Podiatry Arena is a forum for communication between foot health professionals and the rules and guidelines for the conduct in the forum reflect that.
Podiatry Arena is not a forum for those with questions about their foot problems.
There is no charge for joining Podiatry Arena. We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below.
This is a community of Podiatrists, Podiatry students and other health professionals with an interest in foot care. Podiatry Arena is a place where it's okay to be yourself as long as you always act with respect for your fellow members as well as the Podiatry Arena staff.
There is tremendous diversity in age, race, gender, language, location (worldwide) and most importantly, in the scope of practice of podiatry in different countries. Please respect those differences.
If you come across any violations to these guidelines or have any problems navigating the site, do not hesitate to let us know through the Podiatry Arena Contact Form. We'll be happy to address your concerns. Here at the Podiatry Arena we encourage everyone to participate in and enjoy the community while at the same time adhering to these Guidelines:
When newcomers arrive, welcome them to our growing worldwide community of Podiatrists. Many of our community's senior members are a wealth of knowledge and have much to share. Help new members learn about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved in the Community.
Don't attack others. Personal attacks on others will not be tolerated. Challenge others' points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully ... without insult and personal attack.
Think before you post or speak: Do you really want to put your address or telephone number on a public discussion forum? We encourage you to keep personal information personal.
In the same vein, do not ask for personal information from others. Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party will be removed. Information that should be considered personal includes but is not limited to your home phone number, name, and age. If you must give this out for any reason, please do so privately.
There may be places where explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior is appropriate however the Podiatry Arena is not one of them. Discussion forum posts that contain explicit, obscene or vulgar language will be removed. Similarly, discussion forum posts that solicit or offer explicit or X-rated GIFs, JPEGs or similar content files will be deleted without notice!
Do not post the same discussion more than once on a discussion forum or on many forums. Duplicate discussions are frustrating and counterproductive for other members, especially for those whose time and energy is limited. Duplicate discussions will be deleted.
DO NOT impersonate anyone whom you are not, regardless of who the other individual may be. Identity theft is illegal and will not be tolerated.
No Advertising Spam
Do not heedlessly place your advertisements through the Discussion Forums. This will be considered SPAM and could result in the loss of your Podiatry Arena community membership. Please make sure that you are posting for the good of the community, not just for the sake of self-promotion. Do NOT use the Podiatry Arena community for the purpose of 'spam' or excessive advertisements! This includes forum posts, private messages, or emails to other Podiatry Arena members. Our moderators reserve the right to edit or delete any posts they consider to be 'spam'. If we find that you are spamming our community, you will be warned by a Moderator or Site Admin, and it may lead to the deletion of your posts and/or the removal of your Podiatry Arena account.
No Abuse of PM
Private Messaging is provided to the members of Podiatry Arena as a service intended to enhance the Community experience. The purpose of private messaging is to allow for discreet conversations to take place between members. This privilege is not to be abused! Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Any member receiving an inappropriate private message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away. Although private messages are normally only accessible by those who send and receive them, they are part of the database and as such, property of Podiatry Arena. An Administrator, if so inclined, could locate the Private Messages in the database and read them. They are private, but not necessarily secret. In addition, Private Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use private messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.
No Copyrighted Material
Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the discussion forums or software libraries without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. Podiatry Arena shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.
You cannot legally post entire articles or news in the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly its still copyright infringement. Copyright law does not care if you make any money off of the work or not, what matters is if you hurt the potential income of the copyright holder. In this case you would be depriving them of ad revenue and it is illegal. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph. So if you want to post an article you should do this and include a link, or just post the link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.
Overall Community Attitude
Keep in mind that Podiatry Arena is a professional community
Our purpose is to inform, share, help and support others
Always display a positive, friendly attitude
Be respectful of others' opinions
Allow your fellow members to voice their opinions WITHOUT CENSORSHIP
DO NOT deliberately start arguments. Debates are great, as long as they remain respectful!
Be aware that the scope of practice and training of Podiatrists is different in each country. Respect those differences.
Always try to "give" back to our community. For each time you find help or answers here at Podiatry Arena, try to help someone else out in return. You may find that what goes around comes around...
Give people a little time to respond to your requests. There's a lot going on in these forums and it may take a little time for people to notice and respond to your request. Please be patient.
DO NOT just make a negative statement and leave the person hanging out to dry. Although you may consider yourself to be an "expert" now, try to remember that we were all new and learning once upon a time. Take it easy on your fellow members!
Do NOT make threats or implied threats towards other members -- even if you think it's fun.
DO NOT Make Inappropriate or Offensive Posts - including threats, harrassment, swearing, prejudice, slander or deliberate insults/name-calling, or other negative remarks about Podiatry Arena, its moderators and administrators, or your fellow members. Even if this is just your own personal opinion, RESPECT YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS
There's no point in ruining a good debate or discussion by accidentally (or intentionally) offending someone with a personal comment.
Even though this is an international forum, please make sure that your posts are written in English.
We want Podiatry Arena to be open to people of all ages, genders, races, and sexualities, so any inappropriate or offensive posts will be deleted
Posts recuiting members for other forums will be deleted.
Posting under duplicate user accounts are not permited.
Podiatry Arena Discretion
Podiatry Arena and its assigned agents reserves the right to remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the forum. In addition, Podiatry Arena reserves the right to organize discussion forums in order to best serve the majority of our members. For example, narrow-interest or minimal activity topics may, at Podiatry Arena discretion, be relocated to a more appropriate discussion forum, or deleted entirely. Podiatry Arena or its assigned agents also reserves the right to prohibit or delete discussions that are thought to violate applicable law or that may be harmful to other members, the sites that Podiatry Arena or the rights of Podiatry Arena or others. That said, we cannot ensure prompt removal of offending discussion forum posts. We also reserve the right to remove your membership from you should you violate these Guidelines.
Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for Podiatry Arena to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that Podiatry Arena does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. Podiatry Arena does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Podiatry Arena or any entity associated with the Podiatry Arena. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. Podiatry Arena has the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if it is determined 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, in fact, we may not edit or delete posts that break our rules at all. We have many time constraints on us and cannot guarantee that we will be able to edit or delete posts that break the rules/user agreement. If you do not agree with this then do not view or register for Podiatry Arena. Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at Podiatry Arena 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 Podiatry Arena, Jelsoft Enterprises Limited (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We at this discussion forum also reserve 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.
Use of the site is at the discretion of the Administration of Podiatry Arena, and that any use may be terminated by the Administration at any time.
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