LLS announces a "new" forum and many folks "virtually" rally to take up pitchforks and torches and storm the castle where the evil Dr. Frankenstein is creating the monster. Just like in the movie.
I've been coming here for several years - back to the days that it was the "old forum". I am also a regular visitor at a few other special interest forums. It seems that ALL forums regularly change their format. Not sure why that is but my guess is the administrators choose to make enhancements to the product they are hosting. Whenever a site changes a forum I have grown used to I am aggravated because I'm an old dog and I don't really like to learn a lot of new tricks. I get comfortable with what I know - I'm not crazy about change. But eventually I adjust to the changes and usually end up liking the "new" forum more than the old one. That's just me.
I keep waiting for someone to step up and defend LLS in this matter. Sadly that hasn't happened. So I will say a few words. We pay NOTHING to come here and learn about our CML. NOTHING. And I think that most here would agree that we learn more here than in the offices of our doctors. LLS pays to provide us with this free service - hosting a site like this costs money. They ask for nothing in return from us. Yet the attitude I see here - and the lack of GRATITUDE - is much along the lines of when someone pays a lot of money for something and then feels that they have not gotten their money's worth. I also see what smacks of entitlement in the way some people are complaining how they are being "done wrong".
I can relate to the idea that LLS maybe should have sought more user input before effecting any changes - BUT - I have also witnessed many times the old adage that if you want to put a good idea to death...just send it to a committee.
At the end of the day it is their site and their money. They don't have to ask our permission for anything. And in my opinion, to attack them for exercising their right to make changes is out of line.
TO LLS: From the heart, my sincere THANK YOU for all of your efforts over the years as you have provided me with a place to learn about my disease. I will always be grateful and will keep coming here no matter what format you change to.