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Welcome to the MDC WAHM forum! This is a place for WAHMs and anyone interested in WorkingAtHome to discuss all things related to running a business from the home. Please feel free to ask questions, share tips, seek guidance and learn from other WAHMs. We appreciate your contributions and appreciate the wonderful and knowledgeable WAHMs in our community.

Please take a moment to read our User Agreement. You will note that advertising is not allowed in posts:

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Advertising in discussion threads is strictly prohibited. Do not post to advertise your product, business, website or blog or in any other manner from which you would financially benefit. Advertising in signatures is only permitted with a Signature Advertising Package. Blogs linked in signatures may not contain advertising/promotion without a Signature Advertising Package. Information about acceptable board advertising may be obtained by contacting [email protected] 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.
No self-promotion, advertising or spamming is allowed in WAHMWell

While the subject of business will naturally lead us to talk about our stores/sites/blogs, it is not a free pass for spamming and/or self-promotion. Discussion should be about our business issues without promotion of products, sites, blogs and/or services for sales or traffic. WAHMs may post about their stores, sites and their business names if necessary as part of the discussion but never in a self-promoting manner.

Directing a member to your site or asking them to email/PM you for info about your business is an inappropriate form of self-promotion and is not allowed. Posts that appear to be promotional will be removed from the boards and dealt with according to our UA.

If a member is sending you unsolicited sales information via the Private Message system, please report this behavior to a moderator or administrator, and we will contact the individual and prevent future abuse of the PM feature.

Helpful Posting Guidelines for WAHMs:

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"I sell that!" and PMs
A business/WAHM should not reply to inquiries such as "where can I buy XYZ" on the public boards. You are allowed to respond to a direct question for information privately with a PM or email to the one person who asked for specific information. It is not acceptable to PM all posters in the thread, nor is it appropriate to PM members who did not directly request product/service/site information. This is considered spam. Spamming typically results in loss of posting privileges.

Faulty information regarding a Product or Service
A WAHM can post a reply to correct faulty information on a product once. This does not apply to reviews, business policies or other complaints/issues that customers or members may be expressing. It is strictly for product information. For example, customer may say "that sling is polyester fleece" the WAHM could respond: "actually, it is not polyester fleece--it is made with Hemp Cotton blend of 55% hemp, 45% cotton."

Customer Service issues
If a member says "I don't like the shipping with XYZ, it takes 3 weeks to ship" or "I was shocked that XYZ does not return phone calls and is rude to customers" or "XYZ does not take returns"
etc etc etc...even if the statements listed were false, it is not appropriate to comment on the boards about them. Instead, you can attempt to resolve a business issue with your customer through your own communication attempts (if they are willing) or you can contact our board administrator in the event of a problem. Personal customer service disputes and issues will be removed from the boards.
WAHMs, please consider taking advantage of MDC's Signature Advertising Package which includes:

• Advertising and hyperlinks in your MDC signature line (up to a two line maximum, no larger than default size font of MDC)
• 100X100 pixel avatar under your username
• A thread in The Daily Diaper or WAHM Connect
• A dedicated thread in our WAHMarket forum, which serves as an MDC "Classified" section, with unlimited bumping ability to self-promote specials, products, etc.

Please PM me or email [email protected] with further questions regarding a Business Signature package
 

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With the recent interest in GPT's, we felt the need to make some clear guidelines. As with any business where a member is making money, we ask that there be no self promotion (spamming) of your business. This would include linking to your personal referral pages. Keep in mind our guidelines in our User Agreement.

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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.
There have been a lot of posts lately which include referral links. These links will be removed and the member will be notified and alerted. This includes using our PM system to offer referral links to our members (except when a member has asked you directly for the link).

Please keep in mind, you may not link to your personal blog or site if you are soliciting referrals for a GPT, asking for donations or in any other way making money off the site as per our user agreement.

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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.
When posting in reference to any GPT program, please make sure your posts remain both ethical and legal. For instance, discussion about how to make returns, how quickly to cancel memberships to not be charged, etc. are not permitted. This maintains the integrity Mothering and our community.

In response to the growing number of GPT posts that violate the WAHM Well Forum Guidelines and the MDC User Agreement, the GPT Guidelines have been clarified in a bulleted list below.
  • No self promotion (spamming) of your GPT referral links within posts.
  • No linking, within posts to personal blogs and/or websites with referral links to GPT programs. As GPT would be considered a business, you can purchase a business signature and "advertise" within your signature ONLY.
  • Do not use the PM system to offer referral links to members (except when a member has specifically asked you via email or on a thread's post)
  • Do not discuss returns, how quickly to cancel memberships to avoid being charged, etc... THESE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED in order to maintain the integrity of Mothering and our community.
  • Do not comment within a thread "I'll PM you", "I have a tutorial", "If you would like more information PM me" or any other form of self promotion.
Any posts in violation of the above guidelines will be removed immediately and the author of the post will be issued a self promotion alert; this alert will be separate from our alert/warning system defined in our User Agreement.
  • If you receive 3 self promotion alerts you will lose your WAHM Well access for one (1) month.
  • If you continue posting in this nature after your suspension you could lose your access to the forum permanently.
This policy may appear strict, but it has become increasingly more difficult for the moderators to maintain the guidelines within GPT threads. In addition, keeping the WAHM Well forum as spam free as possible increases its ability to do what it was intended to do - assist current and future business owners to start, grow, fine-tune, and improve their businesses.

Below you will find links you may find informative regarding GPT programs.

Report Fraud

Better Business Bureau Online
E Consumer - International Internet Consumer Fraud Complaints
Federal Trade Commission
FirstGov for Citizens
Citizen/Topics/Internet_Fraud.shtml
Internet Crime Complaint Center
National Association of Consumer Advocates
http://www.fraud.org/ x
On Guard Online
Scam Victims United
Securities & Exchange Commission
United States Department of Justice
United States Department of Labor

Educational Links

Frauds & Scams
FreeCashSpace
Freefoto
Paid Auto-Surf - The Honest & "The Others"
Ponzi Schemes Definition - SEC
Pyramid Schemes Definition - SEC
The Truth About Doublers
 
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