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May 21, 2016 - 39 comments

I feel compelled to say that I hereby declare that I have *never* witnessed such an across-the-board, downright, summarily executed (no pun intended ) no holds barred hands down ALL OUT FLAGRANT example of taking something helpful, successful and serving an imperative function with 150% effectiveness and inexplicably ruining it and running it into the ground as I have seen these past couple years with Medhelp ' s Substance Abuse Forum.

Well done, medhelp!!! Congratulations

I could say more but I feel I would needlessly be taxing the allowable vocabulary per capita of my readers and myself

I hope you can forgive my temerity mods

In the words of outkast, 'I'm I'm just being honest'

Love,
Meegy

.. ps I don't even know who my friends are anymore!

Why, Meegy?

BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE MY FRIENDS FEED!!!!

Peas out

Mp


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by msdelight, May 21, 2016
Meegan are you on FB? I can't leave this place without you! And you journal was eloquent and spot on! Isn't it ridiculous? Love B

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by spider6, May 21, 2016
Ya, c'mon Meegy.....come on Facebook with the rest of us! Please. xoxo. Love you Lola! xo

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by jugglin, May 21, 2016
Well said girlie!  


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by 10356, May 21, 2016
I agree well said Meegy and Thank you for saying it !! lesa

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by dominosarah, May 21, 2016
All of this just breaks my heart~

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by meegWpaw, May 21, 2016
Sorry Sare. ... I know.  I am not on FB. I was. ... but I'm sure I have no idea how to keep up with it now.... actually I sort of consider it pinko totalitarian brainwashing. ... but I'll look into it.  I loves y'all even you Powers That Be at mh  (i pray for you)

  ... xxx ... ooo ....

((((((Medhelp))))))

((PTB mh))

Mp



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by Sara_MHModerator, May 21, 2016
Is it possible to ask you all to write via 'contact us' so that our developers know how you feel? I know that MedHelp doesn't want members to be angry, upset or to leave.  This decision to remove the friends activity section of the home page came about after involving members to find out what they used and what they didn't.  There was a survey that all community leaders were asked to be a part of to have a voice in how members used the site.  From that survey, it appeared that usage of the friends activity/feed was very low.  As with all surveys, it of course just captures a sampling and perhaps doesn't tell the whole story.  Our developers have been responsive to things that they become aware of from contact us.  There are no promises or guarantees, but using contact us is the best way to share your feedback to go directly to the source.  I know that from my heart of hearts, we wish all of you the best and want our site to work for you in however you use it.  Peace and please know that we do care.  

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by meegWpaw, May 21, 2016
Yes I dont want to speak for anyone and I have faith and confidence in our CL'S and I'm fairly certain that we users of medhelp wish all the constituents of the MH organization the best as well.  The demise of the site is nothing new ... it has been happening for a long time.  Perhaps the worst thing, regardless of how flawlessly the social media aspects of MH was working to support the community and effectiveness of the site, is that this is occurring when substance addiction is at a critical peak in the history of the United  States,  and people addicted need help more than ever before.

Very sad.

I have already written to Contact Us.

Sincerely,

Meegy

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by clean_in_ks, May 21, 2016
I, too, have written to "Contact Us".  Rarely do we see a reversal of a change already implemented, but I am in hopes that enough people will write and the "developers" will listen.

As far as not wanting any of us to be upset, angry, or leave......a whole slew of us will be leaving if we have no way to interact with our friends.  There is no "purpose" to a home page that doesn't show the activities of your friends.
The only saving grace is the "side bar"...and only status' will appear there as they are all "public".  The side bar will only hold so many.  The "notifications" on our home page will only inform us on things we have commented on previously.
And now that we won't know when our friends post a new photo, journal, or status, etc., we don't have the ability to comment.  
I am curious as to how this "benefits" the MH site in general?  Usually change occurs to "better" something.  I'm all for changes that make something better.  But the new format makes NOTHING better.....and neither does totally eliminating a way for us to interact with our MH friends.  
I share in a much different fashion here on MH than I do on FB.  MH has always been a safe, welcoming place to post about my life and also to share in the lives of my friends here.
I wouldn't say I am angry.....I am deeply saddened....."lost", "cast out", "stripped of friendships", and full of grief~  

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by toothfairie, May 21, 2016
Well said Connie and all the above!  I too, do not interact on here like social media....this used to be a "safe" place to talk about things you don't talk about with others that have not been thru what we all have been thru in some form or fashion.  I am not on here as often as I used to be, BUT I still come on to check on my MH friends and see how they are doing. On the friend's feed-home page!!  

It's just sad when you can't "interact" with the friends on here that have helped you along the journey of recovery.  It's dis-heartening and will undoubtedly make people leave the site altogether.  Why change something that works???  If it wasn't used that much as they say...so what?  The people that DO use it are just as important as the ones that don't.  Just my opinion for what's it worth.

Like Connie, I can't say i'm angry but just sad that this change has happened for no reason.

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by Jade59, May 21, 2016
cik and toothfairie...with the hope this is okay to share, I've been in touch with Emily most of the day.  Initially because I was warned about my comment here (that has since been deleted...which is fair...because as a CL, I acknowledge, I shouldn't of said it).  Emily said they are looking into 'incorporating what we are missing'...meaning the Friends Feed.  Not in the way that is has been, but in the Notifications section.  Obviously this would not happen overnight, she said.  I feel much better knowing MH is listening to us about this specific issue.  I hope it makes you both feel better, too.  Meanwhile if we want to know what's new on our friends page, we will just have to go and look.  We have to find a way to cope until this issue is resolved.  I don't want to see Anyone leave, as you all mean so much to me, and also, because I too don't share on FB the way I do here.  

Cik...I do hope one of the Mods sees your post.  

Toothfairie...like cik, Meegy and so many others, I hope you, too, will share your concerns and disappointment about this issue with Contact Us.  It helps if as many people as possible write in.  

Again, I hope this helps a little.  Love to you all!!

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by toothfairie, May 21, 2016
Thank you for your update Jade!  I will for sure go in and write the "contact us" page.  I hope they will take all of our voices into consideration.  thanks again!  

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by jugglin, May 21, 2016
My problem with "recent activity" is that the "more" option does nothing.  I see the last 3-4 posts but cannot see anything else.  I also do not see my friends who are part of different communities.  I will reluctantly "contact us" but feel it is futile as they have never done anything about the SA forum that so many reported.  Thank you ladies for your positive thoughts and comments when I am feeling so negative.  I will say it again, I do not discuss my SA issue on fb and always felt a safe place here to talk about my life and struggles...it is not something I discuss or acknowledge on fb....right, wrong, or otherwise.  This is the hardest part for me.  As I am thrilled to have many of my friends on MH as friends on fb, it is not a place I am comfortable sharing private, very personal struggles.  I have enjoyed this place to have friendships and discussions with SA issues....and personal issues.  It has been a complete safe haven....I do  not have that anywhere else privately and this makes me so very sad, disappointed, and anxious.  I get that is my issue, but I fear it will make me spiral personally....again, my issue.  Sorry to hijack your j, MP.  I am just feeling lost without my access to my MH friends. Love to you MP and you know how to reach me. I pray you continue strong on your path.  You friends have been a support greater than you will ever know...each and every one of you have touched my heart and impacted my life. I feel so lost now...back to the day to day reality of my world...I will survive but not thrive as I once did.  Don't mean to sound dramatic, but this is how I feel atm. Love and hugs.

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by MH Community Mgr, May 21, 2016
Hi jugglin,

Just wanted to stop by for a moment to mention that the  "more" option is a known bug.  Wanted to let everyone know it isn't working properly in the "new" format, to the best of my knowledge.  

Thank,
Cheryl



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by dominosarah, May 21, 2016
I simply can NOT imagine life without all of you, nor will i.  We all came together for the same thing, just our names are different.  We fought the greatest battle of our lives and that was getting clean.  We will see this thru one way or another.  Jade and i have our life line extended so each of you grab tight and hold on.  We are a tough bunch and we are all in this together~

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by dominosarah, May 22, 2016
Jade and i were just talking and we came up with a temporary solution to all of this.  We thought that maybe we could all just meet on a journal.  I designated (nominated)Jade and Meegy!!  That way we arent going thru all our friends list to see what they are doing.  We would just know each day where we meet.  Jade is always good at putting a date on her journals so we could just headline each one with the date.  It would be a place to come talk about anything, both good and bad.  We would all still be connected and still have a safe place to talk.  If photos are posted you could comment and then we would all know.  I know this isnt the ideal situation but it will help.  If anyone else has a better idea please speak up.

This is about all of us, our recovery and our lives.  We have all worked too hard to get where we are at today and i will do whatever needs to be done to keep us all together.  This may come as a shock to some but i can be rather stubborn at times!!

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by Jade59, May 22, 2016
I hope everyone will join in.  Meegy, if you want to start a j, then please do.  Otherwise I will start one in the am.  

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by meegWpaw, May 22, 2016
Yeah!!! I'm already in bed so either way jada and Sarah and I'll write tomorrow

You guys are so smart.  I loves yous!!!

Nitenite

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by Dee1956, May 22, 2016
I don't know if this will help anyone but there is a still a recent activities on the right hand side of page and the more just worked for me.


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by Dee1956, May 22, 2016
Sorry it is under notifications

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by Jade59, May 22, 2016
Good morning, ladies.  I was up late and it's still early, so I'm going back to bed, but before I do, I can start off by opening a journal for everyone.  It will be on Friends Only, so Dee, if you'd like to join in, please friend me and I will be happy to accept.      

Gina...my heart goes out to you.  Hopefully we can all help you 'thrive' again. ♥

Okay, I'll start a j with just a date title.  You all will have to come to my page, but at least you'll know there is ONE place we can find each other to stay in touch.  Sara's above comment said it best as far what it will be about.  

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by jugglin, May 22, 2016
Yes, notifications worked for me as well, but it isn't showing everything. For example, every comment on this journal does not show up..I think it is just comments on statuses' and photos.  Thanks for jumping in though, every bit of info helps!  DS - sounds like a great place to start...thanks to you and Jade for coming up with some sort of option. Peace and love.

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by supermum_ms, May 22, 2016
Sarah is one of my hero's, honestly she's unknowingly kept me sane many a time battling to get the message across to the powers above. I'm left twiddling my thumbs now our MS community has flat lined, but i'm very hopeful that you guys will stick together, come what may and not run off to facebook land and loose the strength of each other!

Hang touch, please stick together........JJ

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by essdipity, May 22, 2016
You don't need to lose the strength of each other on fb. Form a 'secret' group. Seriously, this can be done.

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by essdipity, May 22, 2016
You don't need to lose the strength of each other on fb. Form a 'secret' group. Seriously, this can be done.

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by meegWpaw, May 22, 2016
Ty everyone for all the support and encouragement. Ess dip, mum and dee it's nice to hear some voices we don't always get to hear.  Ty.  Ima go check on jada's page ... love y'all and smooches gracias!!!!!

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by Dee1956, May 22, 2016
Thank you Jade!
I don't know what to say, this post has me so upset, I'll wait for my knee jerk reactions to stop.  In the mean time I too am contacting "Contact Us"

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by Dee1956, May 22, 2016
Thank you Jade!
I don't know what to say, this post has me so upset, I'll wait for my knee jerk reactions to stop.  In the mean time I too am contacting "Contact Us"

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by VICourageous, May 22, 2016
Hi Everyone!!

Yes, this is sad but we must stick together. We are STRONGER then we think!

Along time ago I did talk to 3 MH personnel about how important the Journals, Notes, Status, Pictures and our Homepage was. I sure was hoping for the best.

WE just have to Pray for the best and keep our fingers crossed that it will all turn out for the best.
I have seen a big decline out here and I too wonder what has happened. This place was my Life out side of my real life. I have been saved by many of you helping me through some very emotional hard times by talking through my Journal. I told them all about it over the phone.

Contact them about how you feel. We as CL have done this so many times and we also get more heads up in the CL Community. I have suggested to them that they also explain to ALL of us about the new changes and also when we open up a community they should have a explanation about all the new symbols and so fourth. I just do not understand why New ppl can not find there way back either. I too have not been to active out here lately because of other real life issues going on, but I do lurk some and sit quietly. I HOPE & PRAY WE ALL WILL STICK AROUND MH..Lets just hope for the best on down the line.
Bless U ALL
Vickie

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by Ben727, May 22, 2016
This is what happens when the core priority of a site redesign is all about how to serve more ads. The systematic degradation of usability and functionality is par for the course when ad revenue is really the goal. Sorry mods, I don't doubt you feel bad about it, but MH as a company is not doing right by its users. You're a for-profit, I get it, but you're throwing the baby out with the bathwater as far as I can see.

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by Dee1956, May 22, 2016
All of you have said some great things.  I have used the "contact us" twice today to ask them to rethink this latest change.  There are women who are pregnant who have written the same in their journals.  They are lost without their friends activities.  I hope that we can effect change.  Hang in there!

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by meegWpaw, May 22, 2016
Yes I agree it seems to all boil down to the money issue, no real surprise, I just didn't quite understand how; now I think I do.  Anyway it's so great to see everyone here and speaking out, sounding off, etc.  Maybe we can start our own website!!! loll
mp

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by spider6, May 23, 2016
Meegy...if you come on Facebook, you can still be anonymous.  There's still privacy settings.  Pleeeeeease. Love you. Xoxo

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by meegWpaw, May 23, 2016
Facistbook.  Loll

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by nonights, May 23, 2016
Can we do a group here? I can barely navigate to this point so I have no idea how to do it. But we could all just go to a community to catch up on everybody. Just trying to come up with something better. I really do miss the old way. Anyway, love to y'all.

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by Emily_MHManager, May 23, 2016
We can help you set up a group, if you are interested. Just decide who wants to start it and have that person send us something at Contact Us.

To save time, we'll need to know what you want to name it, if you want it private (where you decide who can join) or public (where anyone can join), and a group description. The name and privacy setting can't be changed, but the group description can be changed later.

Just let us know and we'll be happy to help with this.

Emily

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by Jade59, May 23, 2016
Thank you, Emily!!

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by Jade59, May 23, 2016
Tressa, good idea!  My journal was just a temporary idea.  

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by VICourageous, May 26, 2016
We can all meet over at the Social Community!!

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