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Welcome to the NursingLink Discussion Board!
This user guideline for the NursingLink .com discussion forums in general is meant as not only words of welcome, but also as a baseline for what is expected of you as guests in this online community. Most of this is common sense, but all of it is still worth saying. Remember that these are open forums, so PERSEC and OPSEC must be observed at all times (PERSEC is personal security / OPSEC is operational security). Unless you are comfortable with it, do not give names, addresses or locations of self or others, and keep your personal info to a minimum. You never know who is reading.
Welcome! This post was created with the purpose of giving you some advice and guidance before you jump into the world of the NursingLink discussion forums. This is a pretty long post, but be patient and read it through – it will help you avoid embarrassment and give you some very helpful background information.
- Read the boards. Don’t just jump right in and start a new thread or subject, because it may already exist. Visit other threads, view the opinions expressed, and get a feel for the flow of discussion that goes on around here.
- Introduce yourself – tell us a little about who you are and what you’re all about. You don’t have to put anything out that you don’t want, just give us some background.
- Your Profile – it’s not mandatory that you put personal information in your profile, but anonymous posters tend to be less trusted than those who are honest in their profile.
HOW TO BEHAVE – Do’s and Don’ts
- Do’s and Don’ts - Argue all you want, but be respectful. This forum is provided to you for free, and is a public forum, but that does not give you the right to be disrespectful.
- This forum supports the nursing community. That doesn’t mean that non-nursing personnel are not welcome, but it DOES mean that certain beliefs and traditions are held in higher regard. Among these are:
- Respect for the job, if not the man (or woman) in spite of inter-service rivalry. All of us like to tease the others about our respective services, but keep it light.
- Don’t question the service of another member. Nothing gives you the right to disparage anyone who helps save lives.
- Those that have direct nursing experience in a given topic have a higher level of regard than others here (within their area of expertise). If you jump in offering your opinions on a particular subject, your level of experience comes into play.
- Sensitive information. Certain information, while not strictly confidential, is still not appropriate for discussion on a forum that is open to a world wide audience. If in doubt, don’t talk about it.
- Don’t rant and rave –Try to use reasoned debate, logic, credible sources, etc. In time you will be listened to with respect and you’ll enjoy your time here.
- Keep a thick skin and a sense of humor. You are in amongst a number of folks who may or may not be ‘PC’. Understand that most of it is in fun.
- Agree to disagree - don’t keep hammering away with a point that another member refuses to acknowledge. Just agree to have a different viewpoint; otherwise the resentment builds.
-Name Calling is discouraged and not seen as a way to “win” a debate. Resorting to name calling generally results in disruptive posts by all parties involved, and will lead to suspension of posting privileges.
-“Calling Out” of a member is not allowed because it disrupts the normal flow of debate on these forums. These are discussion forums. Not a place to air personal grudges.
-Posting “Incendiary” Threads. Members who post extremely controversial thread topics for the sole purpose of aggravating large “groups” of members will have their threads moved and will face disciplinary action by the Moderators.
-Respect the Moderators. The Moderators are those individuals who monitor the forums, assist the members, and ensure that the TOU are adhered to. On this site, the Mods are the all-knowing, all-powerful presence of your little universe. If they give you a warning, HEED IT - the next warning will be your sanctioning (removal off the site). Moderators enjoy some flexibility in applying discipline on these Forums. Members, who calm down, and comply with Moderator warnings will fair better than those who do not.
-Checking profiles: Look at a member’s profile before you get into it with them. Simply click on their screen name and you can find out more about the poster. This is very useful, and will keep you from making mistakes like: referring to a woman as “he”, debating nursing issues with a extremely qualified nurse when you are not. It also lets you find out more about your fellow NursingLink.com members.
-Do not create any games in the forum! We've created a special group where you can create new game topics and play games - Games for Nurses. Click HERE to join the group. You have to be accepted to the group, but once approved, you'll be able to play all the games.
Enjoy the forums!
- The NursingLink Team