Founded in Winter 2011, PF has grown from a small website into a thriving community with millions of monthly visitors. Over the years, we've been lucky to meet so many kind, caring members from all over the world.
Since the day we got started, I've been blown away by the incredible amount of volunteer work the team has put into this site. The founders, administrators, and moderators of PF have devoted so much of their time to keep the forum safe and compassionate.
As the forum grew, the team has also grown. From career transitions, to changing homes, to finding love — there are so many new beginnings. Our changing lives have made it more challenging than ever to keep up with the forum.
We disabled new registrations for the past few months, which led to a very quiet, peaceful summer. After much discussion, we've decided to close registrations permanently and keep the forum visible to members only. The articles and test will remain open to the public.
For those of you who are already members, nothing will change. The forum will look and feel exactly the same. Your threads and posts will no longer be visible to guests, and they will be hidden entirely from Google search results.
The staff team will always be around to help, and we're really excited to interact with members again as friends, since there will be far less administrative work.
This has been a very difficult decision for all of us. We understand there are so many people out there still seeking help to begin their healing journey. Fortunately, there are hundreds of amazing resources and communities out there (let us know any we forgot). As always, PF highly recommends professional therapy to cope with this experience.
On a personal note, I believe that our priorities change as we change. Over the past year, my focus has shifted almost entirely toward trying to understand my own heart. I've been writing less and reading more, in an ongoing effort to open myself to love. Psychological suffering can leave long lasting feelings of resentment, inadequacy, numbness, and shame — but it does not have to be that way forever. I think there is a universal softness in all of our hearts, waiting and calling for us to come home, always.
Thank you all so much for your years of support and encouragement. This has certainly been an adventure, and we're all very excited to move forward on a quieter path with these changes.