Camp Other wrote:This is somewhat off topic, but I wanted to ask: Why aren't there more European Lyme disease patients and researchers on this forum to begin with? It seems that most people who are posting are from North America. And perhaps that's another question I wanted to ask: How is it so many North Americans are posting here when it's supposed to be a European site?
Well, is it, though?
Is it supposed to be a European
site? What difference does it make where the Admin is based?
I assume that there are so many N. Americans are here because posters here are allowed to speak freely, unlike so many of the other patient forums based in the US, where unless you speak and think as you are told...your remarks and posting privileges will be removed.
It's kind of like...the expatriate movement of the 1920s...we had to flee to Europe to find intellectual freedom.
Where the heck are all the European Lyme patients, researchers, physicians, etc. who are interested in uncensored information and discussion about Lyme disease? Or are many of them only lurking this board?
Perhaps because of the language barrier? Even though many in Europe have English as a second language, there are degrees of proficiency. I would never be able to carry on a decent discussion, say in French or German. Some might find that intimidating? (BTW, and in that regard, I think that you meant: "populated" with people from the US, not "propagated", below*).
And indeed, secondly, how come this board is propagated* with people from the United States?
Because the LymeNUTs in the US have politicized any attempts at rational discussion.