Forum Guidelines

This document contains information (guidelines) that will aid you as an inPsyt user for 
  • making the most of the inPsyt Forum and
  • ensuring that posts and responses submitted by you follow standards of ethics and respect.
 
These guidelines are intended to help you build a safe place for the user community to post and explore issues without any fear or inhibition.
 
You want to post your queries or to extend support and provide plausible solutions. Join us in building a community where everyone feels welcome and can participate

About the inPsyt Forum

inPsyt Forum is a safe place where you can post your queries 
  • towards reducing emotional distress
  • increasing positive experiences 
  • improving engagement 
  • developing resilience
  • staying inspired
  • and improving your subjective well-being
 
You may start discussions & post opinions related to topics towards developing Flourishing, Autotelic, Rational and Resilient life. 
 
The use of the Forum helps develop your FARR index through the community intervention model. The use of the Forum is most effective when used in combination with other resources available in the App. 
Each Post and Response are moderated to ensure that it adheres to standards of ethics, respect, and sensitivity.  You can know more about how we moderate your posts and responses in one of the following sections.

Using Forum on inPsyt

1. Creating Posts​​​
You can post your queries or start discussions on the Forum that help you resolve any distress or aid you in your growth. You may also write to simply satisfy your curiosity on topics related to Psychology. You may direct the Post to specific Forum users that you follow by tagging them in the Posts that you create. ​
 
2. Ask Expert
The Posts could also be directed to Experts. Experts are qualified psychologists and are equipped to respond to Flourishing and wellbeing queries. You will use up one ask expert credit when you choose to ask your question to an Expert. You may also specify if you want the Post to be open for everyone to respond. This will enable the other Forum users to respond to it, along with the Expert's Response. 
Meet your Forum experts here
 
3. Marking Posts as Urgent
If you want the posts to be moderated faster than usual, then you could indicate them as Urgent by using an Urgent Credit. The Post and Responses on it will be treated with priority during the moderation phase. 
If you are here to get help, make it as easy as possible for others to help you by following these guidelines.
4. Responding to other Users 
We encourage you to extend support to the other users and provide plausible solutions that are evidence-based and constructive. Always keep the other user’s welfare and best interest in mind while responding. 
If you are here to help others, be patient and welcoming. Offer support in a respectful, empathetic, and authentic manner.  You may also offer encouragement to other Users by Liking their responses. You have the provision of following other Users, especially if you like their method of help. You can bookmark posts and their responses to make them available for quick reference.
The more you respond to others' posts and the better the quality of your Response, the greater your Response Maturity Ratings. Maturity Ratings are ratings given by your moderators on the number and quality of your Response and how helpful they seem to be.

Not a Substitute for Professional Help

No part of the App, including the Forum, is intended to be a substitute for professional help. 

Guidelines for Post and Responses on Forum

It is mandatory to follow the guidelines of the Forum so that everyone who participates has a positive and helpful experience.
1. General Guidelines for both Posts and Responses
  • You can post your queries for developing a Flourishing, Autotelic, Rational, and Resilient Life. 
  • We never collect information related to your personal identity. You will participate in the Forum activities under an alias name to protect your identity. 
  • You should take the utmost care not to reveal your or any other person's identity in any comment or query. Do not post any personal information, which includes, but is not limited to, links to social media accounts, pictures, etc.
  • Stay respectful. Personal attacks, hate speech, threats, or discriminatory remarks, toward any individuals, communities, nations, race, color, gender, other forum users, or any group of individuals will be rejected by the moderators.
  • No flaming, trolling, or baiting will be accepted. 
  • Avoid content that may be aimed at endorsing national or international political leaders, political matters, or opinions that may endanger the safety of any country or state.
  • Do not use this Forum for illegal purposes, including but not limited to 
    • defamation, 
    • spreading hatred, 
    • disrupting cohesion & peace, 
    • causing harm, 
    • violation of intellectual property laws, 
    • or violation of criminal laws. 
  • When quoting any other blog or publication, mention the original source and use quotation marks ‘’ or brackets () for longer text.
  • Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other Forum participants, network services, or network equipment. This includes spamming, posting irrelevant and unwanted content, and intentional propagation of computer viruses, links to malicious websites, encoded content.
  • Do not use the Forum as 
    • an opportunity for self-promotion, 
    • commercial propaganda, 
    • or distribution of unsolicited advertisements. 
  • Do not reveal a concept or a thought experiment that you have learned in the Lesson section. Spoiler Posts or Responses  will be moderated out.
  • At present Forum supports all posts and responses in English only. We will soon supplement the Forum with moderators who comprehend other languages. We shall notify you when moderators who understand other languages are added to our assessor team.
2. Specific Guidelines for Responding
  • Offer support by responding in a focused manner on the topic of the Post, or the ongoing discussion. 
  • Try not to deviate the topic to your own concern. If you think you want similar help, then start a new thread.
  • Attempt to offer a realistic solution, support, or helpful suggestions.
  • It is ideal if your suggestions have specific cognitive, emotive, or behavioral outcomes. 
  • Be clear and constructive when giving Responses. Ensure that your Responses are easy to understand. Avoid using complicated words and sentences.
  • Be empathetic, inclusive, friendly, and respectful. 
  • Avoid sarcasm and be careful with humor. Humorous tone is hard to decipher in a written form and may be perceived as sarcasm or ridicule. 
  • Use gender-neutral language. The pronoun, 'they' 'them' 'their' is best suited while addressing others. 
  • Do not ask people to reveal their sexual orientation or gender, unless they volunteer and declare it on their own.
  • If a situation warrants it to be hard to be friendly, stop participating and move on to other posts that may need your attention.
  • Stay non-judgmental. Do not ridicule other users. Avoid name-calling or personal attacks. Focus on the content, not the person. This includes not using such terms and labels as 'lazy, good-for-nothing, stupid' and so on.
  • Ensure that your Response is non-bigotry. Ensure that your responses do not contain any language that is likely to offend or alienate people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
  • Ensure that your Response and advice are backed by evidence, is sound and practical.
  • Avoid giving a duplicate or similar Response that was already submitted in the same thread. The conversation should advance the learning and could contain new points of discussion.

Moderation of the Forum Posts and Responses

We care for all our app users, and all are equal here. We will reject any content that has the potential to cause harm to any user or divert the attention of the Forum user to other objectives other than those that help.
 
All posts and responses on the Forum are moderated by trained moderators, designated by the company, who have the authority to remove content that violates these guidelines. As they engage in the moderation process, the moderators abide by their care-giver's pledge that they took when they acquired their certification.
 
We NEVER ban users, but we will not approve posts and responses that are in violation of these community guidelines.
 
We will edit or delete any comments that are profane, malicious, degrading, pornographic in nature, or unnecessarily hurtful.
1. Time taken for Moderation
Moderation is a lengthy process, but we try to complete it as quickly as possible. It takes typically 36 to 48 hours to moderate a Post or Response. We moderate urgent posts within 12 hours. ​
2. Reasons for rejection of Posts or Response
If your posts or responses are not accepted on the Forum, we will communicate the primary reason. You will read this reason on your Forum threads. Only you can see or know about the rejected Post or Response. Please remember your Post or Response is rejected, not you.​

Reporting Misuse

Every person can contribute substantially to building a kind and respectful community. Though all the Posts and Responses are thoroughly moderated, we might miss out filtering some nuances. You can come to our help by means of Flagging.  If you come across unacceptable behavior, or any unkindness directed at you or others, you can Flag a Response or Post. If you think that a Post or a Response does not abide by the Forum guidelines, may prove harmful to someone, or sounds disrespectful, then you should flag this Post or Response, and we will queue it back for re-moderation. Flagging will alert moderators and could trigger possible deletion.

Contacting Us

If you want to delete your Forum content or offer any other suggestions, then you may do so by writing to us through the profile section. You may also email us at support@inpsyt.app. We shall respond as quickly as we can. We do not take more than 30 days to trigger a delete action. You may be asked to confirm the deletion request through your registered email Id.

Forum Profile and Maintaining Confidentiality

We maintain the highest level of privacy and strictest standards of confidentiality. We have designed the Forum profile of each user to ensure that your anonymity is maintained through a double-layered system.
1. Forum Username
This is a username that you assign to your Forum profile. You respond to posts under this name. Your Forum profile identity is associated with this name, and the other users can view it. They can follow you via this Forum user name. Ensure that you do not reveal your real identity while you set this name.​
2. Forum NickName
This is a name automatically assigned to you. This name is not linked to your Forum profile. It is used when you create a Post without it being associated with your Username. This is to ensure that you can ask your concerns without worrying that the other Forum users can identify you within the Forum life-cycle. ​
3. Forum Avatar
You can choose any avatar image and color from the Forum profile gallery of icons. We do not permit you to load personal pictures to ensure privacy.​
Enjoy using the Forum, support each other, and above all, stay kind.