Posted by craig getty on October 10, 2004, at 15:45:17
In reply to POLL, posted by alexandra_k on October 5, 2004, at 19:48:51
Sorry if this posted twice. I'm feling technologically challenged today.
Here's my two cents...
1. I don't think it should be restricted to people using an edu address as many students do not use their edu address. (Do high schools even give edu addresses these days? Certainly the poorer ones don't). Plus, an edu address means nothing - someone who was a student 15 years ago can still have one. And anyway, a person who was a student 15 years ago, could still have something valuable to contribute to someone who is a student today.
2. What is your definition of student? Is a working mother who can only afford to take one non-accredited adult education night school class to be excluded from discussion where they could have valuable input, such as techniques for effecitve studying or how to deal with teachers who have difficult personalities?
3. Hypothetical: Someone is a student who must drop out of school for a period of months or even years due to depression. Since they are no longer technically "a student" should they then be banned from posting?
4. Another hypothetical: A parent (who is not a student) is concerned about the behaviorial changes in their child, who is a student. Wouldn't it be to everyone's (i.e. society's) advantage to let parents have a dialogue with other actual students for clues about what's up with their kids and how to help them?
5. If Dr. Bob wants to track down statistical information on people's real identity, he should just ask. If peope are willing, they will give - otherwise, they won't. I always though PsychoBabble had personal privacy as one of its primary values.
That's how I feel. Perhaps I'm missing some major point about what the Student Board is about. It seems to me that many of the posts could/should also belong on one of the other boards. Right now, as a student myself, it's just an added step for me to check both the student board and the regular Psycho-Babble board. I actually think that the student board and all other boards should have a feature where the poster has the option of posting on 2 or more boards at once. That way a student issue about medication can go on the Psycho-Babble Students Board and the main Psycho-Babble Board; or a student issue about altenative meds can go on both appropriate boards; or posts about student (student-professor!) relationships; student with substance abuse problems (you get the idea). That way it would expose the post to more people and increase the number of posts and probability of helping the poster.
Sure, gathering statistics can be an important priority, but I think a higher priority should be what will best help the people posting.
Unless, the goal is to form a very specific, exclusive chat board like the ones on yahoo. Under this model, we must assume that students aren't interesting in hearing from anyone else. If that is the case, then why not make further subgroups: high school students, college students, grad school students.....student who live at home versus those who live on campus? etc. Even specific chat groups on yahoo don't require you to prove that you "belong" in that chat group.