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Community Forum Etiquette Statement

Community Forum Etiquette Statement

The ProblemGambling.ca Community Forum is a discussion board for people affected by gambling problems. Its purpose is to be a safe and encouraging space where people can share experiences and information that support coping and recovery.

To foster a safe and supportive environment, we require that you:

  • Show consideration and respect in all posts
  • Think about how your posts might be perceived by others
  • Not post content that is inappropriate or offensive
  • Read and follow the rules and guidelines below

Above all, we encourage you to contribute positively and frequently so this forum is an active and supportive community.

Rules and Guidelines

By registering for the Community Forum, you agree to the CAMH Media Terms of Use [http://www.problemgambling.ca/gambling-help/terms-of-use/registered.aspx] and to follow the rules and guidelines outlined here.

Etiquette

You agree to show consideration and respect to other forum members and not to post or upload anything that:

  • Is crude, profane or salacious language
  • Discriminates on any basis, including physical or mental disability, race, creed, colour, sex, country of origin
  • Is abusive or insulting to others
  • Is hateful or disrespectful
  • Is obscene or offensive
  • Does not reflect the purpose of the Community Forum set out above or the theme of the specific forum to which you are posting
  • Advertises websites, products or services without prior written approval from the staff of the Community Forum
  • Discloses the identity or personal information (including personal health information) of any person without their express consent
  • Might cause harm to someone's computer or communication system
  • Solicits for the purpose of research or publication without the prior written approval of the moderator of the Community Forum
  • Is protected by copyright, unless you have received the written consent of the author and/or publisher and prior written approval of the moderator or site administrator of the Forum

Only One Account per Member

Members of the Community Forum may only have one account. If you create or use multiple accounts, all your accounts may be suspended and you may be banned from any further use of the Community Forum.

Privacy

We advise you to use an anonymous email address and nickname when registering on ProblemGambling.ca. Please be aware that your nickname will be visible to other users. To further protect your privacy, we ask you to choose carefully what information you share with others via the Community Forum, to minimize the possibility of it identifying you.

Moderation

The role of Community Forum moderators is to assist in the smooth functioning of the Forum and to offer information from time to time. Moderators do not review posts before they appear on the Community Forum.

While Community Forum moderators will attempt to be aware of posts that go against the rules and etiquette set out above, they do not review Forum content in real time. You are encouraged to play an active part in the health of the Community Forum community. The part you can play includes taking responsibility for your interactions with other Community Forum members and reporting any problematic posts and activity to Community Forum moderators.

To report a problem, please click the "Report?" link at the bottom of a post.

Not Professional Advice

The Community Forum is for peer-to-peer exchange. Please be aware that it is not monitored clinically by the PGIO or CAMH. In addition, the PGIO and CAMH do not provide clinical advice or assistance on the Community Forum.

The content of the Community Forum is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice from a health care provider in your community. You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with questions you have regarding a medical condition. You should never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen on this Community Forum.

Not Emergency or Crisis Care

The Community Forum is not for emergency or crisis help.

If you require emergency help, contact your local emergency services: in Ontario, you can call 911 or go to your local hospital emergency room. You may also call Telehealth Ontario, a free 24/7 service of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care at 1-866-797-0000 (or for more information about how to speak directly with a registered nurse, visit them on-line at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/telehealth/.

If you do not require emergency help, but you require information related to your gambling, contact a local crisis line: in Ontario, the Problem Gambling Helpline - 1-888-230-3505 or www.problemgamblinghelpline.ca - provides information and referrals to help.

Intended for People in Ontario

The Community Forum is designed and intended for people who currently reside in the Canadian province of Ontario. Consequently, the information provided by the PGIO in relation to the Community Forum is directed toward people living in Ontario. The information may not be relevant to, or accurate for, people residing outside this province.

Rights of the Forum's Owner

The PGIO reserves the right in its sole discretion to edit, delete or move posts and to take steps to uphold the purpose of the Community Forum. These steps may include suspending or banning members from the Community Forum. The rules set out in this document are not meant to be exhaustive; there may be instances where Community Forum moderators will use their sole discretion to take any action, as deemed necessary and appropriate.