What's Your Mission Statement?
We're The Band. We're a group blog. We write about the stuff no one else talks about. We break down stigmas, support each other in a moderated, safe environment while providing educational resource pages. We kick ass and take names. The Band pulls our skeletons from our closets and makes them dance the tango.
What Is The Band Back Together Project?
The Band Back Together Project is a group blog and nonprofit organization founded by Aunt Becky from Mommy Wants Vodka in September of 2010.
We're made up of The Band; a motley crew of survivors who share our stories of rape, abuse, mental illness, and other traumas in a safe, moderated and supportive environment. We provide educational resource materials to accompany many of the stories in the hopes that we can reach those who need it most.
What Do You Do Here?
The Band breaks down stigmas, puts faces to things previously hidden in dark corners, and we tell stories; our stories. We shine a light in the darkness, educate, and give shelter to those who need it.
A team of volunteer editors and moderators work tirelessly to edit and moderate each post and comment to provide a safe environment for those brave enough to share their survival stories.
Are You A Nonprofit?
The Band Back Together Project is a federally recognized nonprofit organization in the U.S. The Band is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We do not profit from any incoming funds. All proceeds go directly into Band efforts such as server costs or outreach efforts.
How Do I Contribute?
Here is a lengthy and verbose explanation for how to contribute your stories to Band Back Together.
What Do You Mean, "Safe and Moderated Environment"?
The Band has a group of volunteers that work to edit, moderate, and control how and what gets published on the site - including comments and posts. This is to ensure that each contributor feels comfortable divulging things that may have otherwise been left unsaid.
What Do You Moderate For?
The site has no hard and fast rules when it comes to moderation. Here's a long-winded explanation of the Guidelines for Submissions for Band Back Together. As the site owner, I try to accept most submissions we receive. Except rants. The site is not the proper forum for rants.
Are All Of These Stories True?
There are many sides to any given situation. Three different people experiencing the same situation will have three different accounts of the experience. What may be fact to one person may seem like fiction to another - but everyone in The Band is allowed their point of view.
We here at The Band do not fact check stories for accuracy. We cannot possibly ascertain the "truth" in a given situation nor do we care to. It's not our job.
The truth is subjective.
End (or beginning, as the case may be) of story.
Help! Someone I Know Found Me Here!
Each post can be written and submitted anonymously. If you need help changing over your post to anonymous, send an email to email@example.com with the name of the post, your username and what you want us to do - make it anonymous or delete it.
However, we do not remove posts unless asked by the author.
Please see our Legal Disclaimers for more detailed information.
What Happens After I Hit "Submit?"
Well, there's a team of brilliant, mutant editing squirrels that busily edit your post.
We generally have a scheduling queue and as the Head Scheduling Bitch, I do try and post earlier posts first, but I also make sure that there's a proper balance achieved on the site.
Why Was My Post Edited?
We edit for length, grammar, flow, and readability. While we've found a thousand words to be the best length, your story can be told in more or less words. We don't remove the emotion or your unique voice.
How Long Will It Take For My Post To Publish?
That's hard to answer. Right now, posts are taking 1-4 weeks to publish (this does vary with time of year, so it may be more or less time than this). If your post is very time sensitive (suicide attempt, imminent death of a friend or family member, etc) PLEASE notify us by email once your post is submitted for review.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with that information.
How Do I Know When My Post Has Been Scheduled?
After your brilliantly witty work has been sufficiently edited, it is put into a scheduling queue, where I will set it to publish. Once your post is scheduled, it should show up on your dashboard with the post name and date next to it.
When your post goes live, our email squirrels will send you an email with a link to your post so that you can promote it and share your awesome story with the world!
A (Okay, MANY) Words About Submitting:
MAKE SURE, Pranksters, that when you are done writing your brilliant masterwork, that you hit, "submit for review" rather than leaving it in draft mode. In draft mode, we assume you're still working on it, and we won't touch it.
Who Do I Contact If I Have Questions About My Post?
Email = good. Comments are not the place to discuss posts.
Please email email@example.com.
Is Content On This Site Copyrighted?
All content and images on The Band Back Together Project’s website are copyrighted 2010-2013 and property of The Band Back Together Project; original work is credited back to the original author/submitter. Said copyrighted property of The Band Back Together Project or the original content owner cannot be reused, reprinted, or otherwise copied without express permission of the original owner. You also further agree not to steal content and post it on this website as your own original work.
How Can I Keep Up With The Band And All The Posts?
Oh, there are so many ways! There are so many ways to keep up with us, you'll be sorry you asked that question! Subscribe by RSS feed, follow us on The Twitter, and you can join our group on Facebook. We're also on GooglePlus, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. The Brains are also on Twitter. Check out our about.me page, too. Or, you can use good old-fashioned email using firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can I Support The Band?
Interested in volunteering to work with The Band? Email us at email@example.com!
Buy a With The Band shirt!
Share the site with your friends!
Buy Aunt Becky A Pony!
Any more questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org