Encouragemint Forums: Terms & Safety
The Encouragemint Forums provide an opportunity for people to share their experiences, stories, and feelings with others as well as to both give and receive emotional support. To participate in the forums, you must provide a username and password along with an email address.
All users of the Encouragemint Forums are required to follow the rules at all times. Those rules are available here. Encouragemint is not responsible for the content of any individual posts, compliance to the forum rules by its members and users, or any consequences thereof.
Users of the forums (including but not limited to laypersons, administrators, professionals not affiliated with Encouragemint, along with professionals and non-professionals alike who may volunteer with or be hired by or otherwise associated with Encouragemint) may post or respond to the posts of others offering support, encouragement, and/or advice. However, it is important to keep in mind that these users of the Forums may provide poor, inaccurate, inadequate, or even misleading information or advice. While others may mean well, they may also have been misinformed themselves and/or be inclined towards further disseminating misinformation. Also, while most people may have good intentions, we must also recognize that not everyone does.
To that end along, Encouragemint is not responsible for any advice or information provided by anyone participating in or using the Forums. Encouragemint administrators, moderators and other personnel, while trained, post their own personal views and opinions. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent the views, opinions, and/or beliefs of Encouragemint. Encouragemint is not responsible for the activity of, or content posted or otherwise communicated by its users, including but not limited to its administrators, moderators, and other such personnel.
Due to logistics and the inherent functionality of web forums, the Encouragemint Forums are not designed nor capable of addressing emergency or other time sensitive situations, including but not limited to abuse or neglect of a child, elder, or vulnerable adult, threats of or claims of actual or intended violence towards oneself or others, medical emergencies, or other such crises.
The forums are not monitored 24/7 and thus even the most desperate cries for help may not be responded to in a timely manner. However, even if Encouragemint personnel have seen a post of this nature in a timely manner we lack the resources, local connections such as hospital locations, domestic violence shelters, and information about area social service agencies, as well as if not most critically the contact information needed to quickly reach out to the individual or individuals in need such as a phone number and/or address. Anyone participating in the Encouragemint Forums must understand these limitations and agree not to post information about imminent crises of any kind. Instead, please contact your local emergency services such as by calling 911.
Additionally, by participating in the Forums you agree not to upload or transmit any content to the Encouragemint Forums that infringes on or otherwise violates any rights of any party, such as but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights. By submitting communications or content, you agree that all such submissions and content is non-confidential and non-proprietary for all purposes.
Similarly, political propaganda and/or politically motivated content, promotional material of any kind, harassing language or personal attacks on others, discriminatory posts, inappropriately sexually overt or suggestive language, images, or other such content, crude or obscene non-sexually themed language or content, requesting personal information from children, especially those under the age of 13, and providing professional advice of any sort regardless of your actual credentials, training, experience, or other such qualifications is prohibited.
You are solely responsible for your own communications, your reliance on any communications from others found in the forums, and any such breaches such as those described above along with the consequences thereof that may result. Encouragemint will remove any such content from the Forums when it becomes aware of its existence. However, since the Forums operate in real time and content is not held in a queue or other such reservoir prior to being posted, we cannot guarantee that such material will not at times get through.
Encouragemint is not responsible for the consequences of any content, communications, or other material including but not limited to text, images, graphics, video, audio, external website links, or otherwise that may be posted in or through the forums such as but not limited to forum posts, email, and instant messages.
Personal and Online Safety
Encouragemint is proud to offer opportunities for our visitors and members to make connections with others through our website. At the same time, you must be mindful that when dealing with people through the Internet certain safety precautions need to be taken.
Encouragemint does not screen members in the forums, moderators, advertisers, article authors, or other individuals whom you may come into contact with directly or indirectly through the use of this site for a history of criminal or other potentially harmful behaviors.
It is important to remember that there are inherent limits to confidentiality and anonymity when using technology, including the various services available on this website or otherwise available through Encouragemint. Websites are publicly available and thus all posted content, including forum posts, article comments, and otherwise may be visible to others, including non-registered site visitors. We offer no presumption or guarantee of privacy for information that you voluntarily and publicly post.
Please use your discretion when choosing to share any personal information with another person you've met online. We encourage you to provide only broad and general information about your location and/or identity and never any personally identifiable or direct contact information. For example, if you post your phone number or exact address in the forums then that information would be available for anyone and everyone to see. We highly discourage you from posting your real name, street address, personal email address, current place of employment or education, phone numbers, or other similar pieces of personal information about yourself or other people in your life including but not limited to family members, friends, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and other associates.
Please also keep in mind that it is always possible that a person may choose to be less than fully honest with you. A person for example may insist that they have a certain background or area of expertise that they do not have, they may offer an opinion that they present as a fact, may lie about their age, gender, location, or intentions, etc.
We cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shared by any member, visitor, or user of this website and are not responsible or liable for any misdeeds, misguidance, or inaccurate information of any kind you may receive, whether intentional or unintentional. We encourage you to use your own discretion and not to meet in person with those you’ve originally met online.
Additionally, there are inherent risks associated with people who may present themselves online through forums such as these as trained professionals or otherwise qualified to provide clinical advice, treatment, diagnostic information, or other such opinions and views.
It is important that you consider the source of the information you receive. Even well-meaning individuals can be mistaken or misled, and not everyone is well-meaning.
You are encouraged to seek the consultation and advice of properly trained, qualified, and licensed professionals in your local area whom you can meet with directly as opposed to relying on the presumed experience and qualifications of someone posting online. Proper clinical, medical, psychiatric, and/or psychological treatment is best provided following a thorough in-person assessment.
Encouragemint is not responsible or liable for any inappropriate or harmful actions that may result in having interacted with someone through this website. This includes, but is not limited to physical harm or injury, physical or sexual abuse of any kind, stalking or cyberstalking, damage to property, theft, financial or other loss, emotional pain and suffering, trauma, diagnoses or prognoses provided that may or may not be accurate, behavioral treatment recommendations, and harm or injury incurred by following the recommendations or suggestions of others such as but not limited to taking medication, partaking in alternative and complementary treatments, using home remedies, and otherwise.
Users and Members Under 13
Encouragemint supports the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 which aims to protect children under thirteen years of age who may disclose personal information about themselves online. The Rule, typically abbreviated COPPA, encourages and helps parents and guardians to know what information about their child(ren) is being collected online through websites and other services such as mobile apps.
In line with COPPA, all individuals under the age of thirteen must obtain parental/guardian consent prior to participating in the Encouragemint Forums. Parents and guardians may also obtain information about what information has been collected and/or rescind their consent at any time. Please click here to learn more about COPPA regulations or to view our COPPA Policy.
Encouragemint reserves the right to change, alter, or otherwise amend this policy at any time and without notice. By continuing to use this website and the services contained herein though Encouragemint, Inc. you are agreeing to the terms of this policy.
Effective: March 12, 2017