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#229618 - 06/08/08 12:10 AM
Re: loaded question
Loc: Washington State
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What you should know about moderator's actions to keep this site safe.
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We have gone to great effort to monitor this site and to provide an environment which will welcome survivors, many of whom have serious trust issues. While we can not guarantee complete safety here, we strongly recommend that you do not give out personal information or involve yourself with anyone you meet here by going off site, until you have gotten to know them for at least three months based on communications on site. It is not appropriate to invite new persons to converse off site since we have no way to monitor off site activity. It is equally not appropriate to bring off site issues between persons to this board.
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We understand that in some circumstances there will continue to be cases where entirely legitimate use of the site will still give an impression of use of multiple accounts, for example, when a survivor and his partner are using the same computer. If you are approached about this we would appreciate your support and assistance in clarifying the matter. We are anxious to work with all of you to maintain your ability to access the site as safely and freely as possible.
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-Some well-meaning person may ask you to email him your picture. We ask that you do not do that.
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DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DISCUSS MODERATOR ACTIONS PUBLICALLY – private messages to us about your concerns are appropriate – but also realize that we are not going to explain or sort out every issue or concern you may have – since none of us have the time or energy. We will try to consider all concerns where they further the safety of others and help us better do our job of monitoring this site.
Please remember that:
-There are issues that we cannot resolve here or that would be divisive to our process of recovery.
-If something posted appears to you to be triggering – do not respond publicly to it. Instead, private message a moderator with your concerns
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-Banning posts is a last resort so if something that you think is objectionable is left on the board make your comments privately but respect a moderator’s decision not to ban
-Moving a post to the Unmoderated Discussion Forum or closing discussion in a string of posts will result if we feel that it contains a potential trigger – PLEASE DO NOT CARRY THE DISCUSSION TO A NEW POST
Trigger Issues/Unmoderated Discussion Forum
Posts which trigger others cause conflicts which often divert us from our goal of discussing and sharing our recovery issues. They often cause others to react and sometimes respond in emotional ways which creates further controversy. Controversy can cause many of us, because our trauma experiences, to feel unsafe. Some who come here prefer not to deal with these controversies or potential triggers.
The UDF is for the discussion of any issues that may be triggering to others. It also is a place where frank discussion and pointed remarks reflecting disagreements with others would be allowed. We ask such posts be made in this forum. By posting trigger issues in a separate room in which we are forewarned and enter “at our own risk” it will be easier for us to freely choose to deal with it or not.
We will move to this forum discussions from other forums which, in our opinion, might be triggering. The Unmoderated Discussion Forum is for posting comments that might not be appropriate for other forums but the rules about threats or offensive posts are still in effect there.
Discussion of At Risk issues should be posted in the At Risk Forum.
Sometimes we post strongly expressed views out of emotion or because we are remembering past traumatic experiences. This can involve statements which feel like personal attacks. We recommend restraint and respect. However, often we may feel the need to say such things none the less. As long as these statements do not violate the guidelines in other ways, we will move them to the UDF rather than edit or delete them.
This forum has been provided to create a balance between our goal of having a site where there is the widest possible range of discussion and our need to ensure that members can avoid being confronted with posts that might be triggering or threaten their sense of safety here.
Sexual Identity Issues
The issue of how to deal with sexual identity including our homosexual feelings is extremely complex – and many of us hold strong views which conflict with views held by others. In order to keep this survivor's site safe and supportive we ask that trigger issues be discussed in the UDF
-Cultural and religious views about the origin or nature of one's sexual orientation
-The negative ways sexual minorities array(gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered folks) are portrayed, perceived and treated by others in society or by the law
-Dealing with feelings about our own or other's sexual orientation
Sexual Identity Issues
many of us hold strong views which conflict with views held by others. The Sexual Identity Issues Forum is the place to discuss confused feelings about sexuality and survivor behavior problems connected with sexual feelings:
-Sexual identity confusion
-Feelings about sexual attraction to other men
-Feelings of safety and trust
-Confusing sexual behaviors
-Acting out sexually – array(there is a special forum for this – “At Risk Forum”)
-It is often difficult to discuss these issues without sometimes touching on overtones of the Trigger Issues mentioned above. We will try to monitor for them and act appropriately.
A message to teenage survivors.
MaleSurvivor works very hard to make our site safe for everyone who comes here. This should be a place where you find yourself: believed, understood and helped. You will find yourself being helpful to others as well.
We ask you to help us keep the site SAFE FOR YOU! When you begin using the discussion board, you will be paired with a "buddy" from the moderating team. This Moderator will work closely with you and answer any questions you have about the guidelines or the site. It is important that you communicate regularly with your Mod Buddy.
To continue to be able to use our site you must NOT give any other site user any information that would allow off-site contact AND you will need to stay in touch with your assigned Moderator. Please read and be familiar with the Guidelines below.
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-Do not post links or refer others to different sites, including your personal site or other sites you use.
-Some well-meaning person may ask you to email him your picture. We ask that you do not do that.
-It is best to avoid private correspondence with users until you have been here for some time. Try to keep your interactions with members on the forums rather than Private Message until you have been using the site for six months. Please tell your Mod Buddy or an Administrator if you receive a private message array(PM) that you feel is inappropriate.
-If someone here says things that seems to be “coming on” to you, it would be best to report that to the Discussion board Administrator. Our moderators are instructed to ban anyone who acts or behaves inappropriately.
-Understand that all of us are at different places in our recovery journey. Respect where others are at.
-If our Discussion board is helpful please tell others. If something happened that bothered you please tell us
-The whole point of this Discussion board is, that it be a safe place for boys and men who have been sexually abused, to work on their journey to wellness. We do not take the place of a professional therapist. We are here as your brothers who have shared a similar experience and find help talking to others here.
At Risk Forum
The At Risk Forum is for survivors who have done inappropriate, harmful, or abusive behavior to others in their childhood or adolescence, or have acted out sexually through certain sexual behaviors, such as compulsive masturbation, promiscuous consensual relationships, internet pornography, book store acting out, etc. This is also for survivors who are experiencing feelings or thoughts of acting out sexually on another person.
Due to the sensitive nature of some of the discussions in At Risk, admission to post or read is by application to the moderator. You must be a paid member of MaleSurvivor array(limited scholarship funds are available for those who cannot afford membership) and the person must let Ken Singer know why he wants access. This information is confidential and will not be shared with anyone.
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