To help you gain the most from the TNBC Foundation forums, please familiarize yourself with the following rules and guidelines. They have been designed to help give a better understanding of what behavior is expected and make your online experience more enjoyable and safe.
1. No discussion of any illegal activity or threats of violence. (i.e. illicit drug use or exchange, threats of suicide or self-injury, or threatened or intended physical harm). Discussions of suicide or self-harm that are deemed negative and therefore potentially injurious to others are also not permitted.
2. No use of explicit, obscene or vulgar language or images and/or messages, including racist remarks.
3. No posts that attack, insult, "flame", defame, or abuse members or non-members. Respect other members of the community and don’t belittle, make fun off, or insult another member or non-member. Decisions about health and well-being are highly personal, individual choices. "Flaming" and insults, however, will not be tolerated. Agree to disagree.
4. No advertising or links to advertising or "Spam" is permitted (including signatures).
• Advertising or Spam is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling, soliciting or promoting by someone who has ownership or other "vested interest" to the web site involved, including efforts to promote other online forums or web sites by web site owners.
• If you are a web site owner and have a link that fits into this category that you want to share, please submit your request to email@example.com so that it may be reviewed and, when appropriate, included in our Resources section.
• Only links to personal home pages are allowed in signatures and member profiles. Links must be appropriate and abide by rules #1-4 or they will be removed.
• Links to helpful web sites (commercial or otherwise) are allowed when they are posted by someone without any "vested interest" AND whose purpose is NOT to solicit, advertise, promote, fundraise, etc.
5. No links to any web site or use of any username that fits into rules # 1-4 above.
6. No use of multiple usernames. Please register and use only one username for the forums. Posting under multiple user accounts will result in administrative action (i.e. banning).
7. No posts of copyrighted material. Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the person posting should not be posted on the message boards without the consent of the owner.
8. No posts of lengthy articles. Sharing information is allowed, but the forums are not to be used to publish articles. It is an improper use of critical forum resources.
9. No posts of an overtly political or religious nature OR posts promoting advocacy of particular personal, medical, legal, religious, political, or non-profit causes on the main forums (i.e. Welcome New Members, TNBC Talk, TNBC Metastasis/Recurrence, TNBC News, Resources and Tips). The main forums are reserved for discussions pertaining specifically to triple negative disease. These forums are intended for offering mutual personal support. Debating controversial subjects should be taken elsewhere. Limited religious references are allowed (i.e. "my prayers are with you" or a brief quote as part of a larger post), but the forums should not be used to convert others. Note: Users seeking spiritual support can post in the Spiritual Support sub forum of the Support Group forum.
10. No cryptic posts. Using cryptic messages to "skirt" the rules is not permitted.
11. If it shouldn’t be viewed by minors, then it shouldn’t be posted to the forums. This is a public forum. In addition, if something would not be considered “work safe” (to a boss or co-worker), then it shouldn’t be posted.
12. Do not disrespect moderators. Be respectful in both the forums and any private communications with moderators. Moderators are volunteers that donate many, many hours of their own time to help in the forums. Violations of this rule will not be tolerated.
13. No SHOUTING. Remember, using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in posts is considered yelling and rude, plus it is difficult to read.
14. Do not post offline personal contact information (i.e. your home address, phone numbers etc.) and do not ask for personal information from others.
15. No duplicate posts.
16. No irrelevant or off-topic posts. Posts which are not relevant to the forum topic may be deleted at the moderator's discretion.
17. Do not use the forum to give professional medical advice. If you are a medical professional, please remember the forums are for patient support and not to be used for distributing professional medical advice and/or using the forum to represent your professional services.
1. Check for open topics. Before posting a new topic, please check to see if there is already a topic open on the subject.
2. Report posts that violate the rules and guidelines to the moderator (ArleneB) or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Use good judgment. NEVER rely on information or opinions exchanged via the forums to replace necessary, personal consultation(s) with qualified health or medical professionals to meet your individual health or medical needs. Remember that what's right or has worked for one person may not be what's right for you.
4. Lend a helping hand. A bit of compassion can go a long way toward helping people with life's challenges and reaching out can help alleviate feelings of loneliness. We're all different, but we're really all the same. At sometime or another, we all need or want help or simply someone with whom we can share our burdens or successes.
5. Don't be afraid to share. If you're feeling alone or hurting, don't be afraid to share your fears and tears. If you're rejoicing about the results of a recent medical test or treatment, share that too.
6. Welcome new members. When newcomers arrive, say "hi" and welcome them. Help new folks "learn the ropes" about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved. You will also find a lot of help using the forums themselves.
8. Use descriptive titles for new posts. Avoid "generic" post subjects like "Help" or "Question". You will receive a better response to your posts by being more descriptive about the content of your post.
Know Your Moderators:
The TNBC Foundation forums are moderated by volunteers that have some special understanding of triple negative disease. While they may not have answers to all your questions, moderators are here to help in any way they can. Moderators have the right to edit or delete posts without prior notice that violate of the rules above. They are also responsible for promoting participation in the forums.
Each moderator, being a human being with different life experiences, may see things through slightly different eyes and some variance is to be expected. However, moderators promise to base their decision making on the content of posts rather than personal feelings about the person posting in them.
If you have a question for a moderator on a decision, you can email them and discuss it privately. They may not see things the same way you do, but they are open and approachable.
Users that do not abide by the rules may be subject to having their posts edited or deleted, their member account permanently banned from further access and/or deleted without notice.
Rules and guidelines may change at any time, please re-read them regularly.
Edited by arleneb - Apr 11 2016 at 10:14am