Tips for Posting
Stay On Topic:
- All posts should be related to the process of quitting smoking (or other tobacco products) or remaining quit.
- If you want to change the subject start a new thread in a forum where the subject title fits. This way you won’t interrupt a thread (discussion).
- Do not post copyrighted material, links to websites or promote services.
Keep It Confidential:
- The discussion boards can be viewed by the public and it is possible for content to come up as a result of an internet search.
- Your posts become part of the public domain and SHO may use them to promote the program.
- Remain anonymous by not using your last name or other information in your posts that might identify you, like the name of your employer.
- By keeping the forums anonymous it creates a safe place for members to share their personal experiences.
- Do not use “shout outs” (calling out to a specific member) and/or press a member for personal details.
Be a Good Community Member:
(see user agreement for more details)
Members Helping Members:
- It is more friendly and respectful to respond to a member’s post by starting with their user name.
- Avoid typing in all CAPITAL LETTERS as this is considered shouting.
- Consider saying thank you when you find someone’s response helpful.
- Remember that you don’t have to solve other members’ problems. Just try to be supportive and acknowledge their difficulties.
- Encourage other members to express themselves.
- Try not to exaggerate or minimize other members’ emotions. For example, if a member says, "I am feeling a little down" a response stating, "I am hearing that you are depressed right now" wouldn’t be appropriate.
- Remind other members of their successes, helping them appreciate their achievements.
- By supporting others through the quitting process it will help you stay motivated and remain smokefree.
- If you are a long time successful quitter your posts in the forums often motivate others. As a mentor your greatest contribution is through sharing your personal successes and lessons learned.