Forum Rules & User Guide
Issued on 04/07/2009
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One question at a time please
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other users as well. Once your question has been answered you may
ask a new question if the subject is significantly unrelated to your
original posting. In real life situation this would be like going to
a hospital and summoning all the doctors at once. It does not show
respect for the doctors or to their efforts in attempting to answer
all the questions and may result in your questions being answered
last or even deleted altogether.
Do not post the same question more than once
Cross posting is defined as posting the same information in more than
one forum. We are very strict with cross posting. Your posts will be
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understand that some medical issues may fall under the domain of
different medical specialties (e.g., lower abdominal pain may be
adequately attended by a gastroenterologist, a urologist, a
gynecologist or a general surgeon). We ask
that you post your question in the most likely forum to attract an
answer from the staff member most comfortable with answering it.
Again, this would be like scheduling an appointment with all the
doctors mentioned above whenever you get lower abdominal pain.
Maintain Topicality (Stay on topic)
Please keep threads on-topic. Post your follow-up replies in the
original thread. If you wish to say something which is not within
the topic of a thread, create a new one. By not maintaining
topicality you render your topic incomprehensible to other users.
It's also considered a sign of disrespect to the healthcare
professionals working on the forums as they have to go back to your
other post to understand your question and help you. These posts are
inevitably cleaned up by our moderator and the user may be banned as
Use a descriptive title
You are more likely to get looked at by someone that is experienced
with your condition if you use a descriptive title than if you use
"Please help me".
Use proper English
Please use complete sentences and paragraphs with the appropriate
grammar. Text messaging abbreviations
are confusing. So don't write "U" if you mean
"you" or "2" instead of "to". Try to break down longer posts into paragraphs.
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Do not write your subject and post in all capitals (ALL CAPS). Your post will be read
last and maybe deleted.
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discussion rather than a call to action such as "Don't buy product
A" or "Boycott company X". These posts are likely to be deleted for
legal/anti-competitive reasons. Similarly you are not allowed to
promote a certain product
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answer directly costs us money in addition to the costs incurred as
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Research your question
Before asking a new question please take the time to look for
questions that are similar to yours by browsing the Medical Forums /
Forum Archives. Alternatively, you can conduct a basic site search
using our Search page. This will prevent us from having to repeat
ourselves unnecessarily at a time when our resources are strained.
By doing so you are helping us to keep this service free for the
benefit of everyone. Thank you.
Trim your posts
Keep your posts as short and as to the point as possible. Please
remember that our healthcare professionals would like to help as
many patients as possible by writing long, excessively detailed
posts you are making it harder for anyone that wants to help you. We
understand that every detail is important but please remember that
this is not a clinical setting and a diagnosis or treatment decision
will never be made on these forums. Should the person answering your
question require further information he will request it from you.
Write a SHORT history (max. two paragraphs) of your condition with your
question clearly shown at the end.
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author and a link to the original article in your post. If the
article cannot be found online, then at the end of the post provide
an appropriate cite using any of the available citing formats, MLA,
Please do not try to pass someone else?s work as your own. Anyone
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Using the quote feature
Please use it sparingly. The Quote feature is in place to aid the
continuity of a discussion, such as when referring to a post other
than the one directly above yours.
When replying to a post, quote only what is needed for context. No one
is interested in reading the entire post again! Quoting the entire
post wastes expensive bandwidth and is annoying. After hitting the
quote button, please remove the portions of the post that are
unrelated to your response.
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