As many of you know, back in September I shut down the Survivors Network as it existed, due to some issues with the level of privacy and anonymity of the Buddypress infrastructure. As I mentioned then the Facebook page has been getting quite popular, and there had been some interaction going on there as well, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with that as the answer for creating a community of survivors. Mostly, that’s because you have to have a personal Facebook profile and use it to “like” the page in order to interact, so if you’re looking to remain anonymous, that’s not a great idea.
So, after some searching, and much testing, I have found a way to lock-down the Buddypress install. In a nutshell, if you don’t have a profile on the network, you can’t see anything. Nothing will be seen, nor can it be indexed by search engines, so no worries that someone will find your Survivors Network information on Google.
Now, since this really is a re-launch, and I know some folks weren’t thrilled with suddenly having a profile here when I migrated everything over from Ning, I’ve also decided to start over from scratch. I deleted all the members, all the posts, all the forums, etc, and started a wholly new network.
So, I present you with the all-new Survivors Network. If you’re interested in joining the community, feel free to create an account and check it out. If you’re happy to just follow along on the Facebook page, feel free to continue to do that as well. If you just want to read the blog posts, and comment here, feel free to do that as well. The Network is simply another option for Survivors, and their supporters, to connect and share information and support. It will be what the members decide it will be much more than what I decide.
See you over there!