Well said Dave
Totally agree with youAs long as it is acknowledged that people are allowed to have their own opinions then there is no reason why this can't be a nice place to talk Cockapoo. It doesn't have to get personal, we are all grown ups and should be able to discuss things objectively. We will never all agree with each other about everything but there are people on here who have a lot of experience and knowledge and I personally would like to hear from everyone.
I would not like to think that members could effectively vote another member off by pressing a button! That is why we have mods, they are an unbiased forum member who can look at threads objectively.Yep, well said.
There are so many forums out there where members seem to thrive on hostility, antagonism and extreme views I was pleased to find this forum where members are fun and friendly but it does feel like things have got a little out of hand over some topics. Let's hope we can hang onto the fun and friendly nature of this forum.
Maybe as well as a 'Thanks' button we could have a 'Cool It' button and if a member gets a certain number of strikes then they get locked out for a day or two to cool down or find another forum that suits them better.
Or maybe private threads or 'rooms' where like minded members can form groups to chat privately, kinf of like private messaging but as a running thread instead of a string of messages???
Just airing some thoughts and ideas really as it looks like Dave is thinking about ways to adapt the forum to take the heat off a bit. The forum isn't always as light hearted and fun as it used to beI would not like to think that members could effectively vote another member off by pressing a button! That is why we have mods, they are an unbiased forum member who can look at threads objectively.
A forum is a public platform for discussions, you have private messages if you want to discuss behind closed doors. How would you decide who could join your private thread? Doesn't sound very inclusive to me.
So how would you feel if you were given the wrong advice and someone pointed it out - that would cause a difference of opinion? Or take the discussion on training methods where there are two camps of dog training? We are not just talking about two people having a difference of opinion we are talking about the entire world of dog training being divided and it is very interesting. I for one would like to be able to discuss these things sensibly with other members without people getting defensive just because I don't agree with another member poster. It does not mean that they are being targeted it just means that there are other valid views to consider. If people are able to accept others have opinions here and in the wider world without getting all defensive/aggressive then we can all learn alot!
I would really like advice from members who have different experiences with their dogs but I am open minded and I would rather listen to the views of many before I decide what is right for me and mine.
Janice I believe that Julia and Stephen are responding to the encouragement of a lot of members on this forum. I am not eagerly awaiting a puppy this summer but I have SO enjoyed viewing the videos and photos. We are, after all, Cockapoo mad on this forum otherwise we wouldn't be active members. Please don't stop JD!one thing we DO NOT WANT is hostility to any person or,breeder but if i may be honest with out getting shot !!!! jd you do over do your posts you have only been breeding a few years (stephen) julia has been a lot longer and more experience but when you post you do go over the top and you make me ! feel like i am not important and others feel the same way you advertise your puppies with videos linked to you tube that i feel is not ok ,i send individual videos and pics to my people i dont post on an internet forum i hope this does not upset you but this forum should be about people not a persons business and advertising , your advertising should be on your website or private ... janice