I always struggle giving feedback, I hope this is alright! These are just some of my thoughts, I completely respect unlock and am grateful for unlock providing this forum and all of the work, time and dedication that unlock has put into building it.
I really like the the new colours and overall design. It feels really fresh, clean and modern.
I like that it's up and running, providing a vital support platform to enhance the overall aim of empowerment through information.
Things that I had second thoughts on:
When I signed up for the forum I was asked to provide my first and last name along with questions about convictions. I understand that this is useful data for unlock but I must admit I felt uncomfortable providing this. If I didn't give this information then I felt like I was being dishonest which also made me feel uncomfortable and I was therefore stuck between two choices I was unsettled by (others a may not mind or feel the same, I respect this). I have signed up to forums before and was only asked to give/setup a username. This difficult position I found myself in meant that I actually visited and closed the website on several occasions over the course of a few months before finally joining.
When I signed up I noticed that I couldn't find an option for professionals to join the forum, which I think was available on the last forum, although I may be wrong. I'm not sure if I missed this or if this option is no longer available by design?
The lack of SSL security for registering and logging in.
Although there are still forums around without a secure/encrypted registration feature, there are also many forums that that are providing this and most websites that take sensitive information offer a secure form for personal data. I was very worried about my data being sent through an unsecured form that not only asked for an email and username, but also my first and last name, conviction type and password. My thoughts immediately went to inexperienced computer/internet users who may use the same one or two passwords for all of their internet accounts and the risk that the unsecured form my pose to them if it became compromised. I was alerted to change this password on signing in, but the sign in is unencrypted also.
I was thinking that maybe a few of the sub forums can be merged? At times I have felt a bit confused by all the different forums/sub forums, this may just be me though!
I also really like the overall feel of inclusion that I experience here, rather than that of exclusion and stigma.