README: Guidelines,Disclaimer,Terms of Service, and Privacy.

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Forum Rules, Guidelines, Disclaimer, Terms of Service, and Privacy

This forum is not for medical advice. It is for orthopedic residents, students, and staff to discuss orthopedic education. Posts requesting for medical advice will be deleted. Any spam or advertisements will also be deleted.

Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning. Also, we encourage the use of the search function to avoid re-posting information that has been dealt with before.

Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "Don't know which program to choose?", "Will I get in" etc. Examples of good titles include; "University of X information?", "How many away rotations should I do?", etc. A more descriptive title will allow better search functions. Also, many programs have different abbreviations, so using the full title will also help out the search function.

Members should also post one topic at a time. Posts asking questions about multiple programs make it hard for the search function to work efficiently.

Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is, users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or colored text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.

Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials.

Members should remember that this board is aimed at a professional audience of medical students, residents, and orthopedic staff and that it is read routinely by laypeople, students, medical students, residents, and orthopedic staff.

Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning or banning the user.

Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users re-printing copyright material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that it owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants Orthogate and users of this site the non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such information or other material.

Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline () image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.

Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes posts advertising new orthopedic products and services, spam blogging, etc... Users posting spam will be banned and their posts will be deleted. See specific item on spam and 3rd party linking for more information.

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The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above), the revocation of private messaging, or banning..

This forum is a service of Orthogate. Orthogate accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. Orthogate disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by Orthogate or any third party. In no event shall Orthogate or its moderators be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever.

Signatures

Signatures may contain up to five lines (one line being that displayed on a browser opened to 800px width) of text (of small or normal size) and/or one image, valid combinations include; a single image of no more than 60px high, 468px wide and 6KB in size. Signatures containing an image this large may also include one line of small size text. Signatures containing an image of 30px high may include up to three lines of small size text or two lines of normal size text. Images of 15px height or less may allow up to three lines of normal size text or four lines of small size text.

Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, etc.

Links are permitted in signatures. Such links may be made to schools, residencies, clinics, and other orthopedic sites. Links are included within the text and image limits above. Links to offensive sites may be subject to removal.

Users abusing these rules will be warned or banned.

Avatars

Users are permitted to utilise a gallery avatar or to link to one of their own (subject to previous points on misuse of bandwidth). User defined avatars are to be no larger than 90 pixels square, contain no animation, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimiking ranks or copying avatars of team members), may not exceed 6KB in filesize and have a consistently high availability (i.e. links to images on slow servers or those prone to failure may be removed).

Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, etc. Users abusing these rules will be warned and/or may lose their avatar

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Privacy

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