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BPN does not accept advertising. Please read
our policy on Advertising and Self-Promotion
for more information.
In the interest of keeping the newsletters useful and easy to read, and free of
advertising, we ask that subscribers not repeatedly post information about the same
business, organization, school, or institution. This includes local businesses
and services as well as
childcare and school openings, household services,
classes and tutoring, events, groups, therapy and medical services, and the like.
Repeated postings make the newsletters too long, reduce the value of
other postings, and increase work for the volunteers.
If you didn't
receive the response you were expecting from your first posting, it is best
to explore other avenues
rather than repeating your post to the same audience.
The policy about repeat postings:
See below for additional information
about repeated postings in specific newsletters.
- One posting per newsletter about the same business,
service, program, class, or event
- A maximum of 3 postings in 3 months about the same business,
service, provider, program, class, or event.
Sorry, but we cannot automatically repeat your posting for you. You will
need to post again if you want it to appear again. However, please read
the policy above about Repeated Postings before
you post again. There is a limit on repeated postings in order to keep
the newsletters interesting and readable for subscribers.
Here are some suggestions for other resources to use besides BPN.
Other places for childcare, preschools, schools postings
Other places to publicize your business or event
Currently BPN is receiving 2-3 times more "childcare available" postings
than "parents looking for childcare". While we support the
efforts of nannies and daycares to make a living, our primary mission is to
support parents in a not-for-profit context.
Therefore we can't accept postings week after week from the
same daycares and nannies.
These policies are intended to improve the usefulness of the Childcare newsletter
for parents. If you have not gotten a good response to your posting, try some
of the suggestions on the Posting Tips
page or try Other Resources besides BPN.
- Postings from parents: no limit on posting frequency
This includes parents
looking for a nanny or daycare, parents offering a share, parents recommending
their nanny or daycare.
- Postings from daycares and nannies: 3 times in 3 months
This means that if you are a nanny or if you have openings in your daycare program, you
may post to three consecutive Childcare newsletters, but after that
you must wait two months before posting again. Or, you can spread
out your postings over three months, posting once per month for example.
(Recommendations, Advice, Schools & Preschools, and Parents of Teens)
- One "wanted" posting per newsletter per subscriber, please.
We are currently receiving hundreds of new questions each week, and
we want to give everyone a chance to have their question appear in as short
a list of questions as possible. Questions receive more and
better responses when there is a shorter list of questions.
Please do not post the same question more than once.
Many questions posted to BPN do not receive any responses.
If you didn't get the response you
were hoping for, try a different venue such as Yelp.
It is very unlikely that you will receive new responses
to the same question because your question is going out to the same audience as last time.
See How to compose a question that will get responses
- We cannot accept "follow-up" questions from the subscriber who posted
the original question. Again, we want to give everyone a chance to have their
question appear in as short a list as possible.
- You may respond to as many questions as you like, but please
don't post multiple responses that have the same wording.
- If you are recommending your own business
in your response, or a friend's or relative's,
you must follow the policy above about
Promotional announcements and recommendations:
only one per newsletter, and not more than 3 times in 3 months.
Marketplace should not be used as a way to make extra money. It is
intended as a convenient way for BPN members to trade, sell, give away,
and buy the occasional household item from others members. Therefore:
Craigslist or Freecycle
are the best places to post if you need sell or give away
items more than 3 times in a month.
- One posting per newsletter per subscriber
- Maximum of one posting per month for the same item from the same subscriber
- Maximum of three postings per month for all items from the same subscriber
The Schools, Preschools & Camps newsletter follows the same repeated
postings policy as described above for the other newsletters.
Below are details:
Guidelines for parents:
Please follow the Question-and-Answer
policy above. For example, there is a limit of one new question
per subscriber per week, and we ask that the same subscriber not post
multiple reviews of the same school or camp in the same newsletter.
Guidelines for schools & camps:
The "Announcements" section of the Schools newsletter includes school tours and
informational sessions, openings at schools and camps, announcements
about summer camps, and other postings that schools
and camps themselves post. The Repeated Posting policy limits the number of
times you can post to
a maximum of 3 times
in 3 months for the same event or program . (See promotional announcements above for an explanation of why we do this.)
- Please don't post the same message in multiple sections of the same newsletter.
For example, don't publicize your school's tour schedule
in both the "Tours" section and the "Openings" section.
It is OK to post about different programs and events in the same
newsletter, though. This means that a particular school could
announce both an opening in their preschool (one program) as well as
a summer camp (different program) and/or a tour (an event) in the same
newsletter. Be judicious though: when parents see the same school mentioned
multiple times in a newsletter, the overall impression is that the school
is having trouble with enrollment!
- Please don't post the same message week after week.
Examples: (1) If you have openings in your program, please limit yourself
to posting 3 times in 3 months. This can mean posting about an opening
three weeks in a row, or
you can spread it out over several weeks.
(2) If you are publicizing your summer camp, you may post a maximum of
3 times in 3 months. Time your postings so that you alert the early bird
parents, and save another post or 2 for the last-minute planners.
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