Thank you for the welcome Jim!
I look forward to checking the network out and contributing where I can. I believe in these connections we make, for the future of health care and for our own well-being.
Jim, It amazes me that every time I come to this site that you've made upgrades and changes. You work your butt off, only to see what I do on Medical Mingle, which is lack of new members and lack of participation by existing members. It's like banging your head against the wall. Every time I come here, and see the lack of member involvement, it makes me feel better about what I see on my site. At least I'm not alone.
Jim, I suggest that you monitor who joins this network. I manage a Ning Community (http://members.nonclinicaljobs.com) and it used to be an open network - anyone could join. Then, after I got hit with a SPAM user, I decided to filter those who wish to join. You can identify the spammers quickly since they are all automated and they don't fill out the profile questions with any thought. Now, we don't have any problems with SPAM. You've built a good community here and I think it's worth preserving its reputation.
I agree with Caitlin, 'lock the door' when you're away. Many other sites have an approval process for membership, this should be no different. Anyone who is here to truly network will not be offended if their membership is pending for a few days. Take care, Gail
regarding the spammer - I think it is a great idea to "lock the door" for new membership registrations while you are away... but shutting the site down to 'members only' might be bad for REAL people in healthcare trying to network. I would suggest making members get approval by a moderator before granting membership. If you need help, let me know!