First of all, I want to thank all the moderators, past and present, yours is the job that is long and hard and never recognized until it is too late. Thank you and I am sorry this is coming in so late.
Originally Posted by abimommy
This is so.
but like I said, we need to do something different.
One thing we always said in the political/news forums was that peaceful discourse was the goal.
We never really achieved that. Whether it was just member posting ineffective moderation or that we set ourselves up for failure by even attempting it on a board full of so many passionate people. Mothering doesn't attract people for their apathy...
But, regardless of what led us to this point we need a solution.
We can discuss Politics and N&CE all we want but we need to close the door on that chapter. We need to rethink this and rework it and do it right so it works right and people can discuss things peacefully and with vigor.
If it cannot be done then well..it just cannot be done. Mothering isn't going to host an all out debate board. :/
I know this was a very difficult decision for Mothering, but I do want to share what having the news, current events, and politics board meant to me, as a mother, as part of this community.
Having these boards, even though many times they did not seem harmonious, and moderation was a huge issue, meant I had an open line fo communication with mothers who come from all corners of the world. We have different ideas about parenting, living, religion, life, work, play, but I know each person possesed a passion for their children, for taking care of this world, even if we totally disagreed.
It was a place I could come to learn about people who did not agree with me, but could still have an intelligent discussion and yes, we may never come to an agreement, but at least we could understand where each other was coming from.
I knew I could come here for analysis, not name calling. I knew I could come here for compassion, for empathy, for people who actually put thought into everything they do.
I knew I could come here and topics would actually be discussed, not just rehashed verbatim, that people would argue their points and present evidence and not just sling mud.
Ordinary people change the world. Ordinary people on Mothering are changing the world today. Now. We are the future and politics is intergral to that future. The personal is political, always has been, always will. Closing the forum isn't going to make that go away. It may relieve a huge moderation burden, but the price Mothering will pay, I am afraid we will be asking, was it really worth it. It's more than just members leaving. It's closing down a huge aspect of our lives as mothers, and you cannot get that energy back that will be lost with the closing of the forums.
Most of us ended up at Mothering here because of politics. Politics have a direct impact on how we give birth to our babies, whether we have the support to breastfeed, how we feed our families, the jobs we have access to, our health, our food systems, access to organics, toys for our children, how we clothe our families, the environment we live in, the banks we put our money in, were we live Many of us who come to find Mothering, stay here because this is an open community were you can discuss things that you can't anywhere else.
If ever there were a time where politics would seem to be so obviously part of our lives, now is that time. If ever there were a time were political communications were opening up within our government here in the U.S., now is that time. If ever there were a time were we were so clearly part of the answer to solving our problems as a world, now is that time.
Real change, for the betterment of humanity has always come from ordinary people sorting out really difficult problems.
I understand this plea may be in vain, but I think it's important for Mothering to know how very important those forums were to me as a mother who cherishes this community.