Debates & Politics
Health care political discussions are allowed on Network. Other political discussions are not permitted. Lively debates are encouraged. However, there is a zero tolerance for personal attacks and may result in the closing of a topic.
If you feel you have been personally attacked, report the post using the "Report to Moderator" button. If you respond to that attack, your post may be deleted as well.
Improper and Foul Language
Profanity is not permitted and Network staff can delete or edit posts that it deems offensive.
Multiple accounts are prohibited. If you have two accounts you may be suspended from the Network site without warning.
Disabling Accounts/Editing Posts
The Network staff reserves the right to edit/remove posts and/or disable the account of any member who does not comply with Network forum rules.
Duplicate Topics / Posting in Appropriate Forums
Please post your topics in the most appropriate forum. Avoid posting duplicate topics that already have discussion threads by skimming existing threads. Moderators may use their discretion to lock or merge duplicate threads. A message post or PM may be sent to the originator of the threads in question, alerting them to the merge, where the topic can be found, and the reason for its merge after the action has been taken. Merged threads may have their titles changed in an effort to incorporate or best express the newly merged content.
Posting Harmful URLs
Posting harmful and/or malicious URL links (i.e., ones that may lock up a user's computer) is not allowed.
Flaming or Derogatory Insults
Do not engage in personal attacks, hurl insults, accuse posters of unfounded suspicions, stalk another member of the board, or create posts and/or threads in an effort to purposely pick a fight with another user. (Obviously, lively banter or insult-trading between consenting individuals who are not motivated by malice or intent to willfully hurt or harm another user will not be considered acting disruptively.)
Spamming, Off Topic Posts and Trolling
Spamming, advertisements and solicitations via posts in threads, Private Messages (PM) or email are not allowed. Off-topic posts are frowned upon and may be moved or removed based on moderator discretion. This is not meant to limit sensible tangents in the conversation but rather to remove posts that have nothing to do with the topic at all or are disruptive. Threads or PMs determined to be "spam" will be deleted and may result in privileges to the site restricted or denied without notice. "Trolling", or making posts designed only to stir up trouble or flame other users is against the forum guidelines. All users can report offending posts by clicking on the 'Report' button found in the lower right-hand corner of the offending post. Promotion or advertising of any website, forums, email address, business, personal blogs, or other entities is allowed.
Invasion of Privacy
Do not post personal information about any other person, even if that information is publicly available. Do not "dig up" information about any other member in this forum. Information, including personal information such as email, home and/or IP address, place of employment, birthday, etc. known to be utilized to maliciously target another user in a harassing or derogatory manner is strictly forbidden even if the information was made publicly available by the proprietary user. Any user(s) found to be using information in a destructive course either on or off the board will be subject to punishment up to and including the possibility of a permanent ban from this board.
Threats, Racism, and/or Sexism
Messages that advocate harm or death to anyone, threaten the livelihood of anyone, or otherwise harass anyone will not be tolerated. This type of behavior is unacceptable in any form, be it posted message, Private Messages (PM) or email. Threads or replies promoting or expressing intolerant views towards any person or group of people based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and religion, lack of religion, disability, physical characteristics, or region of residence will not be tolerated.
Impersonation of Others
You may not impersonate any person in the community.
Avatars or Signatures
For the benefit of all Network forum users, please ensure that your signature is not excessively long, and is free of large images and URLs. Both avatars and signatures should not contain material that is pornographic, shows extreme violence, and expresses intolerant views towards any person or group of people based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and religion, lack of religion, disability, physical characteristics, political views, or region of residence. Moderators may use their discretion to remove avatars and sig lines that do not meet these criteria without notice .
Posted Reference Material/Content
Posting of illegal material will result in a ban.
Disagreements with Network Forum Rules or Decisions
If you disagree with a forum rule or decision, you can send Network staff an email with your concerns. Bringing a conversation to posts, polls, blogs, or any other method found on the Network website is not permitted.