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CafeMom FAQs - Questions and Answers (abbreviations)

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2007 at 5:06 PM
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This info can always be found on the 1st page of The Newcomers Club in the CafeMom FAQs - Questions and Answers (abbreviations) post.

Welcome to The Newcomers Club! Introduce Yourself and Get Started Here!!!    
Recommended Groups    
Profile Pages - Widget FAQs and Tips for Setting Up Your CafeMom Page

This CafeMom Group is dedicated to Profile Pages...   
Toadily Grand Slammin Profiles

Abbreviations (dh, dd, piog, bump)- Scroll down to the 1st reply for common abbreviations.
Signatures - Scroll down to the 2nd reply for Signature set up information.
More common site questions and answers can be found in the 3rd reply below.


How do I add a Background to my Page?
To add a background, click on 'Privacy+Settings' at the very top of every page.  Then, on the left,  click on 'Customize Homepage'.    You can choose different layouts for your background and change the fonts and colors on your page.  There are many different widgets that you can add to your page, too.

How do I add Friends?
Make New Friends on CafeMom!

To send a friend invitation, go to someone's page and click on the "Invite as a friend" link under their picture.  Once the other Mom accepts your invtation, you will be friends!

How do I add photos?
If you want to add pictures to the photo section of your page, click on 'Add a Photo'.  You can set these photos for 'All' to see or for 'Friends only'.

You may also want to see the other photo widgets available for your page - Photos and Slideshows.

If you want to add photos to a post, click on the 'Add a photo' link above the text box, browse for a photo that you'd like to add and then click 'insert'. You may also be able to just copy and paste some pics right into the post.

How do I change my avatar?
To change your avatar (profile picture), click 'privacy+settings' (top) - then click 'photo/avatar' on the left. Upload a photo or choose a new image.
Make sure you click 'save' after you upload your new avatar. Your screen may need to refresh a few times before the new avatar appears.

How do I add or change photos and info in the Kids section?
To add kids or change/delete any info about your kids on your profile, click on 'Privacy+Settings' (at the top of the page). Then click on 'Kids' on the left.
To Add/Edit/Delete something, click on the rectangle in the Edit/Delete column next to that child and then make your changes. Be sure to 'Save' your changes when you're done.

How do I keep track of group posts?
Click on... My Posts and My Replies.
These choices can be found by clicking on the Groups tab at the top of every page.

How do I promote my Groups?
Here are some tips on how to promote your CafeMom Group:

1. Create a Signature that links to your Group.  Everytime you post, members will have a chance to learn about your Group!
2. Invite the new members to join your group
3. Use the CafeMom Toolbar to post your signature on other sites -including email messages!
4. Post a link to your Group on The Newcomers Club Recommended Groups thread.
5. Use the Invite Friends link (under the Moms tab) to create a banner for your Group.  You can post that Group banner on Myspace and other sites that you use!
6. Use the Mom Search to find Moms that may be interested in joining your Group.
7. Use the Promote Your Group link (located on the left side of your Group's homepage) to add you Group to the Groups Seeking Members forum.
8. Post a Journal entry about your Group.
Do your best to get the word out!

How do I add a Video to a Group post?
Click 'Post a Journal Entry' and then click 'Add a video'.
You'll see...
Add VideoPaste a YouTube URL:
(ex. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO04rXDTcMo)
Just paste the YouTube url (ex. above) into the box and upload.


How do I leave a Group after I join?
To leave a group that you've joined, click into the group, then under the group's description click 'edit your settings' - then click 'leave group'.
You can also click 'privacy+settings' (above) - scroll down and click 'change' next to the group. Then, click 'leave group' - there are other group options available there, too.

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 below.

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

How do I change my Password?
To change your password, click on 'privacy+settings' at the top of the page. Then, on the right, click on 'your basics'. You'll see an option to change your password.

How do I use my Chatterbox?
If someone leaves you a note in your chatterbox, you can write back to them in their chatterbox or send them a private message. Some Moms have disabled their chatterboxes. You can chat with another member using the chatterboxes.


The CafeMom Marketplace -
To visit the CafeMom Marketplace, click on the Share tab above and then click on Journals.  Scroll all the way down and you'll see Visit Marketplace on the right. That's where moms can post ads and promos.
To post in The CafeMom Marketplace, check the CafeMom Marketplace box at the end of your Journal post.


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.




The Newcomers Club Rules...

Please do not advertise or promote other sites (including signatures).
Please do not start posts to promote groups.
Please do not report or discuss inappropriate activity on the group.
Please do not complain about CafeMom, members or ther posts.
Please do not personally insult other members.
Please follow the CafeMom Community Guidelines.
Inappropriate posts may be locked or deleted.

If you have a question about a deleted or locked post, or if you have suggestion on how we can make this Group better, please send a private message to The Cafe GroupAdmin Team.

We appreciate reports and feedback from members and we keep all reports confidential. 

To report any inappropriate post, please click on the 'report this post/reply' link at the bottom of every post and reply.

Thank you for being a member of The Newcomers Club!

by on Aug. 16, 2007 at 5:06 PM
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Robin
by Group Admin on Aug. 23, 2007 at 8:40 PM
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This list can always be found on the 1st page of The Newcomers Club in the CafeMom FAQs - Questions and Answers (abbreviations) 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
BF = Boy Friend (also sometimes best friend, breast-feeding or breakfast, depending on context!!)
BFN = Big Fat Negative
BFP = Big Fat Positive
BIL = Brother-In-Law
BL = Belly Laugh
BRB = Be Right Back
BTW = By The Way
 
CIO = Crying It Out
CM = CafeMom
CYL = Catch Ya' Later
DD = Dearest Daughter, Darling Daughter, etc
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
ETA = Estimated Time of Arrival or Edited To Add
F2F = Face To Face
FAQ = Frequently Asked Question
FC = Foster Child
FIL = Father-In-Law
FTW = For The Win
FWIW = For What It's Worth
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
LOL = Laughing Out Loud or Lots Of Laughs
MB = Message Board
MD = Meltdown
MIL = Mother-In-Law
MIS/DS = Mom's In Sales Direct Selling
NAD = Nursing At Desk
NAK = Nursing At Keyboard
OIC = Oh I See
OMG = Oh My Gosh
OP = Original Poster
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
SIL = Sister-In-Law
SO = Significant Other
SS = Step Son
STBX = Soon To Be Ex
TIA = Thanks In Advance
TMI = Too Much Information
TOM = Time Of The Month
TTC = Trying To Conceive
TTYL = Talk To You Later
TY = Thank You
WAH(M) = Work At Home (Mom)
WOTH(M) = Work Outside the Home (Mom)
WB = Welcome Back
WTG = Way To Go

WTH = What The Heck

Robin
by Group Admin on Aug. 25, 2007 at 2:15 AM

This info can always be found on the 1st page of The Newcomers Club in the CafeMom FAQs - Questions and Answers (abbreviations) post.

How do I add a signature to my posts?
To create a signature, click on the Privacy and Settings link on the top of your homepage. Then click on the Signatures link, on the left side of that page. Follow the instructions to add either a plain-text or rich-text signature to your account.

 

CafeMom Tickers



How do I add a Ticker to my signature?

If you'd like to add a ticker to your signature, try this...

1. Go to the CafeMom Tickers page (or another ticker site) to make your timeline or ticker image. Copy the URL for your ticker and paste it somewhere so that you can paste it into your CafeMom signature later.
2. Log into CafeMom
3. Go to your homepage (click on the Home tab).
4. Click on the "Personal Details" link. It's on the left side of the page near your profile picture/avatar. CafeMom might ask for you to login again, for safety reasons, so do that.
5. Click on the Signatures link on the right-hand side of the page.
6. Scroll down and click on the "Add A Rich Text Signature" button.
7. Enter a name for the Signature.
8. Click on the "Add a photo" button. A pop-up window will open.
9. Click on the "Paste a URL" tab.
10. Enter the URL of your ticker into the Image URL field. If you have already made a ticker, the ticker site should have given you the URL for it. You paste that URL in the box.

When you're done, set your signature to default so it pops up automatically when you post.


How do I add a Blinkie to my signature?
If you'd like to add a blinkie to your signature, try this...

Log into your CafeMom account.
Click on Personal Details.
On the right click on signatures.
Scroll to the bottom of the Manage Signatures page and click on Add rich text signature.
Type in a name for your new signature.
Now open a new browser window.
You will have to come back to your CafeMom account in a bit.
In the new browser window go to www.glitter-graphics.com (or www.blinkyou.com)
(For this example we went to www.glitter-graphics.com and clicked on blinkies in the left column.)
Choose your blinkie.
On the preview page for your blinkie scroll down and click in the box with the HTML code.
Copy that code (control + c).
Return to your CafeMom account. You should still be on the Add signature Page.
Paste the HTML code in the Signature Body box.
Click Add.
When you return to the Manage Signatures page at first you will only see the code that you pasted.
To preview the blinkie click on the Edit this signature link.

When you're done, set your signature to default so it pops up automatically when you post.



How do I add more than 1 blinker, ticker or glitter text?
To add multiple blinkies, tickers or glitter text graphics to your signature click enter after each code and paste the new code.

If you have any trouble. you can reach CafeMom by clicking the Contact Us link at the bottom of any CafeMom page.



How do I use the CafeMom Toolbar?
The CafeMom Toolbar lets you add signatures and SweetPeas to any site on the internet, plus will keep you up to date on your CafeMom account. If someone sends you a message, adds a comment to a journal post, photo, or in your chatterbox, the toolbar will "light up" so you can click straight back to CafeMom to see what has been written.



Here are some Cafemom Groups that help create Signatures...

Toadily Grand Slammin Profiles
♥ Heartfelt ♥♥ Signatures ♥
Signature Showcase
American Made Siggys
Tickers, Siggies, Blinkies, and Signatures

 

Robin
by Group Admin on Aug. 28, 2007 at 9:50 PM
This info can always be found on the 1st page of The Newcomers Club in the CafeMom FAQs - Questions and Answers (abbreviations) post.


Moods and Thought Bubbles
Next to your profile picture on your page, you'll see the Mood and Thought Bubble features.

Click on 'edit' next to Mood and a drop down menu will appear. Choose a new mood as often as you'd like.

Click on 'edit' next to Thought Bubble and a text box will open. You can add new thought bubbles as often as you'd like, also.


Deleting a Journal Post
To delete a journal post, click on the post, scroll down to where the comment section starts and click on the delete button.

If you posted an anonymous journal, click on the "Contact Us" link at the very bottom of every page and ask CafeMom to delete it for you.


How do I add more than 1 picture to a post?
After you add your 1st picture, hit your enter key or use the arrow keys so the cursor moves down to the next line. Then, add the next picture the same way you added the 1st.


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 paperclip 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.


My posts look different than everyone else's posts? I don't see my screenname.
Your posts only look different to you. To the rest of us, your posts look the same as everyone else's posts. If you log out and look at your posts, you'll see.

The 'edit' button is only visible to you because you are the only one who can edit your posts.

When I look at my profile page, it is not customized the way I set it up
To see your page the way others see it, click on 'view your profile' above your avatar on your page.

To see your page the way you customized it, click on View customized profile pages at the top right side of your page. Then you will see your page and everyone else's pages with the customizations. If a page is hard to read because of the customizations, you may want to click on View basic profile pages.


How do I send a private message to multiple Friends?
Click on View Messages in the upper right corner of your page and then click Send a Message. Click on the green circle (next to each screen name) to add each friend.
Robin
by Group Admin on Sep. 24, 2007 at 10:05 PM

Quoting lexilov:

How do I add a link to my posts, or replys so others caan click on it and have it take them directly to the site? I can only get the URL to show up, but people have to copy and paste it to get to the group.....

Everything happens for a reason......you just have to figure it out. 

                                                     


Hi,

Type what you'd like your clickable link to say and then highlight it.  Next, click on the paperclip 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. 

I hope that helps!
NewcomersAdmin
by on Sep. 26, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Quoting 1plustwinsis3:


If there is a friend on your list that you don't want anymore and you delete them - are they notified?

also, is there a way to see what one person has posted without having to read everything?

Annette


When you remove a friend from your friends list, they are not notified.  They are removed from your list and you are removed from their list.

You can go to someone's page and see all of their Journal posts - unless they've set them for 'friends only'.  You can't track their Group posts and replied but you can track your own.  That option is available on the main Groups page.
SherriX2
by on Sep. 28, 2007 at 3:05 PM
Thank you!
Quoting CafeMom Team:

Hi Everyone,

How to send a message to multiple friends:

1. Click on View Messages in the upper right corner of your page
2. Then click Send a Message.

3. You will see your friends list below

4. Click on the green circle (next to each screen name) to add each
    friend to your message.

** The CafeMom Team




           

 

Robin
by Group Admin on Oct. 1, 2007 at 10:46 PM

Quoting melissa523:

how do i post something ?




Hi,

If you'd like to post something in a group, click on "Add a Post" to start a new thread or click on "Reply to Post" to reply.

I hope that helps!
Robin
Robin
by Group Admin on Oct. 13, 2007 at 1:24 PM

Quoting RayChol:

What's this whole thing with "bump"? I really don't undersand it. Not in the sense of "baby bump", but a one-word reply to a post... ?





FEEL FREE TO ADD ME AS A FRIEND! I <3 MEETING NEW PEOPLE!  :)



When someone posts "bump" in a reply to a post, they are bringing the whole thread to the top of the group. 

The posts on the group are in order of when the last reply was added.
Robin
by Group Admin on Oct. 17, 2007 at 3:04 PM

Quoting LORIANN321:

Hi, my name is Lori and I just joined Cafe Moms, but I'm not sure if I'm doing everything right. How do I join the Newcomers Club? There is so much stuff on here it's kinda confusing. Please let me know if I'm doing it right?






Hi,

It's nice to meet you!

Please say hello to the other Moms introducing themselves. To send someone a friend invitation, click on the "Invite as a friend" link under their picture on their page.

Here are some links to the helpful posts on the 1st page of The Newcomers Club...

CafeMom FAQs - Questions and Answers

Recommended Groups


Feel free to join some Groups!  Check out the 'Active Groups' and the 'Featured Groups' on the main Groups page.  Click on 'Find Groups' to search by keyword and scroll down to search for groups of Moms in your area. 

If you like to chat, visit the Newcomers Club Group Chatterbox to see if any Moms are chatting.   Remember to refresh the page to see new messages.



Enjoy the site!
Robin
Robin
by Group Admin on Oct. 17, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Quoting Anniezm:

I am trying to use photobucket not glitter-graphics. I am confused as to what glitter graphics has to do with this.  I am not exactly the most computer literate person.

"In the new browser window go to www.glitter-graphics.com (or www.blinkyou.com)
(For this example we went to www.glitter-graphics.com and clicked on blinkies in the left column.)"


I recommend contacting CafeMom about your question.  Click on the Contact Us link at the very bottom of the page to send them a message.

They will help you!
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