Friday October 24th 2014

User Terms of Use

Purpose

Addiction Blog is a peer supported and professionally moderated community. It has been created for users to share experiences, information and support regarding addiction. However, the information provided on Addiction Blog is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.

User Guidelines

All Addiction Blog users (including contributors and administrators) must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Users are responsible for adhering to the guidelines below and for following administrator instructions.

Advertising – Advertising or any attempt to sell products through Addiction Blog is strictly prohibited. You assure us that you will not solicit through your posts or comments. If you attempt to promote or advertise any products without written authorization from the administration, we reserve the right to remove close your account. This is done to protect our members from scams, spams, and false advertising. Messages that promote, advertise, offer, or ask for contact information in regard to (but not limited to), websites, personal websites, links to pictures, businesses, freebies, surveys, polls, products or services will be immediately removed. Additionally, users that post such advertising are subject to ban.

For example, you may identify products or services regarding addiction and share your opinion about them. Naming a book title and author is allowed; sharing contact info about how to buy the book is not. You may reference strictly informational websites, unless the website advertises products or services.

All caps – Writing in all capital letters is considered SHOUTING and is considered very rude. A word or two in caps is fine, but shouting is not recommended.

Authority – Administrators have authority and decision-making control on Addiction Blog. Please refrain from assuming authority over other members in any way. Do not tell others what to post, when to post, where to post, how to post, or why to post. Instead, please report problem users to the administrators using the contact us form. Please do not question the decisions made by administrators in public, but address your concerns privately.

Be respectful – Be courteous and respectful of others online. Always remember the Golden Rule!

Copyrighted information – Do not post copyrighted information on eHealth Forum without prior consent of the person or entity who owns the copyright. Users will be held solely responsible for posting copyrighted information; eHealth Forum is not responsible for posted information that may violate copyright law. Copyrighted posts will be removed as soon as they are known to eHealth Forum.

Documentation – All posts, comments and article submissions are automatically dated on Addiction Blog.

Fraud – Do not impersonate other individuals or falsely represent yourself. Do not post under secondary usernames or alias user names other than your main account for the purpose of arguing, degrading or belittling other readers. If you do so, your posting privileges may be revoked.

Language – Improper, inappropriate or bad language result in removal or user ban. It is also important to remember people from other countries may be participating in the conversation and language barriers may be an issue.

Minimum age – We believe that addiction affects every person in a family unit. Therefore, there is no minimum age for the use or participation on Addiction Blog.

References – We ask that you provide references such as dates, bibliography or link information to the health/medical claim when it is not personal experience. Personal experience is any symptom, test, treatment etc that you or a close family member has undergone himself/herself.

Report misuse – If targeted by a bully, do not respond. Keep all ORIGINAL correspondence, with dates and times if possible, and send to administrators via the contact us page. If the messages are of a threatening nature or safety is a concern, contact local law enforcement as soon as possible.

Think before posting – It is important to note, what is posted online today remains online forever.

Truthfulness – All Addiction Blog users should undertake to disseminate only information that is true and correct in light of your knowledge.

Administration

This platform is professionally moderated by an administrative team qualified by a university degree or equivalent, and who exhibit excellent organizational, management and communication skills. However, administrators are not healthcare professionals, nor do they offer health advice or health information.

Administrators(s) are clearly recognizable throughout the site and visit the site on a weekly basis. Comments are first reviewed by administrators according to editorial guidelines and are only published when they meet these standards. Users may be banned without notice from Addiction Blog for posting messages containing: advertising, sexually provocative content, disrespectful content, fraudulent behavior or personal attacks.

Addiction Experts

All users are by default considered as non medical professionals. Internet users posting comments on this blog should not be considered as health professionals. Addiction experts will be identified. If a health professional provides medical information as an Addiction Blog contributor, status as a medical professional will be identified with an icon.

Disclaimers

Information presented on this site is for educational or entertainment purposes only. The authors of the articles in this site do not dispense medical, legal or professional advice, nor do they prescribe any treatment or strategy that should be tested without the advice of a professional. In fact, material presented in article and blog segments is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified licensed medical professional. You are responsible for your own actions should you use any information found on this site.

Addiction Blog advises all users with health problems and concerns regarding addiction to consult a personal doctor. Furthermore, always seek the advice of your medical doctor or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment for addiction, making any changes to existing treatment for addiction or if you have any questions or concerns about your condition. Do not delay seeking medical advice or disregard current medical advice based on information written by any author on this site. No health information on Addiction Blog is regulated or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore the information should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a medical doctor.

Liability

AddictionBlog.org and its parent company does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or product represented on this site. The materials in Addiction Blog cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. To the fullest extent possible, Addiction Blog expressly excludes all liability in respect of the information and opinions contained in articles, blogs or forums, this website, or any sites linked to this website.

Endorsement

Addiction Blog does not endorse or recommend anything. The views of contributors to this site are owned by them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Addiction Blog, its management team or owners. Further, Addiction Blog does not recommend any product or service found via any advertisement within this site.

No Warranty

When using this site, you may find many links to 3rd party Internet sites. Addiction Blog is not responsible for the content or availability of these 3rd party sites. Addiction Blog does not warrant or guarantee the products, services, or information found on external or 3rd party sites.

Advertising Policies & Disclaimers

Your correspondence or business relationship(s) with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers and/or merchants found on or through any of the services contained on this the website, including but not limited to payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such relationships, are solely between you and such advertiser or merchant. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you agree that: (a) Addiction Blog or its parent company (Triangular Media, LLC) shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as the result of any such relationships or as the result of the presence of such advertisers and/or merchants on the Service, and (b) any orders placed by you on, and any product specifications and product availability appearing on, the Service are subject to confirmation by, and the terms and conditions of business of, the relevant merchant.

Editorial independence and website funding – Addiction Blog maintains absolute editorial independence throughout the website. Addiction Blog operates under the direction of the non-profit organization, Addictive Media and has its headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Like most other commercial websites, Addiction Blog receives funding from third parties who pay for the right to advertise their companies and products on our site. This funding supports the site’s efforts to develop comprehensive and credible consumer health information. At times, third parties pay for the right to sponsor certain areas of information on our site. Addiction Blog may agree to develop information about a certain topic in return for this sponsorship. However, Addiction Blog develops this information in accordance with our editorial policy and practices; sponsors have no editorial input or influence on the information itself.

Advertisers and sponsors also have no influence over the order of the listing of responses to a search request on our site. We do not allow advertisers or sponsors to purchase priority listings in our search engine. Furthermore, Addiction Blog purchases and serve advertisements on our site. We do not receive commissions on purchases you may make when you leave to visit the site of a company advertising on Addiction Blog.

Advertisements clearly identified – All advertisements, sponsorship acknowledgments, promotional, and commercial information in the form of articles, or display advertisements (banners or logos), are separated from consumer health information. All advertisements are clearly indicated and easily identifiable as such and are distinguished from other information. Information marked “Advertisement” on Addiction Blog may include advertisements and offers from third parties as well as “in-house” advertisements that will link you to consumer health information we wish to highlight. Each advertisement is clearly labeled. For example, we print the word “Ads” along the top or the side of a box in which the advertisement or sponsorship acknowledgment appears.

Advertisements are not targeted to individuals – Advertisers and sponsors may target their messages to specific health information categories within our site, but Addiction Blog does not target advertisements to individual users on our site. In other words, we do not use personal information about you to determine which advertisements you will see when you visit our site.

No endorsement – The appearance of third-party advertisements or sponsorship acknowledgements on Addiction Blog is not a guarantee or an endorsement by Addiction Blog or any of our content partners of the organization, product or service or the claims made for the product or service in such advertisement or sponsorship acknowledgement. Additionally, the herbal and/or alternative products advertised on Addiction Blog and all claims pertaining to such products are not guaranteed to have been thoroughly tested. Thus, all information regarding the efficacy, contraindications, side effects, etc. of these products may not be available for review at this time.

No pop-ups – There are no Pop-Ups anywhere within the AddictionBlog.org site. If you receive one as a result of clicking on any of the 3rd party links found within this site, know that they did not originate from our site.

Clicking on advertisements – If you click on a third-party advertisement, you will be leaving Addiction Blog and will be directed to the advertiser’s site. Be aware that Addiction Blog has no control over the practices of other websites. Your computer may receive cookies from other sites and you will not be protected by Addiction Blog’s security and privacy policies. At times, when you click on an advertisement, a box will pop up asking you to respond to a survey or poll or answer a question. These boxes are controlled by the advertiser; information you enter into these boxes is submitted to the advertiser, not to Addiction Blog.

Sharing aggregate user information – Addiction Blog may share accumulated, anonymous statistical information regarding site usage and traffic patterns with our advertisers and sponsors. Information in these aggregated summary reports cannot be linked to you individually. Any information provided by you to the advertiser is not controlled by Addiction Blog.

SPECIAL NOTE: Addiction Blog may modify any of the terms of use at any time and in our sole discretion, by posting notice of a change or a new agreement on our website. Your use of the website constitutes binding acceptance of these terms.

Last modification date: 11/06/2013