Jen - iVillage members' migration to other sites

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Registered: 01-06-2002
Jen - iVillage members' migration to other sites
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Tue, 12-04-2012 - 1:12am

Not only are many members of iVillage discussion boards finding help and support elsewhere, but even those who visit iVillage for all its other valuable content are migrating to family websites like BabyCenter.

The iVillage 'Circumcision' forum is in a state of necrosis. It's not alone.

I know our current re-birth is a huge undertaking, but early promises have become hopeful wishes for the future with little assurance that all will be well - eventually.

Can you give us an encouraging update?

Christopher

P.S. I am posting this on all three sections under 'Circumcision'.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009

Hi, Christopher.  I went ahead and removed the duplicate posts.  There really hasn't been any new news to provide until yesterday.  Jessica, our community director posted a new update to the iVillage Help board that can be found here:  http://www.ivillage.com/forums/ivillage-women/around-ivillage/ivillage-help/ivillage-help/latest-update-1-17-13

I wish I knew more, but for now this is it.  What we can do is continue to post to our members, be supportive, provide advice, direct them to information, etc.  I'm hopeful that once this project is done, it will help search engines find us better (which is what they expect to happen).

If you need anything at all, please e-mail me.   

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Registered: 01-06-2002

Hi Jen,

Thank you very much. You gave me a reply that others will also have seen, which is what I hoped for. I will check out Jessica's recent update and if I have any further needs which I think you may be able to meet, I will e-mail you.

Christopher

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2008

Hey there Christopher I think part of the reason for this (at least where it concerns the circumcision forum) is that much activity has shifted to Facebook. I've noticed similar drop offs on other sites. Just pointing it out.

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Registered: 01-06-2002

Hi Fellowtraveler, it's good to see you're still around! I have yet to use Facebook, though I have been invited to join a private circumcision group - and that was before iVillage began its mighty revamp.

I take your point, but if you visit BabyCenter you'll find circumcision actively discussed on its boards (called Groups), especially one entitled Questioning Circumcision and Raising Intact Boys which is active by the hour and minute every day. And all four of the other circumcision-related groups are active to a lesser degree, the Debate group being the slowest.

For whatever reason, debating circumcision on family-orientated websites (once as 'hot' and active as breastfeeding, abortion and vaccination continue to be today) is no longer of interest - surprising after the AAP's 2012 revised standpoint on the subject. But could that be because American parents are leaving their boys intact in their droves, regardless of the AAP and its ridiculous statement?

iVillage's 'Circumcision' board with its three sub-boards all accessible at the click of a mouse is unique among all other Family websites like BabyCenter and Mothering.com, etc. It was an inspired decision and potentially groundbreaking - but for this:

I first came across the term 'iVillage' when Googling in general for this that and the other. I gave it liitle heed because it engendered a mental image of a small group of people living in a village community. Yes, it was a cozy, comforting, even nostalgic concept - but it was not what I was looking for at the time. The last thing its members would be doing was to discuss circumcision, for heaven's sake!

But BabyCenter did. Mothering.com also, to a lesser degree. Why? Because both their titles are specific and immediately to the point - child care within a family environment. I can't deny iVillage's longevity, so it must be doing something right! But I do wonder if its name has the same initial nuance for parents browsing the internet as it did me; particularly when their wish is to reflect upon circumcision.

Christopher

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2008

I am always checking in from time to time but I've been tied up with other matters and the low traffic in the debate sections kind of keeps me quite. :) I have kept active otherwise though. I attended/supported the GIAW protest in DC and the HIV conference also in DC. Anyway, I actually misspoke a bit. There doesn't seem to be a lot, if any, debate happening on Facebook but a lot of the organizational stuff has moved there. By that I mean groups organizing for baby fairs or other activists activities. The debate, it seems, has indeed decreased and to be honest I am not sure why. It could be that we've reached a point where many parents already know they won't do it. That isn't to say it's becoming rare but it could be that parents who are active on these kinds of forums are mostly convinced. I will say that of the boards that I am registered on, I've seen much less actual debating and mostly just 'intact' support groups and activities. 

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Registered: 01-06-2002

fellowtraveler wrote:
<p>I will say that of the boards that I am registered on, I've seen much less actual debating and mostly just 'intact' support groups and activities. </p>

Yes, I agree. And that's why a long time ago before iVillage began its massive re-incarnation, I PMd Jen and suggested an alternative to the debate section.

Something along the lines of 'Circumcision and Bringing up Intact Boys'. Or any variation on that theme. It should be a source of factual information and help for parents with intact boys, but also a board which would acknowledge and welcome opposite views from parents who circumcised their boys and are happy with their decision, together with those who circumcised and regret it (or even left them intact and regret it).

Some reasoned debate might take place which would serve the purpose of the board in a collective appraisal of family life today in the USA  What are your thoughts about this?

Christopher

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