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Old August 6th, 2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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So, I've seen a few "survival stories" around the site, you know, the ones where people say how they got through any particular addiction. Prehaps we could have an area dedicated to them? I know when I was first struggling to cope with my cutting, reading other's stories about how they got through it would've helped lots. I think it'd inspire people and give them some sort of guide, maybe?

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Old August 6th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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This is most likely going to get shot down, because lots of things do, but I actually like this. It'd be nice to go to a forum for the specific reason to find a story like that. It'd be another way for people to either vent or get to know one another.

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Old August 7th, 2012, 12:21 AM   #3
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I believe that's kind of what the "Your Advice: Submissions Forum" is for, no?


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Old August 7th, 2012, 04:38 AM   #4
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I believe that's kind of what the "Your Advice: Submissions Forum" is for, no?
That section is usually if you want to submit a new sticky or have something posted up in the "Teen Topics" or for the parent topics. (I might be wrong)

To be honest while I do like the idea, I don't see if it would be popular enough. Plus people post stories like this in their diary and other stories get posted in other sections.

I just am not sure how this would work out.


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Old August 7th, 2012, 09:09 AM   #5
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Or, orrr (now pay close attention here!), you can post your story in the section that actually has something to do with that particular thing you got through! *gasp*

If you got through a huge problem with self harm and want to share your story, post it there.

If you got through an abusive relationship with your father, post it in the Abuse section.

If you got through a tough time with your significant other *drum roll*........POST IT....In the RELATIONSHIPS SECTION!

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Old August 7th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #6
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Or, orrr (now pay close attention here!), you can post your story in the section that actually has something to do with that particular thing you got through! *gasp*

If you got through a huge problem with self harm and want to share your story, post it there.

If you got through an abusive relationship with your father, post it in the Abuse section.

If you got through a tough time with your significant other *drum roll*........POST IT....In the RELATIONSHIPS SECTION!

*faints*

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Disregard the sarcasm, and this is the best answer.

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Old August 7th, 2012, 11:29 AM   #7
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Or, orrr (now pay close attention here!), you can post your story in the section that actually has something to do with that particular thing you got through! *gasp*

If you got through a huge problem with self harm and want to share your story, post it there.

If you got through an abusive relationship with your father, post it in the Abuse section.

If you got through a tough time with your significant other *drum roll*........POST IT....In the RELATIONSHIPS SECTION!

*faints*

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I thought about that too, however ANYTHING in it's respective section gets buried in... what... a week or so?

My reasoning was if there was a section to put the stories would prevent it from getting buried in it's respective section.

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Old September 8th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #8
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This is a good idea. Every time someone posts their story, the thread just ends up getting locked because it wasn't related to the forum and it wasn't a place to be telling stories or something like that.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #9
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This is a good idea. Every time someone posts their story, the thread just ends up getting locked because it wasn't related to the forum and it wasn't a place to be telling stories or something like that.
That is actually totally untrue. A thread is only locked if it has broken a rule. I believe you're thinking of the "no story telling" rule in P101. Story telling in that context means no stories of sexual or erotic nature...

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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #10
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I actually like this idea. I doubt it will go far, but I'd love to see VT with a Survival Story section. Really good thinking. And most posts in the "suggestions" are pretty stupid, but this is good. ~holli



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Old September 10th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #11
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I like it!
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Old September 10th, 2012, 03:01 AM   #12
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Or, orrr (now pay close attention here!), you can post your story in the section that actually has something to do with that particular thing you got through! *gasp*

If you got through a huge problem with self harm and want to share your story, post it there.

If you got through an abusive relationship with your father, post it in the Abuse section.

If you got through a tough time with your significant other *drum roll*........POST IT....In the RELATIONSHIPS SECTION!

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I thought about that too, however ANYTHING in it's respective section gets buried in... what... a week or so?

My reasoning was if there was a section to put the stories would prevent it from getting buried in it's respective section.
Agreed with the second point.

I've made "survival story" posts in the past. They're helpful to both the person writing them and hopefully to other users. A survival story is a bit different to someone asking for advice in a certain section. A collective of all of these stories I think would be an amazing and inspiring place. Coming on VT can sometimes be depressing, going through the psych ward posts seeing so many people in pain. At my worst that alone could lead me to become suicidal. The fact that it seemed like everyone was in pain and that no one could be helped. I think the survival story area would balance it out, and be somewhere people could go to counteract that. To give them hope. VT is amazing but we have to accept it's not the happiest of places. I just don't see the issue with starting this up other than staff pulling rank 'cause they can.

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Old September 10th, 2012, 03:02 PM   #13
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I actually agree and think that this could be beneficial for other users to hear how other people have beaten their problems and come out on top and stronger. It could be a valuable resource for a lot of people and I'm fairly sure that it would get a good amount of traffic. I don't see any harm in this, only good.

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Old September 24th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #14
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I was reading through this and what came to mind was the Your Advice [Submissions Forum]. I personally posted something in there about dealing with suicide and overcoming it and such but I was wondering if we could convert the already made forum into something more like what was suggested.

I do not know for sure how this individual part of the forum works but maybe (I know since it is under the Help and Advice part of the forum that the H&A moderators would be majorly involved with it) we could make the posts public to members...I mean, when I click on it I only see my submission but I am sure other people have posted to it other than myself.


So in the end, my suggestion would be to convert the already made Your Advice area of the Help and Advice part of the forum into a place where members can post their Survival Stories and make it only viewable to members.

I think it would be easier than creating something new because the moderators are already there in that forum anyways and it would require less time to configure than creating a new part to the forum.

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Old September 24th, 2012, 02:38 PM   #15
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I think the thing with the submissions forum is that it's there for sticky submissions, rather than "survival stories".

If we get rid of the submissions forum where do any ideas for stickies for other forums go? It's there for a reason.

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is that where you post things that you want to be stickies?
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Old September 24th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #17
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That section is usually if you want to submit a new sticky or have something posted up in the "Teen Topics" or for the parent topics. (I might be wrong)

To be honest while I do like the idea, I don't see if it would be popular enough. Plus people post stories like this in their diary and other stories get posted in other sections.
I just am not sure how this would work out.
Maybe that's because there is no section for it, so they post it in an alternative place, so if this was added, then maybe they will post them there instead of diaries, etc; and I also like the idea for this sectional as well.

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Old September 24th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #18
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I'm pretty sure stickies just... happen, for lack of better terminology.

While some of the stories in the teen topics section, things written by members (Or whatever it's called, it's something along those lines) COULD constitute as what I'm talking about, it's not really known about, and it's not really what I'm talking about. It's more of an advice area based on experiences. What I'm suggesting is based more on the experience and less on the advice (however the advice part could be included).

In other words instead of a "Here's advice derived from what I've been through" it's a "Here's what I've been through and some advice you could derive from it" if that makes any sense.

Also, having the section in the actual forum, accessible to comments and more people to submit would be beneficial to the site. As Kathy said, VT, although a really nice place for support, can get pretty depressing at times. It'd balance it out and be a place for hope for the future rather than help for now.

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Old September 24th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #19
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I'm pretty sure stickies just... happen, for lack of better terminology.
Stickies either go through that forum, or are submitted to the staff, and we decide whether or not it will be stickied to one of the borads.

I like this idea, but I don't really know if it should be an open forum. If it is something that someone needs to comment on, it should be posted as a thread.
If this were to happen, I think it should be submitted through the Submissions Forum (yes, the mods do actually read those ) and, from there, it can either be posted on the main site or in this hypothetical, "Survival Story" Forum.

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