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[Mod Announcement] Salesapocalypse!
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theoryofgravity wrote in fatshionista
What follows is a collaboratively-authored missive from the fatshionista mod team.

It may or may not surprise you that the moderators of this community are of differing minds as to whether sales posts belong in fatshionista. We have gone back and forth over it over the years, and the last compromise amongst the moderators and membership relegated sales posts to Fridays only. Despite our different minds on sales posts, all of your moderators have agreed that we will be putting sales posts on hiatus as of May 14th. Frankly, we need a break from sales posts and the frustrations that come with them.

We will continue to debate the possibilities around sales in Fatshionista. The community has never gone dark. We've swelled to nearly 7,500 members over the past few years and it is our intention to keep the community on track with its original goals and intentions. We will be using some of this time away from sales to consider if/how sales can fit within a community like Fatshionista and what would make handling the sales posts easier for both the community and the moderator team. We anticipate revisiting this issue in the coming weeks.

We understand that this will seem like a tremendous shift. We also understand that many of you rely on sales posts for income and access to lower cost fat fashions. In an attempt to make this decision a bit more palatable, we have set up a sister community where you will be able to post sales posts until we come to an agreement about where to go next in terms of sales within the community.

fatshionxchange will be unmoderated for the time being and not subject to our normal sales post rules. We know that this will take adjustment but this is just temporary while we reevaluate sales in the community. We hope that, despite the lack of moderation and rules, that sellers will craft posts that are just as easy for buyers to peruse as our rules attempt to do.

fatshionista sales posts will go on hiatus after May 14, 2010. After that point, all sales posts will be rejected from the queue with a note reminding you of the change in rule. All sales posts will have to go to fatshionxchange after midnight PDT May 14, 2010.

Promo posts that highlight fat friendly events and fat friendly small businesses will remain in the main community on Fridays only (no change in rule here).

Thank you for your patience while we work to make Fatshionista better for all of us.

[As an additional note from me personally: this is not up for debate. Also, a word to those who only participate here for the sales posts: there's no need to comment alerting us to your imminent departure from this community. You do not need our permission to leave, nor do we need to know you've gone. Allow your absence to hang in the air like the faint perfume of a long-lost love. We will write poetry about you and remember you fondly that way.]

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That seems like kind of an unnecessarily rude comment. Lots of people like the sales posts and find them useful. You may not be among them (and neither am I, but that's neither here nor there), but calling them crap seems a bit much. Not everyone lives where they can easily shop for affordable plus-sized clothing.

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YES !!!!

This makes me happier than you could possibly imagine !!!

Me too!! I was tired of clicking my "Mark all as read" button in google reader every Saturday morning..

or just join a community that is already established in selling/trading fatshion...


For sure, people should feel free to join and use whatever communities they like!

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Although I've gotten some awesome things here from fellow fatz, it will be a nice breather not to have to wade through all the sales posts every Friday. My wallet thanks you, too. =)

I've bought things from sales posts, but I'm happy to see this decision, too. The sales posts on Fridays (which usually started on Thursday nights and trickled well into Saturday) were overwhelming. It seems like a perfectly reasonable idea to have a sister community dedicated to sales. Thanks, mods.

As a UK member, I am most pleased with this....I always just give up with this community over the weekend because there's just too much for me to sift through. Hurrah!

I'm a US member and feel the same way. The sales posts are actually why I've never put this community on my FList.

Yeah I have to say i'm kinda happy to see this. Though the sales posts are interesting i'm generally more interested in OOTD's and other community stuff. A sister community seems like a great alternative.

Allow your absence to hang in the air like the faint perfume of a long-lost love. We will write poetry about you and remember you fondly that way.

This made me laff and laff.

Thank you.

My personal opinion... while I think the concept of folks here being able to thrift stuff to each other is great and awesome, I really don't think it belongs in THIS community. Every Friday/Saturday, I have to take the community off my watch list, because the sales posts dominate even my community-filtered friends list. It's especially bad if someone forgets to close a cut tag. It gets very annoying to constantly do this.

IMO a second community for the sales posts would be the best option rather than having them here. It may not reach as many people, because there are some people that won't join that might be interested in a certain clothing item if they happened to see it on the main community... but I tend to think the benefits to the overall community are greater than that.

*gives a little way way off topic wave to a fellow diva*

Will "in search of" posts still be allowed in this comm?

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of course this decision would come when I am working on my first sales post. :) It's all good, though!

This makes me pretty happy. So many repeats or what seemed like people scouring clearance racks just to sell items here at huge markups.