OCD Action Forum Etiquette

This is a supportive community for people affected by the OCD spectrum of anxiety disorders, one where you can share your thoughts openly and honestly with people who understand. 

In order for it to remain a supportive and harmonious community we have created an Etiquette Guide. 

All communities including internet forums have standards of behaviour that are considered to be acceptable. Forum etiquette is a way of maintaining a standard of posting behaviour that is both acceptable and appropriate. 

Before posting for the first time, or if you haven’t already done so, please read the following forum rules and guidelines: 

Remember posts on the forum can be seen by everyone so please do not post anything that you would wish to remain private. 

Do not post personal and identifiable information or content that would be embarrassing to others. See Safety on the Forums. 

It is important that you follow any instructions or requests that the keymasters or moderators post. Failure to do so could result in your account being blocked. 

Being considerate on the forums: 

  1. Please welcome and encourage new users. 
  2. Try to help others and not just ask for help. 
  3. Do not use offensive or abusive language. 
  4. Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. Remember good manners cost nothing. 
  5. Learn to empathise and consider the feelings of others including those without OCD that post on the forums. 
  6. Respect others by taking the time to read the posts properly and not just pick out the bits you want to see and ignore the rest. Improperly read posts are a frequent cause of tension on the forum. 
  7. Stay on topic. Topics do gradually change direction and it’s alright to go with the flow, but don’t suddenly post something that is nothing to do with the topic. 
  8. Respect others by not interrupting a discussion with your own problems or by holding a private conversation with someone else on their thread. 
  9. If when reading a post you have an immediate strong reaction such as distress or anger, then take time to consider your reply. Take a step back to give yourself time to get your emotions in check, and then reread the post. Then write your reply on your computer, leave it for a while and then go back to it and reread, if necessary rewrite it and then post it. Don’t immediately reply to a post when you are feeling angry or distressed. 
  10. Remember there are ways of putting your point across without being offensive or inflammatory. Personal attacks on other forum users are unnecessary and will not be tolerated. 
  11. Do not attempt to settle personal differences on the forums. Should you have a problem with another member then please contact one of the keymasters or moderators. 

When posting on the forums: 

  1. Do not use all upper case for thread titles. 
  2. Do not post using all upper case. Not only is it considered to be shouting on a forum, it’s not easy to read. Upper case can be used to emphasise a point but not for the whole post.
  3. Do not use slang or acronyms unless you explain what you mean at the beginning of your post. 
  4. Do not use text speak or similar. 
  5. Do not post a lengthy post as one long paragraph especially if you have more than one point to make. Put each point that you are making into a separate paragraph. It’s much easier for people to read and then reply if it’s not in one long paragraph. 
  6. Do not post excerpts from articles, books, magazines or the internet etc unless you also post the details of the source of the excerpt. Give details of the article, book, magazine or website address so that others can read the full article that you are referring to. 
  7. Do not post the same message on several forums (cross post). 
  8. Do not post the same message twice on the same thread (double post). 

When starting a thread: 

  1. If it’s your first thread/post then please introduce yourself and let others know whether you have been diagnosed with OCD or not or are a carer, parent or friend. 
  2. Look to see if the subject you want to post about is already being discussed as it is sometimes more productive to join in on another thread rather than start another one on the same subject. 
  3. Use a brief title that gives some indication of the content of the thread. Be patient and don’t use words like “help” or “urgent” in the title. 

When replying to posts: 

  1. Only post if you have something to contribute to the discussion and not reply for the sake of replying. 
  2. Keep the length of any quotes that you use to a minimum. 
  3. Stay on topic. Topics do gradually change direction and it’s alright to go with the flow, but don’t suddenly post something that is nothing to do with the topic. 
  4. Respect others by not interrupting a discussion with your own problems or by holding a private conversation with someone else on their thread. 

We hope that by using the OCD Action forums you will gain support from others who can understand and feel able to voice you thoughts and concerns. You will also be able to make new friends and so feel less isolated. 

Thank you for using the OCD Action forums 

 

 

 

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