Just a quick update everyone - thanks so much for the applications - the current moderation team is having a look and we will get back to all applicants within the next couple of days. Thanks so much for your patience! Dave
Hi All, Will work on all of these teething problems. Sorry for the issues, moving to a new version of the site comes with many positives but a few negatives too. I'm currently on holiday in Cairns celebrating the end of my girlfriend's degree (she finished last week!) so if I am slow to respond, it's not because I am ignoring anyone, it's just because I'm out on the reef or drowning in cocktails Dave
As for the spacing, this is part of the default design of the forum sadly, it's not as easy to change. Will see what I can do but will do big "coding" changes in about 10 days or so once everyone has chipped in thoughts and ideas so that I only need to do one round of changes. If you find it all too big, you can also try holding down CTRL and - (the minus symbol) which will zoom out your browser a little bit (you can zoom back in with CTRL and + and reset to normal zoom with CTRL and 0 (zero)) Thanks
As you may have noticed, I am facing increasing issues moderating the site and although we have some wonderful moderators, they can't be everywhere at once. I'm now in the final 6 months of medical school and once I graduate I go into the increasingly crazy hours of internship, so it will only get worse.
So I am putting out an open call to anyone who is interested in joining the moderation team for Banding Together.
Please send through via email to email@example.com:
an overview of why you want to be a moderator
what ideas you have for how we could improve this site
what experience you have in the past with site or forum moderation.
Please note that experience is not a pre-requisite - we want passion for the site and a proven track record of level-headedness and helpfulness on the site.
Once all applications are received, they will be reviewed by the existing admins and then our shortlist will be published back on the site for the entire community to review before they are approved. If people have an issue with someone being made a moderator, or have a concern that they feel we need to know about, this will be the time to let us know (in private).
Once the community consultation stage is complete, the new admins will then be given online training from me via webinar and then released into the wild to help manage the site.
If you are interested in applying to be a moderator, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on Sunday the 5th of July.
I've had a request from a reporter at the ABC who is looking at doing a story for the national 7.30 program which explores the lack of availability of bariatric surgery within the public health system across the country. Heâ€™d like to speak to people who have had bariatric surgery who had to self-fund the surgery, particularly through withdrawing the money from their superannuation.
If this is you and you are happy to talk to him, please send me an email (email@example.com) with your name, email address, daytime phone number and when you had your surgery. I will then collate the responses and send through to him.
Please note that initially this is just a chat on the phone and you wouldn't have to commit to anything (like being on TV).
Apologies for the recent outage of the BandingTogether website - it was a bad combination of an expired domain name, no spare cash until yesterday as well as being on a work trip to Dubrovnik, and then once I returned, floods and storms (I live in Maitland, NSW).
The site should now be up and running so please enjoy. I know some people have had issues logging in and using the site recently, I will investigate this in the coming days and update the software which will hopefully fix the issue.
Happy for you to start a thread in each state forum and do this. Please only post contact details with explicit permission and keep in mind that this is a public forum so don't share anything you're not willing to share with the whole world.
Sorry for the issues with the site last night. What was supposed to be a seamless 10 minute move (which I hoped no one would really notice) became a 4-5 hour one, and then eventually an overnight one. Some things just never go to plan!
Everything should be up and running fine now, and we're on a shiny new server which has far more processing power, so you should notice an improvement in speed.
Again, my sincere apologies for the inconvenience.
I have a question related to BandingTogether and the repeated requests we receive from different organisations to advertise or promote their services on the forum. Apart from an attempt to allow it in our early days (which failed badly) I have been very strict in not allowing ANY advertising on the site.
I am trying to find a way to make this site sustainable (considering I currently pay for the forum software and website hosting) and although we have some wonderful members who donate when they can, it sadly doesn't come close to covering costs.
Instead, I am wondering how people would feel if I created a new page on the site, like the "About" page above (http://www.bandingtogether.com.au/community/page/index.html), where companies who want to promote their services can do (something like "Services"). It would be heavily controlled (so that they could only include say 1 paragraph of text, an image and a link to their website) and they would still be banned from having any involvement with the forum itself (advertising in the forums would remain, and will always remain, banned). I would then charge a fee to cover the upkeep of the site and to pay to send Princess, Nonny and the other Moderators some long overdue and well deserved flowers & chocolates (or not, depending on their goal weight!).
What do people think? I am happy to be guided by the feelings of the forum on this - ultimately I am not the "owner" of this community, it's your community and I am just the facilitator.
NB: This is not going to be a slippery slope situation- there will never be any advertising posts in the forum, and there will never be banner ads or advertising anywhere else on the site - ever (eg the top, side or bottom of the forum design, or on the blogs, gallery or chat etc).
Yes most forums here are public, but due to concerns about privacy in the past, four new forums were created that were set as "members only" - these don't appear at all unless someone is a registered member and are not visible to search engines. (you will note they have "Members Only" in their description on the homepage - they are "Private Members Forum", "Secret Women's Business", "Secret Men's Business" and "Pregnancy & the Band".
If you want to avoid having your discussions appear in search engines, then please restrict your conversation to that section of the site.
Please also note that the Gallery, Blogs, Calendar and Members List are also restricted to Members Only and are not indexed by search engines.
Ultimately this is a public forum and it is free to join, so you should always keep that in consideration when using the site. I won't be changing this because over 80% of our users find this site through Google - I want to make sure that when someone looks for help related to lap bands that we come up ... if we don't, no one will ever find us.
If you want to read more about protecting your privacy online, have a look here: http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/
Keep in mind that you, and only you, control how much information you put online - you can be as anonymous as you like on this site, as you can on many others.