Is cosplay lolita a lolita style at all? Is it something you want to see here?
Given the drama today, which at its heart concerns this issue, I feel like it is a relevant question for the community to consider.
To me anyway, lolita is a fashion I follow. Clothes that I would like to wear everyday. Clothes that I would like to be taken seriously in. And while cosplay is fun, I don't think cosplay lolita ought to be seen as a subset of lolita fashion, because its very nature is costume play, not fashion or couture.
But you could argue, well a lot of people start out as cosplay lolitas and learn from there. We can't scare them away or else they may lose interest, they may never learn. We want everyone to feel welcome. I certainly agree with the sentiment; wanting to be welcoming to everyone. It's not fair to tell someone they aren't serious enough about lolita so they can't post what we consider to be their cosplay here, or something.
But at the same time, isn't it insulting to followers of the fashion to let costumers have equal footing? To say that costumes are legitimate forms of their fashion? I mean, no one is saying you can't do cosplay lolita anymore; just to please not post it here. You can still learn about lolita fashion without posting cosplay pictures; just read the lolita handbook and other resources laid out for beginners, and you'll be fine.
I'm speaking in great generalities about a large and diverse group of people. Which is why I'm curious to hear what everyone thinks about it. It seems to be a very sensitive and complicated issue, so I hope this doesn't get out of hand. But it seems like this has happened before and could happen again, so perhaps it would be best to take to bull by the horns and ask the community to decide what it wants to see here.