This would have been enough of a reason to bring this post up but in fact there was even a better reason. We have a member who has not been around for a few weeks. She wrote the following comment in an email to one of our managers yesterday.
It is true that we don't want people to jump in and share every birthday or anniversary or job promotion or numerous other events. Because we have so many members if everyone were to share every event we would have major celebratory threads everyday. The board would be cluttered with such posts and more substantive posts would soon be buried in the fray."I haven't been to Freedom in a couple weeks because I had my baby on November 4th. Despite a long labor and emergency C-section, everything is absolutely wonderful and we have a healthy little boy named Kevin Michael.
I didn't know if I should start a post on this at Freedom (I didn't want to create a diversion--it's a fine line I guess) but you had asked me a few months back to report on my post-partum feelings and if there were any triggers present. I'm delighted to report that I've had no post-partum depression in the slightest, and the only time I've thought about cigarettes is when my husband comes back inside after smoking and I make him wash his hands!
For the record, I would not have categorized the email above as having been in that category of a post. The event being discussed is very significant and truly smoking related. I suspect I will be adding more comments to this member's thread if and when she reports it to the board. I am sorry if I am pulling some steam out of the announcement but again, I know from the comment that she wrote in her email that she is very cognizant and concerned that she helps people on the board and never detracts from the focus of the board.
So we are going to be a bit more aggressive this week in making sure that people first looking in are getting focused information on smoking cessation. In all likelihood, this is the way the board was when you first looked in. It was likely the serious treatment of smoking that made you realize that you wanted to join up with a site that on the surface did not seem like a whole lot of fun. Actually, I think the feelings that are generated when you realize that you are helping to save people's health and lives can make you feel a lot happier and satisfied than by sharing fun. To really touch and help people help them to see that there life is going to be more fun if they work at sustaining their Freedom, their health and their lives by staying committed to never take another puff!