Since, the beginning of the summer, I have been getting a number of messages or emails asking about Spine-Health forum violations, warnings, penalties, banning, etc.
I started to review the past 18 months of major problems that resulted in banning of members. I think it is important to share that review here.
Prior to that, the major violation that resulting in banning of a member inappropriate, vulgar or hostile actions towards another member. Believe me, I am so happy not to see those type of problems any more.
Spine-Health policy: 3 Warning and you will be banned.
Here are the top three reasons for getting banned at Spine-Health:
1 - Spamming, Solicitation
It is amazing to see just how many people put up their web sites, pointers to where to buy cheap online drugs, workout gyms, etc. We try to catch these as fast as possible. We send them the initial warning. You would be amazed at just how many of those members try to bombard the site with their URLs, so, they are generally banned within a day or so.
2 - Playing Doctor
This is a much more serious infraction then the above. Cause here is where people can and already have been hurt.
My team looks out for these offenders all the time. No body gets hurt by someone soliciting, but by provided medical advice to other members, that is a major serious offense. Everyone to some degree provides advice, but it is so important that it is stated clearly as personal opinions and not formal medical advice. No member at Spine-Health is a doctor, if they are, they were first required to register with the owners and were not permitted to post medical information on the forums.
3 - Lying, Trying to fool other members, Returning after being banned
Here is one that I and my team has always had trouble with. Why would anyone on this site try to lie or fool other members? Why would they try to deceive?
We had one member last spring that was banned and yet they continued to re-register at Spine-Health almost daily with a different member name. It was almost funny, because the person had the 'same' style of posting, so no matter what member name they used or whatever email they came up with, they were spotted.
I feel very proud of our members here. I communicate this frequently to the owners. This site has so many outstanding members whose major objective is to get information and to help other members. I belong to many online forum sites, granted some are technical, but I've seen some of the other medical sites. Things can get pretty rough and nasty out there.
Its so good that we dont see this here. Sure, we have occasional problems, but overall, we have the best member community anywhere. It is always so important to remember, that, its the members that make the site what it is.
Our thanks to all of you.....
And to those folks that will go out of their way to help us identify those 1-2-3 offenders.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences