There was a post on Friday regarding access to this (Clyde’s sr20.org) discussion forum after it’s merged with the COPA forums.
Within the next few weeks, we (COPA and Clyde Stubbs [creator and maintainer of sr20.org]) are working to “merge” the forums, so that they will become one and the same.
The idea is that the current and past sr20.org forum discussions will be migrated into a public COPA Forum – everyone can read and post, along with enhanced search capabilities. COPA members’ posts will be identified by a special logo, indicating that the author has been verified as a COPA member. Anonymous posts will still be allowed, but at least this new feature will prevent someone from masquerading as someone else, and will indicate the authenticity of those posts from COPA members.
There will still be a members only forum, that members can use to discuss things that they’d prefer not to air in public.
How much use the public “sr20.org based” forum gets vs. the members-only forum will be decided by the users – that is, it all depends on where people want to post.
If we find that one or the other forum ends up getting little to no traffic, so be it; that decision will be made by the people who use the forums.
I should note that there is at least one other forum unique to COPA members - the “COPA Response!” forum in which detailed technical or medical questions may be asked. COPA Response technical liasons and medical experts will research your question and attempt to obtain a definitive answer… This feature will always only be available to COPA members.
This seems like the most “democratic” way to go about this process, and the most fair way to do it. We are not trying to “lock out” anyone, even those who decide not to become members. But there has been a strong interest in adding some precautions to cut down on some of the extraneous information being bandied about.
Of course, anyone’s comments are welcome if there are alternate suggestions.