I'm confused about where to post. What goes in my Introductions topic?
Your topic in the Introductions and updates forum serves a number of purposes:
- It introduces you to the community. If someone sees a post of yours elsewhere on the site, they can look up your Intro topic and understand your situation. This is very helpful for the moderators.
- You can put questions in it about your particular situation, such as your own dosing regimen. Again, it's easier for the moderators and others to answer questions when they can see your context.
- You can use it as a journal to track your progress, keeping your progress notes, questions, and dosing notes in one place.
- Other people who are tapering off the same drugs can find your Intro topic via search in the Introductions forum and read of your experience.
- It is a case report that can be helpful to physicians trying to learn about tapering and withdrawal syndrome. (I know of several doctors who refer to the site for this purpose.)
Keeping your Introductions topic updated reduces repetition throughout the site. You only have to explain your history once. If you have a question about your own personal situation, you'll be able to find the answer in your topic. And other community members will be able to follow how you're doing.
Everything about your own personal situation belongs in your Introductions topic. The Introductions forum is a collection of case histories.
You can follow your own Intro topic by clicking on the Follow This Topic button at the top right of every topic. You will get an alert so you can respond to any new posts.
There is only one topic to a member in the Introductions forum. Moderators will merge multiple topics started by one member in the Intro forum.
(If you find all this confusing, you can't go wrong posting just in your Intro topic for a while, until you understand how the site is organized.)
For more general discussion, you can post or start topics in the other forums:
Tapering forum -- Mostly for reference by other people who are planning their tapers.
We prefer that cross-talk be kept to a minimum in Tapering -- it makes the topics more difficult to understand by the thousands of non-members reading them from the Web.
The moderators will move initial posts that introduce a new member and discussions about personal tapering schedules and dosing to the appropriate Introductions topics. These fill out the members' Introductions topics.
Symptoms and Self-Care forum -- A place for peer support and sharing tips about dealing with symptoms.
Before starting a topic in Symptoms, use search in the Symptoms forum to see if a discussion of your question already exists. You may be able to see what other people have posted and what they've tried before. I think we've covered just about every supplement or vitamin there is. You can add to a topic no matter how old it is -- no need to start a new topic.
Moderators will merge related Symptoms topics that are about the same thing. We're trying to keep the accumulated wisdom accessible and reduce topic proliferation.
Media forum -- Articles and links to other sites. Use search to see if a discussion of your Media tidbit already exists. People tend to post the same articles over and over. The meatier discussions may be the older ones.
Events, Controversies, etc. forum -- General discussion, for speculation, theories, and proposals for activities. It is publicly viewable.
Off-Topic -- Fun and games, anything goes. Off-Topic cannot be seen by non-members or Google.
Journals -- A library strictly for articles from scientific journals. There is a required format for starting topics. If an article is not from a scientific journal, please post it in Media.
The initial posts in topics in Tapering, Symptoms, Media, and Events, along with topic starts in Finding Meaning, Family and Friends, Recovery Success Stories, and Journals are auto-posted to Twitter and Facebook. Posts in Introductions and members-only forums, such as Off-Topic, are not auto-posted anywhere else.