Forum and live chat user rules

We have written this set of rules based that explains what you can and cannot do on the forum and live chat. Please take your time to read these before signing up.

  • All postings to the forum and live chat should be anonymous. This means we will not include any email addresses, work place names, school/college or university names, etc. We will allow names of towns and cities; anything else that is specific will be deleted.
  • Information about other websites are usually not allowed unless they are from trusted sites (i.e. Beat, Mind, etc). If you think there is a website that is relevant to and useful recommend it to us via our contact us page if it is not already listed.
  • Contributions should be respectful to other users, tasteful and relevant.
  • Nothing that is unlawful or endorse any illegal activities will be posted on the message boards. This includes endorsement of any drugs.
  • Your messages should not be harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, offensive towards specific groups or otherwise objectable.
  • We do not allow flaming (where a group of users criticise or attack another user.)
  • Messages that encourage others to gain or lose weight is prohibited (reference to weight or calorie intake is not useful).
  • Messages that reward or comment on weight or size is prohibited.
  • Messages that contain graphic images of self-harm or give methods in how to do it are not allowed and will be removed.
  • Messages that others find distressful or disturbing for any reason will be removed.
  • Messages cannot contain specific drug names (or brands). Please use generalised terms (e.g. antidepressants) where appropriate.
  • Messages that give diagnosis or medical advice are not allowed.
  • Messages should not contain names of specific service centres, although we will allow positive feedback on particular services as an example of good practice. You can talk about treatment upon your own discretion. In no circumstance can we allow names of specific members of staff of the services.
  • Be patient with other users; users of all ages and abilities will be using the forum and live chat.
  • We do not allow any spamming or advertising. For media or research requests please get in touch via our contact page.
  • Messages can only be posted in the English language.
  • Your login name must not include your full name but can be a variation of one of your names (e.g. Sammy for Sam). Do not use a login name that makes reference to eating disorders (e.g. anorexic boy). This is simply not appropriate.
  • Your login name must not be otherwise offensive in any other way.
  • You must only use material you have written. You can use quotes but not entire pieces written by others that is under copyright (e.g. poetry/songs).
  • We reserve the right to remove any content that makes reference to films, newspapers or other press if we believe is not appropriate for the forum and live chat.
  • All the material on the forum and live chat are representative of the views of the user only and not of ‘Men Get Eating Disorders Too’

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