Our aim is to facilitate discussion among a community of like-minded veterinary surgeons. If you have an interest in veterinary orthopaedics, surgery, innovation and self improvement this forum aims to provide you with a dedicated space with which to seek and share relevant information. Although discussion is guided by users within the community this is not the place to seek or offer specific advice surrounding the diagnosis or treatment of individual patients. Nor is any advice offered here endorsed by vPOP-pro.
In order to meet these aims it is important that all members conduct themselves and their contributions with integrity and respect. As such, we request you read and adhere to the guidelines that follow. Your use of discourse.vPOP-pro.com is subject to these community guidelines and we reserve the right to modify them at any time.
Help to 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 try again later.
Please be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
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 will have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
Please don’t duplicate any discussion, join it instead. Equally, if there are no current discussion topics which are relevant to the points you wish to make, please feel free to start a new topic.
Your Participation Counts
This is a shared learning environment. Please do participate whenever you have something relevant to share. As more people contribute, our community will grow and become a fantastic resource for everyone.
Please remember that 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.
Discourse 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.
Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree
You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That is fine. But remember to criticise ideas, not people and to treat others online as you would treat them in real life. Be tolerant of other people’s viewpoints and simply respectfully disagree when you have different opinions. A better way of moving any discussion forward is to avoid name-calling, ad hominem attacks and knee jerk contradictions. Instead, provide reasoned counter arguments rather than focusing on their grammar, spelling, or tone of voice. This way the discussion will remain on track and relevant.
Communicate with courtesy and respect. Three good questions to ask before posting to disagree: Is it true, is it relevant and is it necessary?
Always Be Civil
Please treat others online as you would treat them in real life. Be tolerant of others’ points of view and accept that opinions will differ. Respectfully disagree and challenge the topic not the person. Please be civil and courteous and remember to avoid posting anything that a reasonable person could consider offensive, abusive or a form of hate speech.
We hope this forum will be used by members of the global vet community so please keep your posts and questions clean. This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions so remember, no obscenities, spamming or anything of an explicit nature! Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
Always respect the privacy and personal information of others on this forum. Equally remember to credit others’ work and opinions and don’t pass it off as your own.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions. Ultimately if a comment is flagged enough times the moderator will make the final decision to intervene.
If You See a Problem, Flag 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.
If you see bad behaviour, please don’t reply. By acknowledging it, you will merely breathe life into it and publicise the poor behaviour. Remember, reward good behaviour by using the Discourse tools provided and Just flag the bad. 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.
Keep It Tidy
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. Please don’t start a topic in the wrong category or cross-post the same thing in multiple topics. Try not to divert a topic by changing it midstream. Please don’t post no-content replies. Finally, there is no need to sign your posts as every post has your profile information attached to it.
Post Only Your Own Stuff
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.
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