I want to take a moment to address some of the things that have been happening on our site the last few days. Clearly we are going through some growing pains. Whether you realize it or not, this site is only a few months old. We're all "new" here and we're all learning how to make this the best experience it can be.
It is natural for people to feel some ownership of the site. Each of us puts part ourselves out there when we comment or share. I believe this sense of ownership is part of what makes this site great … but it also can create strong emotions if you feel like someone is "taking away" something that belongs to you.
Let's all take a moment to think about what we want this site to be. It has been for the most part a great place where everyone was treated with kindness and respect.
Please know that we have heard all your concerns. We've read every comment carefully and we're already working on plans to make changes to make the site better.
The site belongs to all of us. And it will take the effort of all of us to make it the best it can be. Some of you have made statements like, "I would be lost without this site" and "This site has literally saved my life." If we want this site to continue to help others as it has helped some of you, we must all be committed to responding with kindness and respect always.
I have personally learned so much from so many people on this site. I know I am a much better parent and caregiver to my son because others here were willing to share their advice and insights.
So I ask for all of us (myself included) to strengthen our commitment to trying to understand one another and accepting that we all come from a different background and perspective. When we treat each other with kindness and respect, we make everyone feel welcome and open the door for all of us to learn from one another.
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