Friday, April 2, 2010

Janis and Friends - A Little History

Here's a little history on how Janis and Friends got started and how it's kept going.  Janis started the forum in 2000. She was already very sick at the time and her girlfriends helped with the forum. There were seven of them and you can still see a reference to that in our web address. The firendship7 part. When Janis passed away in 2001 someone had to be the official host of the forum. It's a job none of the girlfriends wanted and PattyVR1 drew the short straw. Patty preformed the host duties here till about 4 months ago. Janis always had a dream of having a web site where people could find good accurate information about HepC. One of the other girlfriends, Tina - Myer1, set up the web page and dedicated it to Janis. Tina still maintains the webpage to this day. She pays for it out of her pocket and will accept no help. If you look at the webpage you will notice there are no advertisements there. No advertising = no money being made. The advertisements you see here are Delphi. That’s how they make money. Janis & Friends is truly a labor of love. BTW if you upgrade to a Delphi Plus membership you will no longer see the adds on the forum.

Administrative issues on the forum are handled by the host and two managers. Helping with the forum is something all our members do. All you have to do is be supportive of other members. You can post articles that pertain to HepC too if you would like. We do make sure that the information on the forum is accurate so if inaccurate information is posted one of the managers will question it. If you want to help and have a little badge that shows you are part of the staff we do need chat room moderators. Chat room moderators make sure our chat room is a safe place for everyone. When new people come into the chat room the Moderators make sure that they get the information and support they need. Like the message boards, our chat room is also G rated and if a troll comes in they kick it out. If you’re interested in helping out in the chat room you can find me there most mornings from around 5am your time till 8 or so or look for Old hair in the afternoon. The Moderators have a star by their names in the chat room so you can tell who they are. Getting to be a Moderator is kind of like an OJT thing. Come into the room with a Mod, learn what they do and after a while we'll ask you if you interested in being a Mod too.

Anyway what makes Janis & Friends such a wonderful place is our members and everyone contributes to that.

This article was submitted courtesy of Mike.  Thank you for educating me on how this site works.  Betty

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