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Quick note to say that in the short time I've been here, this is coming across as a very good forum. I'm comparing with another couple of fairly well known forums (who shall remain nameless) in the apnea area, which I find aren't so useful.

Two things I look for in discussion forums are: recent activity (that's not just a flash in the pan); and that most threads have multiple replies. That second one is very important. Even if there are a lot of posting to a forum, it's not much of a support community if a lot of those posts go unanswered, or with just a single reply. This forum seems to score well on both of those.

Another thing is a non-judgmental approach. To be honest, I'm not here long enough to fully defend this in court yet, but the vibe so far is good. One example is the way that, on some forums, people get jumped on for moving outside what The Forum Gods consider Received Wisdom. Obviously there's space for demanding common sense. If someone claims that their new "drink a gallon of scotch and then tape your mask to your face while gluing your nostrils shut" method is a cure for apnea, then we all reserve the right to say "shush, child!" But on some boards the attitude seems to be that doctor always knows best, and that we should all be seen and not heard.

Finally, and this is probably an example of the openness I've just mentioned, is the provision of CPAP admin control data. The analogy about how we're sensible enough to handle our prescription drugs ourselves is good. Also, the fact that there is now some published science to show that, shock horror, with a modest amount of education we apnea sufferers *can* actually self-titrate in a way that improves wellbeing. So VERY WELL DONE on that.

Whoever is running the show (but also to the various keen members who all make up "the culture"), kudos and many nights of deep and restful sleep to you dude(s)/dudette(s)!

Thanks
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Thanks onsonby. It's really the membership here that helps to make Apnea Board a great place. And our Moderators, Monitors and Master Members who have a long history of helping to make this place better.

Although it's hard to involve everyone in the decision-making, we try to have some degree of an "open source" policy when it comes to making tweaks and improvements to the forum, set up so that we have community involvement, not just a top-down dictate.

You can read more about this "open source" philosophy here:

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...m-of-sorts


Coffee



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SuperSleeper, thanks for posting that link to the board's philosophy. Kudos in meeting the stated goal. I think the the board is doing a fine job. Thanks for all the unbiased help and putting up with tons of annoying "newbie" questions from me :-)
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(06-23-2013, 06:09 PM)Paptillian Wrote: Thanks for all the unbiased help and putting up with tons of annoying "newbie" questions from me :-)


No such thing as an unwanted "newbie" question. Unless it's a really, really, really, really stupid question. BigwinkToo-funny

And (of course) none of your questions were stupid at all. Thumbs-up-2
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(06-23-2013, 06:24 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: And (of course) none of your questions were stupid at all. Thumbs-up-2
Of course! Naturally! :grin:
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#6
I would spend more time here if the answer to every question seems to be "Get a ResMed S9." It seems like people with most other machines aren't considered "cool" by the regulars.
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Hey - I've used ResMed for 7-8 years starting with the S8 Elite. Good meter. S9 is better. But I also run an Intellipap and in some ways it is superior to the ResMed S9. I would not hesitate to go with it on an equal footing with the S9.

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(06-23-2013, 08:14 PM)Zorki1c Wrote: I would spend more time here if the answer to every question seems to be "Get a ResMed S9." It seems like people with most other machines aren't considered "cool" by the regulars.

Not at all... I believe you're "cool" just for challenging the status quo opinion here. Conformity to the majority without reason is seldom productive. Coffee

To help your point, perhaps you can tell us why you consider your F & P machine to be superior to the ResMed units?

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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.



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I don't necessarily consider the Icon superior. I do believe, however, that just about any brand out there will do the job if used properly. I do wish my Icon used a standard memory chip rather than a proprietary one. On the other hand, I like the fact that the humidifier is part of the compact package which makes it a little easier to travel with. My irritation is that if a newcomer says hello and says he or she is getting a non-ResMed machine the immediate reaction of some for members is "You have a choice! Demand that they give you a ResMed S9!." Reminds me a little of digital cameras. When the first DSLRs came out the Canon fans said their cameras were best and the Nikon fans claimed their brand was superior. But now it's reached the point where most fans admit the both brands will do just about anything you ask of them and say it's pretty much a matter of personal choice.
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#10
Zork,

I'd have to disagree with you, except you're right. There is definitely a bias toward ResMed and autoset machines in particular on the forum.

So, poke us with a stick. Please stay involved in the forum and please disagree whenever you like. No one has ever been censured on this forum (that I know) unless they went way beyond common courtesy and decorum. We almost never cross the Goodwin/Snacky Law line.

I welcome a dissenting opinion. I hope to hear more from you soon!
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