• Welcome to Phoenix Rising!

    Created in 2008, Phoenix Rising is the largest and oldest forum dedicated to furthering the understanding of, and finding treatments for, complex chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and allied diseases.

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Forum Rules

Forum Rules

It is very important that all members take some time to read and understand the Forum Rules, Terms and Conditions, and the Moderation information, before posting on the forums. Please read the rules below carefully, and also read Forum Rules Explained, so that you understand the standards of behavior we expect here.

It's also important that members understand how Moderation works, and how and when to report problems to the moderators, so that you know the best way to let us know of any problems you may encounter and how we will respond. Please read the Moderation page so that you know how to help us keep the forums running smoothly.

To meet the volunteer moderators whose job it is to apply these rules, see Moderation Team.


By joining the Phoenix Rising forums, you agree to abide by the following rules. These rules apply to forum posts, private messages, blog posts, social groups, and any other types of communication available in the forums.

By agreeing to the forum rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.


Rule 1: No rudeness or personal attacks

While we honor passionate and informed discussion we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts.

Rule 2: No condoning of physical violence, threats or harassment

It is not permitted to advocate, encourage or condone physical violence, threats of violence, or harassment against anyone, whether members of these forums or not.

Rule 3: No argumentative and divisive behavior

Members who sow discord and persist in argumentative and divisive behavior will be removed from the forums.

Rule 4: Criticize constructively, don't just dump

Critiques of individuals or organizations should be done in the spirit of constructive discourse; simply dumping on a person or organization is not conducive to the kind of conversation we strive for.

Rule 5: No medical advice

Members may offer their opinion or make suggestions but they may not tell members what they must or should do.

Rule 6: Request approval for all advertising

Please obtain moderator permission before posting links to a business you own or work for, or before promoting a business you own or work for, otherwise you will be regarded as a spammer and your account will be banned.

Rule 7: Please observe copyright law

Posts may be edited in order to conform to copyright law.

Rule 8: Only one login account per member

Each member is allowed only one login account.

Rule 9: Do not publicly dispute Moderation decisions

Do not post on the forums questioning Moderation decisions or the integrity of the moderators. Questions about Moderation decisions can be addressed in private conversation with the moderators. Be respectful of the moderators, both in the forums and in any private communications.

Rule 10: Member in Crisis

Do not post about active suicide plans or imminent suicide attempts in threads, Conversations, or blogs.

Comments or questions expressing doubts about continuing to live due to life circumstances and/or the right to die with dignity can, however, generate supportive discussions and fall within our forum’s role in supporting members through the emotional challenges presented by illness. Members should post comments about those issues in the 'Emotional Support' forum (visible to members only).

Rule 11: No Politics (unless related to ME/CFS), No Religion

Do not post about general politics or religion in threads, Conversations, or blogs.

Views on religion and politics are personal and important to each of us. This forum is not the place to discuss general politics or religious beliefs. This type of discussion can be divisive and can easily lead to misunderstandings, animosity and unintended offense.


Phoenix Rising reserves the right to act to protect the forums

While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way. We reserve the rights to modify or remove any content posted for any reason without explanation. Requests for content to be modified or removed will be undertaken at our discretion. We also reserve the right to remove anyone who willfully violates the forum rules - access to our forums is a privilege and not a right.

All forum posts are property of Phoenix Rising and the poster

We consider all forum posts to be integral to the conversation in the threads in which they are posted, and we therefore don't allow the en masse removal of all your posts. When you post on the forums, you are granting us with a non-exclusive, irrevocable, permanent, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your content in connection with Phoenix Rising. You retain copyright over the content. Posts on the forums cannot be used outside the forums for monetary purposes without the consent of the poster.

Phoenix Rising will protect your personal information

All content you submit or upload may be reviewed by staff members. Do not submit any content that you consider to be private or confidential. Phoenix Rising will not gather information other than that needed to run the forums. Phoenix Rising will not rent or sell your personal information, including your email address, to any other entity.

Phoenix Rising is not legally responsible for content

We are not responsible for, nor do we vouch for, the content, accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message posted on the forums. The messages express the views of the authors, not those of Phoenix Rising or the administrators or moderators. The messages on the forums do not constitute medical advice by qualified health professionals. Always consult your physician before trying any treatments recommended by forum members. Neither the Phoenix Rising forums nor Phoenix Rising nor the moderators and administrators associated with it are responsible for any negative outcomes deriving from treatments or other information posted on the forums.

Although the administrators and moderators of the Phoenix Rising forums will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this site, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither Phoenix Rising nor XenForo Ltd (the developers of the XenForo software) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

These terms may be changed at any time without notice.

If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register with or use Phoenix Rising.
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