Some time ago, I recommended a chat room called “The Village” for people looking for mental health support and information. At the time, I had just returned to “The Village” after a long break. I believe I was looking through rose-colored glasses then, seeing only the few good parts of that chat while trying to forget the many, many, negative aspects of it.
“The Village” is no place for any sort of meaningful support or discussion. It is rife with filth and turmoil. A supportive discussion of mental health is almost never to be found. I cannot even begin to describe the filth that permeates the chat there without offending the decency of this forum.
Routinely new visitors will come to “The Village” seeking support. They are almost universally ignored, ridiculed, insulted, or offended by the chat. I cannot count the number of times this has happened.
Recently, “The Village” was evicted from its IRC network. The channel was too much trouble for the network to allow it to continue. With the exception of one op, there is no control over the room. When one of the other ops actually takes the time to attempt their job, warning after warning are issued to no effect.
The channel owner continues to advertise the chat room as a support room. I don’t doubt that she thinks it is, she has good intentions, but it is not. Perhaps someday, if massive changes were to be made to the chat room, it could become a support room.
I have asked myself how I would feel if someone in my family were to visit “The Village”. I would be ashamed and embarrassed beyond measure. Likewise, I am deeply ashamed for recommending that chat room to this forum.
If anyone has visited “The Village” on my recommendation, I’m sorry.