Once again, I want to thank everyone for their input. I appreciate the discussion.
I don’t think there is any right or wrong answer here. Much like anything in life we need to understand the shades of gray between black and white before giving definitive answers.
I can only speak from my own experiences. When I first arrived at SI, I was a hot mess. I was still lying, trying to protect myself, I had a hard time demonstrating remorse without guidance, I was firmly stuck in shame. I didn’t have a whole lot in redeeming qualities, other than 2 beautiful kids that didn’t deserve the turmoil and the very good fortune of a husband that despite it all could see something in me that I couldn’t. By today’s standards, my husband would have been told to run for the hills and never look back.
I am grateful for all of the waywards that were members during that time. I was able to get guidance and 2x4’s when needed by people that had walked a similar path. They saw through my bullshit and set me straight when needed. There were role models of the type of person I knew I wanted to become. People that were much farther along and could help guide me. I am grateful to those people that took the time to help me.
I know that my story seems rare right now, but at the time we were like so many that were trying to do the same. We have actually made friends with several couples from that time. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to meet people IRL through get togethers and speak face to face with members.
I worry that newcomers (especially WS) won’t have the same opportunity for guidance that I had. Where are those role models for new waywards coming in?
I love the point that was made that by helping a WS, essentially you could be helping a BS.
I know I am probably not going to change anyone’s mind completely, but if I have made you take pause on the knee jerk advice of not offering up this site to the wayward spouse then I feel I have been somewhat successful because sometimes it is appropriate and helpful.
As an aside, the stop sign is the default when a wayward posts. You must actually take an additional step to remove it prior to submitting your thread. I have never been a big fan of mandating stop signs. I personally feel it limits some great advice, although there are times when it is appropriate. That decision should be left up to the wayward.