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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:21 PM 04/30/08 (CST)
I've been thinking about adding a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. How do you all feel about that? I field many emails every day and this may be a way to help with that. It also might give some of the newer or prospective users a sense of what we are all about. I think maybe coming up with 10 good questions would do the trick. This will be delegated to its own page and added to the menu on the left. I would list the questions on top with links going to the answers at the bottom.

I will post what I have so far. If anyone wants to chime in, add a question, edit, add an answer, or whatever... just join on in! I think this is a good idea and it will give the site a bit more legitimacy along with some more content.

What say you all?

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What is My Fishing Pals and why is it here?

My Fishing Pals was created to promote the activity of fishing. We concentrate most of our site on Minnesota, but there are sections which have to do with just fishing in general. We are a non-profit group of people who like the outdoors and we are trying to create something that we feel would benefit the fishing community.

You claim you are non-profit, yet I see advertisements on your site. What's up with that?

We struggled with this one. We decided to ad some advertisements to offset the price of hosting and development costs. We take in less then $100 per month and the advertisements don't even make a small dent into the time and effort it takes to keep this site going. We still consider ourselves non-profit and will remain so for the benefit of our users.

There seems to be a lot of controversial stuff on some of your pages. Why is that?

We do not shy away from any controversies concerning fishing or anything that has to do with our natural resources. We feel one of our goals is to give our site a place to go where people can voice their opinion without the fear of being banned. We like this format and will continue to support it. Things do heat up at times, but letting people air their opinions is something we take very seriously. We do not have sponsors that take offense to what is posted here so there is no need to delete or change posts or to ban users. All we ask is that all posts can be read by the kids, too.

I see a lot of voting going on. What is the deal with that?

This site is for the users. In fact, the whole design of the site is from suggestions posted by the users. The menu on the left, the forum pages, the various pages that are added, etc., all are from user suggestions. We like to include our users into the direction and path in which this site travels. A suggestion is made and then users have the ability to vote on whether the change should be implemented or not. The mission statement was written in collaboration with the users. Other pages like the Best of the Forums page, the lake maps page, the terms and conditions were all written and edited by the users. Even the forums were split up into the topics suggested by the users. We like it this way and will continue to use the users in determining where this site ends up. It can be a winding road, but who knows where we will be next year - it keeps us all guessing!





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:04 PM 04/30/08 (CST)
Great idea that may help take some weight off your shoulders. Couple ideas of questions I see often...

1. How do I post pictures?

2. Why can't I see pictures from my computer when users have posted them?

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:04 PM 04/30/08 (CST)
Great idea


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:42 AM 05/01/08 (CST)
An Excellent Idea. Might want to form a question about statistics, something like...

I see periodic posts on statistics for this site. What are they and why do you do this?


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:00 PM 05/01/08 (CST)
Okay... here is what I have so far... any more suggestions????

What is My Fishing Pals and why is it here?

My Fishing Pals was created to promote the activity of fishing. We concentrate most of our site on Minnesota, but there are sections which have to do with just fishing in general. We are a non-profit group of people who like the outdoors and we are trying to create something that we feel would benefit the fishing community.

You claim you are non-profit, yet I see advertisements on your site. What's up with that?

We struggled with this one. We decided to ad some advertisements to offset the price of hosting and development costs. We take in less then $100 per month and the advertisements don't even make a small dent into the time and effort it takes to keep this site going. We still consider ourselves non-profit and will remain so for the benefit of our users.

There seems to be a lot of controversial stuff on some of your pages. Why is that?

We do not shy away from any controversies concerning fishing or anything that has to do with our natural resources. We feel one of our goals is to give our site a place to go where people can voice their opinion without the fear of being banned. We like this format and will continue to support it. Things do heat up at times, but letting people air their opinions is something we take very seriously. We do not have sponsors that take offense to what is posted here so there is no need to delete or change posts or to ban users. All we ask is that all posts can be read by the kids, too.

I see a lot of voting going on. What is the deal with that?

This site is for the users. In fact, the whole design of the site is from suggestions posted by the users. The menu on the left, the forum pages, the various pages that are added, etc, all from user suggestions. We like to include our users into the actual development and direction in which this site goes. A suggestion is made and then users have the ability to vote on whether the change should be impplemented or not. The mission statement was written in collaboration of the users and other parts that were added, like the Best of the Forums page, the lake maps page, even the terms and conditions were all written and edioted by the users. We like it this way and will continue to use the users in determining where this site ends up. Kepps us all guessing too!

I see periodic posts on statistics for this site. What are they and why do you do this?

If you have been visiting this forum for a while, you know that every once in a while we post statistics on how the site is doing. We do this because we feel that we are all a team here and users deserve to know some of the information that pertains to this site. We use a very comprehensive statistic program that gives us a lot data. Types of information we can post include page views, visits, hits, how long people stay on specific pages, referrals, search terms used in various search engines to find us, ranking in different search engines, etc. We try to post this data at least once a month.

I see a lot of users posting pictures. How do I post pictures?

All pictures posted are just links from pictures that are already on the Internet somewhere. If you would like to post pictures, they need to be on a public server. A lot of the users here use PhotoBucket to archive and post pictures. The easiest way to post your picture is to use the "Add Image" icon when you post. This opens up a little window where you can add the path to the image. Remember to include the "http://" at the beginning.




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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:56 AM 05/03/08 (CST)
Didn't really get the overwhelming repsonse on this one... so the FAQ page has been added. If anyone has any more questions, or answers, please post them here.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 04:53 PM 05/06/08 (CST)
that would be cool if you added a fish & game forecast on to the site.



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