Agreeing with the other posters. What is going to happen to the community that has been created over the past 10 years? I lurked around before I signed up, but the reason I signed up is because it felt like the community here had something really rare. Where else is there a long time community of informed and loving mothers who gather together to impart their wisdom to others with encouragement, love, gentileness. At first I agreed with some posters who were saying they were happy about less moderation, feeling like they could post without getting flagged over something slight and silly. And honestly, I haven't seen as many trolls or other weird things as many moms here are saying. But, think about what we as mothers will lose if the dynamic of the site changes, threads and conversations are shared for marketing purposes and many of the long time members and supporters leave? I know I haven't been here as long as many of the moms posting here have been, but in that case you should listen to me all the more when I say that I am not interested in being a part of this community if the above things happen. I am only here because of the community that took 10 or maybe more years to build up.
Maybe there is a need for funding, but don't give up what makes this site what it is for marketing. If you do get it because of higher traffic it won't last without the community.
I agree with the original idea of a different color title, although that won't really make it clear to newer members as to why the color is different, so I think a separate forum for threads that are going to facebook can be posted. That might work better because they mods can start the threads they would like to put on fb or bring up topics they think would bring new members here. If it keeps our other forums safe I'm sure a lot of mamas here would be happy to contribute to those discussions.
Or how about start discussions on fb that people who "like" it ccan talk about there and just keep it separate from mothering. Bring them to the website with links to the articles posted on here, but not the convos.
The other idea that comes to mind is to ask the OP and each person who posted a reply before posting it to fb for permission. I don't think this would work too well so really think the other two are more feasible.
I do realize that by posting to mothering we are giving them our thoughts and words as, basically, their property. Right? They can do whatever they want with it. But it is pretty clear that if mothering is going to act that way many of the people here won't be coming back.
Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to explain what is going on and for asking our opinions! I look forward to hearing what mothering is thinking they should do about this.