I know many of you haven't been posting in flippingplanet.com for a while and may not even get to see this, but for those of you who followed the link in my email, a very warm welcome from all of us here.
First, most of the merger went smoothly, but I haven't been able to import your ThankYous but please know that I am still working on this. My attempt at merging the ThankYou data from FP into the ThankYou tables here didn't work (if anyone knows how to do this, please contact me, I'm willing to pay for assistance).
I'm delighted you are here. More importantly, I hope you take part and you start posting. Many of you have a great deal to teach us and to learn from joining in and making posts.
You may have several questions. I'll try to answer some of them here. If you have any others, drop me a PM or post below.
1. Why has my post count gone down?
I had to delete several posts and threads at FP that would not be suitable here. For example, threads discussing FP itself and feedback about FP. Further, posts were pruned in the process of bringing threads into line with EP rules. Some forums at FP were completely removed - such as Content Lock Pro which now has a new home.
2. Where is my intro thread, the first one I posted at FP?
It's in a private area here. There were numerous posters who made one post in the welcome section and never returned. I don't feel it would be useful to have their threads here. Similarly, there doesn't seem to be the point of maintaining threads from those FP members who aren't joining us and posting. If you start posting here, I'll move your intro to our own Welcome forum and it'll be public again. If you don't see it after a few posts, let me know.
3. What happened to Club 25 and Experience Points?
Unfortunately, we don't have either of those facilities here so I could not import that from FP.
4. Why can't I access Groups or the VIP Area here?
It may be your post count. On these boards members need to have a minimum post count of 40 (50 for members who are already EP members) before they can access the VIP Lounge and Groups.
5. What are the main difference in rules between FP and EP?
It's not that great a difference really. Try to add value in your posts and avoid self promotion and you'll be fine for the most part. Please note that we don't hotlink images or videos - provide the URL rather than embedding it in your posts, we don't reproduce quotes from private emails - you need to paraphrase if you want to share an email, we don't post phone numbers or email addresses publicly.
That's pretty much it!
6. TOTW: Threads Of The Week
This is a weekly bulletin we send out to all members listing some of the better discussions we've had that week. There is no advertising or promotion in it - it's purely a service we provide - so it's sent to all members. Unsubscribe information is in the email. A week by week TOTW archive is available here..
Our FAQ page answers some of the other questions, the forum rules are here, we have a thread to explain common abbreviations and this page explains about dormancy i.e. what happens if you don't use your account for a while and how you can make it active again. When in doubt, get in touch, we aren't looking to ban you, we're looking to make friends (and you might want to click that LinkedIn button at the top of this page).
Feel free to post any questions in here and I'll be happy to answer them.