Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share experiences and ideas, with the objective of getting the upper hand on PFS.
The Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS) is a very personal and even threatening subject for us affected patients. It is therefore often hard to keep an emotional distance with respect to the subject matter being discussed.
In the following, we have outlined our community rules. Their purpose is to make propeciahelp.com a valuable resource and community for all PFS patients. These are guidelines to aid the human judgement of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilised discussion.
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and come back to it later.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of having a more focused and productive discussion.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we ask that you act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with what is being said.
You may wish to respond to a post with disagreement. That’s fine, but remember to criticize ideas and not people.
- Ad hominem attacks (attacking the person rather than the idea)
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
- Knee-jerk contradiction
- making posts of a deliberately divisive nature
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Our forum software provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s leave our community better than we found it.
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness, therefore:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Even though we are talking about PFS, don’t post anything obscene.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Be empathetic. It is important to be aware that PFS can affect people to different degrees and not everyone’s experience or symptoms will be identical to your own.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum. Pursuing commercial interests, be it through solicitation or posting sponsored links, is considered as spam.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
Contributors should refrain from making declarative statements regarding the etiology of PFS without significant and specific evidence. Take care not to present your ideas and experiences as definitive medical advice or diagnosis. Instead, try to provide information of what has worked for you, or others on this site. We welcome theoretical discussion or speculation, and simply request that it is clear from your post that you are presenting your opinion and the basis for that opinion.
As examples, instead of using definitive statements about the condition that can appear as factual claims such as “PFS is this”, “This will work every time” or “Do this and it will cure you”, consider using language such as “I believe…”, “You could try…”, “This has worked for me”, et cetera.
Recruitment of users to medical regimes or other websites is not allowed. Users have previously expressed concerns over the recruitment and potential monetisation of Propeciahelp members, so please do not link to external sites or forums even it appears easier to point to information hosted elsewhere. Instead, please share in your Member Story or the Therapeutic Efforts category precisely what brought you symptomatic improvement. This also ensures that collated information is not subject to loss following the closure of external sites and services.
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- Try to start your topic in the right category.
- Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
- Don’t post no-content replies. Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.
- Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.
- Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.