These forums are the place for members of the Society for Participatory Medicine to discuss topics related to participatory medicine. Our goal is communication, information management, and collaboration. Here are our community guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation in making this a place of comfort and achievement.

. Don’t just lurk. Share your information and insights. We all gain when we all participate.

Forum netiquette:
 There are some standard principles for optimal value in a forum. We ask you to observe them.

  • Search before posting. Look through the existing threads to see if your subject exists before starting a new thread. 
  • Use a simple and meaningful subject line. “I need help” is not useful. Instead:  “I need help finding a resource for malignant hyperthermia.'
  • Stay on topic. If you want to discuss something that is not related to the subject line, start a new thread. (But, search first!)
  • Jargon and abbreviations. When posting, make an effort to use understandable vocabulary and either avoid or explain jargon and abbreviations. When reading, if you see something you don't understand, ASK. There are probably many others who also don't understand. 
  • Cross posting. Though the system allows it, it is best avoided. It runs the risk of splitting a conversation into two disconnected threads. Instead, post your message in one place, and then post a link 'advertising' your post in other groups.
  • If you feel someone in the Forum is misbehaving, don’t address it in the Forum. Notify a moderator.
Be nice:
  • Be patient and tolerant. We were all newbies once.
  • Be hard on ideas - but easy on people.
  • Say please and thank you.
  • No personal attacks, flame wars, threats, or rants.
  • Respect diversity.
  • Consider reading your post out loud before posting it.
Writing style:
  • Be brief and clear.
  • Don’t shout by using ALL CAPS. It is harder to read and considered rude.
  • Use good grammar and check your spelling. Don’t use slang (wassup),  shorthand (u r for you are), and explain technical terms, jargon, abbreviations and acronyms (does MI mean myocardial infarction or mitral insufficiency?)
  • Use language that would be appropriate in mixed company. Don’t curse.
  • Be careful about humor and sarcasm. They are easily misunderstood online.\


  • Make sure it is appropriate for SPM and the discussion group in which you are posting. 
  • Do not plagiarize or post copyrighted material. Summarize and refer.
  • Cite references or post links to supporting material when appropriate.
  • No commercial activity, spamming.
  • Content is king. Avoid meaningless posts like ‘ditto’ and ‘Yes’ and ‘Me, too” unless the original poster has specifically asked for multiple opinions. (A better approach is for the original posters to ask for opinions to be sent directly to them, and then they repost with a summary of responses.)