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The Rules of the Road

These forums are provided to our patients for the exchange of support, education and appropriate information related to weight loss surgery and a lifetime of better health.

To make this the best experience for everyone who participates, please remember these rules of the road.

Any posts made that are outside the purpose of the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss will be deleted and/or moved as deemed by forum administrators.

When using the forums, please:
• Be honest.
• Be constructive.
• Be polite.
• Be respectful of others’ opinions and viewpoints.

When deciding what to talk about, please ask yourself:
• What am I willing to share with the public?
• What do I feel is too private to share?
• What will my story teach those who are listening?

Please note: The use of this free service is done so as a privilege and not as a guaranteed right. Please see our terms of service for full disclosure of the rights the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss has in managing this service.

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Terms of Service

NOTICE
By participating on the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss Patient Forums you are accepting these Terms of Service and agree that you have read, understood and will abide by them. The Southcoast Center for Weight Loss staff has the sole discretion to remove posts without warning or explanation.

Please remember that the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss is not responsible for any posted messages or the content contained within those messages. The Southcoast Center for Weight Loss does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the content of any message. The Southcoast Center for Weight Loss is not responsible for the availability, accuracy or content of any links that are posted, nor does it endorse them.

Use of this free service is done so as a privilege and not as a guaranteed right. You are a guest here and as such are free to come and go as you wish as long as some very simple rules, regulations and guidelines are adhered to.

Use these forums at your own risk. These forums do not expressly or impliedly create any warranties about the content; neither are they private.

MEDICAL ADVICE DISCLAIMER
Information contained in this website is not medical advice and should never be used in place of advice from your physician or other health care provider.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 or contact your doctor immediately.

You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here.

POSTING & CHAT ROOM
You agree that you will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false or defamatory, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, threatening, libelous, invasive of another member's privacy, or is otherwise in violation of any federal or state laws.

LINKING TO OTHER SITES
You agree by posting that you will not link to or otherwise engage in any action to entice or pull others from this community for commercial reasons. Use of our private message (PM) system to spam or contact members for the purpose of promoting another site may result in a member’s PM access to be deactivated.

Deactivation of a member’s PM access is at the discretion of the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss.

Examples of acceptable use of personal linking include links to your personal website, your personal blog or your personal page that contains educational resource material.

Linking to educational, news or published material
Members may desire to support the community by sharing (linking) to educational, news or other published content on the Internet. Any commercial misuse or attempts to repetitively post the URL will be considered a breach of the Terms of Service and the account will be placed on moderation.

SCREEN NAMES
Members may not impersonate another person, including a Southcoast Center for Weight Loss staff member. Use of screen (display) names for the purpose to bash, defame, impersonate or otherwise cause harm to a person or entity will be deemed cause for immediate moderation of your account. Member accounts with an avatar or screen (display) names that are in violation of this Terms of Services will be placed on moderation and notified.

Posting or responding to a message in a way clearly intended to incite anger, useless arguments or rants, or for launching personal attacks and insults, being hateful, giving useless criticism, name calling and using profanity, is cause for immediate moderation.

We reserve the right to edit posts that may violate the terms of service herein. Moderation of an account, post removal and thread removal decisions are at the sole discretion of the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss.

The purpose of our public message boards are for the exchange of support, education and information appropriate for the consumption and use of message boards. Any posts made that are outside the purpose of the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss will be deleted and/or moved as deemed by forum administrators.
Posts that you freely publish on the forums may remain, even if your profile is removed, and its removal is at the discretion of the management.

ADVERTISING AND SELLING
Any use by you of any other subscriber's information, personal or otherwise, for any commercial or non-commercial purpose or to obtain direct financial gain (e.g. mass marketing) is prohibited. Any such use shall be deemed to be a violation of these Terms of Service.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Southcoast Health System, Southcoast Hospitals Group, Southcoast Center for Weight Loss and its directors, employees and vendors, from and against all losses, expenses, damages and cost, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation of this agreement or any activity related to your account or any other person accessing the website using your account.

YOUR PROFILE
The Terms of Service also apply to member profiles. Any inappropriate links or content, per the Terms of Service, can be removed with or without warning. Members who violate the Terms of Service by posting inappropriate content are eligible for termination of their account.

Members are free to post photos within their profiles, but photos must be with clothing. Additionally, it is suggested you request permission of any other person in the photo posted.

Please note that when you post in public forums, on message boards and in chat rooms, all or parts of your posts are subject to being copied or reprinted by other community members. The Southcoast Center for Weight

Loss reserves the right to use online posts or chats or parts thereof for use in online or printed material. We will not use the posters full name or online identity without prior written permission.

CREATING NEW USERNAMES OR ACCOUNTS
You agree, through your use of this service, not to impersonate any other person or entity, whether actual or fictitious. However if an account is made for the purpose to harass another member, get around moderation or cause problems on the message boards, the account will be removed immediately without warning.

INTERNAL PRIVATE MESSAGING SYSTEM
The Southcoast Center for Weight Loss provides a private messaging system for the member's convenience. Members are encouraged to communicate with each other through our private messaging system.

If you are harassed or receive an unsolicited advertisement through the private messaging system, please forward the complete message to info@southcoast.org.

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