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    Community guidelines

    What the discussion forum is for
    The AMMF Discussion Forum is a place where people are or have been affected by cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) can share experiences and provide mutual support.

    Our community guidelines
    These guidelines aim to keep the AMMF forum a friendly, welcoming, supportive space for everyone affected by cholangiocarcinoma.

    1) Be kind to each other
    Many people using the forum are going through difficult times. A few kind words can go a long way. Please welcome new posters – it can be very nerve-wracking to post on the forum for the first time.

    Give each other the benefit of the doubt: it can be easy to misinterpret other people’s comments, especially when read or written in haste.

    2) Celebrate difference and disagree respectfully
    A wide range of people with different experiences use the forum. Differences and debate are welcome, but this is no place for personal attacks. Please make your points respectfully. Equally, be prepared for people to disagree with you and try not to take it as a personal attack when it is not meant that way.

    Don’t post any content that treats anyone unfairly because of their sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or philosophical belief, disability, gender identity/reassignment, marital status, family circumstance or age; or anything that is threatening, obscene or in any way offensive. Please do not swear or use terms that people find offensive.

    3) Keep yourself safe
    These forums are public and your posts may appear in internet searches. Please be careful with your personal information. Don’t use your real full name (or email address) as your username, and do not post your contact details on the forum (we will remove them). Think about your safety when arranging to meet people you have met on the forum.

    Please do not share or post anyone else’s personal information.

    For the protection and safety of children, this forum does not support members under the age of 18.

    4) Keep it legal
    Only post your own content, otherwise you could be infringing copyright. This could include poems, stories, photos and reports.

    Please do not ‘name and shame’ individuals or organisations. Publishing statements which damage others’ reputations could leave both the forum user who posted the statement, and AMMF, vulnerable to legal action under libel law.

    5) Keep it useful and honest
    Sharing experiences is at the heart of the forum, but please be careful not to give medical advice.

    The information in AMMF’s discussion forum is shared in a supportive manner amongst those affected by cholangiocarcinoma. It is not intended to constitute medical advice and should not be used to replace advice given by health professionals. You are strongly advised to consult a doctor or other health professional before taking action on information contained on these forums.

    Conversations on the forum can be wide-ranging, but if you post something that is completely unrelated to the original topic, we may remove it or move it to a more appropriate area. We have a ‘General Chat’ area where chat or discussion of more light-hearted matters is welcomed.

    Do not create multiple accounts. Do not pretend to be someone else.

    This is a support forum, so please do not use it to try to sell things to other members.

    6) Alternative therapies
    Please remember that it is sometimes difficult to prove the efficacy of an alternative therapy. Keep in mind that the majority of them are not approved by the medical authorities (i.e. they are not registered drugs or treatments). If you have reliable references then we invite you to provide links to these sources of information.

    How you can help
    Stick to the community guidelines.  If someone posts something you feel violates our community guidelines or terms of conditions please report it by sending an email to with a link to the thread in question.

    How we will help
    We do have moderators whose aim is to keep the forum safe, legal and supportive.  However, we do not approve posts before they go live. This is why we need forum users to take responsibility for their own postings, and to report inappropriate posts.

    We understand that people can make mistakes. If you breach our guidelines, you will usually get a warning. If you continue to breach the guidelines, we will ban you permanently from the site. We issue permanent bans only as a last resort to protect our community.

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