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Dear Gyncentrum Ostrava users;

As you know, due to ongoing disruption of the supportive element of the thread it was suspended pending Volunteer/admin enquiry.
Firstly I apologise for the delay in getting your threads restored to you. Normally we'd aim to do so within 24/48 hours but the time of year, volunteer/admin holidays and sickness conspired against us. I am pleased to say that we have now had a chance to liaise and agreed a course of action and I will soon be reopening your threads for your continued use and support on FF.

Some things to remember:

Fertility Friends exists primarily to support members who are finding themselves struggling to conceive, or in need of fertility treatment. Beyond this FF had no other agenda, or affiliation with any clinic, service, website or government body. FF also encourages and supports our member's need to debate and discuss the merits of clinics and services, however we do need to be conscious of, and respectful to laws around libel and defamation while doing so, and also conscious of how our comments are interpreted by others. Not all of us will have the same happy/awful experience at the same clinic, and sometimes things are hard to interpret over the written medium and a discussion can easily become inflamed, even if the original poster had no malicious intent. I am sure you all agree that fertility treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about whether the place you come to for understanding and support is going to do that - or stress you out further.
With this in mind we have decided to split the GO threads into two distinctive threads, both of which will have posting guidelines which I have set out below:

Thread 1: Gyncentrum Ostrava Cycle Support Thread http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=272277.0

This thread is for all current patients currently cycling and former patients to offer support.

There will be NO discussions about the quality of the clinic, success rates etc.

Thread 2: Gyncentrum Ostrava General Chit Chat Thread http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=272299.0

It is ONLY for sharing of current information and general chit chat (i.e. current prices/taxi fares/hotels etc.).
All mention of pregnancy chatter will be moved to the PAPAI Czech thread.

Thread 3: Gyncentrum Ostrava Experiences and Discussion http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=253215.0

This thread is for discussing personal experiences with GO, with the aim of offering useful information to all those who are thinking about choosing this clinic.

All posts must be fact based (i.e. not speculative or comparison with other clinics) and based on the member's own perception or experiences (i.e. not quoting "soanso said they had a bad experience".)

You may express opinions if they are based on truths. For example, you may say something like, "In my opinion the decor is dated and a lick of paint wouldn't go amiss" but you cannot say (for example "they lie about success rates and cut corners to lure patients in." The former is based on evidence you have seen with your own eyes; the latter is speculation that cannot be proven and potentially libellous.

Any posts that contain "one liners" of either positive or negative comments with no substance to back them up will be removed. For example a post saying something like "This clinic is bad. Very dodgy practice" will be removed, likewise a post saying something like "Wonderful clinic, definitely worth going there!" will also be removed. If you loved/hated it, you should be able to back that up with facts.

Some general notes that apply to all of FF:

Fertility Friends is a public forum. Please bear this in mind when posting potentially identifying information about yourself.

Respect that perceptions will be different. By all means debate differences but with respect other's opinions and experiences will differ from your own. Don't turn these discussions into arguments/attempts at changing other's minds. If you see the discussion you are involved in heading down that route, step away from the debate.

It is ok to ask others for clarification on something they have posted, but it is not ok to badger or harass them, or attempt to force your own opinion onto them. It is entirely up to the individual if they wish to clarify any points raised and they should not feel pressured into doing so by repeated attempts by others to do so.

Never post in anger or as a knee-jerk reaction; if you find a post that invokes a strong reaction in you, it is always best to walk away and think about how you wish to respond rather than immediately hitting the reply button and ranting.

Do not post anything libellous or defamatory.

If you have a particular experience of any one clinic, it is a good idea to complete a Clinic Review, which you can then link you in your signature should others ask for information on the clinic: Click here for Clinic Reviews: http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?board=139.0 or http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?board=148.0 (non UK). For an effective review, please read the "how to" guide first.

Should you feel a post has been made that is inflammatory or inappropriate, please do not get into a debate with the member about it. Report the post to the Volunteer using the function provided (bottom right of every post).

It is entirely up to the Volunteer's discretion to remove posts that may be considered inflammatory or inappropriate.

It is entirely up to Admin's discretion to issue warnings to members who continuously engage in unsupportive, inflammatory activities on the FF forums, chat room and in the PM system.

If you disagree with a decision by the Volunteer, you may appeal by contacting the Service Desk quoting details via this link http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/component/option,com_contact/task,view/contact_id,1/Itemid,159/ . Do not get into public debates about whether decisions are fair/right or not, and do not get into "PM wars" about it either.

It is entirely at the Admin's discretion to withdraw any threads altogether should they deem it not on the best interests of Fertility Friends or its members.

Please also familiarise yourself with the general Chat and Site etiquette guidelines here: http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=92894.0
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