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I know there is some mention of trying to make posts meaningful in the general rules/intro, but I think the word “meaningful” may mean different things to different people. Personally, I feel guilty if I don’t at least write a paragraph, introduce/build upon some meaningful topic or piece of information, or at the VERY least, to add to a growing thread that is asking specifically for community consensus/suggestions, which may not need to be quite as “in depth” to accomplish what the OP is asking for feedback with. 

Unfortunately though, while there is certainly quite a plethora of information “out there”, it is ultimately finite, in terms of health conditions, treatments, types of medications, peer-reviewed studies, drug-drug interaction reports, even personal anecdotes - (we all only get but so many days to live/experience this world), etc. etc. etc. 

As mentioned, I feel as though I am not being a constructive/contributing member of the community unless I make a statement that averages this one in length (several “paragraphs” which are essentially run-on sentences because I have a large vocabulary but virtually no concept of “grammar” or “punctuation”. Big Grin 

At the same time, I have already shared many of my experiences, information that I have come across that is at least tangentially relevant to a question or thread on a specific subject matter, information about my own conditions and (mostly non-drug) “therapy techniques” (as discussion of controlled substances is somewhat questionable depending on the level of privacy the thread is placed).

What I’m sort of getting at is that Ive done my best to make sure 95% of the comments I post to be potentially valuable information/advice/explanation/suggestion(s) to someone, of some knowledge level, who may happen across it or even seek it out in the course of browsing this forum. 

Because in the end, I do think that most of us “newbies” (well-meaning, or otherwise) want to be in that “Vip Section” for SOME type of information/advice/referral that might work to our own benefits, the question is: how much (not in terms of a post count, or even a word count, but in terms of “potential benefit to others”) does one “owe” the community prior to reaching that “magic number” (I’m not sure if it’s 150 or 250 at the moment) in order for the arrangement/community to be “fair”

I’m pretty tired atm, so forgive me if this doesn’t make complete sense, it’s kind of hard to quantify, but I think more senior members especially know what I’m getting at/have developed a sense for that. Because in theory I could make 10 practically useless comments a day, everyday, but that would be remarkably disrespectful to the caring mods of this esteemed forum, as well as to the entire community (not that I’m sure it doesn’t happen anyway sometimes). Vs posting 10 comments as long/detailed as this one a day, which would probably take me numerous hours and not be feasible, hence at most I find the time to post 3-4 things every few days that have some merit. 

What do you all think?

-Samson
as far as i am concerned, just ur precious avatar and screen name, and having an idea of whom u are, are good enuff for us.

of course to obtain the 150 posts, as a member, u can contribute in many ways. scientific data. things u have seen or experienced in this world.

and then because many people need humorous smilies or word games cuz we want to stop thinking so intently all the time, adding music or wee games are equally impt to those of us whom are homebound and alone mostly, because we have a place to come. relax. and not worry about illnesses and LEO statistics. Just some peace for a bit.

So, having ur company is cool. a game is cool. ur wisdom is cool. If u see someone in need, PM me and i can counsel them or get to the heart of the matter.

Technically u owe absolutely nothing to the group. But, when we feel safe enuff to share, and we know most of this forum "Gets It" its gonna be nice to see what u think or feel. U never know what words u felt compelled to share, will make a major difference in anothers life.

The Best thing to do for us as a group to contribute? Ok, follow rules, but just care. Because behind every post we see is someone's suffering or joy or fear, and a nice comment in the rating to their post helps. Sometimes a quick PM helps.

The one duty is to show respect, help where u can, and be honest.

And, to date, u have exhibited all the qualities already.

Some people Had entire areas about emotional pain, physical pain or such. Some put up music they know will pick up the spirits of another.

But mostly, be you. Giving of yourself in a rating or such, is enuff. Those of us whom began this place could not tolerate the lying beasts of some vendors. And at last ioplist, before fifty of us were banned at once, well we had to provide truth to the people. Esp the newer people cuz many go after them.


You are family. As life changes in this world, comments are good. But just be you.
(01-16-2020, 09:03 PM)Charon Wrote: [ -> ]as far as i am concerned, just ur precious avatar and screen name, and having an idea of whom u are, are good enuff for us.

of course to obtain the 150 posts, as a member, u can contribute in many ways. scientific data. things u have seen or experienced in this world.

and then because many people need humorous smilies or word games cuz we want to stop thinking so intently all the time, adding music or wee games are equally impt to those of us whom are homebound and alone mostly, because we have a place to come. relax. and not worry about illnesses and LEO statistics. Just some peace for a bit.

So, having ur company is cool. a game is cool. ur wisdom is cool. If u see someone in need, PM me and i can counsel them or get to the heart of the matter.

Technically u owe absolutely nothing to the group. But, when we feel safe enuff to share, and we know most of this forum "Gets It" its gonna be nice to see what u think or feel. U never know what words u felt compelled to share, will make a major difference in anothers life.

The Best thing to do for us as a group to contribute? Ok, follow rules, but just care. Because behind every post we see is someone's suffering or joy or fear, and a nice comment in the rating to their post helps. Sometimes a quick PM helps.

The one duty is to show respect, help where u can, and be honest.

And, to date, u have exhibited all the qualities already.

Some people Had entire areas about emotional pain, physical pain or such. Some put up music they know will pick up the spirits of another.

But mostly, be you. Giving of yourself in a rating or such, is enuff. Those of us whom began this place could not tolerate the lying beasts of some vendors. And at last ioplist, before fifty of us were banned at once, well we had to provide truth to the people. Esp the newer people cuz many go after them.


You are family. As life changes in this world, comments are good. But just be you.

I am a fine example and completely agree completely, aside from read material, knowing I am not alone with my issues/problems, etc. Gives me amazing hope. Ever since I became a member my outlook on life has changed, I have become more independent, I also was able to start my own life, and not have it revolving around others, and finally once again I was able to get away from all of the lies, and greed.
even your post gave me more insight into: what I should or should not be saying, so just know that every little thing you do - does make a difference.
Just like a rock being tossed into water, creating ripples.
So if I understand correctly, it is less about what I am doing “wrong” and more about what I am not doing very much/at all. I live with severe, pervasive, constant anxiety and rumination (much of it regarding my freedom/LE/etc.), thus, while I have done my best to introduce myself and share a bit (honestly, more so already than what I am comfortable with sharing on a public forum - if one studied every post I made and every bit of information I’ve shared, it would not be difficult at all for a motivated individual to pinpoint my full name, location, etc.) I’ve deliberately avoided sharing too much personal information or straying too far from the over-arching subject matter of the forum - IOPs.

It sounds to me that in regard to what I have posted, the community finds it acceptable, however, I get the sense from this response that the issue at hand is more about “vetting” me, to a point where one would be fairly confident that I am who I say I am, that I harbor no ulterior motives, that I have no association with LE/govt/any other sketchy Internet forums (I consider this level of public sharing “sketchy” even if moderated by some of the most trustworthy individuals on the net, just because that’s the nature of forums).

I will have to do some hard thinking, one the one hand my life is very small/sheltered/reclusive, I have few if any friends, and I could use a community to share with/give/receive advice. On the other, my OCD is screaming “danger”, and I am TERRIFIED of losing what little resources and freedoms I have, it is a very serious decision.

I respect your values and appreciate your thorough, honest response, as I said it has given me a great deal to consider...
I don’t see that you have done anything wrong. You have more rep points than I do. I’ve been here since 2016. It takes time. Some others whip through 150 posts in a year or less. I don’t even pay attention to rep points. I think some of us just don’t come across as well as others in text form. I’m talking about myself not you. I’ve said somethings that I’ve gone through or used in the past that would make people possibly think i was a horrible junky or something. But if you met me you would know I’m one of the nicest most honest hardworking persons around. Try not to worry to much. But also don’t be stupid about giving out say a vendors personal info on the board. As far as a le comeing after you I see no reason unless your buying hard drugs or insane amounts and reselling them. But I like you only buy what I need and it’s small potatoes. Maybe 300 dollars max per order. Untill I got back on anxiety meds I was drinking beer everynight after work. On weekends as soon as I got up in morning. I work full time job. But I can tell you any social type situation I had to drink to feel normal. Sometimes even having to pound down beers so I could go to the grocery store. I have no real close people except some family as I’ve moved around the country and would make some friends again but move somewhere again and lose that. I’m getting older born in 76. Makes it even more difficult to find people to confide in and hang out with. I quit taking any meds for anxiety for almost a year. That’s when I turned to the alcohol stayed in this post earlier. I looked at myself and decided this is not the road I’m going to stay on. I ordered last spring again some meds. And I’m so much more myself. I don’t drink don’t even want 1 beer. I met a doc who gave me a small 1.5 mg dose of alprazolam. This keeps me safe with work and drug tests. I can add more by using this wonderfull forum. As that dose does not work anymore. And my doc and I talked about switching to clonopin or diazapam. I decided on clonopin. I have some already and use at times but I’m going to make the switch for the long term of being on these the rest of my life. It’s just what works for me. But I’m also not abusing these benzos like I did in years past. I have learned to respect there power to either help or destroy. I like the better quality of life. I’m just going to be changing to the longer acting and have a few on hand of alp in case I need. But not my daily med starting the 5th. I respect le but do not fear this small use would ever be worth there time. And why bother it’s better as I act sober I’m not drunk. If they want my ass for that shame on them. Theres real problems in the world they have to deal with. Not me nor you. And if you lived around my area I’d probobly even meet up with you if you were that alone you just needed someone to bullshit with. I’m not sure what rumination is I’d have to look it up but it seems your worried about law enforcement breaking down your door for small amounts of a schedule 4 benzo. I can 98 percent gauarantee it will never happen. And if they new your name and what you ordered if only a few hundred benzos I’d doubt they would waste there time even if they new every detail even the day it’s in your mailbox. If it’s only a small amount of benzos not schedule 1. And you don’t sell or share them. And act like a responsible citizen. Now I’ll probobly get told I’m an idiot for saying that but that’s ok. I don’t think your a cop but I’d never know. And if you are maybe your just like all of us because you can’t get a prescription you need or the dose you need and your anxious because well I’d be if my job was police in this time in our country. But to the law enforcement out there if you are reading there’s really nothing here. Honestly I know there is nothing hardcore nor any vendor selling anything like that here. It’s a waste of time and tax dollars we all pay. My post is to try and help you chinchillas be more worry free. The rest of my rambling post is to anyone who maybe le.
No idea how this thread showed up, but never forget that u have fifty plus posts. and u can get away with doing a word game or putting up a joke or meme or song, or poem, that does not make u feel u are being violated.

and many of us have put up music or such just for ourselves or another and then removed it cuz some would know whom it was for. so, if u are uncomfortable with any past post, i can edit private info but let u keep the post count.

we are, after all, made up of many with ptsd, anxiety, we value our privacy and so we keep to code names. always.

But, dunno why i wound up here. After fifty posts, u can do stuff in the lounge and it all counts toward the goal of one hundred fifty posts. If you want that access.

Ok, no one is tossed asunder esp now if they are nervous about sharing online. revealing too much. so, just be you.
Very well said Charon.

Chinchillin...I can share with you what I did when I first joined. You can take what you want from what I say and did because we are all different and we all contribute in ways that works for us.

When I first joined I hardly knew what to share at all. I knew no one, wasn’t sure who was even in charge. Funny when I think about it now, I ended up on this forum by mistake. Actually I was searching for tips on how to handle anxiety. I have always had anxiety but over the years it has gotten worse. Family issues, my issues, other illnesses I have had. Anyway, my search brought me to the forum website. I was a lurker for awhile and then one day joined. Like you had no idea how I would ever get to the number of posts to see things I wanted to. So I just started to read all the threads, some I was able to relate to, others not so much. I started to contribute my opinion in threads I was comfortable with, or just made a comment about what someone said. Then I got a little braver and would start a thread on a subject in the lounge. I can’t even remember what the first one was but I think it was something that was in the news and I posted it and then commented on it. If it was a holiday, I would find something to post about that. Some of them really interested people, others were a dud. But that is OK. Look at posts
Roses, or Ice Wizard make sometimes. Roses posts great sayings and pictures and ice always posts something about what’s going on in the world. This my friend is how to begin to get your posts, people begin to see what your interested in. People will respond back to you. People begin to get to know you from your posts. And you I’ll get to know others here. There is a pattern. I have found that those of us that are here are here not just for the places,to get magazines from, but for support, to support others, sometimes to laugh (and god knows we need to laugh). But my whole point is, don’t worry so much about your points,or reputation points, try to be yourself. Log on when you can. Comment on what you can, even if it’s to agree with what someone says, or give your view point. Be kind. I have seen that people who don’t last here only want places to get magazines, and honestly are not nice. Don’t ever think that a statement you make doesn’t contribute. your comments do. And your comments don’t have to be a half a paragraph. You will find that you can tell when,people on here are very sincere. And I found that the post you made really came for your heart. You want to be a great contributor. And asking what you did is wonderful. Look at the comments you got so far. So enough rambling for me now. I just thought I would share so you can see that there are all kinds of people here and I am very sure you will fit in. And from what you have shared in your posts, there is no way in the world I could ever tell who you are. Other than you really seem to be sincere and this just might be the place for you.

Try to have a pain and anxiety free weekend.

OR aka Orange Rabbit
Likewise, I am often at a loss for what constitutes a meaningful post, so I add what I can and do a little research here and there and share what experiences I might have had
or what knowledge I might posses on a given topic.

I did notice some new member being chastised for a one or two word post like, "I agree" or "me too" or "sounds great" or even "Yeah!'  So I avoid minimalist posts but I wonder if my posts are adding to the discussion.  I try in good faith to add value  and meaningful contributions to the forum for others but sometimes it's like your high school English paper, you reread  your composition and you thought, this isn't very good,  but time is running out so you handed it in and hoped for the best. So I am going to click post and hope for the best.   Smile