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Thread: FORUM RULES - please read before posting in the forums

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    Newbie Senior User ahos77's Avatar
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    Post FORUM RULES - please read before posting in the forums

    Welcome to The Cancer Forums!

    We're glad you've chosen to be a part of our community and hope you find the support and information that you're looking for here.

    Please read the following user policy before posting in the forums. If you have any questions, feel free to PM any of our Moderators or Admins or post in the Forum FAQ section.

    The Cancer Forums User Policy


    Please take care to create your own thread and post in the appropriate forum. If you are worried about your symptoms, please post in the Worried Forum. Creating your own unique thread is easy. Go to the Forum you want to post in, click on the blue tab on the top left where is states “Post New Thread”. If you have been diagnosed, post your own thread in one of the specific cancer forums as that is where you will receive the best advice and questions answered by ones who are also diagnosed, caregivers or loved. Sometimes, a question or topic can fit into more than one category, so just use your best judgment. Also, please write a descriptive, to the point, clear and concise post and topic title; if everyone wrote “Question” as their thread title, it would get pretty hard for members to find the threads they are looking for. Long posts with too much descriptive verbiage can be overlooked so stay on topic and on point.

    Lastly, please try to stay on topic and not hijack another member’s thread. If you have a separate question, feel free to start a new thread. Moderators and Admins may move or split threads at their discretion.

    Before posting, please make sure you have read and understand our link policy.

    Policy for Links

    New members are permitted to link to their personal blog as well as links to reputable cancer sites. The links will either be allowed or disallowed at a Moderator's, Supermoderator's or Administrator's discretion. All links will be checked until proven after one month's membership that the new member is legitimate.

    This is the only effective way to keep spammers and scammers at bay. We encourage you to use this introductory time to post messages about your own struggle with cancer (or that of a loved one), ask questions or offer advice and a link to reputable sites.

    Solicitation Policy

    However, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to post links for advertising or marketing purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, posts with the aim to sell a product or promote a commercial venture. Posts that solicit members for donations, request participation in surveys, solicit members for participation in documentaries or any other post not specific to the mission of this Forum are also not permitted. Posts that fall under these categories will be deleted and the members may be banned without warning. We also ask you to avoid posting links to other cancer forums, unless it's to a particularly helpful thread.

    Posts with links to dangerous or pornographic content will result in an immediate ban without warning.

    Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep Cancer Forums a safe, supportive and spam-free community.

    Language and Conflicts

    While disagreements are inevitable on any forum, we do expect members to remain civil and respectful. If a conflict escalates or persists, a Mod or Admin will step in to help resolve it.

    Racial slurs, derogatory comments, sexually explicit or suggestive messages and other abusive comments are not allowed and will be removed. Offending members will be reprimanded, which may include being banned from the forums. The banning of members is done at the discretion of the team of Moderators and Administrators.

    Moderators and Admins

    Our volunteer Moderators and Administrators are here to help you. If you have any questions about forum functionality, problems with another member or concerns about forum policy, or you just want to tell us what an awesome job we’re doing, we welcome you to PM any one of us or post in the appropriate thread.

    In addition to offering advice and support, part of our job is to resolve conflicts and enforce forum policy. If a member does not agree with a decision made by a Mod or Admin, he or she is invited to PM that Mod or Admin to discuss their disagreement. However, members are expected to adhere to and respect the decisions of the Mod Team. Rebellion and public rants about these disagreements are both frowned upon and may result in a reprimand or ban.

    Complementary Therapies Forum

    Before posting in our Complementary Therapies forum, please make sure you have read and understand the Complementary Therapies Guidelines, which you can find stickied in that forum. Posts advocating dangerous or illegal drugs, products or therapies will be locked or deleted.

    Again, welcome to The Cancer Forums community!

    Wishing you good health and happiness,
    The Cancer Forums Team
    Last edited by Didee; 10-15-2014 at 01:38 AM. Reason: Updated policy

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    The policies have been updated.


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