Board Issues and Quiet Board

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2001
Board Issues and Quiet Board
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Mon, 12-31-2012 - 9:26am

Although the board is often quiet this time of year, the recent change in board hosting has likely had some impact.  I still can not simply sign in and post.  Usually, I have to sign in twice.  Today I signed in, but then was told the board could not be found and had to navigate back to the ivillage main page and then to the message boards.  People likely get frustrated and are not willing to go through that to post.  It has now been months and should not be so hard!  I am a long-time user of this board and have been through several changes (back to the days of Parents Place) but this has been the most frustrating!)

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-17-2004
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 10:13am

I have to agree with the navigation issues.  For a long time, I could not sign out.  Now it's difficult to sign in.  And once signed in, I don't stay signed in until you sign off.  It randomly signs me out.

The navigation issues are quite problematic.  I've raised the point the indexing is off which causes the navigation issues.  I've had to resort to memorizing the forum numbers for the boards I visit most often.  This has reduced my visits to only the 3 most pertinent boards to me. 

On occassion there will be a good day.   That day, I usually have 20 posts or so.  But I think you are right, we just don't have the activity on the boards to make it very worthwhile.  I've asked myself why I still visit as it is so slow.  Usually the honest answer is habit.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-13-1999
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 8:07pm

I've had some issues too, mainly having to sign in repeatedly before getting to a reply screen, and occasionally being told that I do not have privileges to reply.  I hope this does get sorted out because I like the people on this board and value the exchange here.  I too date back to parentsplace.  It's kind of scary to think it's been that long!

I hope everyone is enjoying holidays, family time, and some quiet breaks from routine.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-18-2005
Tue, 01-01-2013 - 12:57pm

Ditto, and I'm supposed to be the CL!  I have repeatedly failed to get my siggy up and running properly since the format change, and I can't always log in.

Gwen

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2011
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 1:45pm

I hate that you guys are still having so many isues! Frown I SO wish I had a quick fix or answer for you other than to keep checking the Help board for updates. 

http://www.ivillage.com/forums/ivillage-women/around-ivillage/ivillage-help

I'm hopeful that now that the holidays have passed, the tech team can really make some progress in this next week or so.

We VERY much appreciate your patience- huge thanks for not totally giving up on us!

Lisa 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-1998
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 7:30pm

I remember when it was Parents Place! I remember when there were no graphics at all. I admit I still miss that old board. Easy-peasy and fast. Seems the more active sites have stuck to a much simpler model. I only check 2 of these boards now and both are pretty much dead. Seems the last make-over was one too many. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2001
Thu, 01-03-2013 - 9:46am

Lisa

This has been going on for months with no improvement.  I just had to sign in twice to reply to you.  I am usually patient, but the tech team really has not done its job well in this case.  Perhaps the launch was done too soon, but it is a shame to see the message boards wither away due to tech problems.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2001
Thu, 01-03-2013 - 9:50am

While I think the board problems have really affected iVillage, it seems most of the "gifted" boards are not as lively as they once were.  Do you find any that are very active or interesting?  Perhaps it is all on social media not boards at this point?  I miss the discussions and even occasional arguments about gifted education, the best path for these kids, and how to navigate the system.  Not sure if parents are happier, or just have other outlets. 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-1998
Thu, 01-03-2013 - 5:46pm
I check into another that is more active but it's a pretty young crowd.... mostly toddlers to 3rd grade. Once in awhile there is a good discussion on general giftedness and education but when you have tweens and teens, it can be hard to connect. I believe the focus on "level" of giftedness has hurt the community. So many online claim profoundly gifted children. It's a turn-off for those who have been online awhile and use more traditional breakdowns and I think chases off others who are seeking help but may feel they don't belong. I find in my real community, more people talk openly about giftedness too. It's a little surprising sometimes. Maybe parents don't feel so isolated as they once did?
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-18-2005
Thu, 01-03-2013 - 6:22pm

I still prefer to keep it online, so as not to seem braggy about my kid or make others feel bad if their kids are not doing well in that way.

Gwen

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-2010
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 4:16am

I can't read replies or post a reply using my mobile phone, which puts a lot of limits on how active I can be here. My time in front of a desktop is limited to working time, which obviously I can't spend here to any great extent, or the odd evening I actually have time to sit in front of the computer.

I don't see much talk about the level of giftedness here, per se, and I'm not sure it would bother me if I did. Obviously you're going to see a higher number of posters with unusual issues (like dealing with the special needs of profoundly gifted children) in an internationally accessible forum. The whole "level" discussion seems to be more of a cultural issue. While there is a difference between the issues facing the accelerated learner and the gifted learner, I can't see why both of their needs can't be met here. I admit it bothers me when I see online resentment aimed at other children who are too goal-oriented or who are not "really" gifted, or at parents who obviously must be "pushing" their children. As a parent of a child with different learning needs, you're already facing a host of stereotypes and prejudgements from people who don't know you or your child very well, which is probably why you're seeking an online outlet for issues and questions to begin with.

Aside from that, I can say that I personally have a lot of issues with my child that I can't address alone or in my community. One reason why I don't post more often here is because I still get the feeling that what I have to say is hard to believe and something most people can't relate to. Also, the focus on academics and the American educational system (testing, IEP's, grade skipping, etc.) is something I can't really weigh in on. This is not a complaint, I'm just saying where I'm coming from.

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