For me Benji I am afraid it is not a simple question!
I have been a member of the Forum for at least five years and intend staying and enjoying the posts of my fellow cyber friends. Two years ago I became an employee of PUK.
We all have our pseudonyms which give us our right to privacy and is sacred as it should be. Having said that it is always a pleasure to meet with and chat to Lin and Mike 700. I met up with Mike when we attended a branch Forum and with Lin at a Mervyn Peake awards day. If asked face to face I tell my Forum name to the enquirer.
Most of what I know about Parkinson's has come either from the Forum or from Parkinson's UK. There is nothing like the experience of other PWP's to alert and educate and long may it continue, The input of Ray of Sunshine and Leyther have served the Forum well in bringing topics to the attention of us all wether we agree with their point of view or not.
In the not too distant past I was very moved by one of the posts and I thought that something should and maybe could be done to avoid a recurrence of that persons situation. I contacted the person concerned and we exchanged a number of emails.
I would hope that in the same position someone would have contacted me and offered their good wishes and a means to communication.
The person concerned wished me well but does not want to be identified with the story so that will be respected. It is very hard as a Forum member, branch and committee member, not to want to help. In the two years this was the first time that a situation made me feel that I would try and do something to stop it happening again. At the risk of starting a tirade of indignity I think in this instance I was right to to do so.
I did not make the contact as an employee but as a fellow person with Parkinson's.