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Acronyms We Know - Translate an acronym or two.
MIL Poetry - Links to MIL poetry, pro-MIL and anti-MIL
Mailing List - Do we have a mailing list?
Story Response - How do I respond to a story?
Reply To A Response - Can I respond to a response?
Story Posting Lag Time - How long after I submit my story will it be posted?
My Story Never Showed - I've waited and I still do not see my story. Why?
My Story Was Edited - Why are parts missing from my story?
Emoticons - what are those funny looking character strings like :-) for?
Links & Pictures - how do I post a link or a picture?
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Acronyms We Know
Q: Where can I find poetry on mothers-in-law?
A: Before we get to the links, please understand, we have to say the following:
1) We are not endorsing any of the sites. They simply are sites we know carry the poems.
2) Please check with each site individually to determine how to obtain legal copies of the poem without violating copyright laws.
3) This list is not comprehensive - it is simply those of which we are aware. If you know of others, by all means, please let us know.
Here are the links with PRO MIL poetry.
The last two links are basically the same poem.
Here are the links with ANTI MIL poetry:
(look for the 6th posting on the page)
(look for the last posting on the page)
(look for the last posting on the page)
Q. Do you have a mailing list?
Q. How does one give a response to any story?
A. Responses can be submitted using the story response link found beneath each story. If the response link is not there, the story has aged sufficiently and responses are no longer being accepted.
Q: I want to respond to one of the printed responses to a story - can I reply to that reply??
A: We now handle responses via the message board, so any amount of response activity can be handled.
In the past, we directly managed and posted responses to the same page on which the story was posted. For those pages, once responses had been accumulated and published, we were done with that particular page. If you wish to respond further, please submit your reply using the new story entry page (story entry page). Please be sure to clearly reference the story/response you are referring to by mentioning the "signature" line of the story exactly, as well as the date posted..
Q: When a MIL story is entered, how long before it appears?
A: We do our best to get to stories as soon as possible, and this is very dependent on the volume of stories submitted. Our apologies, but the lag time can occasionally be months. We have both the pleasures and the growing pains of rapid growth. We are constantly upgrading the site (often in ways that cannot be seen) in an effort to make this process more efficient so we can get to them sooner.
Q: I've waited months and I still do not see my story. Where is it?
A: We may not have received it (computer glitch). Or, if we did receive it, we may have determined it inappropriate to be posted. If you feel the material was suitable for posting, please resubmit your story in an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request feedback from us. If there was a problem, we'll be happy to explain it to you. And, thank you for your patience.
Q: You published my story, but there are parts missing. What happened?
A: There are several possible explanations. The removed part may have been offensive. The part may have been removed to protect people's anonymity. Or, it is possible that we did not receive the missing part. It is unfortunate, but from time to time a computer glitch will cause a story to arrive missing a piece of text. If you feel the material was suitable for posting, please resubmit your story by email to email@example.com and provide explanation to what was missing. If you want us to provide feedback to you, please let us know.
Q: How do I post a Picture? How do I post a Link?
A: The answer is the same. First, it must be an appropriate thing to post (needed for the story, not soliciting, etc.). Then, if it is a picture, it must already exist on the internet somewhere that can be accessed via a URL (web address). One popular place with our readers is http://www.photobucket.com (not an endorsement - just an observation) Always start the link or picture URL with "http://". The software will pick up on this and know what to do from there. If you have a very lengthy URL for a link, please visit http://www.tinyurl.com and convert the lengthy URL into a tiny one.
Q: In a lot of the postings I have noticed different symbols such as :) What does this mean and is there somewhere I can go to check out a list of them: if such a thing exists?
A: These strange keystrokes (sometimes called emoticons) are meant to display the writer's emotions. They always require you to tilt your head 90 degrees to the left (as if you were laying down on your left side). As seen from that angle, the keystrokes suddenly make more sense. In the particular one you mention, :) , you see a smiling face (2 eyes and the mouth). Often, the nose is included so it looks like this :-) The fun part comes when you try to add a flare of creativity to see just how expressive you can get. New ones emerge every day, such as the sly wink ; ) and the surprise (or laughter) :-o . There are a tremendous number of web sites devoted to collecting complete listing. One of the more extensive listings can be found at http://www.smiliesunlimited.com/ . On the lighter side (good for a laugh) you may also want to take a look at Dave Barry's collection at http://www.randomhouse.com/features/davebarry/emoticon.html
Q: I am having trouble logging in.
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Are you using a firewall, or other security? Be certain that both of the following addresses are set up as "friendly" sites:
Please be sure this is handled everywhere it must be addressed. In Norton, for example, some users had a problem with the Privacy Controls, not the Firewall. So, try disabling the Privacy Control.
ONE MORE THING - from the "this just happened to us" files - We recently found ourselves unable to log on to our own message board. The culprit? Our PC has an XP operating system, and, apparently, DS was playing the Spider Solitaire game under his own login on this same PC. He managed to switch off the ID at the point that a dialogue box was requesting an answer whether he wanted to deal again or not. We fixed everything by closing him out of that and then rebooting. Our best guess - this dialogue box took some sort of lock on a cookies or java related process that then prevented our cookies or java from operating properly.
So, please make sure that all other IDs that have access to the same PC, have nothing running. Easiest way is to simply reboot. If other IDs have something running, it will warn you of it. If so, please log on to those IDs to be sure whatever is running gets shut down (you cannot be certain a reboot will take care of it). Then reboot and try again. That is what worked for us.
And, finally, as one reader put it, "If it's not that, the very nice webmasters will walk thru helping you if you e-mail them. You could also look at some of the old posts in 'Contact Moderators' and see if the suggestions help."
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