Thursday, 29 July 2010

Forum closed

What future for on-line CE-forums

Conductive Education Communications Center has solve its immediate forum problem – invasion by inappropriate Internet traders – by taking its forum off line.

The rest of Conductive Education Communications Center remains on line.

Presumably the old adage applies: use it or lose it.

A previous item refers:


Conductive Education's online forums

The only US-based forum left online is ACENA's – for members only. The facility has been barely used:


The Hungarian-language forum of the now suspended Konduktor web portal was barely used either:


The German-language forum of the Bundesverband der in Deutschland tätigen KonduktorInnen e.V. has just about ticked over, mainly as a conductors' job centre:


The English-language Conductive Community Forum also continues to ticks over slowly, but generates little steam:


Do people in Conductive Education really have no information that they want to exchange, is there nothing that they would like to learn from each other? Are there no problems to share, argue over, help each other with?

Online forums continue to flourish in other sectors in response to such communication needs. Is is the forum format somehow peculiarly unsuited to the fragile culture and insecure context of Conductive Education? Could it be that, to some degree perhaps, for the moment such a  peculiarity is better catered for by two newer online structures: social networking and blogging:
  • Facebook and others offer unprecedented opportunity to express one's view publicly with little chance of critical comment and discussion – the way things presently are, anyway.
  • In as far as there is any public, online informational function or debate happening in Conductive Education, this is presently done on the CE-blogosphere.
Both these have their advantages but they have their limits too. Go on, be bold, try out the CE-forums currently in operation – but nor for the purpose of dodgy Internet trading, please!

2 comments:

  1. 2 quick thoughts, both relate to evolution of the technology:

    1. This morning I had a coffee and chat with Russell Kavanagh, the inspiration behind the "hyperlocal" website NWSheffield (http://nwsheffield.org)
    Thinking of closing it down, Russell too is asking, do people "really have no information that they want to exchange, is there nothing that they would like to learn from each other? Are there no problems to share, argue over, help each other with?"
    My feeling is that online technologies are still (even now) well ahead of where most people are.
    (2) However, a large number of people - maybe only at work - are familiar with using email, so it might be said there is some progress. On the other hand, I was reading the other day that "young people" now regard emails as "old hat" and communicate/network via Facebook and texting.

    Make of it all what you will.

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  2. Kasey Grey writes with some useful information –

    Just saw your latest post... I don't believe you need to be an ACENA member to use our forum. You do have to register – make up a user name and password and give your email address, but it does not ask for your membership status in ACENA.

    Kasey.

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