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BT Buddies forum, private message system, and other interactive features offer opportunities for meaningful interaction where users can share knowledge, experiences, and other helpful information. Since most of the interactions are in the public forum, the experience is best when people follow certain guidelines.
The BT Buddies Forum is moderated by the BT Buddies Team which is made up of the following people:
Natalya - Founder of BT Buddies
Andrew - Co-Founder of BT Buddies and Webmaster
Rina - Webmaster
2. Frequency of Moderator visits
Natalya - At least once a day for extended periods of time
Andrew - At least once a day for extended periods of time
Rina - At least once a week
3. Users qualifications / credentials
By default, all users and members of the BT Buddies Team should be considered non medical professionals unless otherwise stated in their posts.
All users and moderators must behave at all times with respect and honesty.
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) who look after the forums from day to day. They have the authority to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally, moderators are present to prevent users from going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
Users will receive 1 warning, via email, from the moderators if it is felt their behaviour is unexceptable. Should they continue to break the rules users will be asked to explain themselves before a decision is made on whether to permanently ban them from the registered user area of the BT Buddies website.
5. Purpose of the BT Buddies Forum
The information provided on the BT Buddies website is designed to compliment, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own doctor / healthcare team.
All posts in the BT Buddies Forum are visible to registered and non registered users and the BT Buddies team.Posts can only be made by registered and logged in members of this website.
You have the facility to modify or erase each post you make by clicking the 'Edit' or 'Delete' buttons which appear at the bottom of every post you make in the BT Buddies Forum. If you require any help with this please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
7. Attribution - the source of the content
When providing information from other sources please give references or add links to the health/medical information you are quoting.
When the information provided is from your own personal experience we respectfully ask that you make this clear within your post.
9. Disclosure of funding sources
The running of the website and any other administration costs are completely covered by Natalya and the BT Buddies team.
The BT Buddies Team are all volunteers and maintain the website and forum area in their personal free time.
Advertising, in any form, by any BT Buddies user within the BT Buddies forum is strictly prohibited.
Below is some further useful advice:
Use "Netiquette": There are several sources on the Internet that can help you communicate effectively using “Netiquette.” Quite simply, Netiquette is a set of core guidelines to help the cyberspace community behave productively while online. Since expression, gestures, and voice tone are all invisible to members, it’s helpful to understand basic online etiquette.
Be Succinct: Stay on topic and collect your thoughts before communicating them publicly in writing. If your comments are off topic, you may wish to indicate this early in your message or perhaps the subject header.
Build Online Rapport: In addition to mutual understanding, there will surely be conflicting points of view at times. Remember to respect the opinions of others. Part of what makes a good community is the ability to see different points of view. Agreeing to disagree is good Netiquette. Those who foster goodwill, will get more participation from others.
SPAM: Don't "spam" the boards with multiple postings. Inappropriate messages, like advertising unproven “miracle cures” or products for sale will be removed.
Respect Others: This is really the bottom line. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This includes refraining from using profanity or engaging in conduct that would be deemed inappropriate in real-life, face-to-face situations.