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|Tue, 08-19-2003 - 11:38am|
We've been running into a few issues lately that need to be addressed and Melissa and I have been tearing our hair out trying to figure out how to do it. We have sent several people emails recently as to not call attention to it on the board but we felt that now was the time to reiterate some things as far as what the purpose of the board is and how it operates. Much of this info can be found in the FAQ: http://pages.ivillage.com/for_sale
**These were set up as a way to better organize the board and help people get better "advertising" for items they're selling and to help those looking for things not wade through hundreds of posts each day. Please post in the most appropriate folder(s).
ISO - folder to list what ITEMS you're looking for. Looking for people or help should be posted in the chit/chat folder.
FSOT - anything that you are selling or wish to trade that falls under the "flea market" category. No home biz (no Mary Kay/Home Interiors type items unless it's random things you have, not your business, or homemade items allowed).
CD - folder for those interested in buying or selling cloth diapers or CD supplies
Maternity/Baby - FSOT of maternity items or baby items only
Auctions - if you sell on an auction site, this is the appropriate folder in which to "advertise"
Feedback - leave feedback for someone you bought from or sold to. If a thread is already started for someone, please add a reply to it instead of creating a new discussion thread. You can also take the initiative and send the other person the link to your feedback thread at the close of your transaction. This way they don't have to search for it. Please send usernames of bad traders to Sara to be added to our FAQ so we have a running list for reference.
FM & iV - this is a place where the CLs will post important messages regarding our board and iVillage in general (such as interruptions in service, etc).
RAOK - this is for OFFERS of freebies only. It's ok to claim a RAOK here (and please do so we know it's gone) but please do not solicit donations. This is against iVillage's TOS.
Chit/chat - everything else! Ask questions about shipping methods, postage, products, share funny stories, etc.
Explore iVillage - other CLs can share links to their boards which you may be interested in.
**We have asked that you only post once per folder per day. This makes it a little more fair for everyone's lists to be viewed. Example of posting your FSOT items:
Click on Start A New Discussion under the FSOT folder. Enter a title/subject such as "My Items for Sale (m)".
Then in the body of this post, list all the items or categories of items you have for sale or a website URL where all of your items can be viewed and your email address. DO NOT start a new discussion or a reply to the main post for every item or category you wish to list! This type of "board hogging" will be reported to ParentsPlace.
If you sell some items that you have posted, you can edit your original message and remove the items that have been sold without having to send a new reply to update your list.
As time goes on, your post will slide further down the list as more posts are added. In order to move your items back into a more visible spot, you can "bump" your post by adding a reply that simply says "bump" in the body. We ask that you only "bump" your post up ONCE per day (ie. you may log in on Wednesday to bump your post from Tuesday up to the top of the list). If you bump your post or post a new "these items still for sale" discussion more than once per day, appropriate action will be taken. Editing your original post to update your list and remove items that have sold will not bump you, so this is really the best way to make updates to your lists.
Please follow these simple rules regarding posting on this new board. We would like to keep this a nice, friendly board and do not want to have arguments started over little things like people bumping up their posts or "overposting."
~Sara & Melissa