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We expect other drivers to observe the rules of the road and the same is true as we travel through cyberspace. Here are a few pointers to help you out:

* Avoid posting using all caps. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING!

* If you are attaching a photograph to your post, try to make it as small as possible without compromising photo quality. Download times for the larger attachments are awfully long for those members still using dial-up.

*Periodically review your attachment history and remove older attachments so we can continue to put in new ones. A rule of thumb might be to remove all attachments to posts made more than three months ago. Information on how to review your attachments and how to remove them is as follows:

1) Click on "attach a file" at the bottom of the "Type your message" box.

2) When you get the pop up, scroll down until you see the red link near the bottom of the pop up that says "click here to find your old attachments."

3) Do so and you will get another page that lists all your attachments to this board *and* the date posted!

3) Click on an attachment and it will bring up that post...

4) Click on edit on that post and it will have a button at the bottom that says "manage your attachments."

5)Click on this and it will take you to a page where you can select that attachment and delete it!

Sorry, you have to do this one attachment at a time, one post at a time, but if you have more than one attachment in a post, the finla "deleting" pop up will list them all, which makes it a little less tedious.

* iVillage has Terms of Service (TOS) with which we all comply. Among them, we agree not to spam the boards (if you wish to promote your own business, we can direct you to boards at iVillage that have been set up for that purpose), to use care with your language (iVillage does have filters which will disallow certain words and phrases), and show respect to your fellow board members. You agreed to these TOS when you signed of with iVillage. If you wish to review these TOS again, there is a link near the top of the message board under the Home & Garden logo.

* Remember that anything you post to our message board is public. You never know who's reading it, or who may copy it and spread it around. Don't put your full name, address, email address, phone number, etc. in your messages. You may or may not wish to post pictures of yourself or your family in your messages or in your signatures.