Thread: Need a new rule

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    The Unstoppable Force RICH8472's Avatar
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    Need a new rule

    Every few days General Off-topic gets a thread asking for medical or mental health advice, even the best Doctors cannot diagnose you properly over the internet, so therefore any advice given here other than "See a Doctor" is harmful, at worse even life threatening. These threads usually get to a couple of pages then are locked by the mods anyway, would it not just be easier to amend the rules banning them entirely?

    Worst case scenario, someone will follow bad advice here and MMO-C will get the blame, adding the rule will cover your own backs in a legal sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICH8472 View Post
    Every few days General Off-topic gets a thread asking for medical or mental health advice, even the best Doctors cannot diagnose you properly over the internet, so therefore any advice given here other than "See a Doctor" is harmful, at worse even life threatening. These threads usually get to a couple of pages then are locked by the mods anyway, would it not just be easier to amend the rules banning them entirely?

    Worst case scenario, someone will follow bad advice here and MMO-C will get the blame, adding the rule will cover your own backs in a legal sense.
    I think there already is such a rule. There is, at least, in the Sports/Fitness forum.

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    Medical advice has never been allowed here. I don't know if it's mentioned in the rules or not but threads like that should get closed immediately, just report them

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    I just checked, it is not in the Gen OT rules, maybe you should add it. We get them every few days so it is obvious people have not taken the hint yet.

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    It's an unspoken rule that we close medical threads. We don't want armchair doctors giving bad advice and medical advice is not the purpose of the forum.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RICH8472 View Post
    I just checked, it is not in the Gen OT rules, maybe you should add it. We get them every few days so it is obvious people have not taken the hint yet.
    Give us a bit to talk it over and we'll see what we can do.

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    It's been a rule in Sports and Fitness for a while: http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/...medical-advice

    Seems like a good idea. Anyone seeking medical help or therapy here isn't going to get anything appropriate. Even if an MD does answer you shouldn't be taking serious advice about your health from a web forum.

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    It's added in the general rules now.

    But yes, as people said, it's always been forbidden, it the rule just listed under the Fitness forum only since that seemed the place people were most likely to ask. But we do see them in GenOT, too, so now it should correctly be listed as a global rule for the whole site.
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