COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
FertileThoughts.com


OBJECTIVES OF SITE


FertileThoughts.com ("FertileThoughts") is an online community site for people who are dealing with family building issues. Our mission is to provide timely, comprehensive, and accessible medical information on infertility treatments, adoption, surrogacy, and any family building matters, and to give people a place to share their experiences with others dealing with similar situations. We are independent of any drug company, HMO, medical practice, or other health care organization in order to ensure unbiased, objective, credible information. We keep the right to choose who will advertise with us, in order to make sure that no harmful or offensive products or services are offered on our site.

GENERAL POSTING GUIDELINES


Here are the Community Guidelines to remember and follow when participating in the forums, blogs, chatrooms and other offerings. These are in addition to any terms and conditions set forth in the Terms of Use for this site: We actively moderate our forums. We remove posts that contain language that is inappropriate or offensive. We don't allow commercial posts (see details below). We don't allow posts that distribute software. We don't allow posts that contain material you do not own. Before posting any information that is not your own original work of authorship, you must obtain the consent of the copyright owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information will be held solely responsible. We don't allow posts that personally attack another user, moderator or employees of FertileThoughts. We reserve the right to remove, re-categorize, or split threads. We don't allow posts sent by vendors that are directly promoting their services, including linking to their website. We assume no responsibility for any transactions made between members. We reserve the right to ban users who violate these rules or our Terms of Use. Depending on the severity of violation and other circumstances, the user may first receive a warning via email or may be permanently banned without warning. We use automated technology to monitor user posts on FertileThoughts in order to remove language that we deem to be inappropriate or offensive. Because the technology we currently use only recognizes English, we reserve the right to remove any posts that are not in English.

TAKE CARE WITH SPECIFIC PERSONAL INFORMATION

The FertileThoughts forums, blogs and chatrooms deal with important personal areas of life. You may find that you're very comfortable sharing the details of your pregnancy and fertility issues. However, take care when revealing information that could easily allow another user to determine where you work, exactly where you live, and other specific details of your life.

RESPECT OUR MODERATORS

In many cases, FertileThoughts moderators are volunteers who help make the forums and chatrooms a nice place to be. Please be courteous to them. They will do their best to help answer any questions you may have, but they may not have time to respond to every request.

AVOID DUPLICATE POSTS

Duplicate discussions are frustrating for everyone. Do not post duplicate discussions across several threads or categories. We encourage you to report any duplicate posts you may see.

REPUBLISHING YOUR WORDS

One of the best ways to encourage more participation in these discussion boards is by sharing your very best quotes with a wider audience. So from time to time, we may take various quotes and use them in emails, advertising, and promotional efforts. If we do so, we'll only use your screen name. Also, we promise to use great care in the quotes we choose. We will never use a quote from you that is embarrassing, endangering or inflammatory.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

FERTILETHOUGHTS AND ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED ON OR PROVIDED THROUGH THE FERTILETHOUGHTS SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. THE CONTENTS OF THE SERVICE ARE FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Nothing contained in this site is or should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This site and its services do not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional health care advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. FertileThoughts does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that appear on the site. Reliance on any information provided by the Fertile Thoughts service or users of the service is solely at your own risk.

MEDICATION AND DRUGS

Federal regulations strictly FORBID sale or any type of exchange of medications online. Posting messages of that type is not allowed. This includes messages offering fertility medications for sale, or soliciting the sales of prescription medications as well as seeking to donate or receive such medication as donation. These posts will be deleted and repeat offenders may be banned from the site without further warning.For more government related information about this subject, check out http://www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline/faqs.html.

COMMERCIAL POSTS

Please do not post commercial messages or solicitations in FertileThoughts' message boards or in our chatrooms. This includes messages promoting your small or home-business as well as any other businesses, request for good-cause donations, contributions, charities, etc. Furthermore please do not link to personal or commercial sites offering services (including IVF, Surrogacy, Adoption etc.) or items for sale from your signature. This is equal to advertising and will not be tolerated. If you wish to advertise please contact us and a representative will get back to you with information.

Do not post links to your eBay (or other auctions sites) items for sale on FertileThoughts' message boards or in our chatrooms. We don't object to these posts so long as they are done on the specific boards where these posts may be appropriate, such as the "Small Business, employment, eBay and other opportunities" boards under Community Forum. If posted anywhere else, these posts are a nuisance and will be moved or removed. Repeat offenders may be banned from the site.

You are not allowed to sell items on the Fertilethoughts' small business and auction boards unless you have at least 250 post on Fertilethoughts.

DATA QUALITY/ACCESS

FertileThoughts gives users the option to change and modify information previously provided, as follows: To edit or change your entry in Personal Histories, go to that section, locate your entry and use the "edit" feature. To change or remove a chat you have scheduled on the Calendar, please write to Kim@fertilethoughts.com. Please write Feedback in the subject line of the email sent; otherwise it will not be addressed. To have your picture removed from the Picture Album, or your entry removed from the Guest Book, please write to Kim@FertileThoughts.com Please write Feedback in the subject line of the email sent; otherwise it will not be addressed. To have your Java Chat Room registration removed from our records, please write to Kim@FertileThoughts.com.

ABOUT: FertileThoughts.com

Largest social networking site focusing on fertility and infertility


Fertile Thoughts is designed to provide support to women, men, couples and singles who are building their families. We provide forums on infertility, adoption, pregnancy and parenting. Launched in 1996, and acquired by Fertility Authority in 2010, Fertile Thoughts is the world's largest social networking site focusing on fertility and infertility.