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Thu, Mar. 26th, 2009, 07:36 pm

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.

Thank you.

Fri, Mar. 27th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)

you guys are doing an excellent job and thank you for all your hard work.

Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)

Hey, can there not be a community out there that isn't just about eating disorders.
Is there any out there for people like myself who just need to simply lose weight.
It's starting to get out of control.

Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)

This community is about losing weight, but it is also about doing it in as healthy a way as possible. I don't think that this community is all about eating disorders, but there are members here (myself included) who suffer from disordered eating of various sorts. I just want to make sure that this is a safe, welcoming community for all its members.

I was quite angry when I wrote the original post, so I may not have been expressing myself clearly. If members do want to post their goal weights, or their progress in losing weight, they can certainly do so, but we do ask that those numbers be placed behind a cut so that there are no potential triggers.

Thank you for your comment! :) I hope you do enjoy the community.

Sun, Oct. 11th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)

I really do enjoy this Community, it's fantastic.
I wasn't meaning this Community really just I'm quite new to LJ and when i searched for weight loss and things like that all that came up was pro anorexia things.

I am in no way against anorexics but (sorry this is my controlling/ slightly paranoid self coming through) don't you think that there should only be a few Communities for each subject. It seems as though everyone's coming up with a pro anorexia Community and it seems as though they're cluttering up LJ.

I think it is very caring of you to tell people to put they're progress behind a cut.

I think I was a bit to tired when I typed that comment to think 100% clearly about what I was saying and I think I didn't say it in the understandable way. I hope I didn't offend you at all if it seemed as though I was targeting your Community. I totally wasn't! :)