Rules & Etiquette

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to Member Services via the Contact Us link on this site. Technical questions should directed to our helpdesk.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, please contact member services at memberservices@entnet.org or call at (703) 836-4444.

THE RULES

Be Respectful — Discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversations not create contention. Feel free to disagree with others, but be respectful of their opinions. Respond to the subject and not to the person. Insults, threats, or personal attacks will not be tolerated.

Be Yourself  — You are responsible for anything posted under your name. 

Keep It Clean — All offensive, profane, vulgar, threatening, abusive, sexist, racist, other discriminatory, or derogatory comments or images are strictly prohibited. Such communications may be removed at the moderator's discretion. This caution is intended to maintain the professional decorum of these forums and reduce potential liability risks for participants and AAO-HNS/F.

Think Before You Post — Be aware that information posted online through ENTConnect is available to anyone, do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. This includes critical comments you may make about people, companies, or products.

Forwarding — We know we cannot apply the Vegas rules - "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas", but forwarding messages outside the community is frowned upon and against the spirit of these forums.

No Spam — Spamming and trolling on ENTConnect will not be allowed, this includes using the forum email and private message (PM) system to spam other members. If you receive PM spam, please email it to ENTConnectAdmin@entnet.org.

Advertising — Do not advertise or promote any products, services, or events not affiliated with or officially sponsored by the AAO-HNS/F. This includes referrals and invites to join other message boards or communities, or any promotion to a website with intent to siphon traffic or make a profit. The AAO-HNS offers advertising opportunities through other mediums, but not on ENTConnect.

Surveys — ENTConnect cannot be used to conduct surveys of the AAO-HNS Membership. Please use the AAO-HNS Survey Request Form to request a survey. 

No Posts About Fees Etc. — Do not discuss your fees, charges, amounts you are reimbursed by third party payors, salaries you pay your physicians and other employees, prices for medical equipment or services, or any other similar fee or price-related practice matters. You should also avoid discussions that could be interpreted as planning or facilitating joint responses to or group boycotts of particular payors or companies that sell products or services to you or your colleagues. Such discussions may implicate and/or violate federal and/or state antitrust laws. Please take a moment to review the AAO-HNS's Antitrust Compliance Statement here.

No Posting of Copyrighted Material — Do not post any materials or photos that may have copyright protection or otherwise violate the rights of third parties without permission from the copyright holder. You may include links to such materials on other websites, as long as the materials are properly/legally posted on those websites. When in doubt, do not post or contact member services before posting.

DISCUSSION GROUP ETIQUETTE

Stay on Topic — To ensure the maximum benefit for all involved, only post information relevant to a group's forum. Keep subject titles as concise as possible to help aid fellow members' search.

Be Honest — Do not use the discussion boards to misrepresent yourself. Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. If you include a profile picture, include one of your likeness and not one of your company's logo.

Keep it Useful — Use a meaningful title for you discussion posts to help other members. Do not post empty responses. Only post responses when you have something to contribute. If you want to thank someone, please use the “Reply to Sender” link.

THE LEGAL STUFF

This site is provided as a service for the members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation (AAO-HNS/F).Except when specifically noted, any views or opinions expressed on the ENTConnect forums, blogs, or member-contributed resources, are those of the individual contributors. The views and posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the AAO-HNS/F. The Academy aims to provide quality and accurate information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to on the Community site.

Considering the real-time nature of the discussion forums, it is impossible for us to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted before it appears on the forums. The AAO-HNS/F does not vouch for, or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. We cannot ensure prompt removal of offending posts.

In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to delete posts and suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

AAO-HNS/F specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that result from postings by participants. Although the forums may include links providing direct access to other websites, AAO-HNS/F has not participated in the development of these other sites and does not exert any editorial, or other, control over them. Any hypertext links and any reference to any products, services, or other information by trade name, trademark, supplier, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by AAO-HNS/F. AAO-HNS/F expressly disclaims liability related to the accuracy and content of other sites and use of any products or services referenced in any posting or any linked site.

Participants who post materials on this site (including but not limited to papers, presentations, images, and videos, etc.) shall retain their rights to such materials with the understanding that the materials are being posted for educational purposes and may be reproduced, retransmitted, or reprinted for other participants’ own personal use. As noted above, participants should refrain from posting such materials unless they own the copyright or have authority or permission from the copyright holder to do so. Such posting participants shall be wholly responsible for and shall hold AAO-HNS/F harmless from the inappropriate use of copyrighted material they post on this site.

AAO-HNS/F owns all right, title, and interest in any and all materials posted on this site that have been created by AAO-HNS/F and are subject to copyrights owned by AAO-HNS/F unless indicated otherwise. AAO-HNS/F hereby provides limited permission for users of this site to reproduce, re-transmit, or reprint, for such user's personal use only, part or all of any document on this site. All other reproduction, re-transmission, or reprinting of all or part of any document found on this site is expressly prohibited, unless AAO-HNS/F has expressly granted its prior consent to so reproduce, re-transmit, or reprint the material. All other rights are reserved.

Medical information published here by AAO-HNS/F or by any participant is not intendedto replace consultation with a qualified health care provider. Please consult an appropriate health care provider for such guidance. AAO-HNS/F does not answer specific medical questions or refer persons to specific health care providers.

All information collected from AAO-HNS/F members will be used solely for membership purposes and will not be disclosed to third-parties without the express written consent from the member.

If you see what you believe is a violation of these rules in any of the ENTConnect forums, please notify Academy staff immediately by e-mailing ENTConnectAdmin@entnet.org.