How To Join The Group, Post and Reply
- Thanks to both new and returning posters for their excellent
messages! There still seems to be some confusion about how to post
messages, and how to reply to other people's messages. Please read
these instructions to learn more.
For new members, reading the board is one of the best ways to get
the hang of it. Maybe it will be easier for some people to think of
this as an online magazine. Together we are publishing this magazine
daily! But because of the huge number of submissions, I do sometimes
have to make editorial choices.
If your posting is not approved for some reason, please don't ever
feel that you're a bad person, that you are unloved, that your
contribution was not of value, or that I'm insensitive to your
needs. Maybe your posting was great, but it just doesn't work on the
Internet, which is a peculiar medium. If you have to blame somebody,
please blame me and not yourself. If you happen to submit a posting
that doesn't get approved, this does not diminish by one iota the
spiritual love and concern that your teacher, Sri Chinmoy, has for
I often feel really swamped by all the incoming messages! They're
great! Keep them coming! But if I don't answer your private email,
please don't ever think I'm ignoring you or dissing you. It just
means that I'm exhausted, and maybe don't have an easy answer for
your question. I do hope people will use the "buddy system" more. If
you have friends who you see are regular long time posters, maybe
they can help you understand the unique challenges posed by this new
medium of the Internet.
Basic Posting Procedure
1. Create a Yahoo ID and password
2. Join the Inspiration Group
3. Set your member preferences to hide your email address (!!!)
4. Post online here:
You can get more details here:
[That means you click on the above link to message #2485, read what
is written there, and carefully follow the instructions.]
Some key points from those instructions:
- To join the Inspiration Group, please go to:
and click on the "Join This Group" button. (You may be asked to
enter your Yahoo ID and password.)
To help stay safe online, please set your member preferences so that
your email address will not be visible. AFTER JOINING THE
INSPIRATION GROUP, just go to "Edit My Membership" here:
And click "Hide my email and IP address ..."
Please also check the option: "Do not convert to HTML."
Make sure you save the changes (click on "Save Changes").
Once you've done that, you can go here to post online:
(Do not post by sending an email.)
Due to the large number of members and messages, everyone needs to
please follow this procedure. Otherwise, your message may not
Hint: The steps are in order. First, you create a Yahoo account.
Then, to do something on Yahoo, please sign in with your Yahoo ID
and password. Then join the Inspiration Group. Only after you have
joined the Inspiration Group (and are signed in to Yahoo) can you
edit your member preferences to hide your email address. Finally,
you post online here:
Also, if you're concerned about online safety, you can find more
information about safety here:
If you're a new member whose first language is not English, maybe
you know a friend who can help explain things. Please use the "buddy
system." With so many members and messages, it's hard for me to
contact each person individually.
If you're a new member, it will help you to spend time reading the
messages. If you're having trouble choosing a new topic, try
replying to a popular topic, adding your "two cents."
When starting a new topic, you post here:
To reply to someone else's message, follow the instructions below.
Replying To A Message
The above link is for posting a NEW message topic. But if you want
to REPLY to someone else's message:
1. Sign in to Yahoo with the ID and password you used to join the
2. Visit the Sri Chinmoy Inspiration Group, and locate the message
you want to reply to. The messages are found here:
3. While reading the message you want to reply to, hit the "Reply"
4. Type or paste your new message in the message box, and send.
Later, when your message appears, it should appear as a reply to the
earlier message. This will help readers follow the topic!
Note 1: Some people are confused by the warning that Yahoo gives
when you reply to a message. One member wrote:
"When I try to reply to a post, it warns me that people will be able
to see my address."
Here's what actually happens. When you reply to a post in the
Inspiration Group, by default, the option which is selected looks
That option will send your message to the group while hiding your
email address (assuming you've set your member preferences to hide
your email address).
At the same time, Yahoo gives you a warning which looks like this:
"Warning: If you reply to the message author or the group owner,
your email address will be displayed in the message you send."
However, you're not doing either of those things! You're not
replying to the "message author" or the "group owner." You're
replying to the group, so you can just ignore that warning.
Note 2: On this board, we follow the convention of "top posting." A
typical message will look like this:
Your new message (top)
Quotation of previous message (bottom)
This lets readers quickly see your new message. If they need to know
more, they can scroll down to the quotation of the previous message.
All these things sound much more complicated than they really are.
Just look at all the people who are successfully posting to the
Inspiration Group, most of them without any special computer skills!
Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to seeing your