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Personal safety and security when using the forum.

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by DCUKMod, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    From time to time, on a forum such as this, an unfortunate set of circumstances or actions arises, giving one or more members concerns. Examples of what might happen might be an inappropriate attachment from one member to another, suggestions to go off-site to one-to-one contact within, say, WhatsApp, Facetime or Messenger. Other examples would be for the sort of scamming activity we might see on TV; perhaps individuals looking to raise funds for “medications/treatments/emergency repatriations” - just as examples.

    I am sure we are all familiar with those “Foreign Prince” email scams that encourage us to part with our money, but it is less easy to spot a clever bit of manipulation on a forum – especially one populated by fellow travellers along a sometimes tricky diabetes path. We have a natural “me too” response to much we read.

    So please remember that we only have each other's posts to go on, for everything we know about our fellow posters. DCUK have a system of checks and an active moderation team, but while it may be easy to spot a scam email, it can be less easy to spot a dishonest poster. Sometimes someone may post on the forum with the goal of extracting money, whether by promoting products, encouraging Private Messages or by a sob story.

    Should you ever find yourself on the uncomfortable end of any of those circumstances, or indeed something else, please hit the Report Button, immediately. The Report button is located under every post, and every Private Message conversation entry. Please check that you know where the button is. Alternatively, email forum@diabetes.co.uk to express your concerns.

    Any such concerns will be thoroughly investigated, and where necessary, actions taken.

    Raising a Report or emailing your concerns is not telling tales. It is playing your personal part in the safe and happy running of DCUK and a valuable feedback loop into the site Management/Admin Teams.

    The safety, security and privacy of our members is paramount to us at DCUK, and we do need your assistance to ensure, where at all possible, any undesirable behaviour or actions are prevented or nipped in the bud.

    Many thanks for reading.
     
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  2. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    archersuz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @DCUKMod
    Thanks for this post. I will reply to help bump it up. It contains a very important message for all our friends on here.
     
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  4. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Fab, thanks.
     
  5. Salvia

    Salvia Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Maybe this, or something like it, could be put in the 'sticky' sections, where appropriate, and a link in daisy1's advice for new members. (haven't checked whether it is already in those places - could have egg on my face here ........ so what's new, hehe)
     
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  6. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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  7. tina_marie

    tina_marie Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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  8. JohnnyBaker87

    JohnnyBaker87 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much, @ickihun, my lovely friend, for the advanced warning and from the @DCUKMod . With the vulnerability in my autism spectrum disorder, I can be very gullible and non-discerning as the consultant psychiatrist at the ADHD and Autism Service observed in my ASD assessment. A lot of my posts are very detailed and specifically honest and I tend to give too much away. I'll try to just post diabetes-related posts to the open forum and keep personalised posts to PMs only. God bless you and the @DCUKMod 's thoughtfulness, @ickihun.
     
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  9. Judy1887

    Judy1887 Type 1 · Member

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    @DCUKMod Thank you so much for the post... Being a new member here, this is very important post...



    mod edit: fixed @ address
     
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    #9 Judy1887, Jan 19, 2018 at 6:36 AM
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  10. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    @Judy1887 - Welcome to the forum. Just a quickie.

    You might like to have a little look at your profile. It suggests you are T1, but taking tablets?

    To adjust your profile, hove over your user name at the top of this page, then click on Personal Details. When there, scroll down to both "Diabetes Type", then below that, "Treatment Type".

    That'll just help members respond to you appropriately, and hamper any confusing enquiries.
     
  11. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Bump
     
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  12. Tony337

    Tony337 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Message received and understood.
    Thank you

    Tony
     
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    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    Thank you for the information.
     
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    TTTE Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the great information
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Since it has been mentioned, bump! :)
     
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    Kevyu Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Rockman Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the information
     
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    Suffolk gal · Active Member

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    Thank you. It's always as well to be alert.
     
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    Tinkie Type 1 · Newbie

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    Thank you for the information.
     
  20. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Not all bots are undesirable Contralto. Those decisions are not mine to make.
     
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