From August 17th though September 7th, all of the current Scarleteen forums will be read-only. What that means is that all users may read the existing threads, but no new topics or replies may be posted, nor will we be accepting new registrations during that time. We also will not answer questions via e-mail, so please do not use the e-mail link at the boards for this purpose.
One "emergency" forum will be live during that time for crisis situations that current users may post to, and those posts will be answered only by volunteers and staff (advocates and sexperts). No other users will be able to post replies to that forum. In addition, an FAQ for each forum will be posted for quick answers which are already contained in the boards or on the site. Our volunteers are compiling those lists for you presently.
As we stated in the previous announcement, Scarleteen is in the midst of a dire financial crisis. We receive NO public or federal funding, and our private donations have been terribly low, and are very rarely made by our actual users, but instead by generous adults and parents. Our message boards are the largest drain of our finances and our energy, and we will thus be spending the weeks the boards are read-only trying to work out a way to make them manageable and affordable for us. This was the least disruptive solution to our current problems we could come to for the time being, and we are sorry to do so.
We will keep our users posted with regular announcements and updates as we make progress and seek solutions. In the interim, please consider making a donation. If only 25% of our users in one month donated just one dollar each, our overhead for well over a year would be paid, and our staff could be allowed a small stipend to help us to continue to have the time to be available at the boards without putting our own budgets in jeopardy. While we recognize that many of our users are minors, we also know full well that many minors spend far more than that amount monthly on entertainment alone. Please consider using just a fraction of your monthly expenditures -- even just that one dollar -- to help us continue what is clearly a valuable service, as attested to by the thousands of adults and teens who use it at no cost daily.
Per usual, the main site contains a wealth of information, as well as extensive links to additional sources of that information. Part of the trouble we have been having is due to users simply not taking the time to read the information published here, and instead, using the boards as a way to "skip a step" and save themselves time, with no thought to our own time and resources. While the boards are read-only, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the site itself and look for answers there first.
Oh God, that's awful. I wish I could do something to help. I'd donate some money, but all I could donate would be about five or ten dollars (I'm a minor, too young for a job, and my parents are stingy with money). If there IS anything I can do, let me know.
------------------ "Only in dreams We see what it means Reach out our hands Hold on to hers But when we wake It's all been erased And so it seems Only in dreams..." -Weezer
and if 40 people donated 5 bucks we'd be in such a better place right now. Ever bit helps babe, it really really does. I can only send 20, and while that's not enough to cover the site (haha, not close), it is a bit, and if more people sent in a bit we'd be covered
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After reading this I felt I really wanted to help... after all I spend so much time in here and this site has helped me in so many ways... I was wondering if I could send money (real notes), and the address I can send it to, as I think we have some dollars left around somewhere from when we were in the US Feel free to email me (the advocates have access to my email address, right?) if you think you shouldn't (or can't) post the reply here And thanx for everything!
Sallynha, did anyone ever contact you because of this?
Sending notes through the mail isn't a great idea, but if you really want to donate money, you could do so with an International Money Order, which you can "buy" at your local bank, send via mail, and MizS could then cash it in the US. However, this is all very very costly for you. I checked this option out (and I am in Europe, too), and with all exchanges and the fees for the Money Order, the end worth is pretty minimal. So if you'd like to do that, I strongly recommend you check out the fees at different banks. You could mail any money order to the addie given here at the donate info.
Otherwise hon, just do what you've been doing all along: post, start some cool topics and help keep the boards the great community that they are.
------------------ Caro ~spanking new Scarleteen Sexpert~
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