Forum etiquette and making the most of the forum

Here are a few tips that I hope will help all of you to make the most of the forum and to utilize our moderator service efficiently to help ensure that everyone gets the most out of the forum. Thanks for taking the time to review them.

Tari-Lee

Where to Post Questions:
We check for posted questions in the Q and A sections of the forum in Mondays and Thursdays. Tarilee comes on to post for a couple of hours, usually in the morning PST.

 

Membership

Everyone is welcome to use the information on this forum without becoming a member. If you wish to post a question for our moderators or post a reply, you must first register to become a member of the forum. 

To become a forum member, click on “join” on the right end of the tool bar. You will be asked to read the rules for forum members and “agree” to them. The next screen will ask you for a username (you can use your name or an alias) and a password. Remember your username and password, as you will be required to enter them when you post on the forum. The registration process requires an email but this will not reveal your email address in your profile, you must select the option to display it.

 

You can give as much information as you like about yourself and will also be asked to set forum preferences. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration that you must respond to before you can post on the forums (your response activates your membership).To protect your privacy, you may wish to refrain from posting information such as our last name, email address and home address/workplace.

 

Please focus your questions on the Whole Approach program to maximize the resources we have available for our members and customers. 

 

No URL's please
Please do not post web site addresses on the forum. If you feel it would be beneficial for other forum members to be made aware of another web site, please email the office by clicking the "contact" link above with your suggestion for possible inclusion in our newsletters or posting in our resource section. This policy is to prevent advertising. Content is filtered several times daily and censored accordingly.


Has Your Question Already Been Answered in the Past?
We encourage you to do a search before posting a question. If we receive a question we know there have been ample past discussions on the subject, we may suggest a search. You can click on the advanced search option if you’d like to narrow the search down and set it to search by author name or by date or just in a specific forum section.

Even if you don't find the precise answer you're looking for it can be very helpful to see what’s been discussed on your topic of interest in the past. In some cases you may find all the answers you need within the results of your search. In other cases, you may still feel the need to ask your question but at least you’ll have some background knowledge on the subject and maybe even find greater clarity about what you need to know.

When searching the forums, try different words that may apply to your question. For example: if you would like to read posts about constipation, do a search using the word constipation -and also try other words such as 'constipated' or 'regularity'. The search function is very specific and spelling is also very important.

Also make sure that you select to "Search ALL open forums and archives" If using more than one word in your search at a time, make sure you select "Match ANY of the search terms above" for the best results.

Start a Fresh Thread
When posting a question, if it doesn’t relate directly to an open thread, it is much better to start a new thread than to tack it on the bottom of an old thread. This helps a lot when you or other members are searching for a topic in the archives using keyword searches. It also helps ensure your question gets noticed by the moderators.

 

Help us Help you


Tarilee is online for less than two hours twice per week and tries to answer all the questions within that time. Though background information is often necessary,  is really helpful if you can keep your questions clear and direct and list your question at the end of the post.

 

Conversational posts vs questions for the moderator

Though the moderator reads all the posts, sometimes we cannot reply to all aspects of the posts. Keeping conversational posts (replies to other members) separate from questions to the moderator is another way you can maximize the use of the moderators time.

 

Sharing the moderator's time
We don’t restrict the number of questions that members can ask but rather ask folks to keep fairness in mind when utilizing the resources here. Everyone needs different levels of support at different times in the program. We just ask that everyone be mindful of the flow of questions and do your best to help us help you. so that we can help as many people as possible.

 

Helping Others
The ability to connect with others online who struggle with similar problems and successes is very important to our members.

Your support is much appreciated when you do step in to offer some love, wisdom and guidance. We send a heartfelt THANK YOU to those of our experienced members who jump in and respond to some of our “newbies” at the beginning of their programs guiding them to helpful resources here. This is a special brand of help from the "voice of experience" and it comes with a special flavour of empathy and compassion that is priceless.


Short Paragraphs
It is very helpful if you can space your posts out with small paragraphs for ease of reading for all.

Read the Current Discussions
We answer questions with the assumption that most of you have read the educational literature provided on the forum and that you are reading the daily posts on a semi regular basis. Reading the active posts each time you visit will keep you up to date. You can also set up notifications for all postings.

 

Please insert your questions clearly at the end of your post.
Once you’ve introduced your question, it’s most efficient if you can clearly state your question at the bottom of your post. We know that sometimes the questions just don't come out clearly, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed or unwell but I appreciate your effort in the direction of listing your questions as clearly and simply as possible.

 

Editing your post
There is a pencil and eraser icon in the bottom right corner of each post that allows you to edit or delete a message that you wrote in case you made a mistake that you don't see until after you've posted. You can edit your post for up to a half hour after posting.

Thanks to all of you for trying to help us make the most of the resources that we have available so that we can continue to support our members with the highest quality support possible.And thank you for your participation on the Whole Approach Forums!

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Disclaimer: Information provided on the Whole Approach website, forum or blog has been obtained from a variety of resources. It is provided for educational purposes only. The information provided by Whole Approach, WholeApproach Representatives, including Tarilee Cornish, should not be considered diagnostic or medical advice. None of the information provided by Whole Approach is intended to replace the guidance of your personal health care practitioners and/or physician. Please consult your licensed medical or naturopathic physician before beginning, or making changes to your supplement, diet or exercise protocol.
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