Community Rules for MyDepressonConnection

Teri Robert Health Guide
  • Over the last few weeks, we've had some questions about what is and isn't appropriate to post on MyDepressonConnection. Most of these questions centered around whether it was appropriate to post about goods (products) and services.


    So, I thought it would be a good idea to explain to you, our community members, our Terms of Service (TOS) say about this and why.


    Here's the what:

    Paragraph f our our TOS states:

    f. You may not post or transmit spam, petitions for signatures, chain letters or letters relating to pyramid schemes. You may not post or transmit any advertising, promotional materials or any other solicitation of other users to use goods or services.

    Here's the why:

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    • There are products and services that are safe and acceptable. Unfortunately, there are also those that are shams and a total waste of time and money and those that are even potentially harmful.
    • Many of the sham and potentially dangerous products and services are sold from web sites that make them look very professional and safe. It can be very difficult to sort out which are the "good" ones and which are the "bad" ones.
    • If we allow one person to promote something, then we have to allow anyone who wants to promote something do so.
    • Unfortunately, some of the people who come to sites such as ours to promote a product talk about how much the product has helped them, saying they want to share their success. Sometimes, these people are lying. They can be found posting to many sites telling how the product helped them with many different conditions, so many that you know they're just trying to sell their product.
    • The Internet provides calculating and unethical people a stage upon which to sell products they know are "snake oil," partly because they know that people desperate for help will try pretty much anything.
    • We feel very strongly that all HealthCentral sites should be "safe harbors," places where our members can turn for information and support without people trying to sell them things.

    Yes, in order to provide our site to you free of charge, we rely upon advertising, and much of it is from pharmaceutical companies. However, our advertisers understand that their advertising does NOT affect what is discussed on or sites. Our experts give you information and their opinions without regard to the advertising. At times, some of them have made negative comments about the very product being advertised. If you ask any of our experts what's being advertised on our sites, they may very well not even remember, and can't tell you.


    Hopefully, this will help clarify any questions you may have about what's considered to be "spam" and why.


    Now, "back to our regularly scheduled program" and talking about depression!


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Published On: April 23, 2009