Thank you all for your input and for assuming the best of us and our intentions. We've featured threads for awhile now and we never meant to hide the fact that we were doing so on Facebook and Twitter. It didn't even cross our minds that it would be viewed in the way some of you have expressed.
Doing things to get traffic to the site is certainly something we put our efforts into and while the revenue we gain is certainly beneficial to keep the site running, Mothering's primary purpose on the web is to spread the word of Natural Family Living and Attachment Parenting and to be a place of resource, information and support for parents. That is the main drive behind what we do. We use what resources we can that do not cost us money ( our budget is slim and with having to close the magazine I'm sure you can all appreciate that fact). Social media is now a big piece of marketing your site for lots of websites. We really had no idea this would be such an issue for some of you and I'm sorry we didn't consider it more carefully and discuss it with you beforehand.
We appreciate all of the ideas and suggestions as well as the concern about privacy and opt-in. We've come up with a number of alternative ways to feature MDC on Mothering's Twitter and Facebook, one being our Question of the Day thread that is featured on the Community homepage. It is a discussion we start every day so it is Mothering-initiated. We will no longer feature member-started threads on Facebook and Twitter. If for some reason we do decide a thread is important and we want to feature it we will request permission from the person who started the thread.
Does that cover everyone's concerns?