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Psychlinks Self-Help & Mental Health Support Forum FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

Basic Forum Rules and Principles

The overriding principle of the Psychlinks Forum is to ensure that this is a safe place where all members show sensitivity to, respect for, and support for other forum members. In accordance with this policy, all new member registrations require a valid email address which can be verified or confirmed, as well as activation by an Administrator.

To avoid triggering other forum members, please note the following primary rules:

  • Do NOT post graphic or detailed descriptions of plans for or acts of self-injury or suicide.
  • Do not post graphic or detailed descriptions of acts of violence of any kind.
  • Do not post messages advocating or encouraging suicide or self-harm.
  • Do not post messages advocating or encouraging anorexia or bulimia.

In addition, the following are expressly prohibited on this Forum:

  • Posts that are anti-psychiatry or anti-medicine in nature (there are other forums that encourage such debates -- this is not one of them).
  • Posts that advise any member or people in general not to take medications prescribed by a licensed physician or not to follow any medical advice given by a licensed physician or other licensed medical or mental health professional (remember that only the individual's physician or primary therapist is likely to know the full medical or personal or family history of that individual).

Any and all advice provided on this forum is intended as general information for the membership and/or any visitors to this site and should never be construed as a substitute for or a contradiction of medical advice from your own physicians, who are in a position to know your full medical history. It should be emphasized that we do not provide online diagnoses at Psychlinks and we do not permit members to diagnose other members. Only a qualified physician or mental health professional (1) with the legal authority to diagnose and (2) who is in a position to evaluate your history and current symptoms can provide you with a diagnosis.

Any and all advice provided on this forum is intended as general information for the membership or visitors to this site and should never be construed as a substitute for or a contradiction of medical advice from your own physicians, who are in a position to know your full medical history.

Additionally, please note that all members are expected to treat other members with courtesy and respect. Profanity, insults, personal attacks on other members, or harassment of other members in any form will not be tolerated and may result in being banned from the forum. The Golden Rule -- Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You -- is a good general basis for forum decorum.

Finally, please note that spam or blatant self-promotion is not tolerated here. Such posts will be deleted and may result in the member being banned.

Your use of this forum indicates that you have read, understood, and accepted these rules and guidelines

General Forum Rules

Registration at this forum is free. However, registration means that you accept the forum rules. The rules are not meant to be exhaustive and we reserve the right to edit posts and/or to take other action in accordance with the purpose and principles of the forum.

Please note that the moderators and administrators of this site are volunteers and for the most part are not medical practitioners. Any and all advice they offer is pursuant to their own life and professional experiences and should not be construed as medical advice on behalf of this site.

Although the volunteer Forum Staff of this website will attempt to monitor and remove objectionable content in the forum, it is probably impossible for us to review all posts thoroughly. If you find an objectionable post, please report it to forum staff.

All posts reflect the views of the author of that post and do not necessarily reflect the views of Psychlinks or the Psychlinks Forum Staff. The owners of this website will not be held responsible for the content of any messages or information posted. By registering at this forum, you are agreeing to be held responsible for the information you add to the forum and that you accept and understand the basic forum rules of this Forum.

Interactions With Other Forum Members

Abusing or Attacking Other Members

Abusing or pesronally attacking other members of this website is not tolerated. Personal or targeted insults are not tolerated. Posts that are just insulting or nasty are not tolerated. Please report abusive posts or Private Messages to a Moderator or Administrator.

Arguments and Disagreements

If you feel a post is not correct or the actions or comments of another member have upset you, do not start an argument in the forums. Instead, send a Private Message or E-mail to the user and speak to them directly. Please do not question the actions of Forum Staff within the forums; instead, communicate via Private Message or e-mail. In the event of disagreement, Forum Administrators will have the final say.

Please note: While moderators and administrators will attempt to ensure that insensitive or abusive posts are removed or edited, and as stated above you are encouraged to report any such activity to Psychlinks Staff, you alone are responsible for your interactions with other forum members. Psychlinks reserves the right (but is not obligated) to mediate or solve disputes between you and other users of the forum.

Third Party Articles or Materials

All third party articles or excerpts must include full credit to the authors as well as a link to the original source and date of publication or retrieval. Please also ensure that you do not post material where the author has expressly forbidden reproduction.

Private Messaging

Private Messages or PMs are just that: Private. They cannot be viewed by other forum members or forum staff, other than those to whom the private message is addressed.

Please do NOT use private messages to request advice or support from our moderators or administrators. First, Forum Staff simply do not have the time to reply to individual PMs. Second, part of the purpose of the Forum is to share problems and solutions with other members. Trying to solicit advice and support via PMs defeats this purpose.

Instead, please post any requests for advice and support in the appropriate forums.

Do NOT try to spam our members via the PM system. That will result in an immediate ban and permanent ban.

Visitor Messages

Visitor Messages or VMs are messages that are posted on your profile or on another member's profile.

Unlike Personal Messages, Visitor Messagesare NOT private. They can be viewed by any other logged-in member who visits your profile page. Please keep this in mind and avoid posting personal information you do not want shared with other members.

Additionally, please remember that the content of any VMs must conform in all respects to the rules of forums posts.

Member Albums

If you upload personal photos into your user profile, please be aware that by default they can be viewed by other forum members.

If you wish, you can adjust your privacy settings so that they can only be viewed by members you add as "Friends" or "Contacts".

Pornography or other objectionable or illegal images or content is prohibited in member albums.

Ownership and Copyright

All original posts and threads posted by members become the property of the Forum, much like a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Members still retain the copyright to their original content (e.g., they can post the same content on their own web sites or blogs) but have in effect conveyed a license in perpetuity to use that content here on this forum.

First, this means that no one can take the personal posts of forum members and reproduce them without the consent of Forum Administrators, which in such cases would also require the consent of the member posting.

Additionally, it means that members must understand that they are posting in a public forum, rather like the "Letters to the Editor" portion of a newspaper, and that others can both read and reply to what a member posts. This is, of course, the whole point of an online forum. Sometimes, members will ask that their posts or threads be removed. Often, we will honor such requests, especially where concerns about privacy are the reason for the request. But this rule exists to remind forum members that we are under no obligation to remove posts or threads, just as once a letter to the editor is published it cannot be retracted. In many cases, to delete posts would disrupt the flow of a thread to the point where the thread would become incomprehensible.

Members can edit their posts for a limited time to correct errors or to clarify the intended meaning. When the time period for editing has elapsed, members may request that a moderator or administrator edit the post on their behalf for further modification.

We do respect the privacy of members and the Forum will take action to protect that privacy at its discretion. If you have second thoughts or concerns about threads or posts that you have submitted, you may contact an Administrator or Moderator to have such posts removed. However, the decision as to whether to remove any posts will be made on an individual basis at the discretion of Forum Staff.

Avatars, Profile Pictures, Albums, and Other Images

All images uploaded to your profile, inserted into posts, or added to your signature must conform to the general Forum Rules, must be tasteful, and must be suitable for a family-rated website.

In particular:

  • No nudity or sexually explicit images
  • No depiction of violence
  • No violent or threatening images
  • Animated images are permitted. However, please avoid animations that repeat at a high rate or involve "flashing" since in some cases these may be triggering to forum members with seizure disorders or related conditions.

The Forum reserves the right to remove or edit any images that violate these guidelines or are offensive in nature.

Links

All links in posts, signatures, member profiles, latest blogs, etc., MUST be to English language sites only.

Links must be transparent. Shortened links or links that redirect to another URL are not permitted on this Forum. This is for the protection of our members. We believe that our members have a right to know where a link is taking them before clicking on that link. This is a basic security issue as well as a content sensitivity issue.

Links to non-English sites or web pages or shortened URLs will be removed.

Signature Restrictions

  • Signatures may include one (1) small graphic. Images must be tasteful and in keeping with other forum rules.
  • Signatures should not include links to online pharmacies, anti-psychiatry sites, sites claiming non-supported "cures", adult sites, or other sites of questionable value or dubious content which are not in keeping with the rules and principles of Psychlinks Forum.
  • Spam in signature links, as in other areas, is not permitted.
  • Signatures may include links to the members own web sites provided they do not violate other forum rules.
  • Links must be transparent. Shortened links or links that redirect to another URL are not permitted.

Violations of signature rules may result in loss of this privilege or other action taken by Forum Staff.

Advertising and Spam

Advertising a website, product or service is not allowed unless permission has been received in advance by a Forum Administrator, or unless it is posted in a specific forum where rules are posted on the types of posts that can be made. In the latter case, such posts are usually moderated and require approval of a Forum Administrator before becoming visible to the public or to other forum members.

Malicious Content

Any member posting anything that she knows or should know may infect the computer of visitors or other members with malware, or cause the computer system of a member or visitor to experience problems will face an immediate and permanent ban from the forum.

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