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      GUIDELINES FOR MESSAGE BOARD, CHAT & BLOGS. **RELIGIOUS/POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED**   11/02/2007

      Please Follow The Power Surge Message Board, Insta-Chat And Blog Guidelines   This is the newest of numerous Power Surge message boards. The board is divided into individual subjects or Forums. We recommend you first look around, familiarize yourself with the new format and features. Select subjects of interest to you and post to your heart's content, but please read these guidelines before posting.   When you registered for these boards, the "default" was set to leave your E.mail address "private." We do so for your privacy and protection. However, if you chose to make your E.mail address public, you do so at your own discretion. Should you decide to make your E.mail address private, click on MY CONTROLS on the menu at the top of each screen and under Options select E.mail Settings.You can change the option to keep your E.mail address public or private. Should you desire to get in touch with someone whose E.mail is private, you can send them a Private Message or "PM" by clicking on "PM" at the bottom left (under their user name) of that person's posted messages.   Under NO circumstances will Power Surge EVER give out anyone's E.mail address or personal information. Please read Privacy Statement.   Guidelines:   1) This is a public forum. Please conduct yourself in the same courteous, respectful manner you would in any public arena.   2) MESSAGES AND/OR MEMBER PROFILES LINKING TO COMMERCIAL, RELIGIOUS, E-COMMERCE, PORNOGRAPHIC, OTHER MENOPAUSE SITES AND/OR ANY OFFENSIVE SITES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY.   3) NO ADVERTISING. Messages advertising products, or linking to Web sites selling these products and services are not permitted - including other menopause sites. This means not only blatant advertising, but the advertising that seeks out women in need of help, endears them to the poster (seller) with their guarantees for success with a product. Beware of those asking you to E.mail them for more information.   4) Messages requesting participation in and information for books, newspaper, magazine articles, school papers, surveys or theses are not permitted.   5) Profanity and/or crude language are not permitted on the board, in insta-chat and in the blogs, nor are links to sites containing pornography or anything offensive. Anything deemed to be inappropriate or harmful for viewing by children will be removed from these boards immediately. There have often been children or young relatives of women going through menopause looking for information to better understand, or to find information for relatives who may not be on the Internet.   6) Please do not harass or attack other participants. Messages of a confrontational manner are not permitted and will be removed at the discretion of the Board Administrator. Continual harassment of any other member will result in the termination of your username. If you take issue with the nature or theory of a message, address the theory, but do not attack the person proposing the theory.   7) Multiple member names are not permitted use on these message boards. Masquerading as more than one person, or as a person of the opposite gender is strictly prohibited. User names with "Doctor," "Dr." or "M.D." are not permitted to post on this board. Unless Power Surge is associated with a doctor or other health care practitioner, we have no way of knowing if you actually are a doctor, who you are and/or what your medical credentials or beliefs are. Our health care practitioners can be found in Ask The Experts, in the Transcript Library, and in articles in the Educate Your Body area of the Web site. If you are a doctor who wishes to be associated with Power Surge, please contact us at this link. Thank you.   8) Those found to be harvesting E.mail addresses from these message boards for the purpose of selling products or sending out spam will have their account/username terminated immediately. Power Surge does not share E.mail addresses of our members with anyone. We do not sell or share your E.mail address or any information you provide during registration with anyone else.   9) This is not a religious site nor political site. This is a non-sectarian and non-partisan community. We are women from every ethnic background. This community respects everyone's personal beliefs; however, discussions about, references to and proselytizing (i.e., "Turn to God, he will heal you," "In the name of Jesus Christ, amen," etc.), about religion and links to religious sites are prohibited. The same holds true for political discussions.   10) Messages which do not comply with the Power Surge Message Board Guidelines will be removed at the discretion of the Board Administrator and members who disregard our guidelines may be banned from future participation without notice.   11) This message board can be read by anyone. It is also indexed by the various search engines. Avoid posting anything too personal, such as real name, address, telephone number, or anything you wouldn't want someone to read on the Internet.color>   12) When new members sign up for the message boards, they are automatically sent an E.mail validation letter from Power Surge. E.mail addresses must be validated, or the member won't have access to many features on the board including the inability to post. If the E.mail address they registered with is not a valid one, their username will be deleted.   13) It is strictly prohibited to reproduce or reprint copyright material -- articles, images (photos, avatars, icons), poetry, or any other copyrighted material from any Web site, newspaper, magazine, newsletter or any other written format. Any such reproductions will be removed by the board administrator. This constitutes copyright infringement.   14)Do not hotlink to images on other Web sites. Hotlinking is posting a URL to an image on another site in order for that image to appear on Power Surge. Even the alleged "free" clipart Web sites have their own terms and conditions -- one of which is: DO NOT LINK TO IMAGES ON OUR WEB SITE. Be sure to read the Terms of Use on ANY site that claims their images are free, including royalty free.   15) It is strictly prohibited to reproduce or reprint any material found on Power Surge on another Web site, in any newsletters, newspapers, magazines, or any written format, or at any public menopause groups, seminars, meetings without the express permission of Power Surge. Doing so without permission constitutes copyright infringement and will be dealt with legally.   16) Men are welcome in Power Surge and may post messages and start topics in the forum created especially for them, Men, This One Is For You! Since this is a site for women, and many women have expressed their discomfort with men interjecting comments into their personal discussions as many of their discussions may be regarding very personal and intimate issues they don't openly choose to discuss with the men in their lives, or any men, please post only in the above forum. Since men can read anything on the board, if there's a forum discussing a particular subject you'd like to comment on, feel free to create a similar topic in the forum specifically created for men. Thank you.   17) If anyone takes exception to these guidelines, please do not discuss it on the boards or in insta-chat. Messages of such nature will be removed at the discretion of the board administrator. If you wish to comment on these guidelines, you can contact us through the contact page.   18) Power Surge reserves the right to edit or delete any message that violates the guidelines of this board.   If you have any questions about these guidelines or how these message boards work, first check out the HELP area at the top of every page. If you can't find an answer to your question, visit the Board/Site Info, Questions, Problems topic or Contact Us Here and INCLUDE YOUR USERNAME AND THE SPECIFIC NATURE OF YOUR PROBLEM.   Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you enjoy the Power Surge Message Board. For newsletters, guest transcripts, FAQ's, resources, polls, Ask The Experts and a whole host more, be sure to visit the entire Power Surge Web site. To get back to the Main Board at any time, click on Power-Surge Forums on the menu at the top of each page.   We'd love to meet you, so do stop by and introduce yourself on our Welcome, Introduce Yourself topic.   This Web site and these boards are a haven for support and friendship. They are NOT for salespeople pushing products. ADVERTISING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD, IN THE CHAT AREAS, IN THE BLOGS AND IN YOUR PROFILES/PERSONAL SIGNATURES. color>   Thank you! Power Surge
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      WELCOME NEWCOMERS: READ FIRST!   09/14/2008

      A very WARM WELCOME to new members of Power Surge's Message Board.  Before you jump right into the board discussions, I strongly recommend you to take a few minutes to READ THIS NEWCOMERS MESSAGE to help familiarize you with the board and site.   This message board is just one area of an enormous, multi award-winning Web site with a wealth of information. You can visit any area of the site by clicking on the "Power Surge Quick Links" drop down menu at the top of each page of the message board, OR by clicking on the links on the MENU on every page of the Web site.   After you've read the Newcomers Message, CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE FROM THE MANY FORUMS available to discuss any subject you wish.color>   Again, a warm welcome to Power Surge to women in all phases of their transitional years, and to the men, children, friends and others in their lives who want to gain a better understanding of menopause.   I can promise you one thing . . . if you felt alone before finding Power Surge . . . you won't feel alone any longer   Dearest Power Surge Founder
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MaryO

The New Skin. Questions, Comments

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This skin, PowerSurge, is the new skin I mentioned earlier.

 

If you hate it and want to go back to the original (although some things may no longer work), go to the bottom left of any area and choose "Change Skin" to IP.Board

 

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If you change your mind later, you can always switch back to PowerSurge.

 

There may be things that need fixing. If so, please post them here.

 

Thanks!

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I just posted about that under the donations page that Dearest had set up.

 

Here's a copy of what it says there:

 

I have decided to use WePay - https://www.wepay.com/donations/please-help-keep-power-surge-running for donations because they will show the total amount of donations at all times and the donor names, although you can choose to be anonymous.

Each month, we will need $99 for the website; every 6 months, $35 for the boards or $1,258 for the year. I have put up the goal amount as $1,258 so that we can keep this same campaign for a year (until September 2014), rather than making a new page each month.

The fees that WePay takes:

Invoices and API Payments

Credit card payments: 2.9% + 30¢

Bank account (ACH) payments: 1% +30¢

There are no other fees to use WePay. No monthly fees, no additional fees, no hidden fees.

Thank you so much to any of you who will help keep Dearest's information and legacy alive.

~~~

Thanks so much for asking!

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Changes so far:

 

You can now Log on with Facebook

 

If anyone would like, I can set up a log on with Twitter or Windows Live
The bottom of each post includes various "sharing icons" so that you can spread the good word about Power Surge.
I have closed these boards up a bit more. Guests can no longer read what is posted here. They must sign up and log on.
Would anyone like the Insta-Chat / Shoutbox back?
I am working on making the fonts a bit bigger for my older eyes :)

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Mary, the site looks great. I'm not sure how I feel about closing the boards to guests though, not that I have a say in how you are managing this and I think you are doing a great job with it, but there are many women who find great relief when they visit the site looking for answers, that's how I started, just as an observer, then after 2 years I joined. Now that the site is malware free, more and more women will come back, but they might be discouraged if they can't get into the boards as a guest first, you know, just to see if this place is for them. They might just want to see what PS is all about without joining/ I know when I visit other sites and they want me to join, I exit out of it because I'm just checking it out to see if it's for me.

 

Maybe once the traffic starts flowing here like it did 2 or 3 years ago, then maybe close the boards to guests. That's just my opinion, like I said, you know what you're doing here! :D

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Changes so far:

 

You can now Log on with Facebook

 

If anyone would like, I can set up a log on with Twitter or Windows Live
The bottom of each post includes various "sharing icons" so that you can spread the good word about Power Surge.
I have closed these boards up a bit more. Guests can no longer read what is posted here. They must sign up and log on.
Would anyone like the Insta-Chat / Shoutbox back?
I am working on making the fonts a bit bigger for my older eyes :)
Haaaa Mary O the board looks great especially the beautiful heading where it says Powersurge with that ray of light means hope to me.
I like the idea about the font to for my older eyes.
I do think Gracie might have a point to about the guest part of it all you ponder it and see what your heart tells you.
God bless you always
Luv and hugs
The tinks

 

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My thinking was - so many women were adamant about the Facebook group being secret so I thought that they might like more privacy here.

 

I know that FB is more open, with real names, and here it's (usually) screen names.

 

I can certainly reopen this.

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My thinking was - so many women were adamant about the Facebook group being secret so I thought that they might like more privacy here.

 

I know that FB is more open, with real names, and here it's (usually) screen names.

 

I can certainly reopen this.

Haaaa Yes Mary O you have a very good point to a very good point

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Wow-- the site looks beautiful. Mary O, thank you for all your hard work! I tend to agree with Gracie about keeping the boards open to viewing by guests. That's how I found my way here... Wouldn't have ever joined off the bat, because I didn't yet know what I was experiencing "fit". Once I read post after post the light went on in my head and I began to understand. Heaven knows many women will be searching desperately just like we all were. If we can make it simpler for them find their way, I'd be in favor of keeping posts open to view. Just my opinion... And thanks again!- (the only issue I'm having is that the print when posting a reply isn't contrasted in color so it's difficult to see what I've written)

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I also lean in favor of this site being open to guests for exactly the reasons Gracie and ahalverson have mentioned. I feel screen names give me enough privacy here vs. real names (and built in links to people I know in Facebook). Will respect whatever is decided though. I'll go check out the donation link. Thank you for making the costs and accumulated funds transparent to us.

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Thank you so much Mary for your dedication to keeping power-surge up and running. I know it's often said but for those of us who have felt very isolated during peri, these boards are gems. The new skin looks great!

Yay - my first post in over two years of coming here :)

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I think (just my opinion here..) the boards should remain open for guests to view as it has been in the past, unless being open would cause malware stuff..to happen again.

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I think the new boards look great.......i did try to log into the big chat...but I still cant get in....i dont know why...thats what sent me away from PS to begin with....if you have time can you check out whats going on there...I know alot of the old timers loved to chat in the chatroom but can no longer get in....and also If i log on thru Fb ...how do I do that...?

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It may be that the chatroom license expired - I'll have to check on that when I get a minute to breathe.

 

When you log in, there's an option to log in with Facebook, along with the normal option.

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AA (or anyone), about how many people at a time were in the chatroom.

 

I have these choices:

 

 

You do not currently have an IP.Chat plan

  • No IP.Chat

  • 5 Users Free

  • 20 Users $10/yr

  • 50 Users $15/yr

  • 250 Users $40/yr

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breath maryO, breath.

you have done a wonderful job and the board looks great. i'm an old timer, and i've come back once in a while to just look around and read a little. i know just enough to know that you have been a busy bee trying to get things back up and running smoothly again. sorry its under the sad circumstances for you...sending you big hugs for your hard work. :wub:
and hoping we get enough donations to keep it going...that is my prayer now. :)

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Thanks so much, Jess :)

 

We have enough donations right now for over 2 months and that's fantastic for the first day.

 

AA, I just installed a new chatroom - just the free 5-person one for now. If it's really popular, then we can think about upgrading.

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Posting new topics.

 

Some categories don't allow new topics. Dearest set some up that way. The ones that do have a button that says "Start New Topic" above and below the current topics, on the right hand side.

 

Here's a sample from http://www.power-surge.com/php/forums/index.php?showforum=11 General Issues (Non-Menopausal)

 

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are we registering to donate or to remain a member or both. I am confused.

 

so what else is new?

Posting new topics.

 

Some categories don't allow new topics. Dearest set some up that way. The ones that do have a button that says "Start New Topic" above and below the current topics, on the right hand side.

 

Here's a sample from http://www.power-surge.com/php/forums/index.php?showforum=11 General Issues (Non-Menopausal)

 

attachicon.gifnew-topic.jpg

 

are we registering to donate or to remain a member or both? or maybe for something else.

as I feel I often am, I am confused. thank u bundles!

(((angel)))

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