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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

I'm new to philippines-living.com

You are welcome to view our site without joining.  However, to view or use the chatroom, to post content, or to contact other members, you must join.  If you do join, there is no requirement to post. However, if you would like to, please feel free to participate. The best way is to just jump right in! I repeat, you are welcome to join in with your comments, blogs, photos, discussion topics, etc. Here are some ideas how to get started: Post some photos. Introduce yourself via Private Messages to folks on the site. Or introduce yourself with a Blog entry.  You can do this by clicking on "Create Content" in the left menu and selecting Blog Entry.


Forums (Discussions / Requests for Information / Informational Announcements)

The forums area is for questions and discussion. These are contributions you are making to the site.  The moderators may make changes to the title or content (if for instance a forum is mistitled, or contains a personal attack).

Forums usually last forever: once they are created, they are ordinarily not deleted.  They are therefore categorized at the time of creating the forum, to make it easy to look for information later.

Posting to a Forum (Discussion / Requests for Information / Informational Announcements)

At present, everyone has permission to create new forum topics. 

If you have multiple questions or topics, make multiple posts placing each topic in separate forums. It will help us to keep the content organized.

Please also keep your comments on topic.  If you would like to "chat" you may do so in your Blog, or you can send a private message.  Comments that are off topic may be moved or deleted.


Site Problems?


e-mail to contact@philippines-living.com.


Logins - How to Create a Login Name, and Some Details of Signing Up

Anyone can create a login. It is free to sign up and contribute, but we allow only one login per person. A login is required to contribute to the site normally.  Anonymous comments are allowed on some posts but do not appear immediately (they must be approved by a site moderator first).

To create a login, click on the Create New Account link. Fill in as much as you would like of the requested information and click on the Create button.

If you forget your password, click on the Request new password link. You can fill in either your user name or email address. Your password will be emailed to you


Why this site?


The web forums I have found about Philippines tend to have some of these characteristics (not necessarly bad, but definitely different:

  • Censorship based on content (often by moderators with personal financial interest)
  • Lack of civility, manifested as defamation, swearing, personal name-calling
  • Lack of focus on topics, in which discussions become side-tracked
  • Single-country focus
  • Too much chatter about subjects not related to Central America mixed in important topics
  • Poor-quality technology (yahoo groups)

This site, philippines-living.com, primarily addresses the needs of those living in the Philippines or considering moving to the Philippines, and those of us who have Filipinos and Filipinas in our lives. It aims to do so by making true information available to one another in the spirit of cooperation.

Secondarily, it is also aims to be useful to travelers and those with a purely academic or family interest in the Philippines.


Moderation and Site Civility Policy Guide


Moderators are responsible for making sure content stays on track and civil.  Currently peter is the only moderator.  Any other person wishing to be moderator, please contact peter.

 While there is no censorship per se of content, there are several reasons why content may be deleted or modified:

  • The content is illegal.

  • The content is a personal attack.

  • The content is far off-topic. (Chatter or bickering is ok in Blogs or Guestbooks, but please keep Forums on topic.)