L&LS has put a link on the top of the Discussion Boards regarding "Get Ready for LLS Community". It can also be seen here:
I have looked at the new site and am severely disappointed. I asked if it will replace this current Discussion Board, and the answer was "Yes".
The new site is set up pretty much like Facebook. It is a social media format. It is disorganized, random, and cluttered. Here are some of the comments I sent to L&LS Admin:
Overall the site is cluttered. Too much stuff we don't care about. It seems this new site is trying to offer too much information when the user wants to control what is seen to reduce the clutter. In the future when a lot of users are signed up this clutter will ,ake the site even more burdensome to use. The simple listing of discussions with most recent ones first works very well on the existing L&LS Discussion Board.
On social media sites the clutter, randomness and disorganization may work. The social media model does not work for a Discussion Board. Social media format is not the answer for every website. It certainly does not work here.
Overall assessment: Cluttered, random and disorganized, this new site breaks all the features that make the current Discussion Boards work well. This is not social media -- that concept is a failure here. I give this attempt a D- grade. Starting over would be a very good idea. Better yet, leave the existing site alone.
Remember who your audience is. We are an average age of about 55 years old. We did not grow up with social media. We would use social media if it worked better, and we could set up our own apart from LLS, but we don't want a social media concept. We are your CUSTOMER. We are grateful that you have provided the existing LLS Discussion Board since 2009, and an earlier version before that. It works very well for us. It has greatly benefited many hundreds of people looking for help. This new site will not work well for us, and it would be a disservice to LLS patients everywhere. So if you care about us, you will NOT implement this new site.
I don't mind new as long as it is better. I also don't criticize just to criticize. This site is not better in any way we patients care about. It breaks just about everything that helps patients on the existing Boards. I don't see the point in making such a large scale change to the highly successful L&LS Discussion Boards which have helped so many patients over the years.
I wish I could say something more upbeat, but that would not reflect my opinions. This new site is a disaster. My suggestion is that L&LS should keep the existing Discussion Boards and add this new site for whatever new purpose it intends, which frankly I don't see what that is. Maybe someone could explain it to me.
So that was my input to L&LS on the new site. They apparently intend to implement this within a few weeks. So sad to see L&LS destroy something that has been so useful for L&LS patients.
Edited by Trey, 20 January 2016 - 10:27 AM.