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If you are wondering how to post directly to the website, we do not accept submissions for the website, only for the newsletters, per this page.
If you would like to respond directly to the person who posted a question, there is not a way to do that unless the original poster included an email address in their post. Most people post their questions anonymously, so to reply, you should post to the next newsletter using the posting forms.
Which newsletters allow anonymous postings: Most of the newsletters allow anonymous postings. You can post an anonymous message to the Advice, Recommendations, Schools, and Teens newsletters. Your email or name will not be included unless you choose this option on the posting form. At the end of the posting form, you will have the opportunity to indicate how you want your message signed. If you don't want your email and/or name included, it won't be. You can sign as "anonymous" or "a mom" or however you'd like. For the Announcements newsletter, we require a contact name and email for all postings. For Marketplace and Childcare, we need either your name and email/phone#, or someone else's. Note that all posting forms require the email address you are subscribed under so that we can verify that postings are coming from BPN subscribers. But for most of the newsletters, this email doesn't have to be displayed with your post.
BPN moderators and anonymity: Please be aware that the moderator for the newsletter will be able to see the subscriber email address that posted the message. This is necessary so that we can handle postings that don't meet BPN policy (return them to you, or ask you to clarify, or etc.) or to resolve any later questions about a message that was posted to BPN newsletters.
Using anonymous postings for dishonest reasons:
BPN subscribers may not post a message anonymously for the purpose
of deceiving other subscribers.
For example, a business owner may not post a favorable review of
her business that is written as though coming from a client. Subscribers
may not pose as doctors or lawyers in order to lend more authority
to their advice. When BPN receives a report that someone has done this,
we do investigate. We contact the original poster as well as the people
who reported the post, and we may review past posting history of
the email address in question. If we decide that a post was probably made
with the intent to mislead, we unsubscribe the poster, remove any
reviews of their business on the BPN website, and we don't accept
further reviews of the business after that. In some cases, we
may also report the fraudulent use of the email account to the
subscriber's Internet Service Provider, which can result in the
account being suspended.
This is actually very time-consuming for the moderators. We each receive hundreds of postings a week, so in order to provide an anonymous poster's email address, we must search through several weeks of individual postings, often without precise information about the topic heading, or the date when it was posted. Given the volume of mail and the number of BPN subscribers, we cannot provide this service for people except in very rare situations, and at the moderator's discretion.
If you want to reply directly to an anonymous poster, please post a response to the next newsletter, and include a way for them to contact you. If you want to be anonymous, sign your post with your own anonymous email address per the instructions below.
If you want to invite people to contact you directly but you want to be anonymous, sign your post with an email address that doesn't identify you, per the instructions below.
Posting anonymously to Advice, Recommendations, Schools, or Teens: For these newsletters, you must furnish the email address that you are subscribed under in order to post, but your email does not have to appear in the newsletter, because you can sign your message any way you like. If your subscriber email address is recognizable, or includes your name, then sign your post with a different email address that doesn't identify you. You may need to open a new email account at yahoo, hotmail, gmail, etc. for this purpose. If you like, use this more anonymous email address for your BPN subscription (use this form to change your subscriber address.)
Posting anonymously to Announcements, Marketplace, or Childcare: For Announcements, your subscriber email will appear with your post. If you don't want to post under that address, you'll need to subscribe under a different email and post under that. For Marketplace and Childcare, check the box "Contact someone else/some other person" and type in the name you want to use and the email you want to use. This is what will appear on your post.
Please use these guidelines to find out what might have happened to your post:
How it works:
Troubleshoot: (ordered by most common to least common problems)
If you still are not sure what happened, you can write to the moderator for the newsletter you posted to, to see if they remember your post. Email addresses can be found at the top of each newsletter. If you write, please include either your email confirmation or the exact title of your post, and the date you posted, so we can try to find out what happened.
Here are links to the FAQ for each newsletter: ... Advice ... Announcements ... Childcare ... Marketplace ... Recommendations ... Schools ... Parents of Teens
In general, you should try to post your message at least two days before the mailing day if you want your message to appear in the next issue.
Please note! we make every attempt to send out the newsletters at regular times as listed on that page. However, we are all volunteers with kids and jobs - we go on vacation and things come up at work, so you can't really count on us to be always on time the way you can count on advertising you have to pay for.
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