Forum Guidelines: revised 04-14-2021

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The purpose of Talk Mental Health {TMH} is to facilitate discussion among people with mental health issues and their family members, friends, therapists and caregivers. TMH's goal is to foster communication and cooperation among these people so that as many of them as possible can get the help they need, have their questions answered, and support each other as a community. We strive to have a family type atmosphere so everyone will feel comfortable.

TMH members can help themselves and other members through talking out issues, find effective treatment, survive, thrive, and enjoy their lives, and help family members support suffers of mental health issues in those efforts. The rules were developed with these purposes in mind.

Most of the rules are about posting in the forums. Please review them before posting.
We may not see every post in the forums. We ask you to report problems that you notice. By letting us know when you see problems, you are helping all other members and site visitors.

The Golden Rule
One simple guideline should cover all of your posts:
  • Be helpful, polite, considerate, and respectful of others, just as you would like others to be. Have fun!
Other Rules and Guidelines
The remaining rules and guidelines are to maintain order and to let site visitors and members get the most out of the site. Forum Rules apply to all forum posts, as well as signatures, Private Messages, Personal Profile pages, and any other content you post or provide.
  1. Rules: In addition to following these rules, you must observe the Terms that you accepted when you registered.
  2. Courtesy: Treat others with courtesy. Avoid insults, profanity, "shouting" (LIKE THIS!!!), racial, ethnic, cultural, or other forms of intolerance, or any form of harassment. Do not purposely provoke or annoy other members. Don't lie to members, tell the truth.
  3. On-topic: Keep your posts relevant to the topic of the thread. If if you have a different topic to discuss, start a new thread in the appropriate forum.
  4. Advertising: Use of the forums for commercial advertising is prohibited. If you have your own site, you may add the link to it in your signature. Do not send PM's to other members asking them to join your site.
  5. Proselytizing: TMH is not the place to try to persuade others of your particular political or religious beliefs. Each of us is entitled to make those personal decisions for ourselves, and to have those choices respected.
  6. Free speech: The rules are not designed to censor opinions or promote the views of the site owners. However, keep in mind that you are a member on a public website, so we reserve the right to remove content that interferes with the goals of the site.
  7. Deleting accounts: We do not delete accounts. If you no longer wish to participate in the site, simply do not come back.
If you have questions or comments about the Forum Rules, Post in the Feedback and Announcements section. In particular:
  • For general comments about Forum Rules, see the Forum Rules & Guidelines section.
  • For questions/complaints about a particular thread or post that was changed or removed, use the Private Message system.
Posting Tips
  1. Search first: Before starting a new thread on a topic that may have been discussed before, browse or search the forums to see if there is already a thread on that topic. Your question may have already been addressed, so you won't have to wait for an answer.
  2. Posting: You can make a post using either the Post Reply button or the Quote button. Use Quote when replying to a specific previous post. Otherwise, use Post Reply.
  3. Double-posting: Choose the most-appropriate forum when starting a thread. If you have a choice, pick one forum and do not start the same thread more than once. We routinely remove duplicate threads. Choose the most-appropriate thread when making a post. If you have a comment that applies to one or more threads, pick one of them.
  4. Thread titles: When starting a thread, use a topic that indicates the specific subject. This helps members know if the thread is of interest, and is especially important when other members do a search the forums by thread title. Please do not use click-bait titles. If you choose a poor title for your thread, the administrators may rename it.
If you are unsure how to post or have problems using the forums, use the contact us.

Reporting Rule Violations: Report System
If you observe a thread or post that violates the rules, or think that another member is habitually causing problems, please do the following:
  1. Click the report next to a forum post to send an Alert Message to the staff.
  2. Fill in the message box with an explanation of the problem.
  3. When you use the report function, the post number is automatically sent to the staff along with your message. Otherwise, or if you are reporting a thread, a member, or a post other than one you clicked next to, please identify the thread, post, or member involved in your message.
  4. Click the Send button. Your Alert Messages will be sent privately to the staff.
  5. Refrain from posting in response to a post that violates rules. Let the staff resolve the problem. That's their job.
You may or may not not receive a reply when you send a report. If you have a comment, question, suggestion, or complaint for which you would like a reply, send a Private Message to a particular staff member.

Spam
Unwanted advertising and messages with promotional links (spam) are a problem for every forum system. Most spam is created by "bots", automated software created for this unscrupulous purpose.
If you see spam, please report it to us. We remove spam on a regular basis to keep the forums free of advertising. Please do not post in spam threads.

Rule Enforcement
Rule enforcement is one of the jobs of the staff members. Here is what happens when a staff member receives an report about a forum problem:
  1. If the alert is about spam, the staff will delete it.
  2. If a post needs editing because of a mistake or minor problem, the staff will edit it.
  3. If a thread or post is inappropriate, the staff will remove it. If other members have already posted in response, those posts may be removed as well. The staff may send a reminder or warning message to a member who isn't following the forum rules.
  4. Otherwise, if the staff decides that no action is required, no changes will be made.
The rules and you: You are responsible for all of your own posts and for nobody else's posts. If somebody else breaks the rules, that does not permit you to do the same or to respond in kind. Instead, alert a staff member.
If a staff member removes or edits one of your posts (other than to make a helpful correction they think you will appreciate), it was for a reason in accordance with the rules. The reason for the edit will often be shown under the post. If you aren't sure why, review these rules since one of them applies. If you are still unsure, send a Private Message to a staff member.

Membership cancellation: The TMH staff may cancel the membership of a member who violates the most serious rules, repeatedly violates minor rules, ignores reminders or warnings, wastes the time of other members or the administrators, or shows disregard for the purpose of the site. Making sure that the majority of members get the most possible out of TMH is more important that making accommodations for a particular member who is uncooperative. The final decision is up to the TMH staff.
 
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willowtigger

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Read and agreed

(do we have to spell the word thats rule 5? just checking if thats essential)

problabla word

edited cause i missed a letter out by accident
 
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