WrongPlanet Pageview Count hits a Profound All-Time Low due to lack of adequate autism representation


  1. I suspect social networking (Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, etc.) is providing a more personal service to auties and aspies than wrongplanet is nowadays – while Yahoo!Answers is providing a more anonymous service. Auties and aspies the world over continue “feeling hopeless, lost, or even suicidal”, and worse, if anything, rather than better. Very little is said about the Penn State University evidence that child auties and aspies are 28 times as likely as any other children to contemplate / attempt suicide. Even health officials have upped their estimate that 1 in 68 school-aged children in the US have autism spectrum disorder to 1 in 50. So the fact, if indeed it is a fact, that wrongplanet is becoming a less popular haven for auties and aspies than it used to be, should be worrying the nuts off its owner(s) and operator(s), as their advertisng revenue will pretty soon go crashing through the floor, which would be a great pity.

    • Yuval Levental says:

      Thanks for your reply (article writer here). I’m not sure about your analysis, because WrongPlanet is specifically designed for those on the spectrum, whereas those other sites are for general purposes.

      >Very little is said about the Penn State University evidence that child auties and aspies are 28 times as likely as any other children to contemplate / attempt suicide.

      You will never see this on the frontpage of WrongPlanet. If they want to survive, they need to acknowledge those kinds of problems. The people that run WrongPlanet are volunteers, so as far as I know, they won’t suffer much.

  2. The reason why WP is failing is because Alex Plank and his admins support strict censorship. You cannot have a well functioning discussion forum when everybody’s keen on censorship.

    They’re getting what they deserve. WP has been a bastion for extremist social justice warriors for too long. And now WP’s paying the price for their heavy handedness.

    • Yuval Levental says:

      I agree that there is a lot of censorship. They also censor the viewpoints of pro-cure people.

  3. I used to go to wrongplanet for the “other stuff” on offer. Now that there is less, I use it less. It fit a large need for me when I was newly diagnosed. I think that there is still a place for wrongplanet. I sometimes feel that there is a club atmosphere there though. Now I have been diagnosed a few years now, other things have replaced online socializing with auties for me!

  4. I signed in WP 6 years ago, filled the bio and made a post. With bit more time I realised that WP was a place/excuse for Alex to get personal/professional exposure, most is advertisement, and forums are just venting frustrations. I contacted them several times asking how could I delete my account for example, and never got any answer from anyone. I didn’t try sending an email asking if I could do a donation though (just to check if they actually read the emails). But it seems that no one is allowed to leave. Once you signed it there’s no way to get out. You can’t even modify some of your profile info, or delete your own posts. A bit like a jail, from where there’s no way to get out. So I guess that most of the people there (users) don’t really exist anymore, just their ghosts. I tried to contact Alex several times and never got any answer.
    It had users at the time because there was not much more related to autism. Now it’s just a ghost planet, mostly due to their own rules and lack of interesting content.

    • Yuval Levental says:

      I tried to delete my account once and got the same result. That’s exactly my point, the forum’s more for Alex and his friends.