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FAQs: 5. Discussion Boards
 
Please note - this is NOT medical advice. Below are questions typically asked by people considering weight loss surgery, followed by some comments from our surgeons. These comments are for educational purposes only. For medical advice, be sure to consult a bariatric specialist in person regarding your unique situation.

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Are cookies used?
Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my topic?
Can I edit my own posts?
Can my posts be censored?
Do I have to register?
How do I get started?
What are announcements?
What are archives?
What are discussion board administrators?
What should I do if I forget my username and/or password?
 
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Are cookies used?
This bulletin board uses cookies to store the following information: the last time you logged in, your username and password, and your preferred "topic view", if you set it in preferences. These cookies are stored on your browser. Cookies are not used to track your movement or perform any function other than to enhance your use of the bulletin board. If your browser does not support cookies, or you have not enabled cookies on your browser, many of these time-saving features will not work properly.
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Can I be notified by email if someone responds to my topic?
If you create a new topic, you have the option of receiving an email notification every time someone posts a reply to your topic. If you want to use this feature, just check the email notification box on the "New Topic" forum when you create your new topic.
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Can I edit my own posts?
You may edit your own posts at any time. Just go to the topic where the post to be edited is located and you will see an edit icon on the line that begins "posted on..." Click on this icon to edit the post. No one else can edit your post, except for the discussion group administrator. A note is generated at the bottom of each post that is edited so that every one knows when a post has been edited.
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Can my posts be censored?
The “Lighten Your Life” discussion board administrators have the power to censor certain words that may be posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored out of context. Please realize that the censoring, if any censoring is being performed, is being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are censored are replaced with asterisks.
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Do I have to register?
Registration is required if you plan to post new topics or reply to existing topics. Registration is free, and your email and name are hidden from other users.
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How do I get started?
Participation in the “Lighten Your Life” Discussion Boards is easy – just follow the following steps:
  1. Register with Midwest Bariatric Solutions.

  2. Choose a discussion topic.

  3. Read topics (subjects of messages within that support group) or create a new topic and start new conversations.

  4. Go into a topic and participate in existing conversations by replying to posts.
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What are announcements?
Announcements are one-way communications from a discussion board administrator. No one may post replies to these announcements. If you want to talk about specific announcements, you will have to create a new topic in the appropriate forum.
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What are archives?
Archives are read-only areas that contain topics that were previously posted to one of our discussion boards. You may not add a reply to a topic that is in an archive. Topics in an archive may have been completely removed from the original discussion board where they were started or they may still exist in their board.
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What are discussion board administrators?
Administrators control the individual discussion boards. They can edit or delete any posts in their discussion groups. If you have a question about a particular board, you should direct it to your discussion board administrator.
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What should I do if I forget my username and/or password?
Click here to request your username and/or password, or click on the Update Profile link at the top of any page.
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