This might be a bit of a long post, so bear with...
A lot of you guys will be aware that recent group chat sessions, as a whole, have been a bit tough. There have been a fair few arguments happening both in and outside of chat, and unfortunately support has been suffering a little bit as a result. Relationships with people on any community can easily get pretty difficult, and perhaps more so with support communities. No one gets on with absolutely everybody and that's totally okay, but being able to co-exist in the same space is key to a community working positively and remaining supportive.
Given the closeness of the group and the somewhat fast pace of sessions, chat has proven to be a space where this is understandably a bit trickier. Being able to push past difficult relationships and hard feelings towards other members certainly isn't always easy, but it's necessary to keep chat a safe and comfortable space for everybody.
So, given that we could probably all use a bit of breathing room and some space from the difficult atmosphere in chat at the moment, we're changing things up this week...
The support chats that were scheduled for tonight, tomorrow and Thursday are now going to be support circles.
Although we feel like the chat community needs a bit of time-out from the conflict going on, we think it's important for you all to still be able to give and get support. Support circles have a slower pace and are generally much more chilled out than regular support chats, so hopefully we can get the best of both worlds - a bit of a break from the intensity of support chat, while also being able to talk about things in a group.
Places for these will be limited to one per person, so do
EDIT: The deadline for sign-ups for tonight's session will be 7:30pm.
For tonight, tomorrow and Thursday, general chats will be held here on the boards.
In aid of the breathing room I mentioned earlier, we thought it best to also put general chat on the back burner for the next few days. Instead, we will be posting general chat threads here on the boards where you guys can still have that space to use in the same way you would a regular chat session. These will be posted by the usual GC mods, and you have the added bonus of being able to carry these on past usual chat hours - you lucky devils, you.
Just to be clear, things will return to the regular schedule from Sunday forward. This isn't a permanent change of any kind, but rather a way for us to shake things up a bit in light of recent chats. Hopefully after this we can return to a constructive chat space where we can all work together to provide the amazing support that you guys can give, and leave any personal differences at the door.
We're super aware that a lot of members of the regular chat group have been really patient and been genuinely trying to make chats work, and this doesn't go unnoticed by either staff or moderators. Thank you to everyone who has been doing their bit to make chat a safe and supportive place.