Curb The Chaos Community Guidelines

1. No Attacks or Insults and No Reciprocation

  • Do not attack, mock, or otherwise insult others. You can respectfully disagree with the message or topic, but you cannot attack the messenger. This includes attacks against the user’s spelling or command of written English, or belittling a user for posting a duplicate topic.
  • If you are attacked by another user, and you reciprocate, you will also be subject to the same consequences. Defending yourself or a friend is not an excuse! Do not take matters into your own hands – instead, use the Report Post link to report an attack and we will be happy to handle the situation for you.

2.No Hi-Jacking, Trolling, or Flame-baiting

  • Please stay on-topic within a forum topic. Off-topic or derogatory remarks are disrespectful. Please either contribute politely and constructively to a topic, or move on without posting. This includes posts that encourage the drama in a topic to escalate, or posts intended to incite an uproar from the community.

3. No Promotion of Unsafe Weight-Loss Techniques or Eating Disorders

  • Posts intended to promote potentially unsafe or controversial weight loss products or procedures, including non-medically prescribed supplements will be removed without warning.
  • Profiles, groups, messages, posts, or wall comments that encourage anorexia, bulimia, or very low calorie diets of any kind will be removed, and may be grounds for account deletion. This includes positive references to ana/mia, purging, or self-starving. Our goal is to provide users with the tools to achieve their weight management goals at a steady, sustainable rate. Use of the site to promote, glamorize, or achieve dangerously low levels of eating is not permitted.

4. Show Respect to All Groups and Individuals

  • No derogatory references to sex, gender, weight, body-type, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, or endorsement of violence against any person or group, even if couched in humor, will be permitted. This includes expressing stereotypes about any group or community.

5. No Public Posting of Private Conversations

  1. Do not publicly post an email or private message from any other Curb The Chaos user, moderator or administrator at any time.

6. No Intentionally Hurtful Topics

  • Topics which are started with the intent to belittle others, either directly named or through enough descriptive commentary to be possibly identified, are prohibited. This includes posting about past events gone sour, divulging personal information, or spreading gossip or rumors. At our discretion, any post referring to the behavior or posts of other users of the site will be removed.

7. Do Not Publish Private Contact Information

  • For your safety, do not post personal information such as telephone numbers, emails, mailing addresses, instant messenger ids, etc

8. Posts Must Abide By All Legal Statutes

  • Do not post messages that violate federal, state/provincial, or local laws which include, but are not limited to, anything that violates a copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or is bound by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
  • Posts which promote or encourage illegal activities, including, but not limited to, use of illegal substances, violence against others, and procurement of prescription drugs without a prescription, are prohibited.
  • Images containing hateful or violent imagery, depiction of illegal activities, or copyrighted material are not allowed and will be removed.

9. Do Not Post the Same Topic on Multiple Boards

  • Please choose the most appropriate board for your post and post it once. Posting the same message to multiple boards or multiple groups is a form of spam. Please note that this is NOT a guideline against inadvertently posting a question another member has asked before. We explicitly allow members to post questions that have been asked previously by other members. If you see a member post a topic that you think has been asked before by another member, please respond politely or simply move on. However, the same member cannot ask the same question or post the same topic more than once.

10. No Airing of Grievances With Moderators

  • Protesting a moderator or admin action is not allowed on the Forums or in Groups. If you have a question or concern about a moderator or admin action, please contact HELP with your concern and we will investigate the matter promptly.
  • If you have concerns about another poster, or wish to report a guideline violation, the only appropriate venue is to use the Report Post link. You may not air such concerns on the message boards themselves. If you have a general concern that does not involve a specific member, you may post your question in the Feedback or Help forums.
  • Threats made to moderators will not be tolerated, and will result in an immediate ban from the site.

11. Violation of These Guidelines May Lead to Disciplinary Action

  • We reserve the right to delete or lock topics, to disable the posting privileges of any member, or to deny anyone use of our site at anytime, for any reason, at our discretion without warning or notice. Conversely, we reserve the right to dismiss a reported post if we find it does not violate a guideline.

Additional Guidelines for the Main Forums

1. No Advertising, Self-Promotion, or Fund-Raising

  • You may not post any links or mentions of other services, websites, or businesses from which you or an associate might benefit financially or otherwise. You also may not solicit off-Forum contact from which you might benefit, e.g. “message me for more info”, “I can get you free samples”, etc.
  • Requests or solicitations for donations are also not allowed. This includes requesting contributions to “pooled fund” competitions, requests for votes in any venue (online contests, etc.), and even requests for charitable contributions. As you can imagine, we have a lot of people who would like to raise money for worthy causes through the site. As much as we’d like to support these causes, if we were to allow requests for donations, the forums would quickly become full of such requests which would take away from the main purpose of the forums – to support one another.
  • Posts or messages to members promoting websites that compete with Curb The Chaos are also prohibited.

2. No Profane, Vulgar, or Sexually Explicit or Illegal Images

  • All images on the site, including all profile pictures and images posted in the forums, should be work-place friendly. While we reserve the right to remove any photo we feel is inappropriate, here are some partial guidelines as to what is not acceptable:
    – no nudity
    – no underwear, thongs, g-strings, or banana hammocks
    – no pants or shorts worn mid-hip or below (no saggers)
    – no photos in which hands or objects are the only bodily covering
    – no excessive cleavage (if you would wear it to work, it’s probably OK)
    – no close-up shots of cleavage, butt, breasts or crotch in any state of dress
    – no hateful or violent imagery
    – no images containing profanity or vulgarity
    If you are photographing yourself to demonstrate successful weight loss, tight fitting spandex is a great way to show the change in your shape, while still abiding by these guidelines. Photos altered to present inaccurate weight-loss results are prohibited. Please keep the experience at Curb The Chaos encouraging by keeping your “success” photos authentic.

3. Please Post In English On The Main Forums

  • Because we need to ensure that our moderator team can properly understand and evaluate all posts, we request that all posts are made in English.

4. Three Strikes and You Are Out

  • We feel strongly that posts or actions disregarding these guidelines jeopardize the supportive atmosphere of CTC. Such posts may lead to consequences including warning, suspension of posting privileges, or, in extreme cases, removal of a user from the site. As a general practice, we will operate on a “three strikes” system. If moderators block you from 3 topics for any of the above reasons, you will be permanently banned from CTC community. Strikes older than six months will be dropped from a user’s record, unless three strikes have been accumulated in that time.

These guidelines are subject to change.

Thanks for your cooperation and we hope you are enjoying the site!


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