Family Garden Trains™ Roundtable Discussion Forum Signup SheetThe FamilyGardenTrains.com™ Roundtable Discussion Forums provide "safe places" for hobbyists to discuss garden railroading and related topics.
Signing up for the forums also automatically signs you up for our e-mail Family Garden Trains™ newsletter, unless you're already signed up, of course.
New Internet Requirements for European Readers New regulations in Europe require us to make doubly sure that our European members really meant to sign up and didn't just get signed up by accident. They also require anyone who has European members to explain exactly how their information is used. We've done that all along, and will continue to do so. However, we have tweaked the Q&A below slightly to make certain we are in compliance.
Why Do I Have to Tell You Who I Am?
For two reasons:
Will People Start Bothering Me After I Sign Up?
Unlike 99.9% of the mailing lists out there, we will not start deluging you with daily "special offers." No salesman will call. Your contact information will not be given to anyone else. No unsolicited advertisements or other spam will be e-mailed to you.
Do I HAVE to get the Family Garden Trains™ Newsletter?
Yes. We have tried keeping the lists separate, but it makes twice as much work for maybe 2% of our members. In addition, we occasionally use the newsletters for announcements about the forums, so you would miss those announcements otherwise.
What does the Family Garden Trains™ Newsletter Contain?
Our newsletters may contain:
How Often Does the Family Garden Trains™ Newsletter Come?
Our original plan was to send a newsletter once a month. But sometimes life gets in the way and we have to skip a month or more. We will never send you more than one newsletter every four weeks.
Will the Mailing List be used for Anything Else?
If our team members are participating in a garden or model railroading event that is in your region, we may give you a heads-up about that by e-mail. However we almost never remember to do that, so you're probably safe on that score. :-)
How Will I Know If My Signup Worked?I add you to both lists manually - to keep from introducing bad people into the discussion forums. When I add you in, usually within 48 hours, I'll send you an e-mail with your user name and a temporary password.
How Much Do the Newsletter and Forum Membership Cost?
At this time, they are both free. However, if we continue to have trouble with fake signups and related issues, we may start charging a nominal fee of $1 a month - that's the only thing we have found that keeps all scammers and spammers away; they never spend their own money.
We have set up a PayPal button on the next page in case you want to start supporting us this way now. But if you sign up now with accurate and complete information, your forum membership and newsletter subscription will continue to be free for you indefinitely.
What Happens if I Unsubscribe?We understand that interests change and life takes unexpected turns. If you prefer to stop participating in our discussion forums for any reason at all, please let us know using the "Unsubscribe" link we include near the top of each newsletter, or use our contact page. We will take you out of the forums as soon as practical. If you have requested to unsubscribe from the newsletter, we will try to take you off the mailing list before our next issue comes out.
As always, you may continue to access all of our articles absolutely free and to contact us with any question at all, whether or not you are "on our list."
Usually we put unsubscribers' e-mail address in a sort of "do not call" file, so if someone tries to resubscribe them later, we know to make extra sure the request is deliberate. Yes, this has happened.
If you request that we remove all trace of your information from our systems and files, we can do that for you as well. In fact, if you live in Europe, that's the ordinary procedure. Just promise you won't get upset if you accidentally subscribe again and start getting newsletters (yes, it has happened, several times).
What About US Mail Options?
In addition, we occasionally have the opportunity to send information by US mail (usually once a year or less). This may include information of regional interest or product catalogs supplied by our advertisers. If you want to occasionally receive such mailings, please check the "yes" box after the US mail question. Again, we will not sell or give this information to anyone else, but if a manufacturer such as PIKO or MTH gives us materials to send out to our readers, we will forward them to you. We don't have a "US mail" version of the newsletter, though.
What if I Have Other Questions?
If you have any questions about signing up for the forum or newsletter, please use our contact page. If you have questions about garden railroading topics, please put them into the comment box in the form below.
You may also contact us by surface mail through:
2991 Fowler Rd
Springfield OH 45502
Thanks, and happy railroading,
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Would you like to receive (by US Mail) any Garden Railroading-related mailings or product catalogs that become available (usually about once a year)?
What kinds(s) of railroad would you like to model? (Optional, check all that apply)
Do you have any Large Scale Trains? (Optional, check all that apply)
If you have a working Garden Railroad, how long has it been operating? (Optional)
If you don't have a working Garden Railroad, how soon might you be building one? (Optional)
Please Describe Your Interest in Garden Trains (Required) Please enter at least a one-sentence comment describing your interest in garden trains and explaining why you want to be part of this discussion group. Be specific. Scammers usually enter something like "Nice site; I'll tell my friends." That's one way we identify them. Leaving a blank or vague entry in this field will delay or disqualify your application for membership.
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Before You Hit Submit: Please go back over the form and make certain you have filled out every required field with accurate information. Our software does not catch all of the missing fields, so it's possible to submit an incomplete form. Most scammers do, and that's one way we identify them. Please make certain your form is complete.
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