Following are some Q&A’s on group issues from the Mold Avoiders group.
Q. Is it really required for me to read the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance and the group rules before participating in the group?
Although it is not required that group members have read the entire book before participating in the group, they should have at least read the first few sections of the book as well as the group rules before asking questions or making comments in the group.
This is not a general discussion group, but rather is designed with the sole purpose of providing help to those who are hoping to pursue mold avoidance according to the approach discussed in the book. The requirement that those participating in the group have actually have started reading the book thus is designed to keep discussions on track.
Those who have not yet started reading the book may read the group discussions but not make comments or ask questions.
Note that the book is written in a simplified style that is designed to be as easy as possible for people with cognitive issues to read – certainly much easier than it would be to absorb the basic concepts by asking questions and getting responses in the Facebook group.
The book is available for free so that everyone can have access to it.
Q. Why is the use of the Reply function not allowed in the Mold Avoiders group?
It is my goal to read all the comments on all the threads in the group and then make comments of my own in response. The easiest way for me to do this is to read just the comments at the bottom of the threads.
When people use the Reply function, this means that comments are interjected higher up in the threads, meaning that I have to keep re-reading all the comments on all the threads so that I don’t miss anything. This is enormously time-consuming.
I thus am requiring that rather than using the Reply function that people instead just add their comments to the bottom of the thread.
Please do not bring up objections to this policy or attempt to otherwise discuss the non-use of the Reply function in the group discussion. It has been discussed numerous times in the past and it is my conclusion that not allowing the use of the Reply function is the best policy for the group.
If people do use the Reply function by mistake and I notice that happening, I will remind them not to use it. Please do not ask for an explanation or argue about why using the Reply function is actually a good idea when that happens. It also is not necessary to provide an explanation or apology for having used the Reply function when that happens – just please try not to use it again.
Q. What does it mean when people type “F” as a comment on a thread?
That is short for “Follow” and is often used when people want to receive notifications about new comments to a thread without commenting on the thread themselves. Sometimes they also will just type a period.
An alternative to doing this is to click on the “V” in the very upper right-hand corner of the thread and then choose the option of “Turn on notifications for this post.” Some people prefer it when others do this rather than typing “F.”
I personally don’t have a problem when people type “F” on a thread, however, since it allows me to know who is following a thread and interested in it.
Q. If I have a question and would like for you to respond to it, what should I do?
I currently am answering questions and providing comments only in the Mold Avoiders group, rather than privately to individuals or in any other groups.
Although I make an effort to read all the comments in all the threads in the group, this is becoming more challenging as the number of posts in the group increases.
Because I receive enormous numbers of Facebook notifications, I often do not look at notifications at all. Therefore, tagging me tends not to be a good way to get my attention.
I thus suggest that those who would especially like for me to comment on their situations or answer their questions do the following two things: a) Start a thread dedicated to the topic, with my name mentioned at the top of the thread. b) Keep bumping the thread to the top of the Facebook page.
This should make it much more likely that I will actually see the thread and realize that a response specifically from me (as opposed to just from any group members who care to contribute) is desired.
Q. What is the best way to search for information from previous discussions that took place the Mold Avoiders group?
Many of the earlier discussions in the group are preserved in the group archives, which are stored on the Mold Avoiders forum outside of Facebook.
The archives only are available to those who sign up for membership and are not accessible through Google or other search engines. Discussions moved to the archive have been deleted from the Facebook group.
Facebook also has a search function for previous discussions, but it does not work very well.
Note that current discussions are taking place only on Facebook at this time, rather than in the standalone forum.
Q. I am starting a new Facebook group and would like to use the Mold Avoiders name. Would it be okay for me to do this?
I’m allowing people to use the Mold Avoiders name for regional or specialty Facebook groups under the following conditions:
1. The group is formed with the specific intention of discussing mold avoidance as described in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance, and this is mentioned in the group description.
2. It’s clear in the group name that this is a regional or specialty group (e.g. “Mold Avoiders Europe” or “Mold Avoiders on the Road to Recovery Camping and RVing”).
3. The group is not being run with the intention of promoting any particular products or services.
4. Those forming the group agree that the rights to the Mold Avoiders name remain under control of Paradigm Change/Rabbit Hole/Lisa Petrison.
5. Those forming the group need to get in touch with me and get my authorization before starting the group.
6. If the focus of the group changes so that it is no longer expressly based on the approach discussed in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance, or if commercial products begin being promoted in the group, then the name of the group must be changed to something that does not include the Mold Avoiders name.
Please note that I personally do not monitor or run any groups other than the main Mold Avoiders group and take no responsibility for the content of any other groups.
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