One important thing to keep in mind for new users
New Orleans, LA (Vocus) September 8, 2009
It could be due to the failing US economy - the fact that not as many people can afford professional counseling these days. Or it could be due to the supportive community found on TalkAboutMarriage.com. Visitors should not be mistaken; it's a public forum, so there's no telling what kind of advice they could run into from time-to-time. They can rest assured though, that the watchful eye of level-headed moderators like Amplexor, Mommy22, Leahdorus, and Swedish, or Chris H., the forum admin, are quick to act when trouble starts.
Financial problems exacerbate marriage problems, and today's economy has taken its toll. According to Chris Hartwell, the founder of TalkAboutMarriage.com, people coming to the site for free marriage advice has spiked lately, and the forums are busier than ever. "We had our busiest day ever last week, with 483 users on all at the same time," said Chris. Although Chris doesn't point to any single factor that has led to the increase in traffic, he's glad people are taking advantage of the website he created two years ago.
"When I started Talk About Marriage 2 years ago, I wanted to create a supportive environment where people could go for free help and support with marriage problems. The other website I own is 'The Family & Marriage Counseling Directory,' and even though I recommend professional help for serious marital problems, I recognize that not everyone's willing to see a counselor or therapist as soon as trouble starts. TalkAboutMarriage.com was started so those people would have a place to turn and still have access to professional counselors when they feel the time is right."
Chris's goal seems to have taken shape in 2009. The forums have seen increased traffic, and the advice and support is plentiful. One good thing about TalkAboutMarriage.com is the fact that it's closely monitored by the Admin and moderators, unlike some other public forums where disagreements can degenerate into name-calling and personal attacks, that type of behavior is not acceptable on TAM and users are frequently banned for it.
"One important thing to keep in mind for new users," Chris reminds us, "is that the forums are public and heavily indexed by Google. This means that if you want to remain anonymous, it's extremely important to pick a username that people you know won't recognize, and be vague enough when describing your problems so that others will not be able to recognize your identity through your posts."
"Even though we have a big red warning about this when people sign up, it's inevitable that I get one request per week from people asking that I delete their posts and / or account. Since it's such a common problem, we've made it possible for users to delete anything they've posted on the site, ever, and at any time - without any special permission."
http://www.TalkAboutMarriage.com is owned and operated by Inlayout, LLC, started by Chris Hartwell in March of 2007. For more information, visit TalkAboutMarriage.com or email Chris, admin (at) talkaboutmarriage.com.
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