I thought it would be helpful to jump in before the weekend and respond to some of your concerns raised since we announced the closure of the Ouch! messageboard a couple of days ago.
We're reading your messages and, as I said the other day, we'll be assessing where everyone's up to and helping to connect people in the final week; we will indeed be relaxing some of our usual rules to achieve this if necessary. The board is set to close on Wednesday 6 July.
We're pleased to see that alternative brand new communities are already springing up and, if you think we can help, get in touch with us via email. Our Facebook page and our blog remain though and we hope to see you there adding your invaluable thoughts and ideas.
Some of you have asked how we came to the conclusion to close the message board, and as I mentioned before, the BBC's plan to close a range of message boards shaped the new format of Ouch! now that it's moving to BBC News. We did consider the impact on users before making the final decision, though these types of editorial decisions are not subject to the public sector equality duty.
Safety and privacy have proven to be big talking topics over the last couple of years in social media circles and many empowering improvements have been made as a result. If you've been scared away in the past, it might be worth taking a new look.
We follow many existing Ouch! messageboard users via Twitter, and some on Facebook. We know it can work well and keep you connected with people and information. There are other forums and blogs with both general and specific focus. Some of them are quite fantastic and we encourage you to share your findings on the Ouch! boards while they're still here.
The BBC's webwise site has some great informative pages about safety online and how to understand new online communities you might come across. Here are some links to help you:
We'll also be searching out specific advice and experiences around mental wellbeing online and posting this to our blog. Do look out for our posts and again we invite you to add to it and make our content better and richer in doing so.