dLife Diabetes Forum & Diabetes Community Guidelines
Children under the age of thirteen are not permitted to register with the Site. The dLife Diabetes Forum is for adults 18 and older. Children between the ages of 13 and 17 may participate in our Community and in the Diabetes Teen Talk group.
No commercial posts. Commercial posts are defined as someone pitching a product or service that financially benefits the poster, or attempting to resell any item the user currently owns. Users may freely share their experiences with legitimate products or services that they have no commercial interest in. Reselling previously used or even unused items is simply not permitted due to our policy as well as potential liability issues. Commercial posts will be deleted when found, and repeat offenders banned at the discretion of the moderators. dLife is the final arbitrator of what is considered a commercial posting.
All users are, by default, considered non-medical professionals except for dLife moderators who are also designated as professionals in their signature line. Users and moderators may reference a book, personal website, or blog that they are affiliated with as a part of their signature file, as long as the resource is a credible and substantial informational source and not primarily an advertising vehicle. In some instances, these books or websites can be mentioned as part of a post when they are the best or only available resource to address the topic under discussion. We ask that users provide references to any health/medical information given unless it is personal experience. Any information posted must be true and correct to the best of your knowledge. Again, moderators will use their discretion, keeping the best interest of the dLife community and forum members in mind, and dLife is the final arbitrator of what is considered inappropriate commercial posting.
Anyone interested in advertising on dLife.com should go to our advertising information page at: http://mediakit.dlife.com/dlife_sponsors.html.
About your posts. Posts that you write in the dLife Community are visible to everyone who visits the dLife.com website, whether they are a member of the Community or not. However, only Community members are allowed to post. Members are able to modify their posts at will or delete entirely. Should you have any issues amending yor post, you can contact any moderator who is available online or email email@example.com for assistance.
Trials and other research. You are welcome to post information about clinical trials and requests for research participants, but we ask that you also include a website or some other contact information where forum and community members can get details. These will be reviewed by moderators and suspicious posts will be removed. In the forum, trials and research requests should only go in the Community Center folder. Any requests placed elsewhere will be deleted. In the dLife Diabetes Community, these postings can be made via personal blogs, which go out community wide, or via broadcasts, which reach only the friends of a user. Community profiles are not to be used as corporate platforms for advertising purposes, product promotions, etc. Any user interested in in advertising on dLife.com should go to our advertising information page at: http://mediakit.dlife.com/dlife_sponsors.html.
Avoid giving medical advice. Sharing personal information and experiences is welcome, but users should avoid giving actual medical advice and instead encourage others to consult with a health care professional. We reiterate that all users are, by default, considered non-medical professionals except for dLife moderators who are also designated as professionals in their signature line.
Mind your manners. Users who are rude to other dLife members will be issued an initial warning about their behavior. Their post (or the offending portion of their post) will also be deleted. We will make every effort to contact the offending user via email in order to allow that member an opportunity to state their side of the issue, if the offense is not overt spamming, obscenities, and the like. We may also reach out to the offended side in an effort to facilitate peace. A warning often suffices for both sides, but repeated offenses will not be tolerated. Access to the dLife Forum and Community is a privilege, not a right. Moderators will immediately ban users who continue to treat others with disrespect. And speaking of minding your manners...
Free speech is allowed (within reason). There will be visitors and members who have opinions and experiences that may appear to be a disguised sales tactic, spam, or some other questionable motive. However, we want to first give the benefit of the doubt that the post is sincere and the work of a real person looking to connect on the topic of diabetes. Therefore, please do not criticize the views of others or attempt to persuade them of your view. Discussion can be held between persons of opposing views if mutual respect is given. If you find a post to be incindiary or questionable in any way, there is no need to engage. Simply report the post. If a discussion becomes heated and unresolved, and members continue to fuel the fire, the discussion is subject to being locked or deleted.
Quackery will be removed. Posts on the evils of aspartame, anti-perspirant causing breast cancer, the miracles of Noni juice, and any other therapy or theory that has no basis in research or medical fact are discouraged. Innocent posts on these topics will be refuted as necessary by the moderator; others will be deleted. Moderators will ban persistent offenders at their discretion.
Blocking other users. By going to your profile page, you can choose to Add Friend or Block User. You can view all your friends in a separate box located on the top right of your profile page. Anyone you block will be ignored by default. Please note that you cannot ignore moderators or administrators.
About the moderators. The dLife and community forums are primariy monitored by paid, independent consultants in conjunction with members of the dLife staff. In addition, new community members are greeted by dLife Ambassadors, volunteers from the community who have chosen to help greet new members and get them acclimated to the community.
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