Beginners Guide to Posting in the Forum
Once you have registered with the forum, you can make posts and access restricted area's and additional functions such as the "Search" function and "View New Posts" function.
This forum is for the discussion of spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis and that is the main focus of topics. As a result, although other disabilities are welcome to join the forum, their interaction in spinal cord injury specific discussions should be limited in order to not dilute the advice of discussion.
This website is a way for those with spinal cord injuries to share experiences and opinions. Any medical matters, treatments or alternative therapies discussed on this website should be thoroughly reviewed by a medical professional or therapist before being acted upon. Under no circumstances should you alter prescribed medication or a medical care plan without consulting your doctor or care plan supervisor first. The content of all posts in this forum are the unqualified opinions of the respective posting members, and not that of www.apparelyzed.com. Members are not medically trained to give medical advice, diagnosis or prognosis, and replies are only therefore opinions of respective posting members.
Self harm posts and suicide threats posted on the forum are beyond the scope of this website and will be removed.
If you are posting to request help on a problem, you can help those who might take their time to help you by making sure to include the following in your request:
1 - If you are here only to buy or sell equipment and do not have a spinal cord injury, please say so in your profile in the "Spinal Cord Injury Level" field as: "Buying/Selling Equipment" .
2 - Include your spinal cord injury level, gender and geographical location in your profile Here. This will help members give a more accurate answer to your posts.
3 - Tell people about yourself in your profile, you can write about yourself in the "About Me" section of your profile. To add text, go Here.
4 - You can leave a comment on a member's profile. Find the member's profile, and scroll down to the "Comments" section, type your message in the text box, and press "Post". Note that comments can be seen by everyone.
5 - You can send a private message by selecting the members profile, and on the left under the members profile picture is a link saying "Send Me A Message", click it, you can then send a private message to the member.
6 - Post writing tips - Try to split your post into paragraphs, with line breaks between them, as it is easier to read than one continuous block of text.
7 - Try not to write lengthy posts and replies, rambling on, and going into a separate subject, readers will get bored and skip your topic, leaving it unanswered. It also makes it difficult to extract the information from the post which the topic was originally about.
8 - When posting a topic, find the forum most relevant to your problem, and press the "Start New Topic" button. Make sure you add a "Topic Title" which best describes your topic. Then write your post in the large text box. When you're happy with your post, press the "Post New Topic" button. If you make a mistake in your post, you will have 2 hours in which to correct it, after which time, the post will be set.
9. Religious and political discussions should only be discussed relating to disability issues and must be conducted with respect for each other's opinions. These type of discussions will be restricted to the Member's area of the forum. If posts become offensive in nature they will be deleted at the discretion of the forum Moderator or Admin.
10 - Post your topic only once in the forum that is most appropriate for your problem, multiple posts in different forums just confuse the issue and those trying to help, and will be removed.
11 - Don't post your topic in your "Recent Status Updates" area of your profile. This section is just for quick updates on your everyday life, similar to a Twitter status, and is only viewable by other members.
12 - Personal fundraising requests such as "gofundme" are not allowed on the forum and will be removed.
As you use the forum, you will find other features, but hopefully the above guide will help you get that initial post out on the internet, and allow others to respond with helpful advice.
Chat Room Use
The Chat tab at the top of the forum shows how many members are in the Chat room, not how many members are trying to contact you directly.
Please note that access to the chat room will only become available to new members after they have contributed a minimum of 5 posts of informational value in the discussion forum. Please do not just make 5 posts of emoticons, duplicate posts or three word replies, they will be removed. Please try to make posts that have a valuable contribution to the forum.
When you log in you will be able to see the last 30 lines of public chat.
The public release of chat transcripts is not allowed. The conversations in the chat room are private between the individuals in the chat room at the specific time of conversation. If a member wishes to copy and post transcripts of the chat room on the internet, then all individuals present at time of the chat session must give their written permission for the transcript to be released.
Designation & Post Count
New Member 0-4
Intermediate Member 150-1999
Advanced Member 2000-4999
Super Advanced 5000-9999
Super Geek 10000
Designation & Post Likes
Esteemed: 1000 and above
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