Some of the threads on adoptions could stay indefinitely and are a wealth of knowledge and experience
But some of our threads are about very difficult and sensitive things people need support with - from women who've lost their children to adoption and are struggling, to parents who are in crisis or need advice on things like sexual abuse between children or their children's mental health issues
People need to feel safe enough to post about these things if they need to. Unfortunately we keep being targetted by goading troublemakers and trolls, which isn't anyone's fault but is incredibly upsetting for everyone on the board and is leading to some posters needing to take a break from the topic altogether
This is why we're trying to come up with something that would make everyone feel more comfortable, and so far people like the idea of 2 adoption boards or at least something to prevent sensitive or identifying threads from appearing in active convos or bring archived
Thanks for this and for the other threads; we've been reading and having a think.
We're really sorry to see that posters on the adoption board feel that they've been particularly targeted by trolls. We know that there was that rather extremely goady thread over the weekend, which we zapped (and banned the OP). Other than that, we're aware that some people who appear to be closely associated with the John Hemming school of thinking have been posting; we do get rid of these ones when they're reported to us but we'll do our best to be extra vigilant from now on.
If there's a separate problem do please let us know about it, and of course please keep reporting - remember that we won't know there's a problem if we don't get a report. But for our part, going forward, we'll put the word around the team here that we need to be on the lookout for posters who may be deliberately targeting the Adoption board in an inflammatory way.
We like Maryz's suggestion on the other thread that there could be a long-running Adoption thread in OTBT; that way, once it's established, you wouldn't have to post links to it from the ordinary adoption board.