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SivoxII

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 Posted May 23rd, 2006 10:47 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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gibbie2210 wrote:
Cheers Sivox, appreciate your comments, so I went and tidied it up a bit, I dont want to lose the banner box at the bottom as its a nice neat way of keeping all the links together......... well I think so anyway.

Thanks again



You're very welcome!


btw, i noticed a link at the bottom doesn't display the icon graphic? (on my system anyway)
gibbie2210

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 Posted May 24th, 2006 07:13 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I know, its the excotopsites forum, they have a gateway up to stop people cheating on the voting on sites, and it seems every person has the same problem, I tried putting up a graphics button for their site, but it stops the voting process for your site.
I have contacted them and they say there is nothing they can do about it. ...... ces la vie ....

Debbi

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 Posted June 22nd, 2006 09:41 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
thought it was about time I bumped this thread again.

If you know of anyone at all who has a child(ren) (of any age) with special needs then they are very welcome. We also recently introduced a special section for people who have sadly lost children either due to terminal illness , stillbirth or miscarriage (due to several requests from members)

Most of the info is tailored to the UK, but we have a few international members who have also found the site useful. The board is locked and there are only one or 2 forums that are "read only" for non members. But I'm sure you will all appreciate that there are some very personal thoughts and experiences posted and I want to protect our members as best I can.

We are incredibly lucky with our membership, they are all very friendly and supportive and I have made some wonderful friends.

Some of you already know that our daughter who is 20 months old has a rare congenital condition which occurs in 1 in 5000 live births, and we started the board because we couldn't find an easy to use, on-stop-shop type of thing anywhere that catered for parents in our situation.

And Peter - thankyou so much for Exco, we have looked at other board providers and nothing comes close.

gibbie2210

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 Posted June 25th, 2006 09:49 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
8000 posts and counting..........I dont know what we are going to give out member who tops the 10000th post.......... but I dont think it will be long now, so better get the thinkin cap on Debz...........lol
gibbie2210

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 Posted July 6th, 2006 05:43 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Well we did it tonight, 6 months old and we recieved out 10,000th post ......woohoo........ we are dead chuffed.

http://www.extra-special-parents.org/index.htm

Thanks again for all Excos help

mizwings

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 Posted July 6th, 2006 06:21 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
FANTASTIC, WELL DONE !!!!!
gibbie2210

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 Posted July 6th, 2006 06:46 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Thanks, I loved your comments to Fin, and your 100% right, if 1000 people read your board and 1 person joins and gets something out of it, you have achieved something.
As the saying says "build it and they will come".

SivoxII

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 Posted July 11th, 2006 10:27 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
... I may have a scripting idea for all your gizmos at the bottom gibbie? ... might run it past you, the next time I see you online!



OH! ... and well done on the 10,000th post, we know how that feels after all the hard work!

Catchow

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 Posted July 11th, 2006 11:04 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
You will reach it again Sivox. I have faith.
Goodbye to all my friends.
gibbie2210

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 Posted July 12th, 2006 06:48 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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SivoxII wrote:
... I may have a scripting idea for all your gizmos at the bottom gibbie? ... might run it past you, the next time I see you online!



OH! ... and well done on the 10,000th post, we know how that feels after all the hard work!




Gizmos?? ........ are ou talking about the front page Sivox? or the bottom of the forum, coz I have moved them all

Catchow

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 Posted August 15th, 2006 07:26 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Bump
Goodbye to all my friends.
Debbi

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 Posted October 1st, 2006 07:50 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
thought I'd give this a bump again,
we've reached nearly 22k posts.
we have had loads of new members, the latest batch were due to an article in one of the womens interest magazines that one of our members did about her wee boy who has PKU, and she mentioned how she found our site a godsend.

So if you know anyone who cares for a child with any kind of special needs please point them in the direction of www.extra-special-parents.org

SivoxII

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 Posted October 2nd, 2006 01:11 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
That's an incredible achievement Debbi! ... you must be "chuffed" on how well your board has grown, fantastic work.
Debbi

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 Posted October 15th, 2006 08:20 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
aye Sivox, we're chuffed tae bits. Fair trickit, in fact lol

we're just waiting to hear when our article is going to be in Best magazine. It tells the story of our daughter and the condition she was born with, and how it inspired us to start the website and forum board.

gibbie2210

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 Posted November 26th, 2006 08:08 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We thought it was about time we gave yo an update, last night we reached the 30k post mark...... well chuffed now.
Credit goes to Debs for the running of a crackin board, the members for not letting us down, our mods for keeping the faith, and exco for keeping it all running smooth.

Well done all....... roll on the next 30k of posts.

Question, does anyone know how many big boards there are, I know Sivox's would have been well into the 50k mark if he had not changes alliances.....??

drinkingmelonely

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 Posted December 8th, 2006 12:31 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Nice board.
Debbi

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 Posted December 14th, 2006 04:39 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
thanks drinkingmelonely

there's a lot of work goes into the board, Gibbie's the one responsible for all the graphics and scripting etc and I'm the one who does the research and info on the board and monitors everything on a daily basis.

We've had some more publicity in the press, local and national lately - so word is spreading. We're also working on ways to reach parents through childrens hospitals and neo-natal units, as we think it is important for parents to get support when their children are first diagnosed - this is often the most bewildering time for them.

Faith2makeitright

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 Posted December 18th, 2006 01:01 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Great job. I really like it! Two thumbs up!
Debbi

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 Posted January 11th, 2007 07:30 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
thanks Faith.

we have been busy lately with the site and have added another messageboard - due to popular demand.

we have set up a board for children who have special needs and also for the siblings of children with special needs. Its a place for them to chat about issues that affect them at home and at school. How they feel about their condition or disability, how it feels to be the brother or sister of a child with a disability. We have also added some resources for them to have fun things to do eg print and colour, games, downloads etc.
The idea is that it is a safe secure place for them to relax and be themselves. I have my moderators from ESP helping me to keep an eye on things.
ESP Kids can be found at http://s3.excoboard.com/exco/index.php?boardid=241

All 3 of the Extra Special Parents boards can be accessed via www.extra-special-parents.org

All 3 boards are open only to members due to the sensitive nature of the information contained within.

And this is the year where we look into becoming a registered charity.

Debbi

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 Posted February 2nd, 2007 03:48 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
plans are well under way now for our first ESP meet in Englandshire in April as well as regional meets across the country over the summertime. I'm so excited about meeting all these amazing parents and their even more amazing children.
We also have a meeting next week to see about applying to become a Scottish Registered Charity.

gibbie2210

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 Posted February 7th, 2007 07:51 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We forgot to mention that on the 6th of January this year we were one year old.

we also topped 40k posts, and have 200+ active members, if we had kept all the members (the ones who never posted) we would have have over 400 members, but its best to face reality and thin out the ones who dont post or contribute.

So roll on next year, see what the next 11 months brings.

Debbi

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 Posted May 9th, 2007 07:10 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
well we now have nearly 54k posts and over 50k visitors

the site has grown arms and legs and is just about a full time job.

We had our first annual get-together at Alton Towers in England and it was a tremendous success


Debbi

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 Posted August 14th, 2007 03:09 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
thought we needed a bit of a bump as its been a while.

portyporty

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 Posted September 16th, 2007 06:38 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I am sure I saw the female in the orange t-shirt on the FBIs most wanted list.
Debbi

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 Posted October 10th, 2007 03:46 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
har de har portyporty, you cheeky wee wahoo - I'll get your missus to sort you out lol
Debbi

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 Posted March 10th, 2008 09:33 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
just another wee bump
we have had an incredible response to this article that was on the BBC website over the weekend

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland...ast/7275479.stm

over the last 4 days we have had 1458 visitors and 11,820 page views as well as 55 new members on ESP and 13 new members on ESP Kids
we have had hits from all over the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cambodia, Iceland, Scandinavia and all over Europe.

SivoxII

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 Posted March 11th, 2008 05:29 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hey Debbi,

I read your article on the BBC website earlier tonight, FANTASTIC!!! you must be so proud of what you have created.

Excellent resource.
Debbi

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 Posted March 12th, 2008 06:37 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
thanks Siv
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 Posted April 16th, 2008 02:06 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
You guys have done and awesome job, well done. *bump*
Debbi

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 Posted June 17th, 2008 08:17 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
just to let you know that we have now applied for charitable status in Scotland, the process should take approximately 3 months so please keep your fingers crossed for us all

and if any of you have an account with Bebo, Gibbie makes personalised skins for a small fee and all proceeds go to ESP




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