Hi everyone –
The discussions that have been taking place on this forum over the last couple of weeks have raised lots of interesting and important issues. We really do welcome and value the contributions made by everyone. Some of you have raised concerns about censorship and a lack of free speech but we’ve been happy to allow this very public discussion to take place - as the many pages of posts about the charity demonstrate.
In all debates, where people hold strong views, it’s possible to get carried away. E mail and the internet make this particularly easy to do. Sometimes the level of aggression can make other people wary of expressing an opinion.
We can’t tolerate abusive content, including posts or emails sent to other users or moderators. When people come to the forum it is important they find a friendly and welcoming space.
We’ll be contacting those forum members who’ve been recently suspended to discuss this and to look at how they can continue to take part in forum activity.
As an organisation, we’re committed to making sure that everybody affected by Parkinson’s can get the support they need. The forum plays an important part in this, letting the real experts… people with Parkinson’s… share their experience and knowledge. Over the coming months we’ll be looking at how we can include forum users in the development of the service and in ongoing moderation. Watch this space for more details.
In the meantime it’s not too late to join tonight’s online discussion with Steve.
You need to register in advance for the meeting so that login details for the website and the conference call number can be sent to you. To register go to http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/default.aspx?page=10777
Once your request has been received, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.