Posting to the BPN Newsletters
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Posting to the BPN Newsletters
If you are a BPN subscriber, you can post to any of the newsletters
using the posting forms
on the BPN website.
Every BPN newsletter has a link to its posting form at the top.
If you are wondering how to post directly to the website, we do not accept
submissions for the website, only for the newsletters, per
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.
Can I post anonymously?
Yes, unless you are posting a message where people will need to contact you, such as
a childcare posting or a "for sale" item. We need an email address for this.
See the next section for information about how to post in a more anonymous way
for the newsletters that require an email to be displayed.
Which newsletters allow anonymous postings:
Most of the newsletters allow anonymous postings.
You can post an anonymous message to the Advice,
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
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.
How can I post anonymously and still be contacted?
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 don't want your subscriber email to appear in the post,
sign your post with a different email,
per the instructions below.
If you want to invite people to contact you directly in
response to your query, but you don't want your subscriber email to appear in the post,
sign your post with a different email,
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 & Childcare, 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
For Marketplace, check the box "Contact
someone else" and type in the name you want to use
and the email you want to use. This is what will appear on your post.
Note: Sometimes people want to post anonymously, but would like to
be contacted by other subscribers, so they write "contact the
moderator for my email address."
This is actually very time-consuming for the moderators.
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.
BPN newsletters are moderated by volunteers who read every posting to
make sure they meet BPN's policies.
Postings that don't meet
BPN policy are usually returned to the original poster to be edited and
moderators may edit a posting themselves rather than returning it,
such as when the removal
of 1-2 sentences brings the post into compliance with BPN policy.
Postings that moderators edit typically fall into two categories: 1) the poster is
disparaging the original poster or others' responses, which is against
BPN policy, but the post otherwise meets policy, or, 2) the poster
gives advice about the question that was asked, but also includes a
plug for her/his own business, which is not accepted in the Advice
Several hundred postings come in each week to the 10 BPN moderators,
for eight different newsletters,
so it is very time-consuming for us to track down an individual posting for someone.
Please use these guidelines to find out what might have happened to your post:
How it works:
Each BPN newsletter is compiled once a week according
to a schedule. There is a "posting deadline" at the top of each of each posting form
(and on this page) that tells you when the
newsletter draft will be compiled and sent to the moderator for review.
If you posted before this deadline,
then your post was automatically included in the draft.
Once the draft is compiled, the moderator reviews it
and mails out the final version within a day or two.
Troubleshoot: (ordered by most common to least common problems)
If you did post to the correct newsletter before the deadline,
but you don't have an email confirmation,
and you did not find your question in one of the Topic Lists, we probably didn't receive your post, and you should post again.
- Did you receive an email confirmation after you posted? If you did,
then your posting was automatically included in the next newsletter
draft. Look at the date on the confirmation, and compare it to the
If you did not get an email confirmation, we did not receive your posting.
Post again. (But first check your spam folder for the confirmation.)
- When did you post your message? (Check the date on your email
confirmation.) Did you post during
the timeframe for the most recent newsletter? If not, it would
have appeared in an earlier newsletter.
Or, did you post after the "post by" deadline for the most recent newsletter?
If so, your message will appear in a future issue.
Deadlines are listed at the top of each newsletter, on the
posting forms, and on this page.
- Did you post to the Childcare
or Marketplace newsletter? You may have the
the impression that your post didn't appear because you did not
receive any responses.
- Were you viewing the full newsletter when you looked for your posting?
Some email software displays only the first part of long emails, and
your posting might be further down in the part that isn't displayed.
Scroll to the end of the newsletter and make sure you see the footer
that is on every newsletter - begins with a dashed line and then "Post a message."
If you don't see the footer, then you are not viewing the entire
See My newsletter was cut off mid-way through
for info about how to view the entire email.
- Has the newsletter you posted to been mailed out yet? See
the List of Recently Mailed Newsletters
to see when your newsletter was actually mailed. It can take a few
days for the moderator to review and mail the draft.
- Were you expecting to find your post on the BPN website?
Postings are published in the email newsletters, not on the
website. Some posts are later
archived to the website, but it may be months or years later.
See About the Website for details.
- Did you post to Advice,
Recommendations, Schools & Pre-Schools, or Parents of Teens?
Check the list of questions on the
newsletter's posting form to see if it's there.
You can find out if a question got any responses
by looking at the Topic List for the newsletter.
Some questions do not receive responses.
See Posting Tips
for suggestions about how to improve your chances of getting a response.
- Did you post to the wrong newsletter? If so, the moderator may
have reposted it for you to a different newsletter that hasn't been mailed
yet. See Which newsletter should I post to?
If you still are not sure what happened, you can
write to the moderator for the
newsletter you posted to.
Moderators' email addresses can be found at the top of each newsletter. If you write, please
include either your email confirmation with the date it was mailed,
or the exact title of your post,
and the date you posted, so we can try to find out what happened.
Most people will respond by posting to a subsequent newsletter, so watch upcoming
newsletters for replies.
The Posting Form for each newsletter shows posting
deadlines and how often the newsletter is usually mailed.
There is a list of Recently
Mailed newsletters if you aren't sure when past newsletters were mailed.
If you included your email address in your post, then
you might get responses by email too. Some questions do not receive any responses.
For some newsletters - Advice, Recommendations, Schools, and Teens,
we keep a list of topics that received responses. See this page
to check if your topic received responses.
A list of the newsletters that are currently going out, and when they
are usually mailed, is shown on
Here are links to the FAQ for each newsletter:
... Parents of Teens
The posting form for each newsletter
has info about deadlines. This is also shown on the
List of the Newsletters.
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.
this page was last updated: Sep 10, 2014
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