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Welcome to Finding Your Tribe!

Finding Your Tribe is forum for like-minded people to come together. Originally began as a place to find the people in your neighborhood, it has evolved into a place where like-minded parents can congregate and chat about daily life.

In order to keep things peaceful, we do have a few rules.

1. Like all forums on MDC, Finding Your Tribe is subject to the User Agreement and is moderated.

2. FYT is support only. Please do not join a tribe for the purpose of debate. If there is a tribe for people with pink hair with yellow polkadots, people with pink hair and purple stripes may not post to talk about how their hair is better.

3. Swaps, co-ops, free for shipping posts, trades, and for sale posts are not allowed in FYT. If money or goods are changing hands in any way, it must take place in the Trading Post. You can read more about the TP guidelines here. Likewise, you may not advertise your business or services or fundraise in this forum.
Do not post to advertise your product or business. Acceptable advertising is available on the boards. Information may be obtained by contacting [email protected] for banner ads. Advertising in signatures and in discussion board threads is strictly prohibited with the exception of those members who have paid the fee for the Signature Advertising Package. MDC sales and fundraising information may be posted by administrators, moderators, and designated members. Members may not use their business or product names as a username.
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If you have an item for sale or for trade that is available for local pick-up only, please post in the Trading Post. You may then link to your item in FYT.

4. Please do not start tribes that are based on political affiliations.
Originally Posted by Cynthia Mosher
Also, to discourage the division in W&P, the tribe threads will be removed and will not return in any forum at MDC. As they stand, they do a disservice to MDC by identifying members of the various political sects and delineating for others between who is like and who is different, when the truth might be far more of a gray area.
5. Please do not start threads here that take the place of conversations in other forums:
Originally Posted by Cynthia Mosher
Though Finding Your Tribe was originally opened to help parents find each other based on their location we have welcomed tribe threads for parents of a like-minded path to meet and chit chat with one another. However, such threads should not take a focus of discussion for a topic that is hosted in an existing forum at MDC.

A natural course of chit chat discussion might carry you into discussing your daily lives and sharing events and struggles. But focused discussion of a parenting topic, a breastfeeding issue or problem, an activist or political issue, a religious concern or belief, just to name a few, should go to the appropriate forum for discussion with the larger MDC community. If you have any question in this regard feel free to check with the moderators before posting. Should you post or thread not be appropriate for FYT on this basis it may be moved to the appropriate forum.
Posts that belong in other forums will be moved.

6. Please do not use tribal threads to criticize or otherwise negatively discuss other threads or posters on the boards or to other boards on the internet, or to invite others in your tribe to jump on other threads or posters or internet communities.
# 6- Do not post to invite MDC members to other boards for adversarial purposes or post inflammatory information about MDC discussions at other boards, or about communities and discussions elsewhere, regardless of whether or not you link to that discussion or community. This is to maintain and respect the integrity of our own and other communities.
#7- Do not post to debate or challenge the MDC User Agreement, the moderators, administrators, or their actions. Constructive criticism and questions for purposes of clarification are best addressed directly to the moderator or administrator by private message or personal e-mail. If this is not successful, see Recourse.
#8- Do not start a thread to discuss member behavior or statements of members made in other threads or to criticize another discussion on the boards. Do not post to a thread to take direct issue with a member. If you feel a member has posted or behaved inappropriately in a discussion, communicate directly with the member, moderator or administrator privately and refrain from potentially defaming discussion in a thread.
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Originally Posted by abimommy
Posting in a tribe thread about a thread or posts elsewhere is against the rules.

This is against the rules as it results in thread invasions and flaming between boards.

I know everyone would like to be able to talk freely among their own tribe but without having private tribe boards it is impossible and we can not open an endless number of private boards for such a purpose.

If you need to vent about a thread or issue in another forum please keep it to pm or email.

#7 - Posting announcements

Originally Posted by Cynthia Mosher
Events that charge a fee or offer sales and whose proceeds go to benefit a legally recognized non-profit may be posted in a Tribal Area forum in Finding Your Tribe. Other events that charge a fee or offer sales for personal or business profit are not permitted to be posted in Finding Your Tribe or any other discussion forum. Members may purchase a business signature for that purpose. Free events and get-togethers that do not involve fees or sales may be posted as a single thread announcement invitation to the appropriate tribal area forum.

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