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Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
Dear Members,

Our WebMD communities are a wonderful place where members find friendship, support, insight and share ideas. However, there are occasions when a post that is made violates WebMD's Terms and Conditions . We rely on our members to help WebMD maintain a safe and comfortable environment where everyone feels at home.

Please know that no other member will know that you've made a report, nor does reporting a post automatically mean it will be removed.

Here are the kinds of posts about which we're concerned:

  • Spam
  • Advertising
  • Personal Attacks (disagreement is NOT an attack)
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Inappropriate Member Nicknames
  • Use of inappropriate slang and/or masked/veiled profanity
  • Members discussing their personal physicians by name
  • Members who identify themselves as under 13 year of age
  • Too much personally identifying information (phone numbers, home addresses, etc)
  • Posts containing links to inappropriate sites (pornography, etc.)
  • Posts which are nothing more than erotica or soliciting cyber sex.
  • Someone planning suicide and needs our help

The best way to handle any such post on our communities is to not reply (other than when someone is in crisis). Instead, you can help your community by alerting the WebMD Community Moderator staff via the "Report This" link found below each post. You even have the opportunity to explain why you are reporting something.

The moderator staff will receive that report and will review the post to determine whether or not it violates the WebMD Terms and Conditions or if the person needs crisis intervention. If the message is in violation of our rules, it will be removed along with any replies.

Please keep in mind that you should only report posts that you feel are violations of WebMD's Terms and Condition or needs a moderator's crisis intervention. Do not report posts simply because you disagree with the information contained within another member's post.

Thank you for helping to keep our WebMD communities on track. It really does "take a village," and we appreciate everyone who helps us to keep our communities a great place to gather together in our quest to stay happy and healthy.

Yours in Health,

~Andie, & The WebMD Community Staff
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