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Important - Please Read First / Hotmail email issues - Important
« Last post by diddy on Sunday, January 7 2018, 14:38 »
Posting this here so that members trying to register can see it too.

The forum is currently having issues with sending emails to hotmail and outlook addresses.  These include -

- Welcome and Registration emails to new members
- Forgotten password reminders
- New Private Message notifications

For new members trying to register who use a hotmail address, please either register with a different email address or wait 24 hours and then try and log in with your username and password.  Your membership request will have been approved, you just won't get the emails.

For existing members who have a hotmail email address registered on the forum, please don't use the PM facility until this has been resolved, or change your email address on the forum, as I am getting the 'failure to send' notification as the administrator - and it includes the original PM.  I promise I have deleted them all immediately without reading them and have come on as soon as I figured out what was going on to let you know. 

I am working with Microsoft at the moment to hopefully get this sorted as soon as possible.

Will update when the issue has been resolved. 

Sincere apologies for the inconvenience. 
Important - Please Read First / Re: Abbreviations explained
« Last post by Lacewing on Wednesday, August 19 2015, 15:22 »
Yes it did work. Can now understand more lol.
Thank you x
Important - Please Read First / Abbreviations explained
« Last post by Lacewing on Wednesday, August 19 2015, 11:53 »

New to the forum but having trouble understanding the abbreviations used. Have tried searching but can't find.

Please can someone point this technophobe in the right direction.

Many thanks  :-*
Important - Please Read First / MOVED: At a loss
« Last post by MAH on Thursday, August 6 2015, 06:10 »
This topic has been moved to Welcome Introduce yourself -- was originally posted in Important, Read First.
Important - Please Read First / Re: Email address -Important
« Last post by jemima91 on Friday, February 8 2013, 13:26 »
Thanks Diddy.
Important - Please Read First / Email address -Important
« Last post by diddy on Friday, February 8 2013, 13:24 »
Hi guys,

I just wanted to remind you, and we've had a few new members recently, to ensure your privacy by making sure your email address doesn't show to other members, by making it private.

Just to go over the process though, if you want to hide your email address, log on, go to 'Profile' in the blue tab at the top of the screen, click on 'Account Related Settings' on the left hand side and check the box which says 'Hide Email From Public'. You will still see your email icon in posts but others will not.

Thanks. Any queries don't hesitate to ask.

Important - Please Read First / Email Icon and Personal Details
« Last post by alexthomas on Friday, July 31 2009, 10:01 »
Hello Everyone,

We've had a number of concerned queries about the fact that your email icon shows up in your posts even if you've ticked the box saying you don't want it to be visible.

Just to let you know, even though you can see it, no one else can.

When we upgraded the forum (a regular activity which happens every 18 months or so) the new upgrade included this function - and sadly it's not something we're able to change from this end. It's a pain to be honest because it's very confusing and causes understandable concern.

If you have any worries about this at all, do get in touch with either myself or one of the moderators.

Just to go over the process though, if you want to hide your email address, log on, go to 'Profile' in the blue tab at the top of the screen, click on 'Account Related Settings' on the left hand side and check the box which says 'Hide Email From Public'. You will still see your email icon in posts but others will not.

Best regards,

Important - Please Read First / Terms & Conditions
« Last post by alexthomas on Thursday, April 16 2009, 10:37 »
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Important - Please Read First / User Guidelines
« Last post by alexthomas on Thursday, April 16 2009, 10:35 »
Guidelines for Use

The Childless Stepmums Forum is designed for stepmothers to share their own experiences, learn from stepparents who've been there before and work on building a healthy relationship with children who are not their own.
In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), forum membership is open to anyone over the age of 16 and we ask that all users be responsible for their contributions. Make sure your posts are in good taste and are considerate towards fellow users.

1. Privacy
We do not display personal information about members and will never pass on their details to a third party. It is the user’s choice to display further personal details such as their first names.
To protect the safety of our members we do not allow the publication of personal information such as home addresses, telephone numbers, names of schools or workplaces. Any such posts will be deleted by the moderators.

2. Offensive / Defamatory Language
We may occasionally remove postings deemed to be offensive or abusive, or potentially libellous which could put the website in legal jeopardy. Users who use offensive language or act in an antisocial or unacceptable way will be banned from using the discussion board.
If you wish to report a post that you find offensive, please contact us using the ‘report to moderator’ link at the bottom of the post.

3. Advertising
The Childless Stepmums Forum does not allow the promotion of commercial products or services within its message boards. Any such posts will be deleted by the moderator.
If you have a website you would like us to add to our links page, please contact us directly at

4. Board Subjects
The forum is made up of a number of discussion boards each covering a different subject area. Pleas try to add your post in the correct forum as it will make it easier for other users to join the conversation. Occasionally the moderator may move posted threads to a more appropriate location or delete them if they wholly inappropriate within the context of the site.
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