FAQ and Guidelines

Help us make the Choice Forum a great place for discussion! Please follow the guidelines below to make sure that your messages will be published without any fuss!

Confidentiality and Anonymity

We need to ensure that the confidentiality of people being supported is maintained. Please be respectful of the people you support and do not disclose their real names, location and/or service location. Our moderation team reserves the right to check all messages before they appear on the forum, and may change names, locations and some other details in order to anonymise posts containing sensitive information.

If you want a particular message to have complete anonymity, this forum offers an excellent way of doing so: once you are logged in, click on your Profile Picture in the top right corner, and then select Anonymous Mode:

Your Profile Picture will change to a round icon with the letter “A” and you can now post anonymously.

We strongly recommend that you use this feature for making sensitive posts!

Once you have made your anonymous post, you can exit Anonymous Mode:

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

The topics discussed here matter to us. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

If you want to respond to something by disagreeing with it, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Personal attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by making the Choice Forum a friendly and interesting place to be.

The forum software we use for this community provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify interesting contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, and so forth. You can use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators may sometimes miss something which should not have appeared on a public forum. When you see a post which you are concerned about, please flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention. You can flag a post by clicking on the Flag symbol underneath a person’s post, left to the Reply button (the little symbols will get darker and easier to see once your cursor gets close to this area):

Alternatively, you can flag a thread by clicking on the Flag symbol at the bottom of the thread:

In order to keep the Choice Forum a safe and friendly place, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account at any time for any reason .

Always Be Civil

Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech. Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit. Respect each other. Don’t harass or give grief to anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place:

  • Try to start your topic in the right category
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics and/or categories
  • Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, click the Like button, which
    you can find underneath each post (the heart will go from grey to
    pink on mouseover):

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This site is run by volunteer moderators and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things work here, or how they could be improved, open a new topic in the About This Forum category and let’s talk about it! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by an About This Forum topic or flag, contact us via our Contact page.