COPD360social Community Guidelines

About COPD360social:

Managed by the COPD Foundation, COPD360social is an online social network where members are able to share thoughts and ideas, ask questions, start discussions, read and comment on articles and blogs and communicate with peers, thought leaders and community managers.

Our top priority is to foster an environment of respect and safety, and as such we ask that you follow the Community Guidelines outlined below. We aim to cultivate a space in which all of our members feel empowered to share their experiences and support one another in a positive manner.

Contribute:

COPD360social is a community for all things COPD. The more you contribute to the community the more it will blossom and thrive. Share your thoughts, ideas and inspirations. Help others by posting and answering questions. We want to hear from you!

Respect:

Please respect all community members. The Community does not tolerate bullying or harassment. Members are encouraged to engage in dynamic conversation, but failure to communicate in a respectful manner will result in removal of posts and potential removal from the Community.

Language:

We want COPD360social to be a site that is comfortable for all to visit. Please do not post offensive language or upload any offensive material to the site. Any offensive posts will be removed from the site.

Opinions:

COPD360social is an online community that provides a platform for individuals to share their thoughts, ideas and views. Please note that content posted does not represent the official policies or views of the COPD Foundation.

Medical Advice:

It is not our intention to serve as a substitute for medical advice and any content posted should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While we encourage individuals to share their personal experiences with COPD, please consult a physician before making changes to your own COPD management plan.

Pictures

COPD360social allows members to share photos with friends. Before posting any photos, please keep in mind:

  1. Once photos are posted on the web it can be difficult to remove them. Make sure that the photos you post are ones that you are comfortable sharing.
  2. Please be sure you own or have the rights associated with the photos you are posting. We ask that you respect copyrights and trademarks as well as others’ intellectual property.
  3. Please reduce the size of the photos you are uploading to roughly 1000x1000. Images should be jpeg or png format and less than or equal to 1MB.
  4. Photos containing the following will not be allowed on the site: nudity or other sexually suggestive content, hate speech, credible threats or direct attacks on an individual or group, content that contains self-harm or excessive violence, pictures of any illegal activity, fake or impostor profiles or spam
  5. The COPD Foundation and managers of COPD360social will not use your images without receiving approval from you first.

Adverse Event or Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting:

COPD360social is not a place to report an adverse event or adverse drug reaction. If you experience any difficulty with a medication or therapy, please report it immediately to your healthcare provider. He or she can help you determine if you should report the event to the Federal Drug Administration. Serious events can be reported by visiting: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/HowToReport/default.htm

Identity and Privacy:

Please remember that COPD360social is an online community and therefore any personal information you post may be viewed by the general public. Only site members are allowed to comment on posts.

Promotion and Spam:

Contacting members in the Community for commercial or charitable purposes is prohibited. Please do not advertise, solicit or fundraise on the Community forum. Sales of goods or items, whether medical or otherwise are prohibited. The Community does not endorse products, therapies, medications, devices, or interventions. Any content considered to be spam will be removed from the website and the user’s profile will be deleted.

Notice of Clinical Trials or Research Studies:

Any entity wishing to post notice of clinical trials or research studies including recruitment or resulting data from a study or trial or conducting any surveys, must obtain prior approval before posting will be permitted. Please contact the Community Manager Bill Clark at wclark@copdfoundation.org and provide complete text of proposed submission to include a brief description of proposed study or trial and contact information for those wishing to obtain additional information.

Participation of commercial enterprises:

COPD360social is designed to be a forum for individuals with COPD, caregivers, and professionals in the respiratory field. Commercial enterprises may not register or participate on the site. However, if an individual in such an enterprise wishes to register as an individual that is permissible providing their participation does not constitute advertising products, their business or services they provide. Anyone violating this will be terminated from the site and will not be permitted to re-register.

Display or User Names:

Display names using the name of products, businesses, profanity, or illegal substances will not be permitted.

Termination:

COPD360social retains the right to suspend or terminate your account without prior notice.

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