Just a reminder for adults posting here who have not come here to ask a question, but out of a desire to help answer them.
During our tenure at Scarleteen, we have often had troubles with adults who come to post here for this reason. Often, those adults have an agenda they want to impart (such as feeling very strongly teens shouldn't be sexually active, or wanting to parent the young adults here the way they parent their own children, or needing somewhere to feel the expert, or just wanting to pass the time, etc). Often, adults disregard our site policies and guidelines. Often, those adult users give our teen users misinformation, or don't take the time to look things up before answering a question. Sometimes, those adults are just plain trolling.
Often, "helpful" adults end up creating more work for your staff and volunteers, which is a real issue because it's our job as an organization to serve young adults, primarily. When our time is taken away from serving that population by having to endlessly moderate or correct adult interactions, such as the case was with one adult who came here last week, it's just plain not okay.
We're always glad to see adults (and teens!) who want to help out at Scarleteen. If you are one of those adults, the best route to go is to send an email to us first, as most of the adults who actually turn out to BE helpful have done, and ask how you can help. There are a lot of different ways to help here, and being a grassroots organization, we can always use more real help.
But if you are an adult here without the best intentions (and y'all know who you are), and unwilling to work with our staff and volunteers amicably and with maturity, unwilling to extend real respect to our younger users and volunteers, we ask that you go elsewhere. Problematic adults here are not extended the same sorts of poatience we reserve for teens and young adults. At this point, an adult who is clearly here to make messes or just wants a battle will be banned outright, without warning or explanation. Adults who are engaging in any sort of harassment will be reported to their ISP.
With over 30,000 regsitered users at this point, and teens and young adults who deserve our utmost attention, we simply do not have the time to babysit adults. Most of our younger users don't need it, so we don't see why those the age of their parents should.
[ 08-08-2006, 12:05 PM: Message edited by: Miz Scarlet ]
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