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    1. Click on the title of the forum you want to post in. Try to make sure you post in the relevant part of the forum, so that other members can see it when they go to that part of the forum to read the discussions there. For example, if you wanted to post because you’re not feeling great today, you would click on ‘Looking for support?’ and then ‘Having a tough day’ to start a new topic within that forum.
    2. At the bottom of that page, you will see ‘Create New Topic’.
    3. Write a topic title. Try not to make it too long. It’s helpful for other members if it’s a good summary of what you’re going to talk about, as then more people will click on it if your thread is something they’re interested in.
    4. In the text box, type your message to the forum.
    5. To make the forum easy to use, write clearly when you compose a message and review your message carefully before clicking the ‘Submit’ button. Remember, if your message can be misunderstood, it will be. 
    6. Remember that on the internet ALL CAPS is like shouting and it makes your message harder to read
    7. When your post is approved, the thread will have begun and other forum members will be able to read it and reply. We try to approve all posts within 48 hours, and faster if we can. If we don’t approve your post, we’ll e-mail you to explain why.
    8. You can edit your post/reply any time after you’ve made it, but each time it will need to be reapproved by us. You can edit it by clicking ‘Edit’ in the top right of the post once it’s been written and submitted. You can edit it even when it’s awaiting approval. 

    We don’t want to be too strict about how ‘on topic’ posts are. We know that abuse is complex and impact many different parts of people’s lives. However, this forum is focused on the experiences of LGBTQ+ domestic abuse survivors and posts that get too far away from that topic will be discouraged and possibly deleted by moderators. 

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