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ADMINISTRATOR EMAIL ADDRESS:
Email the Administrator regarding any board use issue. Please email one time and wait your turn for a reply. You will get a reply at the earliest possible convenience.
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RULE ENFORCEMENT: Reminders and enforcement of the rules is not to punish; rather all reminders and infraction instructions that members may be given are to get your attention to learn the rules for yourself. The rules keep order so that people that start threads are not neglected by others engaging in side or off-topic or disallowed discussions.
The boards are not for posting general announcements (use the Blog feature to share general info as long as it is within the Posting Policy, such as not advertising, not ranting about governments, nations or specific people, or any other information that is against the Posting Policy.).
Start and use your own New Threads to discuss your own subjects and ask your own questions. No one is obligated to reply, however, if someone can relate that person will reply.
Only use other member's threads to support the thread originators and answer their questions. Do not ask questions about your own or anyone else's issues on other member's threads.
Please only use first names of members. To protect anonymous use of the site do not include surnames. Use the listed first name or the username.
Healthboards is for patient to patient support.
No member may act as board leader or expert or determine what another member needs.
This site is not a venue for professional advice or opinion. Do not request professional advice; do not ask if a member is a professional, do not register or include your past, current or future health profession in any manner. The boards are to be used for PATIENT PEER support, only. Professional titles lend undue weight to what is to be only patient opinion.
In consideration of readers that need to translate from other languages, this website is to be used in English only, including your username. No exceptions.
Use whole words. Do not use chat or text message lettering, such as U for you, R for are, cos for because, etc.
BLOG and MESSAGE BOARD DIFFERENCES.
All rules apply to blogs & posts.
Message Boards are for asking questions and interacting with the regular members.
Blogs are only for journaling your own board topic related experience.
In Blogs do not address specific members for any reason.
Do not request comments or ask questions. Blogs containing questions will be deleted.
GENERAL WEBSITE USE
(Requests that are not within the rules will always be denied.)
POSTING RULES & TERMS of SERVICE
Posts, profiles and usernames may be moderated without warning.
Members are responsible to learn and follow all rules and instructions on your own.
Upon registering, you agree and commit to be subject to all Rules, Terms, Policies, and Disclaimer, including all administrative and moderator decisions and instructions, which are not up for member personal interpretation or debate. If you find that you do not want these terms, you agree to quietly move on to websites more to your preference and not disrupt this community.
Infractions & Suspensions:
Infractions are private communications that no one else can see, from Admin or Moderators to members. Infractions are not for debate. A suspension may be given without warning at any time to stop misuse of the website. There is no obligation to give a warning before an infraction or suspension. Breaking any rule can result in either a no-point warning or accruing points that can result in your membership being rendered Inactive.
Good posts do not negate disallowed posts. A suspension may be appealed, but there is no obligation to release it.
Only Administrator or moderators are to post board use instructions in order to keep instructions as uniform as possible.
Facilitators are greeters, not moderators.
Members must not act as a moderator to tell members if, what or where to post. Doing so is considered to be incorrect assumption of authority over other members. Either ignore or else report board use info posted by members so that correct instruction may be provided.
Use of "Report Bad Post".
Report abusive posts. Do not post defensively to abusive posts, thereby creating more work for moderators to remove inappropriate posts.
Do not report posts with advertising URLs. We get instant email notice. If advertising has no URL, report those.
Do not report posts just because you disagree with the opinion.
Do not debate or argue member opinions.
Do not engage in side discussion on other member's threads. This is called hijacking (start your own New Thread).
Posts become the property of this website to be edited, moved or deleted as deemed to best serve the community.
Please use the closest appropriate board topic. Save a copy of your own posts that you wish to keep.
Do not post or blog to request or offer any kind of contact for any reason. This attracts spammers and will be treated like advertising.
Private Messaging (PM) is available only to long term members.
PM is not available to Newbies.
Do not discuss PM on the boards for any reason.
When PM is not available or is OFF, respect this and do not post about it.
If the member PM is ON you may PM the member one time to see if your PM is accepted by the member. If so, then PM the member again to request permission before sending any product or service information. Otherwise the member may report your message as spam and your membership will be terminated.
The number of views does not reflect how many have board access.
No one is obligated to reply, so make sure you posted on the appropriate board and be patient with members who are dealing with their own problems.
One registration is allowed per person.
Only the registered person may use the registration.
The member is responsible for any misuse of his/her membership.
Be aware that a suspension will affect everyone using the same computer.
The "Search" feature may be periodically turned off when the server is busy.
If it is OFF, please try it at another time. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion.
SECURITY Use an Avatar or Profile Picture that expresses your personality; do not use your own or any person's real photograph.
The message boards are to be used Anonymously
Your username must not personally identify you elsewhere. (Read the FAQ 'how to')
Usernames that are not within the rules or are deemed to be inappropriate may be changed or suspended without notice.
Common first names are OK, however, posting sur names, dates or locations can negatively affect your employment and health insurance.
Do not compromise your identity and personal information. Edit your posts/blog if you entered compromising info. We have no control over search engines.
NO FREE ADVERTISING
Free advertising of any kind is not permitted in any place on this website, for any reason.
eHealthForum.com is a 'Sister-site' to Healthboards, and is allowed. However, do not merely post a link to any website. It will be deemed to be advertising.
A product or service may be named and opinion shared in one post, on one board, without any kind of contact information posted or offered. Multiples of similar messages will be deemed to be advertising.
Do not post an unapproved website name or URL for any reason. If a website promotes anything of any kind, then it is deemed to be a commercial website regardless of its information. This includes medical and news media websites.
Whether or not you personally or financially benefit, any kind of information in your profile, signature, blogs, or posts that name, promote or advertise free or commercial services, resources, videos, websites, apps, forums, blogs, clinical trials, fund raising, surveys, or products will be treated as advertisement. (See How to Share Information, below, for more information.)
Patient opinions and sharing MUST be respected.
Each health topic board is for the people who HAVE the illness.
The boards are not place to vent or discuss dealing with others who have the board topic disease or health problem. Tell your OWN health story, not someone else's.
Boards specifically for family & friends of those with illness/problems: 'Family & Friends' boards, Caretakers, Parenting, Relationship Health, Mental Health.
Use the closest appropriate board.
Please carefully read these additional rules for participating on the Healthboards Message Boards and Blogs
Reach Out Before You Feel Alone or Suicidal
If you are having SUICIDAL THOUGHTS please do not try to handle them alone.
Please feel free to talk about depression and let members here encourage you and help you discover solutions to problems.
Do not post about suicide on the boards or in Blogs as it can be triggering to readers that are already suffering. The boards are NOT an appropriate place for posting that you want to die or to discuss suicidal thoughts, hurting others or hurting yourself. Such posts are inappropriate and will be removed.
Do not reply to posts expressing a suicide ideation. Report those posts so they can be given immediate help.
In the US, American Association of Suicidology - National telephone helpline with trained counselors.
Or, in the US, immediately call 911, or call a hospital, local police, or contact a professional suicide counselor immediately.
Befrienders International - Helplines in over 40 countries, self tests, signs of suicidal thoughts.
If in UK or Ireland you may access http://www.samaritans.org
It's the teen suicide/depression/loneliness hotline.
National Suicide Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Child Abuse Hotline
If you need help finding mental health services and support in your community contact: National Mental Health Association Information Center: www.nmha.org
Use Good Personal Judgment
Members and Moderators are patients, not healthcare professionals.
No member is to reveal professional status or act as board leader or expert or determine what another member needs.
NEVER rely on information or opinions to replace necessary personal consultation with qualified health or medical professionals. This forum is for support, empowerment, sharing opinions and entertainment. Healthboards.com is not a professional advice forum, and no one should use it as such.
Remember that what's right or has worked for one person may not be what's right for you. Your personal set of circumstances will always influence what's best or right for you. Talk with your physician or personal health professional about the benefits, risks and costs of various options and alternatives in order to make an informed, confident personal choice.
Don't Be Afraid To Post
If you're new to our community, taking the step for the first time to post publicly to a message board can sometimes seem intimidating. Don't be afraid to jump into a discussion. We have a very supportive community that serves up heavy doses of encouragement and enthusiasm. While we hope that you'll become an active participant and join in our discussions, you're welcome, of course, to simply hang out silently until you feel more comfortable posting a message.
Respect Privacy, Be Safe, and Do Not Post Identifying Information
Do not call members impersonal terms such as OP.
Do not post details of legal issues or court cases. Posting or revealing identifying details about a legal case can be used against you in a court of law. Likewise do not slander any business or person by name.
Respect others' privacy when they are Inactive. When or if they want to return is soon enough to reconnect.
Do not post your own or other people's identifying info or real names.
If you are under age 17, do not post your age. Post that you are a teen. Use the Teen Health Boards, and if age 16-19, you may use Sexual Health-Teen.
Please be safe: keep personal information private and remind your children to do so, too. When a reader sees your names and location, it is not hard at all to discover where you live from information on local public records. Remember that posts are picked up by search engines and may circulate on the World Wide Internet for years to be read by anyone in the world.
How to Share Information
Stay on the board health topic, and share your own experiences that are pertinent to the thread originator's subject.
Read and follow all Sticky Post reminders and moderator instructions on each board.
Pictures of identifying features, gender organs, body fluids or waste, or real people's pictures may not be posted.
Do not refer to health professionals by name. This is not a referral site. If PM is available, you may use PM according to the rules (read them).
Discussion of illegal drug use is limited to the Addiction Recovery Board, in regard to recovery.
Other discussion of illegal activity is not a subject for this website.
Again: Blogs and Message Boards each have different purposes.
Please read the 'How to' in the FAQ.
Do not post, promote or advertise videos, message boards, forums, or other meeting websites. When PM is not available to you here, respect that.
Do not post research studies, college or school projects, or polls for any reason.
Politics are off-topic. Do not name or post negative comments about countries, specific professionals or public figures for any reason.
United States .gov website URLs are allowed ONLY IF specifically requested by the thread originator.
NOT all .org or .edu sites or other country sites may be posted.
Do not copy and paste anything from outside websites or resources.
Naming a book or article title and author is allowed as long as no other contact information is posted. Also, post once. Multiple similar posts will be deemed to be advertising.
Do not post or blog songs, poems, stories, articles, etc, whether your own or anyone else's.
If you are unsure whether something is allowed, you may request possible preapproval by email
Have fun, Get Serious, Be Yourself
If you're feeling alone or hurting, don't be afraid to share. If you're rejoicing about the results of a recent medical test or treatment, share that too. If something funny happened to you today that can help lighten others' hearts, we want to hear about it so that we can laugh too. Sharing who you are is considered healthy medicine at HealthBoards.com.
Agree to Disagree
DO NOT CRITIQUE POSTED OPINION or ATTACK ANYONE. Others are entitled to have their own opinions and to make their own choices. Negative communications to or about members are inappropriate.
This is not a place to post slanderous or hateful statements about any person or nation. Derogatory comments especially aimed at sexual orientation, gender, race, color, religious beliefs, nationality, or DISABILITY -- are not permitted.
BEFORE you post a message that may embarrass, humiliate or harass a person or group of people, stop and THINK first! Harassing communications are deemed to be any words that may cause distress, embarrassment, unwanted attention or other discomfort.
What is good for you may not be the answer for another. No one must follow your advice. NO one is to act as an expert on what is appropriate for someone else. SUPPORT OTHERS in their health decisions for themselves. Providing your opinion should be polite, and not result in disparaging remarks or religious discussions, or one-upsmanship. Both medical and alternative solution opinions belong on the boards. Even if you disagree with an idea, it still may be the solution for another. Decisions about health and well-being are highly personal, individual choices. If you disagree with a person's post or opinion, do not debate the reply. You may state your opinion to the thread originator, once, then move on without argument.
Likewise, expect to get some opinions you may not like or find helpful. If so take what you want and ignore the rest. Do not attack members that took time to reply.
When a member asks for support only, please respect the request; do not reply with contradictory comments.
Do not SHOUT
Let it out, but don't SHOUT at one another. Shouting online (typing in all capital letters) is considered by some to be rude and difficult to read. To others, especially individuals with some types of disabilities, typing in all caps (or in all lower case) is a necessity (Using the shift key can be a struggle for a lot of folks). If it is necessary, please use all lower case letters. Be sure to inform others so they understand.
When newcomers arrive, say "hi" and welcome them onboard the community.
Help new folks to become involved.
Post to all readers: do not start cliquey, general subject threads. Posts that call out to or center around a group of specific members are inappropriate.
Keep Posts Clean
Do not post obscenity or vulgar language, or describe explicit sex acts.
There may be places where suggestive, explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior are permitted, but HealthBoards.com is not one of them.
Posts that are deemed in any way to be inappropriate, or that solicit or offer explicit or X-rated GIFs, JPEGs or other graphic files will be deleted.
Usernames with sexual or negative implication/content will be banned.
(Post messages about gender body parts on the Women's Or Men's Health Boards, and address sexuality only on a Sexual Health Board.)
Share Only In Your Own Words.
Copying & pasting Information that is not your own is not permitted.
Such posts will be removed as soon as possible.
Avoid Duplicate Posts (Cross-Posting)
Do not post similar or same messages more than once on a message board or blog. Duplicate messages may be deemed to be advertising. They also can be frustrating to others who end up reading essentially the same post in multiple threads or board topics. It is best to post your message in the forum that most closely relates to your message subject and allow time for the others to see and respond to your post, rather than posting it in numerous other forums. Or, you may email administrator to request that your post be moved to a different board topic.
Duplicate messages will be removed as soon as possible.
Use of healthboards.com constitutes acceptance of all Terms, Rules, Policies, Guidelines, Disclaimer, and any administrative/moderator instructions.
This website is private property, and its use is a not a right. HealthBoards.com reserves the right to prohibit or remove any post (copy any posts you wish to keep). Healthboards reserves the right to organize topical boards and posts and/or deny or revoke membership for any reason.
HealthBoards.com reserves the right to prohibit or delete messages that are deemed to violate Federal or local laws or that may be deemed harmful to others. That said, HealthBoards.com does not have the practical ability to restrict conduct or communications that might violate HealthBoards.com guidelines prior to transmission on the Internet, nor can they ensure prompt removal of offending message board posts.
Re-read the rules regularly as they may be updated.