Forum and Online discussion rules

The weekly forum is for young people aged 17 to 24 and its important to us that its a safe and therapeutic environment for all those using it. 

We base a similar emphasis on The Online Discussion Threads.These can be joined by signing up.

These rules are to help you be clear about what is and is not allowed to happen in the group or on the discussion threads.

At all times we reserve the right to remove or modify any content posted on the website for any reason whatsoever. In addition, we reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to terminate your access to the forum or discussion threads at any time.

We will not post or allow content that:

Is considered likely to encourage or provoke others in relation to their eating disorder.

Whilst we want to create an open and honest context for you to discuss your eating disorder, and we understand that this may involve candid discussion, we reserve the right to remove material that we decide is unsuitable.

Abusive or disruptive behaviour is not allowed on either our Forum or discussion threads. This includes:

• Harassing, threatening or causing distress or inconvenience to any person or people.

• Flaming: This means posting something that's angry and mean-spirited.

• Trolling: This means saying deliberately provocative things just to stir up trouble.

• Infringing the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else's use of

• Using multiple accounts to disrupt the site, annoy users, or to avoid pre-moderation or restriction of your membership.

• Bumping or creating duplicate comments, posting in such a way as to cause technical errors, or any other attempts to disrupt the normal flow of comments.

Users who seriously or repeatedly demonstrate such behaviour may have their access permanently restricted and will not be allowed to return to our Forum or discussion threads. 

Please note that Caraline reserves the right to edit, move or delete any content or comment, or terminate access, at any time, for any reason.

For any reason if it is Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Sexually Explicit or Abusive

Content and comments that contain offensive content are not allowed on Caraline. Racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable material will be removed and if extreme will result in immediate and permanent restriction of your membership.

Contains language likely to offend

Using unnecessary swear words (including abbreviations or alternative spellings) or other language likely to offend is not allowed in either the forum or discussion threads and we reserve the right to remove some or all of the content or comments containing it. In some cases the moderator will edit out the offending material leaving the rest of the comment or content visible on the board. If so the link will be replaced by [Unsuitable language removed by moderator].

Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity

Uploading content or comments with the intention to commit a crime, break the law, or condone or encourage unlawful activity is prohibited.

In addition we may remove content and comments that we consider could endanger other users: for example, offering medical and health advice, or encouraging drug or alcohol abuse.

Impersonate another person or user

Users of the site are not permitted to impersonate someone else by, for example, using their name or other personal details to comment or upload content.

Include personal contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email address

Including contact or identification details in posts such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses is prohibited. Please do not reveal any personal information about yourself or others as it might inadvertently put you or someone else at risk.

Comments can only be written in English

Contributions which are not in English are not allowed. This is because we have to ensure posts can be checked and to ensure that other site members understand the conversation. We may expand the languages used on the site in the future.

Add links to websites that conflict with these guidelines

If your content or comment includes external links, please make sure they adhere to our site rules. For example you should not link to:

• Unlawful, unsuitable or sexually explicit content

• Websites that require payment to access

• Foreign language content

In addition to this, comments and content containing broken links may be removed. In some cases the moderator will edit out the link/s leaving the rest of the comment or content visible on the board. If so the link will be replaced by [Unsuitable/ broken URL removed by moderator]

Anything considered to be off-topic for this site

Whilst we encourage a wide and open discussion about lots of subjects, there has to be some connection with the site's main purpose of providing support and a safe place for young people living with an eating disorder. If we decide you are off-topic, we may remove the comment or content.

Caraline Flowers