Ideas to invigorate the board

  1. Okay - I think the borad could use a little more interaction and invigoration. I would like to continue to talk to everyone in an informal manner but this is just not going on at present. There is some interaction but it seems to be limping.

    Are we afraid to "take the mickey" (Aussie slang - UMMM the yankee equivalent would be taking the P***) out of somebody for fear of offending them?

    What is holding us back? Is it that we do not know each other that well? Perhaps it is that there are not enough of us here actively posting to get a discussion going.

    I do not want this thread to degenerate into an "they"re to blame/they're gone" wrangle like so many others have. If it becomes that it will be pulled.

    I want us to be constructive - what do we do NOW to make the board more interesting and lively and a place where you want to come and hang.

    Perhaps I should start by REALLY intoducing myself - I haven't done so on the intoduction thread as I am too much of an egotist to be lost in the crowd up there.

    As you have already worked out I am an Aussie, born and bred. That means I have a laconic sense of humour and love witicisms. (cripes mate - we even laugh at puns!) Aussies are also known for being "plain spoken" and "up front" kinda people

    I work in ICU?CCU and have been a staff development officer in the past.

    My ambition is to one day write and to write humour. I would love to be a nurse humourist as it seems to be a rarity - unfortunately there are no job openings!:chuckle :chuckle
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  3. by   Tweety
    Ummmm.....I still can't figure out what "taking the p***" out of something could be and I'm a Yank. (BTW, those of us in the Southern US don't like being called Yanks, you know...them's fightin' words....LOL).

    Let's not try too hard. But then again, I'm easy to please, the board already is a place I want to come and hang. But if it's more interesting and lively I'll all for that too.

    I have no more ambition left. I would just like to continue to be the best hospital nurse/charge nurse/care provider, etc. that I can be. And to retire with my health and sanity intact. I've got about 25 more years to go. Don't know if I'm gonna make it. But having a sense of humor helps. Send me a first run copy of your humor when you're published please.
  4. by   jadednurse
    No suggestions yet, I'm pretty new to the board but have become quite chatty in only a short time!

    OK, I take it back, maybe one suggestion. It seems there is quite a bit of frustration and resentment regarding the "banned" members, pulled threads and revised TOS. I don't even know what happened, I think the excitement occured before my time here. But, it seems like alot of members are becoming even more frustrated that they can't talk about it. Perhaps letting them vent and discuss the issues in the OT-just conversation would help people understand what happened and have some closure w/ it.

    Or was the scandal just too racy to discuss?

    Regardless, I am enjoying my new "home" here and hope to get better acquainted w/ many of you!
  5. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by jadednurse
    [B] Perhaps letting them vent and discuss the issues in the OT-just conversation would help people understand what happened and have some closure w/ it.

    Or was the scandal just too racy to discuss? B]

    I'm so glad you're here. The "issues" have been discussed and discussed and debated and fought about, cried about, yelled about, flamed and flamed again.

    I realize some people might not have some closure as you indicated (I spent a month away to let myself cool down.), but it's my guess the moderatorss probably are long ready for closure and moving on the leaving it in the past. Frankly, so am I, but iI have to allow others to be who they are.

    But believe me, it had ready been discussed. Sorry you missed it.
    Last edit by Tweety on May 31, '03
  6. by   jadednurse
    OOH! From the sound of it I'm sorry I missed it too! Sounds like great entertainment, LOL!

    Well, if it's already been discussed to death, there is certainly no point in beating a dead horse. People just have to move on or move out I guess.
  7. by   Nurse Ratched
    Gwenith - my two cents for invigorating the board - FWIW.

    A lot of people lurk, and that's fine, but they shouldn't gripe when they feel the board is slow if all they've done is sit back, read, and get annoyed when they feel they haven't been sufficiently entertained by those who do post. Bulletin boards are not a spectator sport - somebody's gotta be out on the field playing. Everyone has something of worth to say. To those who usually just read, I say: if you aren't comfortable starting a topic, start by responding to one. And that's all I'm gonna say about that .

    As far as introducing myself: Hi, I'm Marcey. I'm working a quiet little job in office nursing, with no desire to do anything at this point but continue that job. While I love nursing and being a nurse, work is not an end in itself - it's a means to fund the fun things I enjoy. My side hobbies are working out, dancing, spending time with hubby in the above endeavors, reading, surfing and seeing our extended families as much as possible.

    I've been playing in the internet since 89 or so, and I don't bite. I love forums like this and have been absolutely amazed at the leaps and bounds in progress places like this have made since the "old days." But regardless of the bells and whistles inherent in the site, it's the people that make or break it. I'm proud to be a member here and recommend this place often as the friendliest, most knowledgable nursing site I know of.
  8. by   gwenith
    I would love to find a way to coax some of the lurkers into posting I think they may be afraid to post - one of the reasons I tromped on the "good spelling thread is that I didn;t want anyone to feel intimidated about posting.

    Sigh! i can't think of anyway of getting them to join in.

  9. by   ChainedChaosRN
    I'm not sure how to liven it up...but I am enjoying not being called "ignorant" or "stupid" because someone doesn't agree with me the past couple of months.

    I think you will see more lurkers come out as they see it's safe to voice an opinion in a healthy debate instead of a personal debate.
  10. by   gwenith
    I hadn.t realised ot was like that! I came here just as it hit the fan so I guess I didn't see the really contentious stuff. When I disagree I try to be polite - if I am really riled i won't post that day but come back to it when I am a little calmer - there are some things that set me off though and holding up impossible standards and calling it "professional" is sure fire way of stirring the dragon.
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    I'm typing without my shirt if that helps.
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  13. by   NRSKarenRN
    Big Mama has her nightgown on. Don't be afraid of all this eye candy.
  14. by   Ted
    I'm typing with my nursing uniform on. (Just got off from work.)

    Uniforms can be "eye candy" . . . . .

    Ummmmmmm. . . well. . . . . at least to some people. . . . .



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