|Health and Relationships has its own dedicated moderation team, who are:
- Coke Or Pepsi
- Rock Fan
They run around like crazy trying to keep these forums tidy and running smoothly. But they can't do it alone - they need your help, so please do report any rule breaking you see on the forums or any misplaced threads, even if you're not 100% sure. It's better to draw our attention to things so we can check and be sure than miss something :)
In addition (and superseding) the general site moderation policy, our specific Health and Relationships moderation policy is as follows:
Suicide and self harm threads
We will close threads discussing suicidal or self harm feelings and intentions. It's not that we don't want to talk to you, it's that some members give out upsetting or misleading, sometimes even dangerous, advice. Don't be offended if we close your thread. The Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) are professionals who listen and don't judge, they're just an ear, something you were probably looking for when you decided to post. Alternatively, you could visit the National Self Harm Network forum for support from users and trained staff.
People want to talk about it, naturally, but this isn't sex chat. We don't want hints, tips, or position talk. We don't want to know what about your sexual preferences, and we're not the place to help you decide which vibrator to buy!
Threads discussing illegal activity
Threads discussing illegal activity such as taking drugs will be removed in almost every case. Exceptions would be where you are asking for advice on how to support someone with a drug habit, or how to talk to someone about your concerns about their drug taking, for example.
Images are turned off in this forum as people use them mostly to spam. Please don't post photographs of genitals as this constitutes adult content. Linking to a labelled diagram to aid your point is permissible, but we will use our judgement to see whether it crosses the line or not
'3 strikes and out' policy
If you receive 3 warnings from Health and Relationships, you will be banned permanently from these two forums. Your second warning, therefore, will be your 'final warning'. This policy is intended to target the persistent troublemakers who break the more serious rules such as trolling, insulting posters, abusing the anon function etc.
Spam will be removed and may result in a card being issued. We will be toughening up on spam in forums and threads of a sensitive nature, particularly in the Sexual and Mental Health forums
Trolling, insulting or abusing other members
Posts of this nature are not acceptable, and will result in a card being issued.
Misuse of anonymous function
Misuse of the anonymous function is typically where you have posted something which didn't need to be anon, but does not otherwise break the rules.
Abuse of the anonymous function
Abuse of the anonymous function is where the anonymous function is deliberately misused, usually for the purpose of breaking the rules. This will result in a card being issued due to the abuse.
Inappropriate posts in self harm/suicide threads
Due to the extremely sensitive nature of these threads, posts which encourage members to commit suicide, self harm, or otherwise give information/instructions about how to commit suicide or self harm, will receive a temporary ban Similarly, posts insulting, berating or otherwise insensitive posts will also receive a temporary ban.
Encouraging or condoning illegal activity
This particularly applies to encouraging or condoning the use of illegal drugs. Even if you intend it as a joke, your post will be removed and will result in a card being issued.