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The CafeMom Help Desk - Ask Questions Here! FAQs, Tips and Abbreviations...

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM
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We hope you're enjoying your time on CafeMom!

If there is anything that we can do to help you get started, please let us know.

We are always happy to help answer any questions and share tips on using the site.

We can even match you up with a long time CafeMom member to help show you around!

Ask for help!
Reply to this post or send me a message.

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Tips for getting started on CafeMom:

You'll find Moms talking right on our group.  Please feel free to join in!

You may want to ask for advice or bring up a topic for discussion. 
To add a new post to a group, click on the "Add a Post" button at the top of the group. 

You may also want to join some conversations and share your thoughts. 
To add a reply to a post, click on the "Reply to Post' button at the top of the post you're replying to.

If you're not sure where to start, we recommend starting here on the groups:
The Newcomers Club, The Cafe and Advice for Moms

They are large, general discussion groups that always have members chatting - day and night. 
You can feel free to post about specific topics... or whatever's on your mind. 

To find more groups that you may enjoy, click on these links:

  • Popular CafeMom Groups - CafeMom-run groups are public and you're invited to join right in!
  • Find a Group - Some of our member run groups are private and you may need to apply to join. 

For CafeMom FAQs, scroll down to the replies below.

Thank you for being a member of CafeMom!

Enjoy the site!

coffee  Robin and your friends at CafeMom

 

by on Jan. 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM
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Cafe Robin
by Group Owner on Jun. 4, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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Abbreviations (dh, dd, piog, bump)- Scroll down to the next reply for a list of common abbreviations.

How do I add a Background to my profile page?
To add a background to your profile page, go to your profile page by clicking on your screenname at the top of your page. In the yellow box at the top of the page, choose Themes Colors & Fonts. You can choose different layouts for your background and change the fonts and colors on your page. You'll also be able to add 
widgets.

How do I customize my fonts?
Click on the "More" tab at the top of any page and choose "Account Settings". 
Select the "Fonts & Signatures" tab to customize your fonts.

How do I add a signature to my posts?
To add a signature to your posts, click on the More tab at the top of any page and choose Account Settings. Then, click on the Fonts & Signatures tab. You'll see the Signature section at the bottom of the page. Click on Add a Rich Text Signature and add your siggy! You can add up to 25 siggies to your account.

If you need help creating a signature, click on the 
Featured Signature and Design Groups link to find a group that will help you. If you'd like to add a ticker to your signature, click on CafeMom Tickers.

How do I add friends?
To send someone a friend invitation, go to their profile page and click on the "Invite as a friend" link under their avatar. Once the other Mom accepts your invitation, you will be friends! 

How do I add photos?
If you want to add photos to a post, select "choose file" and browse for a photo that you'd like to add and then select "add image". Wait for the image to load then click "add image".
If you want to add more than 1 photo to a post, move the cursor below your 1st photo. Then, add the next picture the same way you added the 1st.
How do I add or change photos and info in the kids section?
To change photos or info in the kids section on your profile page, click on the More tab at the very top of the page and choose Account Settings. Then, click on the About Me & My Family tab and scroll down to the My Kids' Details section.
To Add, Edit or Delete something, click on the rectangle in the Edit/Delete column next to your child and then make your changes. Be sure to 'Save' your changes when you're done.
How do I change my avatar?
To change your avatar (profile picture), click on your screenname at the top of your page. Next, under your avatar click "Change Avatar". Then, click on the Edit link on the right side of the Avatar line to change your profile picture.

How do I keep track of group posts?
Click on... My Posts and My Replies in each group by clicking on the links under the My Group Activity box in the top right corner of each group. You can also find posts that your friends have made in the past week by clicking on My Friends Posts under the More Group Options menu. 
You can also click on My Groups on the top of any page and select My Posts and My Replies on the right to find all your group posts and replies.

How do I add a video to a group post?
Click the 'Add a video' link above the text box when creating a post.
Choose the tab for the type of video you are sharing.
Paste the url for your video into the box and click on the 'insert' button.

How do I add a poll to a post?
For both Journal posts and Group posts, you can add a poll by clicking on the "Add a Poll" link. It is located just under the text box that you type in - in the bottom left corner. 

How do I add a link to my posts?
Type what you'd like your clickable link to say and then highlight it. Next, click on the 'link' above the text box (to the left of 'add a sweetpea'). Paste the url in the url spot and then click 'Insert'.

Another way to do it is to just copy and paste clickable links into your posts. For example, if you'd like to post a link to your group, click on 'my groups' then copy the clickable name of your group and paste it into your post. 

How do I leave a group after I join?
To leave a group that you've joined, go to the group that you want to leave, click on the 'More group Options' drop down menu on the right of that group and choose the Leave this Group option. 

You can also click on the More tab at the top of every page and select My Account Settings. Click on the Manage My Groups tab and click on the X next to any groups that you want to leave..

If you are using CafeMom Mobile and want to leave a group, send a message to the Group Owner or The CafeMom Team via the Contact Us link at the very bottom of every page. They will remove you from the group.
 
How do I delete a group that I started?
To delete a group that you started, contact The CafeMom Team and they will take care of it for you! Just click 
Contact Us link at the very bottom of every page.

How do I change my screenname?
Once you've created your screenname, it can't be changed. If you really want to change it, you can start a new account with the screenname you would prefer.

How do I change my password?
To change your password, click on the More tab at the very top of the page and then choose Account Settings. Click on the Edit link on the right side of the Password line to change your password. Passwords are case sensitive.
How do I use my chatterbox? 
Your chatterbox is located on your profile page. If someone leaves you a note in your chatterbox, you can write back to them in their chatterbox or send them a private message.

How do I contact CafeMom? 
Anytime you have a question, problem, or suggestion for CafeMom, feel free to click on the "
Contact Us" link - at the very bottom of every page.

For more FAQs, click here:
CafeMom Frequently Asked Questions


Cafe Robin
by Group Owner on Jun. 4, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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This list can always be found on the 1st page of The Newcomers Club in the The CafeMom Help Desk - Getting started on CafeMom post.

Some Common Abbreviations


WRITING IN ALL CAPITALS - SHOUTING

BUMP - Bring Up My Post!  When someone posts "bump" in a reply to a post, they are bringing the whole thread to the top of the group so more people will see it.  The posts on the group are in order of when the last reply was added.

AC = Adopted Child
AF = Aunt Flo
AP= Attachment Parenting
ATM = At the Moment
AYT = Are You There
BBL = Be Back Later
BD = Baby Dancing 
BF = Boyfriend (also Best Friend, Breastfeeding or Breakfast, depending on context)
BFN = Big Fat Negative
BFP = Big Fat Positive
BIL = Brother-In-Law
BL = Belly Laugh
BM = Biological Mom, Birth Mom (also Bowel Movement, Breastmilk or Bridesmaid, depending on context)
BRB = Be Right Back
BTW = By The Way
 
CIO = Crying It Out
CM = CafeMom (can also mean Cervical Mucous)
CYL = Catch Ya Later
DD = Dearest Daughter, Darling Daughter, etc
DDIL =
Darling Daughter-in-Law
DGC Darling GrandChildren or Darling GrandChild
DF = Dear/Darling Fiance
DH = Dear Hubby (Or Husband), Darling Hubby, Darn Hubby, Dumb Hubby, etc
DIKU = Do I Know You
DS = Dearest Son, Darling Son, etc (can also mean Direct Sales)
DSA = Direct Selling Association
DW = Dear/Darling Wife (also Dishwasher, depending on context)
EBF = Extended Breast Feeding
ETA = Estimated Time of Arrival or Edited To Add
F2F = Face To Face
FAQ = Frequently Asked Question
FC = Foster Child
FIL = Father-In-Law
FF = Formula Feed or Forward Facing (as in car seat)
FTW = For The Win
FWIW = For What It's Worth
FX = Fingers Crossed 
GF = Girl Friend
HTH = Hope That Helps
IKWYM = I Know What You Mean
IM = Instant Message
IMHO = In My Humble/Honest Opinion
IRL = In Real Life
ISO = In Search Of
ITA = I Totally Agree
JK = Just Kidding
JMO = Just My Opinion/Observation
JUD = Jumping Up And Down
KWIM = Know What I Mean
LMAO = Laughing My A$$ Off
LMBO = Laughing My Butt Off
LO = Little One
LOL = Laughing Out Loud or Lots Of Laughs
MB = Message Board
MD = Meltdown
MIL = Mother-In-Law
MIS/DS = Moms In Sales Direct Selling
MM = Military Mom 
NAD = Nursing At Desk
NAK = Nursing At Keyboard
OIC = Oh I See
OMG = Oh My Gosh
OP = Original Poster
OPK = Ovulation Predictor Kit
OT = Off Topic
OTOH = On The Other Hand
PIOG = Posted In Other Groups
PITA = Pain In The Acronyms
PM = Private Message
POV = Point Of View
PP = Previous Poster
PTMM = Please Tell Me More
RAK/DAK=Random Acts Of Kindness/Deliberate Acts Of Kindness
RE = Rolling Eyes
ROFL or ROTFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROFLMBO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Butt Off
SAH(M) =Stay At Home (Mom)
SD = Step Daughter
SFAG = Stolen From Another Group
SIL = Sister-In-Law
SMH = Shaking My Head
SO = Significant Other
S/O = Spin-off
SD = Step Daughter (or Step Dad)
SM = Step Mom
SS = Step Son
STBX = Soon To Be Ex
TIA = Thanks In Advance
TFS = Thanks for Sharing
TMI = Too Much Information
TOM = Time Of The Month
TTC = Trying To Conceive
TTYL = Talk To You Later
TY/TYVM = Thank You /Thank You Very Much
WAH(M) = Work At Home (Mom)
WOTH(M) = Work Outside the Home (Mom)
WB = Welcome Back 
WTG = Way To Go
WTH = What The Heck
YW/YVW = You're Welcome/You're Very Welcome 

 

Radarma
by Platinum Member on Jun. 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Hey nice work here!

you rock

teri4lance
by Platinum Member on Jun. 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM
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I've been seeing a new one - smh. what's that one?

Cafe GroupAdmin
by Head Admin on Jun. 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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Hi! I believe "smh" means "shaking my head." 

Quoting teri4lance:

I've been seeing a new one - smh. what's that one?

 

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catholicmamamia
by on Jun. 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM
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Wonderful resource, CMTeam.. well done! 


                
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Cafe Robin
by Group Owner on Jun. 5, 2010 at 2:59 PM
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Quoting catholicmamamia:

Wonderful resource, CMTeam.. well done! 

 Thank you!

you rock

 

 

Cafe Robin
by Group Owner on Jun. 5, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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Quoting Radarma:

Hey nice work here!

you rock

 thank you                         group hug

 

 

katiegirl
by Katie on Jun. 5, 2010 at 4:01 PM
While I love Cafemom Mobile, is it possible for you to fix the issue with pictures in posts? Only part of the picture shows up and we are not able to scroll over to see the rest or make it smaller. That is the only issue I have so far with Cafemom Mobile.
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Cafe Robin
by Group Owner on Jun. 5, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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Quoting katiegirl:

While I love Cafemom Mobile, is it possible for you to fix the issue with pictures in posts? Only part of the picture shows up and we are not able to scroll over to see the rest or make it smaller. That is the only issue I have so far with Cafemom Mobile.

Hi,

Thank you for the feedback and suggestion for CafeMom Mobile.

I will ask our tech team about this and share your message.  Hopefully, it's something easy to fix:)

Thanks again for your message and for being a member of CafeMom!

Robin

 

 

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