• Mold Avoiders

    A Recovery Help Forum from Paradigm Change

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Mold Avoiders is a recovery help forum for those pursuing mold avoidance according to the approach discussed in the book "A Beginner's Guide to Mold Avoidance." It is presented by Paradigm Change/Rabbit Hole. Although anyone can join the forum and read the discussions, participation is limited to those who have done the required reading and applied for membership. Please see this article for details: http://paradigmchange.me/avoiders/
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Postby Mold Avoiders » Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:34 pm

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Introduction

Mold Avoiders is a recovery help forum specifically focused on sharing information of interest to individuals who are pursuing the mold avoidance approach discussed in the book A Beginner's Guide to Mold Avoidance.

http://www.paradigmchange.me/avoidance/


The forum is presented by Paradigm Change and Rabbit Hole.

Discussions of all topics of potential interest to individuals pursuing this sort of mold avoidance are welcome here.

Forum content can be read only by those who sign up to be members, not by non-members or search engine robots.

Only those members who apply to participate and are approved may post/comment in the forum.

Those interested in participating in discussions need to read this article about the Mold Avoiders forum and then carefully follow its instructions.

http://www.paradigmchange.me/avoiders/


Some additional information on using this forum is summarized below.


Reading Discussions

The home page for this forum organizes posts by topic category. This is especially useful for those who are looking for information just on certain areas of interest.

You also may read posts in the order of their most recent new comments (similar to the default format used in Facebook groups).

search.php?st=365&sk=t&sd=d&sr=topics&search_id=active_topics


You can easily switch between these choices of "Categorized Threads" and "Active Threads" in the dark blue horizontal menu just underneath the forum photo.


A "Search" function is available in the "Quick Links" section just below the forum photo, toward the left side of the board.

search.php


The "Quick Links" menu also provides a number of additional options for choosing which posts to view, as well as a list of forum members.


Thanks for the Post

If you want to let others know that you like a particular post written by someone else, look next to the title of the post.

There will be a row of icons (e.g. pencil, trash can, quote marks). All the way to the right, there should be a button with a thumbs-up sign (which you won't be able to see very well).

If you click that, then you will be thanking the author for the post.

The forum software keeps track of the total number of thanks that each participant has received, as well as the number and percentage of readers who expressed thanks for each post.

You cannot thank yourself for your own posts.


Starting a New Thread

Only those who have filled out an application to participate in the forum and have been approved by me may post new threads or comment on threads.

To post a thread on a new topic, go to the home page (which is the same thing as "Categorized Threads" in the main menu). Look down the list of forums and open the one that is relevant to your topic. If you look under the title, on the left of the page, you should see a button that says "New Topic +". If you click on that, then you can start writing a new post.

On some devices, the button may only show a plus sign ("+") rather than also stating "New Topic."

Note that participation is not allowed in the introductory forum ("Participating") nor in the archived forums ("A Place to Get Clear" and "The Locations Effect").

If you have problems posting in any other forum, that would be a glitch, so please let me know.


Commenting on Existing Threads

Only those who have filled out an application to participate in the forum and have been approved by me may post new threads or comment on threads.

To comment on an existing thread, first open the thread. Just under the thread title (and also at the very bottom of the thread), on the left side of the screen, you will see the choice of "Post Reply." Click on this and write your comment. Then click "Submit."

If you would like to quote from a particular post in your reply, then instead of clicking "Post Reply," click on the icon for quotation marks (") in the selection to the right of the post title.

Again, participation is not allowed in the introductory forum ("Participating") nor in the archived forums ("A Place to Get Clear" and "The Locations Effect").

If you have problems commenting on threads in any other forum, that would be a glitch, so please let me know.


Selecting an Avatar

Avatars are the little pictures that are connected to your profile (also called profile pictures). You could use a headshot of yourself or something else with meaning to you.

This particular forum software displays the avatar of the last poster from each category on the forum home page.

If people don't have avatars, the home page will look much less nice. I therefore hope that most of those posting on the board will upload an avatar.

Unfortunately, the board software does not automatically shrink avatar photos to their proper size and rejects larger images. You therefore will need to shrink your avatar elsewhere, such as by using this Shrink Pictures program:

http://www.shrinkpictures.com/create-avatar/


To use the Shrink Pictures program, first select "Choose File" and upload the picture that you want from your computer. Then type "90 pixels" in the Avatar Size box. Then click "Resize."

If the picture is not square, then the program will give you a variety of cropping options. Download the version that you want to your computer and then upload it to the Mold Avoiders forum as your avatar.

Here is the upload page for avatars on the Mold Avoiders forum. (To find it without the link, first go to "User Control Panel," then "Profile" and then "Edit Avatar.")

ucp.php?i=ucp_profile&mode=avatar


If your illness is preventing you from successfully uploading an avatar, please let me know and I will try to assist you with that.

I would be grateful if one or more participants would be willing to volunteer to help others with getting avatars set up. Please let me know if you might be willing to do that.


Photos and Attachments

The main drawback that I have found with this forum software is that pasting links does not automatically cause photos associated with the links to pop up on the threads the way that they do on Facebook.

The forum software does allow photos to be uploaded into posts and then viewed on the threads, however.

Please note that if you are responding to a post, you cannot use "Quick Reply" if you want to upload a photo. Instead, you will need to click "Post Reply."

Then you can add a photo (or attach another type of file) by selecting the "Add Files" option toward the bottom of the posting section.

If your photo is high density, you may want to shrink it before attempting to upload it. Otherwise, it may take a very long time to upload or may never upload.

Here is a free online image optimizer program, for instance.

http://www.imageoptimizer.net/Pages/Home.aspx


Post Icons

When you are reading a particular thread, you will see a number of icons next to each post title. Following (left to right) are descriptions of the icons that you may see.

Pencil - Edit the post
Trash Can - Delete the post
Exclamation Point - Report the post
Small letter "i" - Find out background info on the post
Quotation Marks - Post a thread reply quoting the post
Thumbs Up - Express appreciation for the post

If you don't want to quote from a particular post in your reply, go all the way to the bottom of the thread and then use "Quick Reply" or "Post Reply."


User Control Panel

Your account on the Mold Avoiders forum may be customized to your preferences in the User Control Panel.

For instance, in addition to selecting an avatar, you can insert a signature to appear at the bottom of all your posts; supply additional information about yourself; choose whether you want other members to be able to contact you via PM or email; choose whether and how you want to be notified if someone responds to one of your posts; and designate certain other participants as "friends" or "foes."

The User Control Panel is linked in the menu under your user name at the top of each forum page.

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Styles

The "Styles" choice (linked just under the forum photo) provides some alternate pre-set color choices.

If you play with this and then decide that you want the original colors back, you will need to go all the way to the bottom of the page and click “Reset."


Participants and Members

A running list of all individuals who have been approved to post or comment in the Mold Avoiders forum is in this thread.

viewtopic.php?f=4&p=59792#p59792


A list of all individuals who have signed up to be members of the forum (and who therefore can read the discussions) can be found in the "Quick Links" section or at the following link.

memberlist.php



Blocking

If you would prefer not to read posts by particular forum members, then you can accomplish this by putting them on your "Foes" list.

It is my understanding that putting individuals on your "Foes" list does not prevent them from reading your posts, however.

The "Foes" list is in the "Friends and Foes" section of the "User Control Panel," which is linked toward the top of each forum page.

ucp.php?i=ucp_zebra&mode=foes


Additional Information

Detailed instructions on using this forum from the creators of the board software (phpBB) are in the FAQ section, linked toward the top of each page.

faq.php


Improvement Suggestions

You can send suggestions for improvements for this forum to me via email (info at paradigmchange dot me) or PM.

While the forum is getting started, constructive suggestions for improvements also may be posted in the "Forum Issues" section toward the bottom of the home page.

viewforum.php?f=64


Facebook Group

Mold Avoiders discussions now take place only on the standalone forum, not on Facebook threads.

The main purpose of the Facebook group is now to share information about the first post in each new forum thread, so that more people will be alerted to this information.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/moldavoiders/


I am hoping that some of the forum participants will be willing to help out in posting this information in the Facebook group, so that I do not have to do that work all by myself.

My thought here is that individuals might sign up to help out with this task for a short period of time, such as for two weeks. This would minimize the amount of commitment involved but still be of great help to me.

Please let me know if you would be interested in helping out with this!


Archived Information

Although some older threads from the Facebook group have been archived here in the standalone forum, many other threads from the Facebook group have not been moved here.

If there are particular threads from the Facebook group that you believe should be archived here so that they can be accessed more easily, please feel free to volunteer to help out with this.

I will write a separate instruction sheet on how to do this if anyone expresses interest in helping out in this way.


In conclusion, thanks very much for reading or participating in the Mold Avoiders forum! I am very glad you are here and sincerely hope that the forum will turn out to be helpful to you.

Best regards,

Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Paradigm Change/Mold Avoiders
info at paradigmchange dot me

Updated 10/31/17

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Postby Mold Avoiders » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:50 am

Here is a list of potentially useful addresses related to this forum.


Mold Avoiders Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/moldavoiders/?fref=ts


Mold Avoiders Overview Information:

http://paradigmchange.me/avoiders/


Mold Avoiders Rules:

http://paradigmchange.me/rules/


Mold Avoiders Required Reading:

http://paradigmchange.me/avoidance/


Mold Avoiders Participant Application:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3930277/avoiders


Practitioner Commenting Guidelines:

http://paradigmchange.me/wp/practitioner-comments/


Mold Avoiders FAQ's:

http://paradigmchange.me/faqs/


Paradigm Change Website:

http://paradigmchange.me/


Paradigm Change Blog:

http://paradigmchange.me/wp/


Living Clean in a Dirty World Blog:

http://paradigmchange.me/wp/


Lisa Petrison Email:

info at paradigmchange dot me


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