Posting links to other websites is mostly
Links to Useful Information
Please feel free to post links to useful, reliable information that is relevant to breast cancer. You can put links within your posts and we also have a special section for Information and Resources where you can post links to useful websites and other sources of information. This includes links to other forums. (If everyone decides to pack up and go to http://www.breastcancer.org
or another forum, never to return, because you posted the link, then so be it!
... at least you have provided some useful information!) We think it's very important to be open and unbiased.
Links to Commercial Sites
We do not encourage links to commercial sites. Our code of conduct says:
You will not use this website, forum or chatroom to promote, advertise or link to commercial services or products or to solicit donations.
There are a few practical reasons for this, including the following.
- You may have noticed forums that have been swamped with advertising and spam. If we dropped our guard, it would happen to us quite quickly. We need to avoid that. The 'No Advertising' rule applies to everyone with no exceptions.
- We need to consider those among us who may be at a vulnerable stage of their journey. This should be a safe place for all of us.
- Our volunteers give their time freely for us, not for the financial benefit of any commercial enterprise.
However, (and there is obviously a 'grey area' here) if a commercial website is relevant to a discussion and is mentioned in context then I personally see no problem with it.
For example, in a discussion about mastectomy clothing, a link to the Amoena website would be quite appropriate. A link to drug company spec sheets in a discussion about a particular drug would also be acceptable. The link to Sexyland offered as assistance to another member was fine, Kelly.
Definitely Not Cool
Links to dodgy sites such as those selling cheap medicines or promoting miracle cures are obviously not acceptable and will be deleted. Links to unproven remedies are not acceptable, unless clearly relevant to the discussion and clearly described as unreliable, unproven, whacko, whatever..
I can't cover everything here, this is just a guide but we trust that you will be able to judge what is and isn't appropriate. If you're not sure, you can always ask. And if we do remove a link that you have added, please don't take it personally.