We wanted to address a few concerns brought up during the business meeting regarding contributing to the discussions here, and why we may not have gained much traction:
Concern: Maintaining anonymity
One of our business meeting attendees brought up concerns around anonymity. Although the comment section does ask for your name and email, you are more than welcome to use a pseudonym, and your email is not accessible to anyone outside of those who maintain the site.
Of course, we will be keeping the emails completely private–and we’re maintaining the site updates and such so as to keep your information secure. You can always create a new Gmail account for free, if you’d like an extra layer of privacy, too.
Concern: Contentious comment sections
This is a very real concern–by now, most of us are familiar with the internet advice of “DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS,” and how things can get on internet forums. This is exactly why we put together the community guidelines. We highly recommend you give them a read, but at the core, they say: please don’t be a jerk.
Comments are moderated, and moderators reserve the right to delete any comments that violate those community guidelines (and/or change the content of the comment to, “I’m a buttttttttttttttttttt,” or something equally creative and mature because what’s moderation without a sense of humor?).
The goal is to create a safe space for us to speak on this site, which doesn’t mean hand-holding or lack of frankness, but creating a space in which people can share their experiences, strength, hope, and doubt (as all are a relevant part of sobriety and processing our experiences) freely.
We are doing everything we can to help protect you and make this space exactly that. If you have any questions or concerns, please come to the next Sunday Beyond Belief business meeting or grab me (Lizz!) after the meeting. If you’re feeling shy, you can also drop any questions/concerns in the comments below.
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