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Gift and Curse

A heads-up

Since many survivors protect the information available about them, I wanted to give you the heads-up about a new service: spokeo.com

Spokeo.com is an online phonebook and information resource, which gathers information from all sorts of places. It contains information about addresses, phone numbers (if you're publicly listed), and information from social networking sites (including photos and interests).

If you want to remove yourself from spokeo.com's listings:
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Thank you, joonzmoon!

Yesterday, joonzmoon stepped down from the mod team at _survivors_, and we wanted to say a big THANK YOU for her time on the mod team.

She was instrumental in several re-vampings of the community - from helping create a new layout, to setting up the new tagging system, to bringing the Thought Stirring Questions back from inactivity, to creating the Survivors' Resource Guide now available on our userinfo page.

She took initiative on many things which had been back-burnered, and breathed new life into the community.

We extend our thanks to her for all her help! While we're sad to see her go, we're glad for the time she shared with us.

Thank you, joonzmoon!

Mod Post - Security Level Update

Hello again, everyone!

I wanted to let you know that, due to the results of the recent poll, we are changing the security level of the community to Members Only today.

To reiterate, however, you are still able to post publicly if you would like! The "Everyone (Public)" Security Level option will be grayed out when you are initially writing your entry so, in order to make a post public, you will need to write your entry, post it, and then go back and edit the "Show this entry to:" from "Members" to "Everyone (Public)". It will no longer be grayed out when you go back to edit your entry.

Also, we will still have a public version and member version of the Thought Stirring posts; that won't be changing. :)

As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave a comment, send me a message or e-mail the mod team at survivormod@gmail.com. Thanks!

Security-Level Poll

Hello everyone!

The mod posts are seeming to become a weekly occurrence here at _survivors_, but I'm posting because I'd like to run something by all of you. Recently, in an effort to help keep this community safe, we have been discussing making the future posts on this community automatically have members-only security level. What that would mean is that when you come here to post on _survivors_, your post would default to "Members Only", instead of "Everyone (Public)" as it is now.

If we were to do this, it does not take away your choice at making your post public. If you would like your post to be public, you would go into your post after it's updated and edit it from "members only" to "public" in the "Show This Entry To:" drop-down box. There would still be a friends-only version of the Thought-Stirring Posts and a public version of the Thought-Stirring Posts, changing the default security setting wouldn't impact any of that. What it would change is eliminating the possibility of non-members (or trolls) having access to any public posts that are not directly intended by the poster to be public.

However, before we make a decision, we would like your input and opinions. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment, send me a private message, or e-mail me at survivormod@gmail.com. Thanks! :)

Poll #1476273 Community Privacy Level Poll

Should we make this community friends-only?

Yes, that is fine with me.
No, I want it to stay how it is.
I don't mind either way.

Changes to Thought-Stirring Questions

Hello, Survivors! 

Thanks to all who participated in the poll we posted concerning Thought-Stirring Questions.  sistahraven and I discussed the input you provided and determined that we would make a few changes to reflect your suggestions:

  • Thought-Stirring Questions will be posted each week on Sundays from now on.
    • If, for some reason, sistahraven or I are going to be away on a Sunday, we will at least try to post the TSQs on a Friday or Saturday to keep them to weekend dates.  
  • Any text preceding the Thought-Stirring Questions will be placed under an LJ-cut with the appropriate trigger warnings.
    • We feel that the longer, textual explanations and anecdotes can be very helpful for skill-building and would like to continue to include them.  By placing them under a cut, we hope to respect your needs for trigger warnings and time restraints while also giving you an opportunity to be able to go back and read through the text later on, at a time when you're feeling more stable and/or want further information about the topic.  In short: it will be your choice to read or disregard the accompanying text.
  • We will only ask two or three Thought-Stirring Questions per post.
    • Many of you commented that five or six questions were overwhelming, so we will attempt to condense the questions and allow you to focus more specifically on condensed themes.
  • We will continue to tag Thought-Stirring Questions and place them in Memories for your future use.
    • Many of you said that this had been very helpful and we are pleased to be able to continue to provide this organizational service for you!  :-)
  • Future Thought-Stirring Questions will directly reflect the suggested themes and ideas you provided in the poll.
    • sistahraven and I split up a list of suggestions you made and plan to address each of them.  Thank you so much for voicing your thoughts.  We are glad to tackle these themes and look forward to being able to make them a part of each week's post.  You provided enough suggestions to last us through about December, at which point we may even post another poll to ask for more!  In the meantime, please feel free to email us at survivormod@gmail.com or PM either of us at any time with additional ideas or suggestions.

We hope that these changes are helpful to you and enable you to get the most out of the Thought-Stirring Questions every week.

On a final note, I'd like to mention that the Thought-Stirring Questions are just that: thought-stirring.  They are often contain complicated themes that may be processed, analyzed and experienced differently by each individual, depending on his or her own unique past, personality and opinions.  There are absolutely no right or wrong answers to any Thought-Stirring Question, and we encourage you all to share whatever thoughts, questions or opinions you might have regarding any topic at any time, so long as you feel comfortable.  Provided that all community rules are being followed and comments are presented in a way that is respectful to others, all thoughts and opinions are welcome here.

Thanks so much again for your help! 

I'm looking forward to posting the next TSQ tomorrow morning!  :-)
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Thought-Stirring Question Poll

Hi everyone!

In an effort to better serve you, we would like to collect information about the Thought-Stirring Questions that sistahraven and I post on a weekly basis. If you have a few minutes, we'd truly appreciate it if you could fill out the following poll. Please note that while anyone can answer the poll, only I can see your answers, so you may rest assured that any suggestions, comments or questions related to the TSQ will be kept private.

(ETA: Apparently, the text boxes only allow 50 characters. If you have a longer comment or suggestion and would like it to stay private, please either private-message me or send me an email at survivormod@gmail.com. Otherwise, feel free to comment to this entry to share your thoughts! Sorry for the inconvenience; I haven't posted a poll in a while... :-)

Thanks so much for your participation and support! :-)

Poll #1473264 Thought-Stirring Questions

On which day(s) would you prefer to see the Thought-Stirring Questions posted? Please select the BEST day(s) for you to read and respond to the TSQ. Please do not select more than two days.


What kinds of topics and themes would you like to see discussed in Thought-Stirring Questions? Please briefly describe any suggestions for upcoming TSQs here.

Do you have any concerns or additional comments about Thought-Stirring Questions? Please list any comments, criticisms or even questions you may have here.


The return of Thought-Stirring Questions!

Hello, _survivors_!

Those of you who have been members for over a year or so may remember our weekly Thought-Stirring Questions. Each Tuesday, sistahraven would post both a public and friends-only entry containing some sort of reflective topic relating to abuse and recovery. Members could freely respond to either or both entries and share their personal experiences with the topic. If you'd like to check out some examples, feel free to click on the tag used for this entry, which will lead you to all of the past Thought-Stirring Questions.

So, without further ado, I'd like to announce the return of Thought-Stirring Questions to the community! sistahraven and I will be posting new questions again on a weekly basis, most likely on Tuesdays. If you're an older member, we hope you enjoy the return of this great feature, and if you're newer, we'd like to welcome you to take part in sharing your thoughts!

Here is tonight's Thought-Stirring Question:

At times, sexual assault has been referred to in the news and online as a "women's issue" and the survivors we see on television are frequently young, middle-class and white. However, we know that any gender, orientation, age or race can be subjected to abuse, often creating circumstances that are uniquely challenging to those specific groups.

How have these things affected you as a survivor?
--Do you feel that you were targeted because of how you define yourself or who you are?
--Or, alternatively, have you changed the way you define yourself based on your abuse?
--How has society treated you as a result of either situation?
--What things have you found particularly challenging as a result?
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Welcome our two Deputy Mods!

As noted in my previous post, we are bringing on two Deputy mods!

joonzmoon and blueserenity22 will be joining the mod team, and helping us keep track of posts, comments, and helping us to reorganize our tags and memories.

Both have been active in this community for quite some time, and volunteered to help with keeping this community active and thriving. While "maintainer status" (for those who know what that means) will be temporary, they have the full sanction of the Mod Team to make official requests for trigger warnings, LJ-cuts, and to assist with member conflict. Their focus will be on the community and members, making sure each member feels safe and supported.

If either of them make a request of you, you are expected to respond the same as you would to myself, briar_witch, volare, or druidwolf.

They have also volunteered to help leave comments to posts. We often suffer from lulls in comments, over holidays and weekends especially, and they have committed to leaving comments as often as they can.

So please, give them a warm welcome. We have grown and changed significantly since this community's inception - and we're happy to have some new folks added to the mix to help keep us moving!

Mod Post: Changes are a-coming

There will be some changes coming to the community, so we wanted to keep you informed:

  • A new, complete, tag system. This will help act both as a second means of warning for triggers, but also make it easy to find posts by people in similar situations. We've tried this on and off over the years, but we'll have a solid system we can maintain for the future. This is a huge undertaking, and might take a few weeks, as we'll be tagging posts all the way back to the beginning of this community. So if you tag your community posts, please refer to our tag list. If you don't tag - don't worry! We'll tag any untagged posts made to the community.

  • A new memories system. All mod posts, announcements, rules changes, etc. will be kept together in memories for easy reference. For the first time, we will also be offering a member-specific memories tag. This will be an OPT-IN ONLY feature, and I'll make a post later about how to opt in. This way, you can see your posts over the months and years, and track your progress. Also, you can keep track of good suggestions, advice, support, or resources. Again, this will be opt-in, so only those interested will have their own memories label, and I will give more details when that becomes available. Credit must be given to the dog community petbulls for inspiring this idea!

  • The return of Thought Stirring Questions: Before my and druidwolf's daughter was born, I posted weekly questions about an aspect of being a survivor, as a prompt to help with processing and recovery. It became a time for members to talk about what they experienced and how it affected them, what was helpful for recovery, and it also meant we got to know each other better. It fell to the wayside because of a lack of time, but it will be returning! They will likely be every other week to start, and possibly moving up to every week.

  • The last, but certainly the happiest announcement? We will be bringing on two Deputy Mods!. Two of our active members, joonzmoon and blueserenity22 have been instrumental in helping us initiate these changes, and we're happy to have them on the team. They are going to be doing a lot of the reorganizing of the tags and memories along with the rest of the mods, and have volunteered to make sure entries get plenty of comments. Also, they will be able to make official Mod Requests on our behalf. I will make a separate post about this as well, but please give them a warm welcome to the team. While they will not be listed as "maintainers" for the community, they do have the mod team's support in making requests and suggestions.

There might be even more new things, but we'll announce them as they come. Thanks to all of you for making this a wonderful community. The biggest and most active survivor group on Livejournal would be nothing without its members and volunteers.