should not be free. When we were busy providing services voluntarily we were easily spending 20+ hours per week each to do so. When we started charging a little for services, we hardly scratched enough to cover a pack of biscuits between us. So no I am not sorry, as much as I believe in voluntarily supporting activities, we are not free. We can not be as in the end we become exhausted and look for other activities to take up our time. 'Free' cost us an entire charitable trust set up to support you, our subscribers.
What is the future plan for administering a community?
We work on a multiple level authority process:
Direct projects are worked on ideally by a team lead. The team lead will be part of and report to a working team.
The working team will consist of editors, moderators, specialists (such as advocates) depending on membership numbers and projects. They are focused on their roles. The working team will take submissions from direct project team leaders and also work on projects directly.
The working team will put to member vote any issue which directly affects membership (such as subscriptions and privileges.)
The working team will then affirm a majority ruling. They then submit their vote to the Admin team who will sign-off and change policies and procedures. This is once the admin team has assured two aspects: (1) It conforms to the law of the land and (2) it does not conflict with the basic purpose or other policies of the forum community. Much like a legal team would do in a government department making primary changes to policies.
Whilst the membership is low on number, the entire process can fall as far back as simply the administrator managing basic policies and activities. As soon as membership starts to grow, the structures are redeveloped.
With this in mind, the forum community can take rises and falls (even to 1 member, or administrator) and stay in place for future purposes.
So, membership is a mere $5 / month. As any admin or team member for details (this is usually set up by an automatic payment.) Annual receipt/invoice is available for tax purposes (we are GST registered.)
Questions and thoughts are welcome.
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