I love it. I love trying to answer all of it, even if it takes me a week or two to reply. That’s about the rate I usually run, unless you catch me on a good day (which is rare!) and I reply sooner.
What I do not love is typing out a 10-minute response, sending it, and then getting a nasty message back from somewhere in the world that says the e-mail address I sent to doesn’t exist. This most often happens when people are sending me e-mail via their Web browser. Which is fine. But you MUST properly type in your e-mail address to your Web browser, or else I and everyone else cannot reply to you (or spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out your correct e-mail address).
How do you make sure you have the right e-mail address in your Web browser? Simply send e-mail to yourself first and make sure you received it okay and can reply to it okay before sending other e-mail. The number of invalid e-mail addresses I get nowadays is almost 30% of all those who write to me!
Do it now, if you’re unsure. You’ll help me and a lot of other people out a great deal.
I also seem to get a lot of requests for general information lately, or people looking for things without any sign that they even tried to find it themselves first. My FAQ gives a lot of good tips and hints on where to find information, both on-line and in the real world. I really like answering questions when I see people have made a sincere effort to first try and find the information on their own. I dislike answering questions when it’s clear to me no such effort has been made.
I talk about a lot of things in my editorials, some of which may be highly irrelevant, and some of which may be important enough to save. I started saving my editorial ramblings beginning in 1996 and will soon place them on-line for you to peruse through if you have the time and feel like you missed something. I try and make the headlines somewhat descriptive, so all you need to do is to take a quick glance to figure out if something is worth your time or not. It was silly of me not to begin doing this sooner, just an oversight on my part.
I have launched three new mailing lists which address drastically different issues, but which I wanted to mention here. They are:
- RESEARCH – Psychology of the Internet: Research & Theory
- This list is open to anyone who is interested in discussing the psychology of various on-line phenomenon, such as “flame wars,” relationships, support groups, “Internet addiction disorder,” etc. I began it to help researchers and interested individuals discuss the psychology of what goes on on-line.
- SELFHELP – Leaders in Selfhelp
- This list was created to allow forum leaders, mailing list owners, and other individuals in a leadership role in mutual self-help support groups have a place to discuss issues that appear time and time again in these types of groups, such as suicidal crises, emotional support, how to handle a “flame war,” relationships, etc. It is meant only for forum leaders.
- WEBPSYCH – WebPsych Partnership
- The WebPsych Partnership is a new organization recently created to help increase coordination, cooperation and communication among those in the psychological, psychiatric and mental health fields who author or maintain Web sites devoted to these topics. It offers quality guidelines for members to follow, as well an opportunity to exchange ideas and links, and discuss how to reduce redundancy of resources. Only those who host such a Web site should subscribe to this mailing list, after reading the WebPsych Partnership Web page at: http://www.ismho.org/webpsych/.
I hope these new mailing lists are helpful to the on-line community.
If you want the whole shi-bang of over 3,000 separate resources that have to do with psychiatry and mental health online, then you might want to visit Psych Central. It appears in the March 1996 issue of NetGuide with a 4-star rating! And it’s the largest and most comprehensive site of its kind in the world and we’re looking to build upon it in the upcoming years, acting as a super guide to mental health online. If you didn’t find what you needed here, look there next!
That’s it for this time… As always, keep in good mental health!