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What Every New Member Needs To Know (Frequently Asked Questions) *PLEASE READ!*

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Caz:
Congratulations, you are now part of a great community.

Welcome! ^pompom^ You will now see & do more than you did as a guest!

You will have more opportunities to meet with members in a similar situation to yourself; you will gain new friends and support no matter which direction your journey to have a family takes you.
There will always be someone on FF to help guide and support you, and your experiences will undoubtedly help and support others too.
Frequently Asked Questions.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~How do I get started?
 
Here on the introductions board is probably the best place to make your first post as it marks the beginning of your time here at FF.


What should I say?

As little or as much as you like, but the more info you give the more we can advise on where you will find members in the same place/situation as you. Also members with a similar experience may reply to you personally. Have a read at what others have written to get an idea of what your title and content might be, then start a New Topic here on the Intros board & make your First Post. Don't be shy!


How do I post?

To do this you need to click the New Topic button (positioned by default at both the top and the bottom of the board, as shown in the User Help Introduction), which will take you to the Start new topic screen.
You will see the Subject box and main Message body box (not labelled as such, but obvious by its size).
So enter your subject and start to type (or paste) your message into the main text area, noting that a message missing either a subject or a body will not be accepted for posting until it has both.
If you're happy with your plain text message, you can then post it by clicking the Post button and/or preview it first by clicking the Preview button & to REPLY to a post already made you will need to click the Reply button this can be found by the first & last post of a thread.

On this board Intro Board Moderators read each and every post made, and at least one of us will reply, usually giving you some appropriate links, help or advise to help you find your way around the site better. When a Board Volunteer has replied to your thread, they will change the icon to another symbol. This is simply so we can keep track of who we have and have not helped and ensure we do not miss anyone out. Many of the other members may have already give you links too and it's always worth the time to check them out. If you find a sub-board or thread that interests you and you want to join in, just dive right on in and post away; FF  is a wonderfully supportive community and you can only get the best out of it if you start posting and joining in. Once you do you will soon be welcomed and make friends.





  ^fairydust^ Luck and babydust to all! ^fairydust^

Caz:
What do all those abbreviations and acronyms mean?

These are basically a type of shorthand for some of the more regularly used words on FF. Here is a brief list of the most common ones:

2WW = 2 Week Wait (the nailbiting period between embryo transfer/ovulation/basting and pregnancy testing)
AF / Aunt Flo = Menstrual cycle
AFM = As for me
BFN / ^BFN^ = Big Fat Negative
BFP / ^BFP^ = Big Fat Positive
BMS = Baby Making Sex (see also DTD)
DE = Donor Egg
DFET = Donor Frozen Embryo Transfer
DH = Dear/Darling Husband
DN = Dear Niece/ Nephew
DP = Dear Partner
DPD / DPO = Days past transfer / days past ovulation
DTD = Did The Deed (i.e intercourse)
DW = Dear Wife
DD = Dear Daughter
DS = Dear Son or Donor Sperm
DX = Diagnosis
D/R = Down Regulation (the first stage of long protocol IVF)
DPT or DPO = Days past transfer or Days past ovulation.
EC = Egg collection
EPU / EPAU = Early pregnancy (assessment) unit.
ET = Embryo Transfer
FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
HPT = Home Pregnancy Test.
IF = Infertility 
M/C = Miscarriage
MF = Male Factor infertility
OPK = Ovulation Predictor kit
OTD = Official test day
Pee stick = Home Pregnancy Test
PG  = Pregnant
PM = personal message (sometimes IM is used)
PUPO = Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise (i.e. on the 2ww)
SA = Semen Analysis 
TTC = Trying To Conceive 
TX = Treatment

Caz:

How do I get a picture underneath my name in the left, and how to I get that pink writing with my personal information under my posts?

The picture is an Avatar and the pink writing is a Signature. You can put both these (and more) on your posts by editing your profile.
To edit your own profile, start by selecting Profile (at the top of the page) from the main menu or clicking your own username
Click Modify Profile, then Forum Profile. This also enables you to enter optional personal details such as gender, birth date, location, website and instant messenger contact information. Don’t forget to save the changes you make!

Caz:

How do I know if there are new posts in any thread I have posted in?

Two ways.....
 
Firstly, You'll see on the left hand side at the top of the page ... 'Show new replies to your posts' Click it and you'll see your replies!  :)
 
Or, click on the index tab at the top of any page –  Pink hearts mean there is something new within the board you have not read/looked at and if you scroll right down you will see the last ten posts from all over FF!
& all are clickable. ;)  If you refresh this page (press f5 on your keyboard) it will update the last ten posts as well as the boards/threads and who's online!

If you see a thread you are interested in and wish to 'keep an eye on it' then you can click the 'Add Bookmark' you'll recieve notifications of new posts :)

Caz:
What is a personal message?

This is when someone has sent you a message that is for your eyes only (i.e. you are the only one to be able to see it, and not on the public boards). At the top of every page is YOUR personal quick view of FF. For example:


--- Quote ---Hey, Dizzi squirrel, you have 3 messages, 0 are new.
Show unread posts since last visit.
Show new replies to your posts.

8/07/07, 20:35
--- End quote ---

If you have any new personal messages it will show you you have 1 or more new. Roll your cursor over them and you will be able to click on them and see what you have been sent. Replying to a PM is the same as replying on the boards except that, the only person who can see it will be the person you are sending it to. You can set up your account to send an email to you whenever you get a PM.
Incidently, if you roll your mouse over certain words (also anywhere on FF) the cursor becomes a “hand” and this means you can click on those words to take you to another part of the site or, perhaps, even an external link.


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