The purpose of atkins_canada is simple: to help Canadians following the Atkins lifestyle communicate with each other. This could be done in a variety of ways, whether it be just talking about different aspects of following the diet or discussing new products available in Canada that are Atkins-friendly.
Everyone is welcome. Posting in French is allowed, but no one has done it to date, and there is a possibility that not many will respond to it. I do not speak French personally, although I live in Quebec, so I can not really help anyone here.
1. No anti-Atkins posting. I do not want this to be a censored community, but this is a sore area. With the media going haywire in every direction about Atkins, it is best to stay away from the bickering by sheltering out anti-Atkins ideologies. I realize this is somewhat unfair, but my theory is, everyone has read the reports on why Atkins is bad for this or that, and everyone doing Atkins is well aware of what the critics have to say. If you are very anti-Atkins, go ahead and create a community for it, even advertise it here, but please do not bother us otherwise.
2. Be supportive. Please try to be supportive and stay away from harsh criticism. Constructive criticism is most welcome, but do not belittle those that might make mistakes here and there. There are some parts of the Atkins lifestyle that are hard to understand, easy to misinterpret. Let's help people, not hurt them.
3. Be respectful. I certainly don't mind an obscenity once in a while, but try to stay away from colorful language. It's just easier that way.
4. About those lj-cuts... As with most communities, using lj-cuts is necessary for the following things: * pictures * articles * anything that might disturb somebody - for instance, you might want to talk about personal things that have been affected by Atkins, such as excretory functions, menstrual issues, and the like - lj-cut it and give a small heads-up for what's behind the cut.
If you do not understand the lj-cut feature, do yourself a favor and read up on the lj-cut feature. I guarantee after five minutes you will be able to use it with ease and it is quite a useful lj-posting helper.