Officially the rule is that no other Zoom or Discord’s are allowed to be posted on forums or our Discord. And it was because of my mistake and assumption that caused some problems.
To answer your question more deeply, let’s take a step back and know what How To ADHD officially supports.
If you donate to the Patreon, you have access to the Official How To ADHD Discord where we have regulated Moderators and people watching over the community.
You donate $1 to Jessica’s cause once, you always have access to this Discord Server and the moderators & community will always be there to support you even if you choose to not donate any money ever again. This is in the realm of the community managers and leaders where they volunteer their time to help anyone on Discord.
The How To ADHD Public Forums (this forum) are officially a place where if you cannot donate money, you can interact with fellow fans of the channel. Jessica always tells people if you cannot donate any money, you can still interact with fellow fans and people with ADHD on here. The forums do not allow private messaging from person to person however.
The Rules on the Official How To ADHD Discord for Zoom and other Discords is that they are allowed, but only through private messaging. I personally forgot that last part and assumed that it was ok to have Zoom meetings and Discords are allowed but in reality they are not allowed.
The reality is that How To ADHD is going through growing pains.
We want to support our community by allowing people to talk and work together. But that means more moderation and community overwatch and policies need to be put into place. We don’t want to turn into a place like Facebook where dis-information happens, or allow Zoom meetings that have “How To ADHD” plastered all over them that could be promoting some bad information or create an incident that comes back and hurts Jessica.
Lastly, only a few people are actually paid for their time within How To ADHD and that’s mainly on the video production side where Jessica is able to keep a schedule of shooting videos, making sure they are factually accurate, working with editors and continue giving you the YouTube content you all love.
I’m purely a volunteer, community managers are volunteers, all moderators are volunteers… All this to help Jessica. Even if people actively volunteer more of their time, we don’t have a place for them because we don’t have a system to verify they are who we thought they were or something to do that is pulling in the same direction of the brand.
We’re working on this, things have improved so much the last month internally. And we will do better.