You know, the other "I'm so crunchy because..." thread really put a bad taste in my mouth. Some of the posts were funny, but others seemed like passive-agressive attempts at claiming superiority over others ("Where is your compost bin? What? You don't compost? I thought everyone composted. How weird!") And I was glad that this thread was started.
But then it very quickly turned into people promoting things that are very clearly against Mothering's basic UA and making indirect attacks on people who do things that are considered on the "extreme" end of crunchiness. "I circ/spank/put my baby in a ff carseat and I'm proud!" or "I've been made to feel like a total outcast because I use toilet paper, tell my kid no, don't EC, birth with an attendant, etc." I mean, come on! I know that there are people in this community who will assert that birthing with an attendant is unnatural or that diapers are disrespectful to babies, but they are very, very few. Most people on Mothering have no problem with people who use sposies, don't eat organic, use strollers, birth in a hospital, etc. I think it's perfectly fine (and should have been expected) that people came on this thread to express concern that spanking or circing were being promoted. That's not okay here, no matter what the purpose of the thread is.
I've also been here for a very long time, and I have to say, this is the most tolerant and accepting I've ever seen the boards, and I'm glad to see it. Back in 2007, if someone had posted that they couldn't bring themselves to feed their nephew formula, there would have been a whole bunch of "Oh, that poor baby" responses, and maybe one person who posts tentatively that the OP should be more understanding. On the thread that was posted a couple weeks ago, the OP got torn a new one.
What this thread really reminds me of is the trolling board I (stupidly) went to recently where people were taking the most extreme posts from Mothering and pretending like they represented the whole community. Then they ranted and raved about how horrible/selfish/negligent/weird Mothering posters were. A lot of posters on this thread are really expressing veiled derision for the more "extreme" choices they choose not to make.
And Ldavis24, I'm actually really glad you finally came right out and said that you think UCing is stupid and dangerous. You've done it passive-aggressively many times on this thread (and directly on other threads). Your post is a really good example of why I'm uncomfortable with this thread and think it is NOT serving the purpose for which it was originally intended.