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The New FlyerTalk Ambassador Program

If you have recently spotted some FlyerTalk members with the title Ambassador below their FlyerTalk name, that is because a new test program has been launched in the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, Hyatt Gold Passport, oneworld and Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus forums on FlyerTalk.

Feedback collected over the years suggests that new members — as well as some long-time “lurkers” —may  feel intimidated, isolated or simply unsure about how to get the most out of FlyerTalk. Also, many FlyerTalk members reportedly are seeking basic and repetitive information, but are not certain as to how to find this information without irritating or annoying more experienced and knowledgeable FlyerTalk members.

The new Ambassador program is currently being developed to address, mitigate and hopefully resolve both issues. The Ambassador program would recognize the “most helpful of the helpful” as well as provide a reliable source of FlyerTalk members who volunteer to greet and assist new members to help make them feel more comfortable with their FlyerTalk experience, assist in answering questions, and help FlyerTalk members expand their network of friends and colleagues. The primary responsibility of appointed Ambassadors would be to help FlyerTalk become a more welcoming community.

However, Ambassadors would not be responsible for resolving member conflicts, editing or deleting posted content, responding to content reported by other FlyerTalk members, merging threads, or any other tasks that require official FlyerTalk moderation action. If a FlyerTalk member approaches an Ambassador with any such issue, the Ambassador would respond by assisting the FlyerTalk member to use the proper reporting channels.

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Help a FlyerTalk Member Win in the British Airways Face Of Opportunity Contest

Vote for for the company of FlyerTalk member ShopAround in the British Airways Face Of Opportunity contest for small businesses. 250 winners will attend networking events, be flown in the economy class cabin to London and then on to another destination of their choice. As a small business owner who could benefit greatly from this, it is important for her to be one of the winners.

Voting is free and there is no email address or registration required. One can vote multiple times but only once per 24-hour period. Voting is open until November 19th.

As ShopAround asks, “Please vote for me in the BA Face Of Opportunity contest.”

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You Don’t Have to Be Jewish…

…to vote for FlyerTalk member weinberg81, who is asking fellow FlyerTalk members to Vote to help a FlyerTalk member be named Jewish Community Hero of the Year.

Each vote in this particular endeavor requires nothing more than a click of a button once per day, unlike the antics of a specific FlyerTalk member — who shall remain nameless — who enters contests that require registration.

Please consider taking a few seconds to assist a fellow FlyerTalk member reach a goal. Thank you.

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Help a FlyerTalk Member Fight Famine

FlyerTalk member Downunder girl asked members of the FlyerTalk community to Sponsor Mini Downunder girl for WORLD VISION 40 hr famine 21st August 2009, and the request is being repeated for 2010 for her daughter, who will not use any furniture for 40 hours.

The original goal was a modest $250.00, which has already since been surpassed.

Consider sponsoring the daughter of Downunder girl for a good cause. However, if you need further incentive, all donations greater than $2.00 are supposedly tax deductible.

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“I Need As Many Airsick Bags As I Can Get!!!”

Although life for FlyerTalk member Helena Handbaskets is not — well — hell in a hand basket, he (not she) is not nauseous or sick at all — at least, as far as we know, anyway.

Rather, he is asking fellow FlyerTalk members: “Will you help me collect (clean) airsickness bags for my son’s B’day?

His son is celebrating his fifth birthday with a party on February 20, and Helena Handbaskets would like to use the airsick bags for guests to take home with them, filled with party favors.

Although this is short notice, any assistance to fulfill this unusual request would most likely be greatly appreciated, but please ensure the airsick bags have not already been — ahem — used.

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FT secret santa

The elves are busy preparing for the gift season ahead and doing their final checks on the FT naughty or nice list. If you want to take part in the annual FT secret santa, sign up now (details in the first post) before it is too late (1 December).

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FlyerTalk Member Alleged Arrested for Refusing to Show Identification Upon Request

With a Flyer “Processed” (Arrested?) in NM After Declining to Show ID — and the person in question being identified as a FlyerTalk member — fellow FlyerTalk members are lining up to contribute to a fund to assist for his potential legal expenses.

The story is also apparently gaining worldwide attention.

However, is there more to this story? What exactly did this FlyerTalk member and his traveling companion allegedly do at the airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico to get in trouble in the first place, and why are FlyerTalk members eager to come to his aid?

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