Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

We want to make the forums a positive environment for you to discuss long term care and older adult related topics, and to give us your feedback and knowledge.

To facilitate this, we ask that all members of the forums follow a set of guidelines known as the Code of Conduct.

This code of conduct boils down to a simple golden rule: Forum users and those who are in and surround this population in the broader community where you live should always be treated with respect, without exception.

Topics that may be discussed include but are not limited to: Funding, social justice, advocacy, political values, and social values. We might not always agree. The goal of this code of conduct is to ensure we focus on understanding one another instead of combatting one another.

Promoting Respect

In line with promoting respect and keeping the discussion on topic, the following list includes behaviour that will evoke action by a moderator of the forum. This list is not all-inclusive as we cannot anticipate all responses:

  • Discrimination and slurs based on political leaning, religion, race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexuality, gender, or gender identity.
  • Threats, harassment, insults, or intimidation.
  • Sexual innuendo or sexualized language or sexual harassment.
  • Defamatory content. This may not end up being the best place to air a grievance about a particular place or person, even if on topic.
  • Obscene/vulgar or inappropriate language and/or colourful language and images. We do not all have the same expectations when it comes to what is acceptable.
  • Being intentionally disruptive, derailing threads, and creating posts or threads intended to cause unrest in the forums.
  • Spamming and advertising. If you have a resource to share that we can all benefit from, that is fine. Expect vetting of said shared resources. If the resource is valuable, please share it with a researcher so they can look into how it can potentially be utilized in the field to improve the quality of life of older adults. We would rather not have any misunderstanding of the resource on the forum.
  • Trolling and topic flaming. If your post is only meant to evoke a strong emotional reaction, it may be removed.
  • Topic bumping. This is an activity meant to bring a topic to the top of the forum but does not add any question or information to the topic.
Staying on Topic

Please remember when you choose a topic or add a topic to stay on topic as much as possible.

Impersonating a Researcher

Please do not impersonate a member of a research team on the forum or in real life. Your actions could derail the research and do harm to the reputation of the team that has undergone training to conduct their role safely and effectively. Your actions could jeopardize the wellbeing and safety of older adults in the community.

Distributing Real-Life Personal Information

Sharing of your own personal private information is not encouraged. This page does not undertake an approval process before allowing members to sign up.

Personal sensitive information shared to the forum directly may be removed when discovered to protect the safety of forum users, yourself, or others in the community. This will be managed on a case by case basis as some professionals may have a vested interest in reaching out to the community with their contact information.

Cash Transactions and Soliciting

This page and the researchers do not purport to sell services or products of any kind at any time. The research product is fully funded, and if you wish to participate in funding research you are encouraged to contact the University of Saskatchewan or an official funding agency to find out how. Advertisers selling products and services are not allowed to post their products and services on the forum. Do not post any personal financial information to the forum. Take precautions if asked by any member to provide financial information or purchase a service or product.

Reporting Concerns

As a community member, you defacto accept responsibility to report violations of the code of conduct to the research team so that these forums continue to be a useful and respectful space. We appreciate any help we can get to keep these forums safe and meaningful.


Page last updated April 14, 2020