Guidelines for contributing to forums

Please remember that we want our forums to be safe, useful areas for our members. To help maintain these principles, we’ve produced the following guidelines. Please take a moment to read them and to familiarise yourself with the Forum Rules.


Getting started

It’s a good idea to use the search function or take a look around the site before making a post as there may already be active discussions around your topic of interest.


Please do not post “bump” messages or resurrect old threads unnecessarily as it can confuse other members and dilute the quality of contributions.



Please don’t SHOUT at other members by posting in capitals. This is considered rude and can be off-putting to other members.


Always be considerate when posting your contributions and respect the fact that not everyone might agree with your views.


Out of respect for other members, profanity should not be used. Any language intended to offend others is strictly prohibited and posts that do not comply will be removed immediately.


There is strictly no advertising within our community, so don’t post anything that could be interpreted as self-publicity or promotion. This includes posting the same message across many discussions, selling or soliciting.


Do not, under any circumstances, post personal details for yourself or others online.


Recognising quality contributions

If you’ve found a post is particularly accurate, relevant or useful, please let other members know by leaving a comment or using the merit reward feature.


Moderation and abuse

Our forums are moderated on a daily basis. The moderators and forum members are not health professionals.


The forum moderators reserve the right to edit, move, lock or delete any posting that is deemed inappropriate or disruptive to the forum without notifying the author. In cases of abuse, the moderators reserve the right to ban a member of the forum.


If you see any violations of the rules which have not been moderated, please use the ‘report abuse’ function or email a screenshot of the incident to

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