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Apr. 9th, 2005 @ 09:58 am Changes to the community
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Skins gen 1 cassie [bench]
I have seen a few instances now of people who are not members of the community posting rude / mean / inappropriate replies to members.

I do not want anyone here to be attacked for their choices, especially by random people who are simply 'trolling'.

For this reason, I have made two changes.

1/ Anyone who wants to join the community must now be approved by me. Of course this doesn't matter to all of you who are already members. But from now on I will be looking into the people who want to join to ensure that this community remains a happy and safe environment.

2/ ALL POSTS TO THE COMMUNITY ARE AUTOMATICALLY SET TO BE FRIENDS ONLY. You do not need to set any of your entries to be Friends Only. It will be done automatically whenever you post anything to the group. Thanks justxlikexheavn for your suggestion on how to make that happen.

So now, the only people who can read your posts, reply to your posts, and see the pictures you post are people who have joined the community, and the only people who can join the community will have been approved by me (from this point on).

I apologise to those who received rude comments from non-members.

I appreciate your cooperation with this, and hope that you're all happy with these changes.

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Date:April 9th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
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The response that you got is what pushed me over the edge and made me decide to make these changes. There have been other instances of these types of comments that I've seen. Ugh.

I have deleted the comment that you received, and I appreciate you not responding to it.

I like the new method too. I'm sure that it can bring nothing but good things to the group. This group is seriously a great portion of my life. I can't believe how close I feel to the group, even thugh we're all now sporadic updaters. :)

Baby + 2x toddlers + hubby + house + my LJ friends + THIS COMMUNITY = My life.

I know you're not the type to be offended by the anonymous comment, but I still apologize. It'd be nice if this trolling out-to-cause-drama shit didn't happen in the first place though.
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Date:May 16th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I don't like the change. :( I can't read anymore. I use to be a member, but find myself unable to keep up all the time, but enjoy catching up on everyone when I get a chance. Guess I need to re-join so that I can? Will I be deleted if I don't post?
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Date:May 17th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry you don't like the change, but I feel it's the best way to ensure the members feel safe. We've had a few instances of people getting rude/mean comments from non-members and of people joining who were fakes, neither of which is productive for the group.

So yes, if you want to read you will need to rejoin. And no, you won't be deleted if you don't post. If you want to join without the community entries coming up on your friends page you just have to uncheck the box that comes up asking if you want it added to your friends list (or something like that). That way you can read the community whenever you want but without it cluttering your friends page.