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Frequently Asked Questions

How is our class site funded?

What is involved in being Class Administrator?

What do you do with the information on the class sites?

When I entered my credit card number it says "Incorrect Card Number." What is wrong?

How do I Log In the first time?

How do I change my password?

How do I update my profile?

I found a class ring, can you find the owner?

I cannot Log In or update my profile.

Does the website work with Internet Accelerator programs?

How do I Include photos in items I post?

I just made an update on my Class Page but it's not showing up online. What's wrong?

Where can I post my personal photos, reunion photos, family photos for linking on your website?

What do the Blue, Green and Gold stars on the main school page represent?

How do I remove my name and profile from the site?

It will not take my password when I try to Log In.

How is "Today's Featured Biography," updated?

Can I make a contribution in memory of a class member?

Can my company make a contribution to the website using the company name?

Can I make an annonymous contribution to the website?

Can I use a credit card to make a contribution to the website?

Can I make a contribution to the website by check?

What are the benefits of CLASSREPORT.ORG over some of the other alumni website solutions?

What security measures have you taken to protect the privacy of our class members?

What does it take for a class to make the Best Class Sites list?

I am a professional reunion planner. Can I be Class Administrator for the reunions I am working on?

How will we know when our class site is fully funded?

Why Can't I View the Slideshows on My Class Page?

How can I add a Facebook link to my Profile?

How do I add Slideshows and Videos to my Profile?

What's going on with Slide.com?

Are contributions to Classreport.org tax deductible?

How is our class site funded?
Your class site at Classreport.org is funded by voluntary contributions FROM YOUR CLASS.

There are no setup fees, no hosting fees, no registration fees, no user fees, no emailing fees, no ads, no spam, and no pop-ups.

We suggest $15 per class per month as a contributing guideline. This is NOT per person. It is to cover class site costs for everyone in the class.

If 120 people chip in once every 10 years your site can be fully funded. If you can give more, it will help those who cannot.

There are 5 and 10 year block sponsorships available as "Reunion Sponsorships", "Business Sponsorships", and "Memorial Sponsorships". These block sponsorships allow a class to insure continued operation of their class site and use of Enhanced Admin Tools from reunion to reunion. The block sponsorships represent significant discounts over single month contributions.

Enhanced Admin Tools are made available to classes maintaining financial support for their class site. Your class website is fully functional without the Enhanced Admin Tools. The Enhanced Admin Tools are a simple way to say "Thank You" to the supporting classes.

Contributions are not solicited from classes during the first 5 years following graduation or once they have passed the 50 year mark following graduation.

The entire CLASSREPORT project is subsidized by Tim & Barbara Davis. Their goal is to achieve self-funding through voluntary contributions by each class.

What is involved in being Class Administrator?
The Class Administrator position involves managing the website with online tools provided in “The Office.” No web knowledge or experience is necessary. “The Office” is completely menu driven, fun, and easy to use.

In a nutshell, the Class Administrator’s duties include:

1. Spread the word about the website.
2. Add class member’s names to the website.
3. Change the homepage photo and caption occasionally.
4. Post Class Reunion announcements.
5. Post Class News items of interest to the class.
6. Post yearbook photos and current photos of class members.
7. Respond to class member’s inquiries regarding the site.


The Class Administrator can appoint one or more assistants to help with these duties. The Administrator and all Assistants can work on the website at the same time from their homes or offices. “The Office” is available from any computer with web access.
As with the website itself, there is no cost or obligation required of the Class Administrator.

What do you do with the information on the class sites?
All information on the site is for use by your class only. Your Class Administrator has access to any information you enter which is not displayed in your profile (such as street address and phone number.) This is so your class representatives can contact you regarding upcoming class events such as reunions. We never see the information nor do we ever at any time disclose the information or disseminate the information to others. We are subject to certain laws regarding the information and may be required to produce information in the event of a governmental subpoena. Our site is non-commercial and we are very much interested in creating an ad-free, spam-free environment for you and your class to use. Please be aware that any information you post in your personal biography or that is displayed in your profile is available for people to view on the internet. Do not post confidential or personal information. This is not to protect you from what we may do with the information. It is simply good internet safety.

When I entered my credit card number it says "Incorrect Card Number." What is wrong?
When entering your credit card number at PayPal, be sure to enter your card number without spaces or dashes. The spaces or dashes will result in an "Incorrect Number" message.

How do I Log In the first time?
Look for the Log In block on your Class Page. 1. Click the link that says "First Visit Here? Click to Register"
2. Click the first letter of your last name at time of graduation.
3. Click on your name in the list. If your name is not there, Click the link that says "CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR NAME."
4. You will be asked to create a password. It should be 6 - 12 numbers or letters, no spaces and no punctuation. Click "Submit." Make sure the cursor is in the password box before typing your password or it will not work.
5. You will now see a screen that says "Thanks for Registering!" Click "Continue."

That's it! Now, if you would like to create a profile, follow these steps:

1. Make sure you are Logged In. (In the Log In block it will say "You are Logged In as Your Name.")
2. Click the "My Profile" tab at the very top of the class page.
3. Enter as much information as you wish into your profile. If you want to change your status from "Missing" to "Located" you must include AT LEAST ONE of the following items in your profile - Email address, Street Address, Phone Number. This will allow your class officers or reunion committee to contact you regarding upcoming class events.
4. Once you have completed entering information in your profile, click the "Submit Data" button at the bottom of the page.
5. You will receive a message stating "You have successfully updated your Profile." Click "Continue."
6. You are now back at the Edit Profile page. Review your new profile to make sure it is correct. If there is an error, you may make the change and click the "Submit Data" button again. If you are satisfied with your profile, click the "Home" button at the bottom of the page.

You're all set! Any time you wish to post a message to the message board, or add any content to the website, you must log on with your password first.

How do I change my password?
Your password can be changed while editing your profile. To edit your profile you must be signed-in. Once you are signed-in, click on the black tab at the top of the page which says "My Profile." Your password is the last item in your profile. Delete the old password and type in a new one. Click "Submit Data." You will be returned to the edit profile page. If everything looks OK. Just click on the "Home" button.

How do I update my profile?
Go to the "Sign in" panel on your Class Page. Sign in with your email address and password. You will now see the "Welcome Back" page. Click "My Profile" which will take you to the profile editor. Make any changes or additions on this page. Then scroll to the very bottom of the page to click the "Save Changes" button.

I found a class ring, can you find the owner?
Please use the following online resource to find the owner: http://classringfinder.com

I cannot Log In or update my profile.
The website will work with the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 5.x, 6.x
Netscape Navigator 6.x, 7.x

If you are using Internet Explorer, you may need to adjust your security and/or privacy settings. If your security and/or privacy settings are in the "mid-high" to "high" range, you may be prevented from signing-in or updating your profile.

Here are the steps to change your security and privacy settings:
1. Open your browser, pull down the Tools menu, open Internet Options.
2. Check both privacy and security settings (tabs at top of page). If you set your privacy and security settings to "Medium," it may solve the problem.
3. Double-check your cookies settings. You want to allow cookies, you want to allow sessions cookies.
4. Finally, close your browser, reopen it, go to your Class Website and click on the Refresh Button.
5. Now try to Log In and update your profile.

Does the website work with Internet Accelerator programs?
We have determined that certain third-party software utilities that "cache" Web pages, such as Netsetter, Webcelerator, or Netsonic, may interfere with your ability to view your class website. We suggest you disable any such Internet "Accelerator" programs.

How do I Include photos in items I post?
The quickest and easiest way to include images in your Profile, Messages, Family News, Reviews, Recipes and Prayer Requests is by using a site called tinypic.com. It's free and easy.

Tinypic.com has a browse button which allows you to find any image on your computer and instantly upload it to their server. Once you have uploaded your image to their server, you are presented with HTML code which you can easily copy and paste into your message, bio, etc.

Alternative Method Available for Messages:
While creating a message for the message board, under the Spell Check button there is a space which will allow you to type in the URL of an image. In this case you will want to copy the URL code from tinypic.com instead of the HTML code. You can also add a title or description for the image at this time.

I just made an update on my Class Page but it's not showing up online. What's wrong?
Please review this: Refresh Your Cache

Where can I post my personal photos, reunion photos, family photos for linking on your website?
Try the following sites:
tinypic.com
slide.com
imagecave.com
flickr.com
imageshack.com
kodakgallery.com
myphotoalbum.com
ofoto.com
pbase.com
photobucket.com
photos.yahoo.com
photosite.com
ripway.com
picturetrail.com
shutterfly.com
smugmug.com
villagephotos.com
webshots.com
Please let us know if you have other suggestions or if any of the above links cease to exist.

What do the Blue, Green and Gold stars on the main school page represent?
On your main school page you will notice some of the classes have stars next to them. The stars represent suggested contribution levels to support our non-commercial, ad-free, spam-free, no-fees concept. A Gold Star indicates a Sponsoring Class which supports the class websites financially and provides for the complimentary Green and Blue Star subscriptions listed below. A Green Star indicates a complimentary subscription for 5 years following graduation which is covered by the Gold Star classes at your school. A Blue Star indicates a complimentary lifetime subscription (Beginning 51 years after graduation) which is also covered by the Gold Star classes at your school.

How do I remove my name and profile from the site?
You must be signed in. Then click on the "My Profile" tab at the very top, right corner of your class page. You will now be in the edit profile screen. Just delete your First Name and your profile will be removed from the system within 24 hours. When deleting your first name, be sure to use the delete key or the backspace key. Do not use the space bar to delete your first name.

It will not take my password when I try to Log In.
If you are using the Firefox browser you have to allow the browser to accept cookies. Go to Tools/Options/Privacy and check the box that says "Allow Sites to Accept Cookies"

How is "Today's Featured Biography," updated?
The Featured Biography is a programmed function which rotates class member biographies on a daily basis. The rotation includes all profiles which have something entered into the biography section of the profile. The rotation does not include deceased class members. If there is only one profile with a biography, that one biography will be displayed every day.

Can I make a contribution in memory of a class member?
Yes. You may make any size contribution to any class as a memorial. The contribution will be listed as follows:

In Memory of
Jennifer Hutchins

To use a credit card, go to PayPal and send the contribution to contributions@classreport.org.
If you would like to send your memorial contribution by mail, send a check or money order to:

Classreport
2704 S Sioux Ave
Independence, MO 64057

Please include the following information with your contribution: Name of student, School Name including City and State, Graduating Class.

Optionally, there is a 5 Year Memorial Sponsorship available which includes 1 Free Year.

Can my company make a contribution to the website using the company name?
Yes, we have a Business Sponsorship program available. Please see: www.classreport.org/sponsor/

Can I make an annonymous contribution to the website?
Yes, just send a note to support@classreport.org indicating your wish to have your contribution posted as "Anonymous."

Can I use a credit card to make a contribution to the website?
Yes, just click on the credit card images on your class page and you will be asked to sign-in with your password. Then you will be taken to a secure server at PayPal to make your contribution.

Can I make a contribution to the website by check?
Yes, send your personal check, business check, or money order to:

Classreport
2704 S Sioux Ave
Independence, MO 64057

Be sure to include your name, the name of your school including city and state, and your graduating class.

What are the benefits of CLASSREPORT.ORG over some of the other alumni website solutions?
No Ads, No Spam, No Pop-Ups, No Fees. We use a completely open email system. We do not require people to sign-in to browse their class site or any other class site. We believe in an open system. This may or may not be an advantage to you. We have found that it encourages lurkers to get comfortable with their class site before actually signing-in. We operate on a database which the Class Administrator can back-up to their local computer. The data is always your property and protected. We have a clean, dynamic format which changes daily to generate interest in the site and to encourage frequent visits by class members. We have a Class Reunion utility which is menu driven and is posted on our international reunion directory at International Reunion Directory which will increase visibility for your reunion announcement and attendance at your reunion events.

What security measures have you taken to protect the privacy of our class members?
Here are the security features we have implemented for the privacy and safety of our users: - No addresses or phone numbers are displayed online. They are only available to the Class Administrator for use in planning reunions and keeping track of the class. - Option to display or not display email address online as the class member wishes (we suggest getting a free email address from hotmail or msn or google for the class website) - We have implemented Ultra Spam Guard to eliminate harvesting of email addresses from the site by spam bots. -We have a secure office for the Class Administrator to manage the details of the website which is not available to the class members. -Class members are required to sign-in before posting messages, family news, reviews, recipes, and prayer requests. -Class members are required to sign-in to create or update their personal profile.

What does it take for a class to make the Best Class Sites list?
The Best Class Sites page is used to recognize creative use of the software and hard work by Class Administrators and their Assistants. Additionally, we use the page as a tool to demonstrate the websites to new users and Class Administrators.

Selection of the Best Class Sites is done by our administrative staff based loosely on the following criteria:
-Active Class Administrator
-Changing Homepage Photo
-Yearbook Photos
-Reunion Announcement
-Financial Support
-Active Message Board
-Mascot Image
-Hit Count
-Number of Located Students

I am a professional reunion planner. Can I be Class Administrator for the reunions I am working on?
We encourage professional reunion planners to make full use of our reunion planning tools, memory book layouts, and database export feature. Once you have been selected as the reunion planner for a specific class, please follow these guidelines:

1. Register on the class site as a "Guest."

2. In your profile, include your real name, your email address, and the name of your company. In the biography section, identify yourself as the reunion planner for the class.

3. Ask the Class Administrator to give you Assistant Administrator access to "The Office". If there is no Class Administrator, contact support@classreport.org requesting Assistant Administrator access to "The Office".

Have a great reunion!

How will we know when our class site is fully funded?
Your class site will be fully funded by voluntary contributions which extend through December 31, of the 50th year following your graduation. For example, the Class of 1972 will be fully funded when their voluntary contributions show they are funded through December 2022. The invitations to contribute will continue to be displayed on your class page until your fully funded date arrives. Your Class Administrator may post a Class News item indicating that your class is fully funded and contributions are no longer needed.

On January 1, of the 51st year following graduation there will be a message in the "Support Status" panel indicating that your class is "Fully Funded." For the Class of 1972 this will be January 1, 2023.

On-going contributions are very much appreciated and welcomed beyond the fully funded date for classes. Contributions from fully funded classes have been a significant part of our revenue stream and continue to provide support for the larger Classreport community. Please see Funding for more details on this.

Why Can't I View the Slideshows on My Class Page?
This can be caused by a couple of different things. First off, you'll want to make sure you're using one of the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 6.0 or above
FireFox 1.5 or above
Safari 2.0.3 or above

You'll also want to make sure you've got the most recent version of Flash. To download Flash, please visit the Macromedia Flash website.

Are you on dial-up? Have a web accelerator? Try disabling it and see if the Slide Show comes up.

If you're still unable to view your Slide Show, make sure to clear your browser cache and cookies. To do this in Internet Explorer, please follow the steps below:

Click on 'Tools' at the top of the browser
Select 'Internet Options'
Under the 'Temporary Internet Files' section click on 'Delete Files' and 'Delete Cookies'
Close out of your browser and launch a new one

How can I add a Facebook link to my Profile?
Go to your Facebook page.
Click the "Wall" tab on your "Profile" page.
Go to the very bottom of the left-most column.
Click the link which says: "Create a Profile Badge."
Now click the link which says "Edit this badge."
You are now in the Profile Badge Editor.
Play around with the various options until you like what you see.
When you are finished, click "Save."
Now, click the button which says "+ Other."
You will get a new box which says:
"Copy the code below and paste it on your website."
Do exactly what it says. Click once in the code box to select the code.
Press "ctrl+c" to copy the code to your clipboard.
Now go back to your Classreport class page and click the link to edit your profile.
In the Facebook Profile Badge section of your profile, follow the instructions for pasting the code you got from Facebook. (ctrl+v)
Now Save your profile and you are done!

How do I add Slideshows and Videos to my Profile?
For Windows use their Free App
Windows Live Movie Maker

For Mac, iPad or iPhone use iMovie.

Once you create a slideshow/movie upload it to YouTube

YouTube will give you instructions how to Share your video. select the "Embed" option for sharing. When they give you a width option, choose "Custom" and type in 440 pixels wide.

Once you have your Embed Code, you can paste it into the Slideshow/Video section of your profile.

There are many ways to create slideshows and videos to share on social networking, blogs and websites. Most of these options work just fine on the Classreport platform.

For slideshows there is:
Kizoa.com
Photobucket.com
Picturetrail.com
Flickr.com

For Video uploads there is
YouTube.com
Vimeo.com

What's going on with Slide.com?
Slide.com has posted the following message on their website:
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Slide.com will be shutting down on March 6th 2012. As part of the shutdown we have disabled the ability to create new slideshows and guestbooks, and will be disabling the ability to edit slideshows on November 6th 2011. Please make any necessary edits prior to this date. Thanks for using Slide.com!
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We suggest the following for creating your Slideshows:

For Windows use their Free App
Windows Live Movie Maker

For Mac, iPad or iPhone use iMovie.

Once you create a movie/slideshow upload it to YouTube

YouTube will give you instructions how to Share your video. Select the "Embed" option for sharing. When they give you a width option, choose "Custom" and type in 440 pixels wide.

Once you have your Embed Code, you can paste it into the Slidewhow/Video section of your profile.

There are many ways to create slideshows and videos to share on social networking, blogs and websites. Most of these options work just fine on the Classreport platform.

For slideshows there is:
Kizoa.com
Photobucket.com
Picturetrail.com
Flickr.com

For Video uploads there is
YouTube.com
Vimeo.com

Are contributions to Classreport.org tax deductible?
Classreport.org is a family-owned and operated small business employing four generations of family members. Per Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), contributions to family-owned and operated businesses are not deductible for tax purposes.

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