So, My Informed Life, what gives?
My Informed Life is a research-focused parenting and lifestyle website, launched in August 2015. It consists of research articles on trying to conceive, pregnancy, babies, children, and health and lifestyle. It also features a members’ forum for each category, called the ‘Inforums‘, and a blog. The idea behind the website is to encourage more people to access, share, critique and utilise scientific research to better inform their everyday lives. More information regarding the ethos of this site can be found on our ‘about us‘ page.
How should I use My Informed Life?
This website was created with you, the user, in mind. You’re the boss, so feel free to use the site as much or as little as you like. You may want to pour over our ‘Inforums‘ and answer every single post, or you may want to just read one particular research article and then never come back. The choice is yours!
How can I comment on a My Informed Life article?
To leave a comment on one of the site’s articles simply register as a member of the site. Once you have your own username you can join the conversation with comments, forum posts and replies to other users’ comments. Alternatively, you can leave comments on the site’s Facebook and Twitter pages, either alongside a posted article or as a stand-alone statement or question. You’re the boss, remember?
I have registered as a user but am still waiting for my password to be emailed to me. What should I do?
If you can’t find the email containing your username and password in your inbox, try checking in your junk email folder as it may have arrived there. Then make sure you mark us as a safe sender, or add us to your contacts list, so that our emails will be delivered to your inbox next time.
The password that you emailed to me is too complicated to remember. Can I change it?
Once you have logged in to the site you may change your password. Click on your username to go to your profile, then click on ‘Edit’ and scroll down to ‘Account.’ Here you will be given the opportunity to change your password. Your password should be at least ten characters long, and should use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols to make it super strong and safe.
How do I start my own discussion on the My Informed Life Inforums?
To start your own discussion you will first need to register as a member of the site. Once you have your own username, sign in to the site and click on the word ‘Inforums’ just here, or at the very top of our homepage. Select which particular Inforum would be most relevant for your post, then simply scroll down. You’ll see the words ‘create new topic’ and then there’s a nice big grey box. This box is for you and your post. Remember to give your topic a descriptive and appropriate title so that other internet users find it and can join the conversation.
I want to start my own discussion on the Inforums but my topic doesn’t fit in to any of your categories. What should I do?
We realise that not everything in life fits in to neat little categories. If this applies to you and your intended post on the ‘Inforums‘ then don’t worry. Simply choose another category and post your new topic in there. What’s the worst that can happen? Your discussion will still be seen, and it’s not like we’re going to report you to the ‘Forum Category Police’. Even if they do come knocking on our door begging for leads.
I’m having problems using My Informed Life, what should I do?
If you are experiencing a problem with our site, or feel like you need some guidance to get the most out of it, please tell us. You can send us a message via our ‘contact us‘ facility, or you can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. In doing so you will be helping us to detect any glitches, as well as identifying which sections might need to be made simpler or have user instructions. That makes you our hero! Further information regarding the usability of this site can be found on our ‘accessibility‘ page.
As a user of My Informed Life, is there anything else that I should bear in mind?