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House Rules


We have allowed you to remain anonymous on this blog so as to encourage you to make contributions to the discussion without fear or embarrassment. However this comes at a cost that we expect you to behave professionally in all of your comments.

We have developed the  following House Rules so that everyone can get the most out of this blog.

GMC Guidance on use of Social Media:

The GMC have developed Guidance on how doctors (and medical students) should use Social Media and the rules below are based on those in operation for BBC Blogs.

What are our House Rules?

All comments will (at least initially) go through moderation before being published.

Please make sure your comments are not offensive in any way. Comments will be failed if they…

  • Contain website or email addresses
  • Contain contact information (i.e. phone numbers, postcodes etc)
  • Appear to impersonate someone else
  • Contain swear words or are otherwise objectionable

We reserve the right to fail comments which…

  • Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others
  • Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
  • Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
  • Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court.
  • Advertise products or services for profit or gain
  • Are seen to impersonate someone else
  • Include contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses
  • Are written in anything other than English
  • Contain links to other websites which break our Editorial Guidelines
  • Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others
  • Are considered to be “spam”, that is posts containing the same, or similar, content posted multiple times
  • Are considered to be off-topic for the blog discussion

We welcome feedback, both positive and negative, about this and other aspects of our modules but please make sure your comments are in line with the above House Rules.

Repeatedly posting personal or offensive comments about individual members of the public or QUB staff or students  may be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.

What is moderation?

Comments on our blogs will be checked by our first year team  to make the blogs a safe and enjoyable place to be, and ensure that they meet the House Rules. Moderators do not post comments on the blogs.

Why must we have moderation?

We want to allow as much freedom as possible to have relevant discussions on our blogs. However, we are also responsible for making sure that these discussions stay polite, safe and relevant and do not violate any laws or QUB policies.

Please take care when copying text from someone else’s post into your own. If the text you have copied into your post is seen to break the House Rules, your entire post will be removed.