Welcome to The Frugalista Files (and, yes, this is long...VERY long!)
May 23 2006 at 2:26 PM Maxine (Premier Login MaxineS)
The Frugalista Files is an international community of old and new friends with common interests in frugality, thrift, debt reduction, personal finance, simplicity and simple living. We also welcome posts on related subjects, including recipes and homemaking, do-it-yourself, travel, kids, pets, homesteading and gardening.
Established on May 23, 2006, this is the first thread of a brand new internet community. Pull up a chair and pour yourself a cup of tea as you learn more about us. We hope this forum will become a valuable resource for you. We invite you to visit and post often. We also have an integrated chat room where you can meet your friends.
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“On topic” does not mean that all posts must be about frugality or simplicity. It means “on topic for this thread.” We understand that threads, like personal conversations, often veer off in different directions. When this happens, we ask that you start a new thread if you wish to discuss the new topic. Readers who aren’t following the original thread may be very interested in the new discussion.
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This board is not a democracy. We welcome your suggestions, but they are not binding on the forum owner or moderators…even if we try them for awhile. We hope to be enlightened despots…with the emphasis on enlightened. We have to have a board that we can manage. We hope things will run so smoothly that we have nothing to do!
Your forum owner is Maxine. Bethann, Glenda, Pam(TX) and TammyL have volunteered to be moderators, and we'll have them up and running in a few days. They will have a few magical powers, but not many. Moderators will be consulted before changes are made.
Among our magical powers are the ability to lock or delete threads. We don’t rule this out, but don’t expect to see it often, if at all. Once something is posted, you should assume that it’s here to stay.
Forum ownership is new to us. We are at the bottom of the learning curve, and we know it is harder than it looks. We hope you will be patient with us as we learn the ropes. We are hoping the parameters we have established at the beginning will eliminate squabbling and reduce the need for changes along the way. We will make every effort to communicate changes before they occur…or at least explain them when they occur, not after.
FUTURE PLANS—We plan to make this forum more visually appealing, but don’t yet have the skill. We wanted to get the board up and running for you right away. We will re-visit graphic design in July.
Also, we plan to establish a recipe board in the future…another July project. In the meantime, post your recipes in the forum and they will be copied when we have a separate recipe board. Please do NOT post recipes from other boards unless you are the person who originally posted it there. Don’t steal their stuff—recipes can’t be copyrighted, but we respect the intellectual property of other communities.
Thanks for dropping in today! We're glad you came. Now let’s get started, and post, post, post. Your posts will get this board up and running and keep it moving. (This is especially true if we encounter some bumps along the way). Now let’s play nice with the other children.
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PS We will be bumping this thread to keep it on the first page for awhile.