Camp Carbaway announced:
“Our plan is to go “Public” on Jan 1 2008. Starting on that day new members will be asked to pay a registration fee of $19.95.”
“There will not be any more approval process in the new system. Anyone can pay the $19.95 and join. This may cause issues, but we are ready to deal with those.”
That’s cool. Really. It’s a free country. You want to charge money for providing a member board and you can find people that are willing to pay, that’s perfectly fine.
If you have to pay a membership fee to join, and the board is unaccessible to the public, it is a “private” board. Just removing the 3rd degree entrance interrogation doesn’t make it “public”.
But WHO is going to join and pay the membership fee? There has been no marketing of this website and the poorly designed front page has no information whatsoever what I would receive for my $19.95.
Clearly the Headmistress aka Pocahontas aka Tippy Toes believes that her reputation on the FREE boards will make people come running to join, just so that they can chit chat with Tippy on the board.
And Tippy, your blog is not really helping with promoting you as a caring and loving person.
While Tippy needs this board as she is not welcome anywhere else, I can’t see that is serves any purpose for other people, except perhaps for the few people that have already joined. The indirect “marketing” has seemingly targeted Tippy’s “kimkinettes” and kimkins followers on LCF that want to escape the “haters”.
Tippy is reinforcing the “US” versus “THEM” by suggesting that former kimkins members are not welcomed on other boards. In her own words:
“don’t make them feel they have leprosy because of their dieting preference”
“I am so sorry we all have to feel the pressure of letting the public in. But here is the deal. If they are really ugly we will remove them from Camp. If they want to pay $20 to come back and be ugly again, we will repeat this process. We don’t have to put up with the badgering nor will we. Eventually they will give up and leave us in peace. Or they can go broke trying to get the last jabs in.
I know it feels like a battleground. Here we are, armed and ready and KNOWING the opposing forces are closer… We will win. Please, please don’t worry. It won’t take long at all. And I appreciate that so many of you are concerned for me. I’ll be OK. The way I see it is this: The best present LCF ever gave me was the ban button. Just look at where that has led us all! Right here to Camp where people are actually NICE, CARING and have COMPASSION for one another.”
LCF and ALC are big boards, and there are many, many threads supporting all different types of “dieting preferences.” That doesn’t mean that concerned members would not speak up if they see a newbie eating dangerously low calories. But isn’t that what Tippy is trying to do on her board as well? So what’s the difference? $19.95 will not buy me anything that the FREE boards do not give me.
Kimorexia has some really good advice on what to look for when choosing a diet forum.
Grilled Cheese…. discusses the Camp.