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Frequently Asked Questions

What is My Fishing Pals and why is it here?
You claim you are non-profit, yet I see advertisements on your site. What's up with that?
There seems to be a lot of controversial stuff on some of your pages. Why is that?
I see a lot of voting going on. What is the deal with that?
I see periodic posts on statistics for this site. What are they and why do you do this?
I see a lot of users posting pictures. How do I post pictures?



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 mission statement was written in collaboration with the users and other pages or parts, such as the menu on the left, the forum pages, the lake maps page, the best of the forums page, even this FAQ page, all written from user suggestions. We like to include our users into the actual development and direction in which this site might go. A suggestion is made and then users have the ability to vote on whether the change should be implemented or not. We like it this way and will continue to use the users in determining where this site ends up. Keeps 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 the 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.