March 24, 2016

Diabetes Forums in and out of Trouble

Yes, diabetes forums come and go. The good ones seem to be able to survive, but they do have ups and downs and many recently have created problems for themselves with the way they have changes their formats. This link will take you to dLife, but the forum no longer exists, at least I have not been able to find it. I don't know when the forum disappeared, but it did during 2015. There are many ads on the site and different pages and there are a few good bloggers still writing for the site. On a rating of 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest), I would rate this site as a 2. This site is still very active and has many features appreciated in a diabetes forum website. There are ads, but not an unreasonable amount, but they still can be a distraction. Using the rating system above, I would rate this site a 7. This site is still very active. It has a decent forum and an excellent blog site. Just beware of not using hyperlinks. Try not to create them accidentally as you will be warned and then on continued use, you will be banned. This is an area where this site has little or no tolerance. It does have a recipe area. David Mendosa does also post a monthly blog on this site. Because of the hyperlink problem, I can only rate this site a 4. Another decent forum, but be careful as they are not too tolerant of links and hyperlinks, but a little bit nicer about letting you know and explaining where you went wrong. I would rate this site a 6. I will be writing a separate blog on this site. I am not familiar with this site and most members are women. It is not as active as it was years ago, but does have daily activity. This is basically a dead forum with only posts of a newsletter that shows in November the most recent post since May 2015. Rating = 0 Another forum that I thought had been pulled, but it was just that my URL had been overwritten. The last post is in January 2016 with the previous post in October 2015. Rating = 0 This forum is active, but basically for people on pumps and it is good for that. Unrated. This site has discussions but no more forums and has mainly participation by people with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 people do need a place and this may fit their needs.

There are other forums, but they are closed to people from the United States and are in other countries. I am surprised by a couple of them as we have many of the people from their country as members in the forums here. Oh, well, such is life.

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