Why does this site have to go?

DarkestValley's picture

Does it matter if its not as popular as it once was?

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jeff's picture

Well...

It's not necessarily about popularity.

The point is that it is a support site for LGBT youth, and we've had many recent examples of people who come here wanting support and advice, or posting that they are suicidal... and then because the site isn't visited as much, no one is there to reply to them.

I think a recent case had a suicidal post get a reply ... 4 days later, I think?

So, that is a bigger issue to me than anything else. It is irresponsible to run a site with that focus coupled with that response time.

If it's just a journal site without a community, there's plenty of those online. Not interested in becoming that... or, remaining that, I should say...

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angel syndrome's picture

hi! jeff and I are talking

hi! jeff and I are talking it through and we're considering different options to revitalize the site and solve some of the issues jeff mentioned in the comment above, while retaining the site's character as a supportive, writing-oriented community.

depending on how things go, from there.. the site might be kept up.

more news soon i guess.

jeff's picture

heh...

I wasn't mentioning that until you were ready to post about it. ;-)

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DarkestValley's picture

And what's this secret

And what's this secret plan?

Also, it sort of is about popularity because if the site had more users on it, then it wouldn't be in the place it is now....

But still like people use it, and yeah I agree it's pretty shit if someone goes on here sobbing their soul saying their going to kill themselves on here and no one responds for like a day, but if people realize its going to take a day for people to respond, wouldn't they just like go else where for that sort of immediate support?

Just because responses aren't instantaneous shouldn't be a reason to shut the site down :'( Atleast people still respond! Lets be positive about this!

jeff's picture

Well...

The plan will be posted when it is ready. So, if it's not posted yet...

Again, there's a chance the site will stay running, so no need to debate why I would be shutting it down in its current state.

But I'm decidedly not positive about potentially dead people's journals getting comments when they are too late to matter. That's not the gruesome sort of enterprise in which I want to be involved. I've never been convinced that the "Things will get better" stuff people often received were helpful, but at least they were being engaged instead of feeling abandoned.

Of course, I don't expect to get support from Oasis members about the notion of shutting the site down. It is similar to my Facebook friends saying I shouldn't leave Facebook, it's just not the right audience for objectivity. ;-)

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DarkestValley's picture

Mmm yeah, I disagree with

Mmm yeah, I disagree with your last point though. Facebook is just your Facebook profile with your posts and memories, and whilst you founded this site its a collaboration of other peoples posts and memories. So if you're considering taking away our profiles then I think we are the right audience for objectivity... Just saying yo

jeff's picture

Well...

That seems to defy the definition of objectivity. ;-)

Ultimately, fairness, objectivity, whatever have no bearing here.

The site can change and remain, or the site can stay the same and end on November 30.

Since we've said there is a plan being hatched to try and keep the site alive, I'd root for that and support whatever efforts and required to make that happen.

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