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valid until Jun 2013

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Content identified by the HONcode team

The content below is a sample of the content identified at a specific date by the HONcode team that justifies the respect of the eight ethical principles.

Please keep in mind that we are not a professional medical website, we do not have doctors on staff.
 

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We are a group of individuals, both male and female, who help to moderate The Depression Forums. Each of us has a personal reason for volunteering and giving of ourselves for a depression-based forum because each of us are either personally affected or recovering from a depressive illness or we have a loved one dealing with such an illness.
We have between 10 - 15 members who function as VOLUNTEER Moderators on the team. They help us by being our eyes and ears during the daily running of The Depression Forums. Very little would be accomplished without such a great group of members. All of us together compromise the Forum Admin Team. Please keep in mind that we are not a professional medical website, we do not have doctors on staff.
Each of us knows the system very well and we each have access to moderation functions and features. With our other responsibilities, we all come and go as time allows. We all have the authority to handle problems individually when appropriate. At other times, we will conference among the whole team when required.
The makeup of the moderation team is always subject to change as requirements dictate.
This "TEAM" is fluid and its membership may not be constant. We agreed that it served no positive purpose to make those changes public since such changes will NOT affect the functionality of the Administration of this Forum.
The Super Administration though shall always remain the same.
Most, if not all decisions, are discussed and carried out with the consent of the entire team. We may vary in size, the number of Moderators and members may come and go, but our functions on the board will continue to be carried out with consistency and without interruption.
The administrative function will continue seamlessly and consistently no matter who is available at any given moment.
Depression Forums.org is a community support website solely dedicated to Depression and Mental Health. The content of the Forums, for the most part, is written by our members' and is not edited under normal circumstances. If the content of a members' post violates our Terms Of Service, (TOS), then it is edited by our volunteer staff, (moderators), to remove the offending content, or in extreme cases, the post may be removed entirely.
The Depression Forums Incorporated supplies up to date consumer depression and mental health information for our members.
DF's content is submitted by the Administration who have no affiliations with drug companies, using a combination of news sources.
All Articles on The Depression Forums Incorporated are reviewed by one or more Forum Administrators' before being placed on the Portal or Forums.
Content is verified using various internet news sources.
The Forum Super Administrator (Lindsay) and Managing Director (LGJ) and Forum Admins are responsible for validating all editorial content of the news items, (which we do), that is put on the Home portal and The Depression Forums pages. Our moderators and the entire Administration Team at DF are responsible for editing members topics and posts on the forums as time permits.
Revision Dates, Authoritative Information and Sources are published at the end of each article. All articles include the latest updates.
Depression Forums, Incorporated is run by a volunteer staff, none of whom are medical professionals.
Any information available on Depression Forums is for informational purposes only and the accuracy of such information cannot be guaranteed.
Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for us to review every message or confirm the validity of all information posted. While we moderate posts to try and keep Depression Forums as safe and accurate as possible, Depression Forums takes no responsibility for the content of any posts on this forum. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message posted.
It is virtually impossible for us to see and review every post as it gets posted on the Forum.
The posts express the views of the author who posted the message, not necessarily the views of The Depression Forums or any person or entity associated with this Forum. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by clicking on the " Report this post to a moderator" at the bottom of a post or by sending a PM to Forum Admin. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is warranted.
This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
The Depression Forums are not run by a full time paid staff, but by a team of volunteers who come and go as their schedules permit. We are not professionals and cannot provide or be a substitute in place of health care professionals.
Depressionforums.org contributions, subscriptions and third party advertisements are used solely to help pay for our domains, hardware, software and various costs in running this website.To make up the shortfall, Depressionforums.org accepts ads from advertising agencies. These advertising agencies sell our ad space and pay DF directly. They make their money by dealing with the large pharma companies directly and selling ad space on many health sites, DF included.
If you look at the larger sites you will notice similar ads. If you do not wish to see the ads, you may take out a subscription for a nominal price.

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Information supplied on Depression Forums should not be relied upon and is not a substitute for medical advice from a health professional or doctor.
 

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Information supplied on Depression Forums should not be relied upon and is not a substitute for medical advice from a health professional or doctor.

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If you do nothing during your visit but browse through our web site, do searches, read pages, or download information, we will automatically gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. No information about users/visitors will be sold, shared, or utilized in any commercial way. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
1. The Internet domain (for example, "company.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and
IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;
2. the type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
3. the date and time you accessed our site;
4. the searches you made;
5. the pages you visited; and
6. if you linked to this site from another web site, the address of that web site.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site, what part of the site they are interested in, how long they use the site, and the types of technology our visitors use.
We do not track or record information about the identity of individuals and their visits.
When you signed up as a member of this Forum you were asked to select a member name of your choosing. These names guarantee your anonymity. Look around. Not only are so many names non descriptive, many are quite creative and humorous. Lastly you were asked to provide an e-mail address so that we could verify the registration through the procedure described above. That e-mail address is securely stored in our files. That's it guys. Those are the only 3 pieces of identification we require of you.Our Web site does not track, collect or distribute personal information about individual visitors. We regularly compile aggregate statistics (Cookies) that show the number of visitors to our site, the requests we receive for particular information on our Web site, and the Internet Protocol (IP) number that those requests come from. These aggregated statistics may be used by DepressionForums.org to improve the Web site in an ongoing effort to provide better information and services to you.
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Depression Forums, Inc. is dedicated to protecting the privacy of our visitors and to ensure that our information is accurate, complete, and up-to-date. To be useful we must gain and earn the trust and confidence of our members and visitors. Therefore, with the help of Administration and Members alike, we strive to maintain the highest possible level of integrity. Our principals are based on the best codes of practice and ethical standards. We invite suggestions on how we can do better.
We understand that health is a very personal subject and we want our Members and Visitors to be as comfortable as possible while visiting our website and using our services. This policy tells you, among other things, what information we gather from you, how we may use or disclose that information and our efforts to protect it. Please read this policy carefully, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding its contents.
Types of Information Collected
In connection with your use of our site, we ask for and may collect a variety of information from and about you in different ways. For example, when you register to use our site, we ask for and store your user name, email address and other identifying contact data. Cookies were originally designed to help a website distinguish a user's browser as a previous visitor and thus save and remember any preferences that may have been set while the user was browsing the site. Currently, websites use cookies to enhance the user's visit; in general, cookies can securely store a user's ID and password, personalize home pages, or identify which parts of a site have been visited.
You may set your web browser to notify you of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely. In addition, you can delete the files that contain cookies; those files are stored as part of your Internet browser, however, if you delete cookies that have been sent from our site, this will cause you to reenter data (e.g. login again).
 

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Posts in DF are visible to everyone on the net and if you decide to use your real name, you do so at your own risk.
Your member name could possibly become a danger for you if you wish to be unknown, anywhere on the internet just by a simple search.
Please note that posts made on the public forums at Depression Forums are indexed by the major search engines including Google, yahoo, MSN and many others. If you are unsure which forums are public and therefore visible to the search engines, please consult an administrator for advice

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Story Source:
The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by American Chemical Society, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
Journal Reference:
Yamauchi et al. Coffee and Caffeine Ameliorate Hyperglycemia, Fatty Liver, and Inflammatory Adipocytokine Expression in Spontaneously Diabetic KK-Ay Mice. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2010; 58 (9): 5597 DOI: 10.1021/jf904062c
 

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For the sake of accuracy and the benefit of the other members of the Depressionforums.org website, we also ask that if you post any health or medical information outside of your own personal experience (something you have undergone yourself), that you please provide references with your post

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This page has been updated: Aug 24, 2011
 

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Contact Us
 

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DEPRESSIONFORUMS.ORG is a private, all volunteer message board.
We rely primarily on donations or subscriptions to maintain these forums.
Your Help
Any member who continues to post, send PMs and actively use this free service understands that they do so under Our Terms of Service
We do NOT have any pop up advertisements what- so-ever - No pop under advertisements and nothing will follow you when you leave our site and we will continue to adhere to this policy.
We do not have anything to do with the Pharmacy Manufacturers and we do not track you as in monitoring antidepressant usage and side effects such as other depression forums do.
DF has no direct funding from drug companies.
However, DF does have bills to pay to cover the costs of our server and the general running of this site. In an ideal world, we would prefer to be solely sponsored by member donations and/or subscriptions, but we cannot afford to run on subscriptions alone as we now have a dedicated server for you and plenty of expense.
To make up the shortfall, Depressionforums.org accepts ads from advertising agencies. These advertising agencies sell our ad space and pay DF directly. They make their money by dealing with the large pharma companies directly and selling ad space on many health sites, DF included.
If you look at the larger sites you will notice similar ads. If you do not wish to see the ads, you may take out a subscription for a nominal price.
We appreciate your understanding and wish you all the very best, as we know you do DF. Sponsor
 

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We have between 10 - 15 members who function as VOLUNTEER Moderators on the team.

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To make up the shortfall, Depressionforums.org accepts ads from advertising agencies. These advertising agencies sell our ad space and pay DF directly. They make their money by dealing with the large pharma companies directly and selling ad space on many health sites, DF included.
 

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Any use by you of any other subscriber's information, personal or otherwise, for any commercial or non-commercial purpose or to obtain direct financial gain (e.g. mass marketing) is prohibited. Any such use shall be deemed to be a violation of these Terms of Service. Depression Forums.org is to be used by you for your personal use only.
This includes Blogs and Trackbacks. Any user who puts any advertising links in Trackbacks gets ONE formal warning and then is automatically dismissed if they continue to repeat the offense.
Links are not to be posted in these forums without the permission of the administration.

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