It is with some sadness that I have felt compelled to publish this open message to you, @billybonza. I have tried the subtle approach, but I don’t believe that you have subtlety in your repertoire.
We, at Shift.MS, provide an environment to support anyone with MS. It is an informal and friendly place, to share experiences and generally support one another.
We acknowledge that we are all different and that we all have different journeys with this unpredictable condition. There may be cases where there are differing of opinions and that is to be accepted. Reasoned arguments do allow important and salient facts to be aired.
But, we are all different and we can have alternative opinions. We just have to accept that fact, once reasoned argument has been exhausted.
What we do not do is try and hit someone with our verbal stick and beat them into submission to accept our view.
There are a couple of House Rules that I want to bring to your attention :
Keep it friendly. You’re bound to come into contact with people with different opinions to you. If you disagree with someone, please do so in a calm and respectful manner. We will remove any member who we feel is being harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening or aggressive. That’s not what we’re about. There’s no place for it here; and
No two the same. We expect people to talk about medical experience and drug choices, however we will not tolerate promotion of one drug or therapy over another. Feel free to provide information, but please let people come to their own conclusions. Please don’t tell people that they have chosen the wrong treatment, or that yours is best.
In your house, @Billybonza, you can make the rules, but this isn’t your house. So, we ask that you abide by our rules.
The forum exists for the greater good of the membership and it will survive to continue that role. However, your place in our House may not survive.
So, please accept this as a formal warning that your dictatorial behaviour will not be tolerated. As with any house, we have a door. It is your choice if you use it voluntarily or not. But, it will be our choosing if we ask a member to use it.
So, please display some tolerance to alternative views.
Thanks for reading.
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