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My wife and I are involved with a new nonprofit called BookMentors. The organization was founded just last year. The purpose is to create an online system dedicated to donating of books to students (through their teachers). Teachers will be posting requests on the site. The site will be ready sometime later this year.
For a year already, I'm standing in front of my desk (and my computer) instead of sitting... My personal experience is very positive - I feel more energized, less sleepy, and overall in better physical form...
Here are some of the articles that started me with this:
And here is another post I found now:
Hope that helps.
Everything you say makes sense - and we (AidpageTeam) have been through all these considerations and possibilities.
At this stage, with our limited resources, we decided that running the Sharing Program is not a good thing for Aidpage. And that's final.
Most participants in the Sharing Program already accepted our decision. I'm not saying that they're necessarily happy about it... but most replied in one-to-one messages that they understand our decision... and that they support Aidpage.
Let's close this discussion.
We really are stretched in terms of manpower in our work to keep Aidpage online and free of spammers - 24/7. On top of this, Aidpage is in need of fundamental reworking of it's technological backend and its user interface - which is a huge work ahead of us.
Let's stop talking about the Sharing Program.
And - a note to everyone(!) - we will not tolerate posting activity and spreading of rumors whose purpose is undermining the credibility of Aidpage and AidpageTeam. We will promptly remove from Aidpage members engaging in such activity.
How to grow Aidpage - this is the question on my mind 24/7.
If we come up with some practical ways for members to "evangelize" about Aidpage - we'll tell you.
In the meantime - feel free to do whatever you come up with.
Ideas are most welcome (may be we should move this conversation in "Discussing Aidpage")
in response to mamashe/sheshe... Sheshe,
It is not just "pages" of posted content - it's about "pageviews" - which means people visiting pages on Aidpage (just a technical correction). Aidpage must simply become a site known by much more people. And this is not an easy task.
We work very hard to grow Aidpage (why wouldn't we?). We are totally dedicated to Aidpage.
I was writing to Schmidty while you posted - so I didn't see your post immediately.
First - thank you for all the good words about Aidpage and the people who created it.
Second - we are NOT happy about the removing of the Sharing Program. We know that this will hurt some of our most dedicated members. And we know that this may make some of them leave Aidpage. We just had to make a hard choice.
Third - fortunately, the Sharing Program is far from being the main reason most people contribute on Aidpage. In fact, of all Contributors, just about 10 chose to participate in the Sharing Program. All other Contributors, including YOU (for most of your stay on Aidpage) are not here because of the financial incentive.
This is very important! Aidpage was never intended to be like one of those other self-publishing sites where people write "content" in order to make money. Nothing wrong with "making money" - we all need it - but Aidpage was always about talking to and helping each other. The satisfaction of doing this is the main reason for most members to stay on Aidpage.
Thank you again for being an Aidmate!
in response to Schmidty... Schmidty...
The very short answer to your post is:
Yes - we are really that paranoid about the possibility of Aidpage being taken down by the total loss of revenue in case Adsense decides to shut down our account.
And this possibility is very real because Aidpage is still not big enough to have a partnership with Google.
Just to give you an idea - Aidpage has about 15,000 pageviews (total) per day. The minimum required by Google Adsense for establishment of partnership is 100,000 pageviews per day.
Aidpage must grow 6 times larger before we get to have someone in Adsense to contact by email in case of problems. As of now, the communication with Google Adsense is one-way - they contact us in case of violations - we can't contact them. In fact, this latest crisis (this weekend) was resolved by a very prompt reaction by Catluv (one of our members). She was the one that got a notice from Adsense about the problems on WhoKnew's pages (because of the way we rotate Adsense IDs on Aidpage). Without the quick and precise actions of Catluv in response to the Adsense notice, the crisis could have been much longer and damaging. We (AidpageTeam) did NOT get a notice from Adsense.
When we grow Aidpage to become 6 times larger - we will reconsider having a Sharing Program (eventually managed through a partnership with Google).
We've had 2 crises recently - one with Nini and one with WhoKnew - all caused by "unhappy" participants in the Sharing Program.
There is no way for us to make sure that all participants in the Sharing Program will be happy. That would be contrary to human nature when it comes to distribution of money.
We can't have a third crisis with Adsense - they don't play around when it comes to closing accounts.
I may add more here... in response to your post - later today or tomorrow.
In the meantime - don't worry - unless you start using four letter words starting with "f" addressed to us... :) - as was the case with WhoKnew - you'll keep your account on Aidpage.
You're most welcome!
Just wanted to add something... We explicitely recommend against sharing personal contact info (real name, email, phone number, street address) - see this post...
One of the reasons is obviously to keep your personal identity and privacy protected from verbal threats and harassment.
That's a really unpleasant thing to happen. Filing a report with the police is exactly the right thing to do in such a case.
Don't worry about that person reappearing on Aidpage. If you recognize that person through his/her posts and messages on Aidpage, just report it to AidpageTeam.
You did good also by posting about this here. Members should be aware of the possibility of such things happening.
Generally speaking, we've been fortunate to have an amazingly small number of "bad apples" on Aidpage... considering what happens on the web at large. It is true also that we put a lot of effort in making sure that such people don't last on Aidpage.
Nini was removed because she violated our Terms of Service. In fact, Nini was exactly the person who started all the tensions you are referring to. She was the one who started spreading absolutely false rumors about Aidpage and AidpageTeam.
We spent enormous amount of time trying to explain things to her, but she refused to understand. We can't have Aidpage without a basic level of trust.
It's your choice to believe whomever you want, but don't forget that without basic trust in AidpageTeam, you can't feel "at home" on Aidpage.
A member recently asked us (the AidpageTeam) about the privacy of one-to-one pages. More specifically - can other people access those pages?
The technical answer is - no, only you and the other person can access the one-to-one page you share. Other Aidpage members cannot access that page.
But the true answer is - yes, other people could eventually see the info you posted on a one-to-one page (without accessing the page itself). And it is simple enough to see how.
Anything you post on a one-to-one page... can be copied by the other person and later re-posted somewhere else (on the web or in email to other people).
But, remember... the same is true for any communication outside(!) of Aidpage. When you send a normal email to someone, you lose control over the information in your email. The content of your message is copied on the computer of that other person and stays there even you delete this email from your computer. And this is true for any other form of electronic messaging - instant messaging, AIM, chats, Facebook private messaging, etc.
Generally speaking, on the web, there is no way to have a guarantee for absolute privacy. Anything you share with another person might be shared with other people - by simple copy/paste, forward, etc.
That's why, we don't use the term "private" for the messages on Aidpage.
So... what does this mean?
It means that you should look at this as a question of trust between you and the other person.
It means also that we (all members of Aidpage) should frown upon re-sharing of info outside of the one-to-one page where it was originally posted. The implied trust of the one-to-one page should not be broken.
Exception to that rule would be when a member needs to notify AidpageTeam about cases of perceived offending language, spam/scam messages, etc. We strongly suggest to contact directly AidpageTeam in such occasions. Please, do NOT talk to other members in such occasions because you may spread a false accusation. We know from experience that people do not always understand correctly the intended meaning of written messages. This is the most common reason for tensions between members of online communities. Saying "sorry" after the fact may not heal the wound you may cause by incorrectly “outing” someone. Don't forget - most people on Aidpage are already feeling vulnerable for many good reasons.
Please, add your thoughts in the comments...