Hi, all. I'm rotf_lmao, one of the co-moderators here. In light of a post that was recently placed in the moderation queue for approval, I felt the need to make a post. I don't post in here often, but this particular potential post (hi there, alliteration!) really touched a nerve with me.
I know, as no doubt most of you do, that among our membership we have people with varying degrees of disordered eating. Let's face it, if you've got weight issues, *most* of the time, some type of disordered eating goes along with that. And of course, I know that we have anorexics and bulimics here among us. People living with those conditions are certainly welcome here at weight_issues.
What is not welcome in this community, however, is material that can be potentially triggering to others. I am aware that there is a "pro-ana/pro-mia" movement out there, and while I disagree strongly with their message, I am not here to argue that they have no right to believe as they do. I know that there are members in this community who are "pro-ana", and "pro-mia". That is none of my business, nor is it anyone else's...as long as it does not impact on others in this community.
We try very hard in this community to keep any and all potential triggers from infiltrating. That's why we have moderated posts -- so that one of the co-moderators can read the posts coming in and determine whether any changes need to be made before the post can be made public. Usericons, numbers, calorie counts, videos -- all of those things are checked, and when we see something that we deem a potential trigger, we ask the poster in question to edit their posts accordingly.
We are here for support, to provide (hopefully) helpful advice and encouragement for those seeking it. We are not here to promote any sort of dangerous or potentially life-threatening practices -- and while we do accept the right of pro-ana and pro-mia individuals to hold those beliefs, we are also not here to promote material that can trigger anorexics or bulimics into the continuation of dangerous practices.
Please be aware, when you are posting material, that there are members here who ARE dealing with anorexia and bulimia, and are here to find a safe haven without the possibility of triggers. Be sensitive, and above all, use common sense.