General Forum Rules

We strongly recommend that forum contributors display their real name in their profile. Whilst not an absolute condition of use, we find it helps improve the quality of forum contributions (and we provide an anonymous login for those occasions when members who normally display their real name want to maintain anonymity).

Better still, complete your VetSurgeon Profile (My Account > Edit My Profile). This will help give your posts context, and help you connect with others in the profession, both on and offline.

    Devoid of facial expression, the written word can appear stark and uncompromising. Compensate for this limitation by using additional words, phrases and 'smilies' to soften what you're saying (this is a good rule of thumb for ANY electronic written communication). Try to be concise without being terse. Be especially welcoming and helpful to posters marked as 'Newbies' or 'Students'.
    Posting multiple times within a single discussion thread, especially sequentially or when not replying to a question put to you, can have the effect of drowning out contributions from other members. So be self-disciplined about the quantity of posts you make to a thread. Make each one count. Allow others to speak. Remember that the more people contribute to a given discussion, the more valuable it becomes for everyone. To reduce the number of posts you might need to make, use the 'Review Entire Thread' and 'Quote' buttons to reply to multiple points in a single post, rather than posting ten individual replies to different people.
    Respect the fact that many readers will have read your posts within the same thread or in other forums within the site. Try not to repeat substantially the same point unnecessarily. Offline, it would be called 'banging on'! 

    If posting a question for others, use the search tool to see whether it has already been asked before. If an existing thread only partially answers your question, consider adding your additional question to the existing thread, rather than starting a new one.
    If a thread triggers an off-topic thought that you would like to discuss, use the 'Tangent' feature to start a new, linked discussion.

Additional IMPORTANT rules apply to the clinical discussion forums.

In addition, standard blurb applies:

  1. Working Communities does monitor this forum regularly. However, due to its real-time nature, it is impossible for us to guarantee to review any or all messages or confirm the validity of any information posted. Please remember that Working Communities is not responsible for any messages posted by other users of this forum, and nor can the company vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any such messages. All messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this forum or any entity associated with this forum. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact the editor immediately. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
  2. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or which otherwise violates any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this forum.
  3. Although Working Communities cannot guarantee to review any messages posted, and is not responsible for their content, we reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Working Communities, and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). Working Communities reserves the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.