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We do come from a very different slant than most other boards. I suspect it is hard for our members to read what goes on at other sites without wanting
to "correct" them on some of their views. But understand the members of those sites cringe when they read what we say here too.
A slip is a relapse sounds as absurd to them as a slip not being a relapse sounds to us. Pulling posting privileges if a person posts a relapse makes
them think that we are intolerant and elitists. I guess in a way we are--we only want people who are wanting to quit and are willing to put in a 100
percent effort and commitment. The other boards are much more tolerant than us--they are willing to work with anybody no matter how much or how little
effort they are willing to put into quitting and no matter how many it takes for them to get a quit right.
Our members are here though because they want to finally get smoking permanently over with and they see us as their best shot for treating nicotine as
the addiction it is and they see us as their best chance of permanent success. They are here because they have accepted the premise that there is no real
legitimate reason to relapse. We are glad they see us that way--it is how we see ourselves too. But it is not our place to try to convert any other site to
our ways of thinking any more than it is their right to try to change us.
If someone from another site came to us and told us we were all wrong about quitting cold turkey and our relapse policy we would delete the post and say
we don't want to divert our board from attention of quitting smoking. We should then not try to divert the attention of other sites or raise
controversies elsewhere either then. By sticking with this policy they may call us intolerant but they should never be able to call us hypocrites.
Here are a few other posts that elaborate on how we are different.
This is a real valuable string covering many different aspects of our operation. Its not easy keeping the board focused on just quitting smoking. We
have many people coming in from different countries with many different life situations and many different problems. But everyone joining here from all
these many different places and different problems all have ONE thing in common. They are all nicotine addicts and by joining here at Freedom have
committed to quit smoking and to do everything in his or her power to stay nicotine free.
That is all Freedom is here to do, help people realize that no matter how different they are and no matter what problems they may have, that not
smoking is an option. This is very different than the common statement that smoking is not an option, which of course is not true considering the
millions and millions, and probably billions of smokers, I just never thought of looking to see how many smokers there actually are in the world. But not
smoking is an option, which is clearly evident considering the billions of people there are in the world who don't do it.
Anyway, the original post here and the additional posts cover many aspects of what our one and only mission is here at Freedom. We are here to help
our members save their own lives. I have said often we are not striving to be the biggest quit smoking site, the most popular or even the best. The best
is always going to be in the eye of the beholder.
Every member at every site thinks that their site is the best. If not, they would move on to another site better fitting his or her own needs.
In their view, that site will then be the best for them. And if the next site helps the person sustain his or her quit, he or she will have been
If on the other hand the person loses his or her quit when he or she loses his or her focus, the end results can be tragic. Whether or not he or she
then feels the site was the best is of little consequence if the person loses his or her quit.
But we want this site to be viewed as the best by the people who are its members. The purpose we present to all when they join is that we are a site
that is totally focused on smoking cessation and relapse prevention. We are all committed to keep this site focused on this concept at all times. In our
membership's view, that is what makes this site best for them, which is evident because they are still here.
When will our Mission for Freedom be over? When no one posts anymore because we no longer seem to be fulfilling anyone's needs. Then we will know
that there is no longer a need for a focused cold turkey quit smoking site.
Until then, all members should know that we are a cold turkey quit site that is totally dedicated to help each other and more importantly help
ourselves to stay dedicated to the simple principle that we will never take another puff!
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