Frequently Asked Questions

Face Your Food was inspired from the curiousity to learn about and recreate the many great dishes and drinks posted on Facebook. Few of these posts have recipe details to read or print, which requires a request to the author for more information. 

Since FB doesn't have a dedicated recipe creation system, it's up to the cooks, the food posters, to create their own. But how and where is the question. Most only think about providing a recipe as an afterthought, upon request, as a comment, and have no blog or utility to turn to if/when they want to provide more.  That has changed!

FYF is the free, blogless online tool to host a recipe library that creates new, or associates with your existing food posts. This creates more value for friends and acts as an advertising vehicle for your culinary efforts.

Absolutely! Joining the FYF Community has no obligation to create recipes.You can search recipes and take advantage of other features (Ex: If you're an Organizer or Business, try FYF Events).  You can also download the FYF App on iTunes to be alerted of new recipes and community happenings.

On the social side, you should login to FYF to help your FB Friends increase their FYF Chef Score with your Likes, Comments and Recipe Ratings!  Higher scores get them noticed, mentioned on our Top 10 listings, and primed to compete in FYF's forthcoming App-based chef competition (FYFTopChef)!

Mainly because FYF's inspiration comes from Facebook food postings (see FAQ: FYF Inspiration). Though FYF recipes are for anyone to view, they were designed to enhance the FB community’s experience by inviting more social activity around food posings and their new FYF recipes.

FYF might attempt a similar linkage, as is applicable and possible, with other social media in the future. But with over 2 billion FB users, FYF feels our pool of users is pretty decent :)

No. The FYF App can retrieve & display your FB Newsfeed, Timeline & Albums, from which you can select a post or picture as an FYF "Recipe Source" (See FAQ: What is a FYF Recipe Source?).  In this regard it shares FB functionality, but really acts as a recipe-specific enhancement for FB.

FYF recipes require at least one image, which can come from an exisiting FB food post.  Only the FYF App can retrieve your FB information to use as an recipe source. However, the FYF Site can create recipes using locally stored, or already used images as sources.

Start with: "ADD RECIPE" from the FYF App or Site. The recipe form appears and guides you to saving a Draft recipe.

Then what?  Edit/Preview your Draft until ready to:
  a) Share it with the FYF Community
  b) Publish it to your FB Timeline

  Both options are easy and described during the recipe creation process.

Facebook doesn't know if your new post references a FYF recipe, but your FB friends will know! and support you with their Likes, Comments and Ratings.

Every FYF Recipe requires a primary image (aka: recipe source).

The requirement was an initial decision to not allow recipes without a picture of the product.  Your own image is preferrred, but any image is fine, so long as it's in the public domain.

Image can be from:
  a) Storage drive / FYF listing prior used images.
  b) FB Timeline Posts / Abums (only by FYF App).

If using an image from a exisiting FB Post/Album, your new FYF recipe post will include the URL back to the FB image source.

DRAFT:
Every new FYF recipe starts as a Draft with your first Save. Edit/Preview until ready to SHARE it with the FYF Community.

SHARED
Your DRAFT recipes can easily be SHARED, which can then be viewed/searched by the FYF Community. 

    Share Levels
    Community: ALL FYF members (default/suggested)
    Friends:      Only FYF Community that are also FB Friends
    Only Me:     Author Only. Good for testing.

 

PUBLISH
Any SHARED recipe can be PUBLISHED (posted to your FB Timeline). The process presents the FB API for posting, with the option to set your FB audience (Public, Friends, etc) and provide post status text. Once PUBLISHED, you can edit your new Post from FB.

Likes/Comments and Recipe Rating on your recipe post are tracked by FYF and contribute to your FYF Chef Score.

Currently, only DRAFT and SHARED recipes can be edited.  PUBLISHED recipes can be modified using an edited COPY.

It might be. We know a larger screen is better for entering recipes, so FYF allows recipe creation on our Website also.  Recipes started from the App or Site can be edited, previewed and finalized from the other, since both share the same database.

App and Site are similar, but differences are addressed in this FAQ. Our goal is to make recipe creation and sharing as easy and quick as possible!

FYF PUBLISHING
Publishing FYF recipes to your FB Timeline is the primary way to gain exposure (See FAQ. 
Three FYF Recipes Type / Posting to Facebook). The post includes your recipe's main image & title which links to your recipe hosted on FYF.  Since FYF publishing includes customizable text for your post, your friends will understand your new activity. Recipes started from the FYF App using an FB post as the recipe source, also include the original post link, no matter how old it may be.

FYF SHARING
As explained (in FAQ:
Three FYF Recipes Type / Posting to Facebook), once Shared (as Community), the world-wide community of FYF has access to your recipe.  This in internal  to FYF once logged in


LINK SHARING
Email, text, post on social media your Published recipe URL. It's public so anyone in the world can have access!

 

 

Unfortunately not.  The FB API (that initiates when Publishing) does not allow FYF to post directly to any FB Groups.  The default, and only option at this time, is a post to your FB Timeline.

Work-Around in Progress! 
FYF doesn't accept limitations so we are implementing a slick option to get your recipe library easy by your FB Food Groups.  It may not be a Publish as FYF defines it, but it will have the same effect. Updates will be emailed to FYF logins.

 

All Published FYF recipes are public. Anyone can search for and view them.

However, to Rate, Print or Favorite a recipe, the viewer must login to FYF (using an existing FB account). FYF make this easy, having a Login button at the top-right of every recipe.

Future support for non-FB logins is under consideration.

No limit - the more the better! You recipe library not only provides great recipes for your FB Friends, but the social activity on your recipes contribute to your FYF Chef Score and Ranking.

More-so, having more recipes offers more opportunity for monetization and branding (See FAQ: Branded List / Affiliate Commissions Pool).

 

Yes! Though we encourage everyone to make and publish their own unique recipes, we know many recipes are inspired by other's.

The FYF recipe form has special fields to enter your inspirational sources. Reference another's recipe URL, suppresses the FYF Ingredients Section, since the ingredients are set in the reference.

Your FYF recipe is a wrapper, allowing you to add commentary in the Decription Section, indicating any of your tweaks or suggestions.  FYF pays respect to the orginal recipe while still making your Published recipe “your own”. 

Yes! If you have two recipes that have the same result and hence image, just create two recipes and choose the same primary image (See FAQ: Recipe Source).  However, FYF forces each recipe to have a different title.

No. You can only choose a post from your Timeline/Album as a recipe sources. FB will not allow FYF to view others Timelines.

However, if you have a recipe to add to a Friend's food post (who did not provide a recipe) you can consider your friend as an inspiration and create your own FYF recipe using a picture of your final product.

You can then add the URL of the inspiring FB post into your FYF recipe using the Source field.

 

No. FB do not have user-defined categories (ex: food) upon posting. Images found in food-specific albums allow some assumption of "food", unlike food pics posted to a Timeline. 

When starting a new recipe using the FYF App, take care to select recipe-relevant FB posts as recipe sources.

With food pictures on your smartphone, start an FYF recipe as such:

Post the Picture to FB First, Then make your FYF Recipe
1. Post your image to FB (Timeline/Album)
    - FYF App can add pics to an FB Album
2. Use FYF App to create a Draft from the FB post/pic
3. Finalize the recipe in the FYF App or on the FYF Site.


Start a FYF Recipe that doens't use FB as a source
1 From FYF App, ADD RECIPE and choose image from Smartphone,
 2 Edit and Publish to FB.

Not necessary. It might be convenient, but makes no difference to FYF.  You just choose pics from any of your posts or albums.  The FYF recipe post will always reference the FB source, whether be orignal post, or a specific image in an album.  It's your choice.

No. Once Published to your FB Timeline, you control the Audience of that post. It could be restricted to just your Friends, though we suggest Public to maximize your social activity.

But even if the audience is restricited to Friends, should your post be Shared or Tagged, other's can see it and are able to view the recipe, as all FYF recipes are setup to be public.
 

Yes because:

  • The FYF “My Newsfeed” pulls your FB News Feed, which is based on your Friendships.
  • Any FYF recipe inherits the same FB audience as the source post/pic.

No because:

  • Nothing stops your FB audience from sharing your recipes/enhanced pics with their Friends.
  • FYF is considering seeing non-FB Friend Published recipes (if they result in a FYF keyword food search. You can’t Like, Comment or Share back to FB, but you could Rate or Comment Internally to FYF.  

Yes! Every FYF recipe is created with a User Search in mind. The recipe author is prompted to enter searchable Keywords and select from six Food Categories to help define the dish.

The FYF recipe search matches a searchers entered terms and selected categories against all FYF recipes titles, keywords and categorries. Any result in the set can be Viewed, Printed and Rated.

Using FYF does not interfere with your other Recipe Apps  However, other Apps can't duplicate FYF’s mission to enhance the FB Reicpe sharing experience and help brand FB recipe authors.
 
Your Recipe App can post, but what is it really posting?  If it's not an FYF recipe, you:

1. Can't link to your older inspirational food posts.
2. Can't have your recipe's social activity scored.
3. Can't easily pay respect to inspirational source authors
4. Can't share a custom public library of your recipes
5. Can't Monetize your Recipes
   (See FAQ: Branded List / Affiliate Commissions Pool)
6. Aren't using a platform to help build your Brand

 

FYFTopChef is social media's most unique cooking competition, drawing on supportive FB Friends to Like/Comment and Rate the FYF-recipes you Publish (Post to your FB Timeline).  FYF tracks all recipes' social activity and calculate a overal Chef Score from 0 to 100, each point being harder to achieve. At any time you can see your current Score and Rank.

FYF announces Top 10 Chefs on our FB Page with each Top 10 change. Liking the FYF Page keeps you and your friends in the know! In the future, Chef Scores will be used in a chef competition via the FYF App.  Here the cooking mitts come off as you pit your recipes and your friends dedication to your prowess against others and their loyal base.

As the FYF Community grows, FYFTopChefs will be offered a monthly compensation. Please bare with us as we work out the details. Compensation can range from site credit toward future eCommerce items, free App upgrades & special "Top10-Only" features, to bonus advertising to further along your personal chef branding. This section will be updated to reflect the latest developments. 

The CHEF RANK is a position based on all CHEF SCORES, which are displayed from highest to lowest.  
The CHEF SCORE can range from 0 to 100 and is determined by two components.
 
Component 1 is a weighted average of all recipe ratings, which accounts for 60% of your CHEF SCORE (60pts of 100pts).  Recipe ratings can be from FB Friends who see your posted FYF recipe, or any in the FYF Community who found your recipes from searches or other means.
 
Component 2 is based on FB Social Activity (Total# Likes, Comments on all Published FYF Recipes), which accounts for 40% of your CHEF SCORE (40pts of 100pts).  This component exists to reward those who’s FB Friends are supportive.  Our algorithm is asymptotic to this limit of 40, so you can never reach 40 (ex: 39.9999…) no matter how much FB activity you have. However, it takes a lot of FB activity to even get to 30pts, let alone beyond that..

For those worried about the unauthorized use of FYF recipes
When a recipe is posted to any website it creates a digital footprint which is considered a "digital publication", and has with it, an inherent copyright against the commercialization of your "digital property".

Neither DadsPlan nor "Face Your Food" can specifically lay claim to protect your property, that' is not the role or assumed liability of these entities, and won't state that specifically. However, the governing bodies offer copyright protections, by virtue that a recipe is posted to a digital medium and can show content associated with an record of authorship and creation date.

For recipe specific products/ingredients you want to promote, find and add direct Amazon Links to your Branding List, from which you can select for inclusion into any of your FYF Recipes. Once any Amazon Link is included, FYF considers that recipe “Branded” and your link will be converted to a master FYF Affiliate link, where clicks are counted and commissions are collected and in the FYF Affiliate Account. The funds are then distributed to the qualifying authors via PayPal on a monthly basis.

Monthly commissions are split 70% You, 30% FYF.  A report will be generated to highlight the total distributed and your percentage.
The FYF 30% is to maintain the platform, affiliate account, and ensure distribution of funds.
 
Payments (at this time) can only be provided via PayPal. FYF will prompt for your PayPal email when Adding your first Amazon Link to
the Branded List. That email  will be the default for a monthly payment, from all your Branded recipes. 
 
Notes:

1. If the commissions payment due is less than $20, FYF reserves
    the right to carry commissions over to the next months, until the
    $20 threshold is met.

2. Monthly payments are calculated from the the first day of the
    month to the last day, and paid within 7 business days of the last
    day of the month.

Listing of Brands you already approved (or are awaiting your approval) to advertise directly on your recipes.

How it works:

  1. Brand Process: http://www.faceyourfood.net/profit-sharing-and-promoting
  2. FB advertising directs Brands to an online-report showing what FYF recipes are “Brandable”, meaning which recipes are using Affiliate Links, indicating which company is favored by the recipe author.
  3. The Brand can filter the report to see recipe(s) of interest, the author’s FB social strength (via FYF Chef Score) and if impressed (or flattered) can submit a request (with linked graphic) to advertise on a specific recipe(s). The request is emailed to the author for review/ approval. If approved, the graphic replaces/swaps with, the Affiliate link.
  4. The Ad Space (your recipe) is billed on a subscription basis (weekly, monthly or quarterly), until a time of termination, which you receive 70% (see Affiliate Split in Branded List). It is all but guaranteed such direct advertising will pay more than Affiliate Commissions, so the swap is worth it. The goal is to promote and get advertising on all your Branded FYF recipes. A payment via Paypal will be made monthly to the email on file from the original Branded List entry.

Login to this panel for see your complete listing of FYF Events (Fundraisers and/or Business Promotions).  From here, you can edit you currently live Events (ex: dates, entry fee, details, etc), track #/names of participants, and request the total Fundraiser payment from FYF at the Event’s close.

FYF Event Details: http://www.faceyourfood.net/fundraiser-promotional

Face Your Food offers a new and unique way to present your Food, business and branding by allowing recipes to not only represent your food but work for you. FYF recipes are not only tailored to enhance Facebook recipe sharing, but also be a personal branding medium, money generator through affiliate and brand advertising, and offer food bloggers extra exposure through new author-referencing features.

FYF also presents FYF Events. These Events create automated recipe contests where contestants a) pay-to-play (for fundraiser organizers) or b) enter-free (for business promotions/giveaways). Winners are determined from social activity. It’s never been so easy to create an online event for these purposes.

Above all, FYF is a Service, poised to assist all who cook and present food. It elevates the casual cook while turning the hard work of cooking and recipe posting into an automated, blogless, money-making means.

The Author Graphic allows FYF Recipes to better promote and drive traffic to one chosen business destination.

Upload (1) graphic (60px x 60px) and (1) destination URL. The linked graphic will be automatically embedded into every FYF Recipe you create. The more your recipe is shared, the more your destination is also.