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How do I sign up for Viewpoint Forum?

We are no longer accepting registrations without a referral. You must be referred by an existing member or receive a special invitation from Viewpoint Forum or one of our affiliates.
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I don't have a Referral ID. Can I still sign up?

The Referral ID is a part of our Refer A Friend program. You only need to fill in this blank if you were referred by email and the link was not functioning. (See the Referral section for more information.)
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Do I have to fill out all of the information requested on the Registration Page?

No, but we do recommend that you fill in all the information. The email address is required so that we can contact you when surveys are ready. A valid mailing address is required so that we can send you a check when you request payment. (See Payment for more information.) A phone number is optional.
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I am not a United States resident. Can I still participate?

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow residents of other countries to participate at this time. We hope to change this requirement in the future, but for the time being we ask that only US residents register.
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Do I have to complete the Personal Profile Survey?

In order to become an active member of Viewpoint Forum, you must complete the Personal Profile. We use this information to determine which surveys you might have an interest in. We never share any identifying information.
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I am uncomfortable with some of the questions in the Personal Profile. Do I have to answer them?

Most of the questions in the Personal Profile have an "other" or "don't know/refused" option. The survey is designed so that every question needs to have some sort of answer to proceed to the next page. If you have any questions regarding a specific question please contact Julie Owens. Keep in mind that we use this information to match you with surveys, so be as honest as possible. We never share your identifying information with anyone outside our organization without your express consent.
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Can more than one person in the household join the panel?

Only one member per household is able to sign up as a panelist. However, there may be opportunities for other household members to complete surveys. In that case, the email invitation you receive will ask for a different household member to complete the survey.
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How often can I expect to receive a survey?

On average, you should expect to receive an email from us once or twice per month. However, this can vary due to the specific demographic needs of our clients. Keep in mind, we only offer you surveys that you may have an interest in.
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What do you do with all my personal information?

The information you provide is used collectively with responses from all other survey participants to produce general survey results. These results allow our clients to further understand their consumers' needs. For example, survey results might indicate that consumers who fall within certain age groups are more likely to be interested in their idea. This provides the client with valuable information concerning their target market, without compromising your security and confidentiality. All your information is strictly confidential. If you have any specific questions regarding your privacy and the security of our website, please email Julie Owens.
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Will you ever sell my information?

No. Your confidentiality and privacy are strictly maintained. We will never sell your information to third parties. We are very sensitive to the need for strict guidelines when it comes to personal information. See our Privacy Statement.
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How do I update my contact information (address / phone number / email)?

Once you have logged in and are at the Member Page, click the "Edit My Contact Info" link. You should then see a form with your current contact information. Make changes as needed and click the "Update" button when you're finished.
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How do I update my profile information?

Once you have logged in and are at the Member Page, click the "Edit My Profile" link. You should then be in the profile section where you can change your responses as needed.
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How do I change my username & password?

Once you have logged in and are at the Member Page, click the "Edit My Username & Password " link. You should then see a form where you can change your username and/or password.
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What if I can't remember my username or password?

You can request that your username and password be sent to the email address you supplied at the time of registration. There is a link at www.viewpointforum.com in the log in box that allows you to make this request. You can also send an email to Julie Owens.
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Do I receive points for participating in the Weekly Poll?

No. The Weekly Poll is not intended for research purposes. It is designed as a casual poll so forum members can see what visitors to the site think about different issues.
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Can I refer a friend to participate in Viewpoint Forum?

Sorry, the referral program has been suspended temporarily.
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How will I know when a survey is available?

You will receive a notification email from Julie Owens whenever there is a survey available for you. It is important to remember that contacts will be coming from the above address as they can be inadvertently filtered to a bulk mail folder.
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How long do I have to complete a survey once I receive the email invitation?

Deadlines for surveys can vary. We will usually communicate a survey's deadline in the invitation. If you have any questions about a deadline, please contact Julie Owens.
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What if I can't access the survey from the link in the email?

You can always access surveys by going to www.viewpointforum.com and logging in with your username and password. Click on the survey's title in the Current Surveys column.
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What if I receive an error message while taking the survey?

The first thing you should try is clicking the refresh/resend button on your internet browser. If that doesn't work, go to www.viewpointforum.com and log in with your username and password. You should be able to enter the survey at, or near, the spot where you logged out by clicking on the survey's title in the Current Surveys column. Sometimes, during heavy web traffic, you may not be able to connect to our site. The best way to handle this is to try again later.
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What if I am kicked off the internet, or need to quit, in the middle of a survey?

Our surveys are designed to allow you to quit and reenter at a later time without having to start over. Whenever you are ready to complete the survey, log back in. You should be at, or near, the spot you left off.
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How do I Cash Out my Forum Points?

Once you have reached 375 points, a Cash Out button will appear on the left side of your Member Page. Simply click the button and follow the directions.
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How long does it take for me to receive a check once I have Cashed Out?

It can take between 10-14 working days for you to receive a check.
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Can I continue to take surveys once I have Cashed Out?

Yes. Your point total is reset, but aside from that, your membership remains active and eligible.
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