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Current Registration Agreement
« on: October 22, 2013, 11:16:27 pm »
Please read the following agreement, and at the bottom of the page, click the "I accept" button that relates to your age group.

Rules & Guidelines for the BenzoBuddies Community

BenzoBuddies was established to provide practical help and emotional support for those wishing to quit benzodiazepines. Membership of our community is free. However, in the interests of engendering a harmonious atmosphere, you must abide by our rules and guidelines. Please note, this is a public forum. Your contributions to the community are accessible by non-members, and are likely to be indexed by search engines.

Forum Rules:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to participate within the BenzoBuddies community.

  • You may create only one account with BenzoBuddies. You may not share your account or login details with anyone else. If for any reason you need to create a second account (for example, you cannot retrieve the password to your original account), you must inform a forum Administrator immediately upon creating your new account.

  • To help protect members against those who would seek to misrepresent themselves or run several accounts at BenzoBuddies (please read the above rule), and to aid the forum team in managing the forum, members and visitors are not permitted to use a proxy server/connection to access the BenzoBuddies Community. Please use a regular, non-proxied connection to access our forum.

  • Although we are not "an anti-benzo website", we are dedicated to help those who wish to quit benzodiazepines. We therefore require that you do not promote the use of benzodiazepines within our community, as this would be at odds with our Mission Statement.

  • You must not knowingly post false statements, nor obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful or threatening comments/material. Additionally, your contributions must not violate the laws of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, or the laws of your own country.

  • Please do not post profanity - disguised or otherwise - at this forum. Members will have differing sensitivities to the use of swear words, so it is better to avoid their use altogether. The use of profanity can also contribute to a less calm atmosphere. If a swear word is mild and infrequent, or if the member is particularly upset at the time, we might choose to let the rule infraction go unchallenged. Do not take any such examples of such leniency as a green light to post more of the same.

  • Although we deeply sympathize with those experiencing suicidal feelings or ideation, to protect the sensitivities of the greater majority of our members - and most importantly, for your safety - discussions and commentary regarding suicide, suicide ideation, self-harm, or threats of self-harm, are not allowed at this forum. If you experience such feelings or thoughts, you must contact your doctor or other suitable healthcare practitioner. You will find more information on our Suicide, Self-Harm & Threatening Behaviour webpage.

  • Whilst some of our members report negative experiences with doctors, psychiatrists, or the wider medical profession, and although we do not wish to outlaw comments about how members feel let down or mistreated in their personal medical care, you are not permitted to use this community as a platform to spread general anti-doctor or anti-psychiatry propaganda. Nor should you, unless you are posting a recommendation, name those involved in your healthcare. For more about this policy, please read our Anti-doctor, Anti-psychiatrist and Anti-medicine Comments notice.

  • You may not use the PM (Personal Message) system, the Chat Room, or the Shoutbox for withdrawal and taper advice. These features are primarily intended for moral support, fun, and distraction. Please post your taper and withdrawal questions and concerns to the forum boards for wider discussion and feedback.

  • Do not denigrate specific religions, ethnicity  or culture.  We are a support group for all those experiencing problems with benzodiazepine use or withdrawal - this is our common bond. We do not condone prejudice in any form.

    In addition, please do not use this community to promote or proselytize a specific religious viewpoint.

  • You may not post advertising or promotional content at this forum. Helpful, relevant links are welcome and appreciated, but posting links for the purposes of promotion of products and services is not allowed.

  • Be polite towards, and respectful of, your fellow Buddies. We do not tolerate attacks upon fellow members. Any account created for the purposes of causing arguments and/or ill-feeling, will be banned.

  • You are not permitted to post your contact details to the BenzoBuddies forum. Nor should you solicit the contact details of other members. Links to (or requests to join) Facebook or any other social networking websites which may potentially identify members' true identities are not allowed.

  • Members of this community are not to be used as research subjects without the express permission of and each and every member/subject that might form part of the study.

    Members and visitors to the BenzoBuddies website and community are not allowed to compile data, email addresses or personally identifying information of our members, nor solicit such information from our membership.

    Where appropriate, we will report such rule/ethical infractions to governing ethical bodies.

Additional Advice & Guidelines:

  • You are responsible for all your contributions and actions through the BenzoBuddies forum and community.

  • We strongly advise members to remain anonymous. You should avoid creating a membership name that relates to your real name, or to names you use anywhere else online or in your real-world life.

  • Habitual and/or disruptive editing/deletion of your posts may result in you no longer having the ability to alter or remove your posts. This policy is to protect the integrity of contributions from other members.

  • Please adopt a non-prescriptive writing style. Relating your experiences, stating options, or posting suggestions of what other members might do, are all welcome. However, advising members of what they should or must do is against the ethos of the BenzoBuddies Community. Nor should you attempt to 'diagnose' medical problems or suggest medical treatments for other members. This policy also applies to members with medical qualifications. A more detailed explanation of this policy can be found in our Guidelines Regarding the Giving of Medical Advice document.

  • If it is determined that any of your posts, comments or behavior are in violation of our rules, are disruptive to the smooth running of this forum, or bring the community into disrepute, we might edit or delete your comments, and/or apply other, proportionate sanctions against your account.

  • BenzoBuddies reserves the right to move, remove, lock, or edit any thread (topic) or post for any reason.

  • Rule breaking may result in restrictions being placed upon your account with BenzoBuddies (the removal of specific functions or features). More serious rule breaking, or habitual rule breaking, might result in your account being banned or deleted.


Medical Disclaimer:

In no way should this web site be considered as offering medical advice. The content on this site is provided for informational and support purposes only. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read at BenzoBuddies.

The information on this site should not be used in place of the advice of your health care provider. Should you have any questions, please call or see your health care provider promptly. Please consult them about the applicability of any opinions or recommendations offered here with respect to your own symptoms or conditions.

Any opinions expressed on this site are the opinions of the authors. This site does not assume any responsibility or liability for the contents of any material provided here. We assume no responsibility or liability for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any information, idea or instruction contained in the materials on this site.

Member Security Advice:

Security is important to us at BenzoBuddies. We wish to provide you with as secure an environment as possible.

To help protect the Community, as well as your own privacy, we have a few tips for you to consider.

For your own protection, please be prudent about giving out any personal information such as your telephone number or street address.

It is important for your anonymity and protection that you choose a membership name that does not relate to your real name, nor any other name or persona you use in another part of your life. You will not be able to alter your name once you have created your account. Your membership name will appear to the general public, and will be easily traced through search engines. For similar reasons, do not post your personal details to the community. Fellow members do not need to know your real name, your phone number, where you work, or the name of the city in which you live to provide you with the support you need.

It is important that your password here is different from passwords you use at any other forum or Internet site, or even your email account. If you suspect that your password has been compromised, go to your membership profile and change your password immediately.

Please try to change your password at least every few months.

Following these tips will help keep BenzoBuddies a safer and more fun place for us all.

You agree to abide by the rules of You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages posted on this Forum. Please remember that we do not actively screen posts and are not, therefore, responsible for message content. The messages expressed are those of the author and not necessarily the views of BenzoBuddies. We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.

You agree, through your use of this site, to grant the owners of this site a perpetual,  irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use the content of your posts as we see fit or in compilations of material from this site.
Suggestions, opinions and/or advice provided by the author of this post should not be regarded as medical advice; nor should it substitute for professional medical care. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your medication. Please read our Community Policy Documents board for further information.