TOS, Advocating for Illegal Activity

  1. This is a question/feedback comment.

    I do not see anything in the TOS that directly relates to advocating for illegal activity, may have missed it though.

    What is AllNurses stance on this? Personally, I would think it might be a good thing to consider including.
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  3. by   Susie2310
    The TOS gives quite specific rules for people's conduct in posting on the AN forum. While not actually spelling out that advocating for illegal activity is prohibited, this seems to me to be clearly implied within the existing rules/guidance. One example from the TOS is that posters should not post anything that they would not say in front of a crowd of professionals: I don't believe the majority of people would advocate for illegal conduct in front of a group of professionals. So while not being actually spelled out, it seems clear to me that not advocating for illegal activity is covered by the TOS.
  4. by   Asystole RN
    Quote from Susie2310
    The TOS gives quite specific rules for people's conduct in posting on the AN forum. While not actually spelling out that advocating for illegal activity is prohibited, this seems to me to be clearly implied within the existing rules/guidance. One example from the TOS is that posters should not post anything that they would not say in front of a crowd of professionals: I don't believe the majority of people would advocate for illegal conduct in front of a group of professionals. So while not being actually spelled out, it seems clear to me that not advocating for illegal activity is covered by the TOS.
    I would strongly disagree with the assertion that a group of professionals would not discuss potentially illegal actions in front of each other.

    A blatant example are ethics committees that sometimes have to debate legal and ethical dilemmas.

    Discussing what one should disclose to the board of nursing is a common topic.

    There are rules on not defaming instructors or not giving legal advice but one has to infer a rule about not advocating for illegal activity?

    Weird.
  5. by   Susie2310
    Quote from Asystole RN
    I would strongly disagree with the assertion that a group of professionals would not discuss potentially illegal actions in front of each other.

    A blatant example are ethics committees that sometimes have to debate legal and ethical dilemmas.
    Read my post again. I didn't make the assertion that: "... a group of professionals would not discuss potentially illegal actions in front of each other." My actual words in my post were: "I don't believe the majority of people would advocate for illegal conduct in front of a group of professionals." I believe this, and this is my experience.
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Sep 2, '16
  6. by   traumaRUs
    The terms of service are quite clear:

    Any post which is violative of any law or is invasive of a person's privacy will be taken down immediately.

    That has been part of the terms of service for many years. Hope this clarifies the issue.
  7. by   MrChicagoRN
    I see the point the OP is trying to make.

    Topics in that realm could include assisted suicide, a family member sharing mess with an uninsured relative (indicated, would be helpful, but clearly illegal) illegal marijuana use by a patient with severe pain or uncontrolled seizures, etc
    The ethical discussions would not be illegal, though the acts themselves would be.
  8. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    I see the point the OP is trying to make.

    Topics in that realm could include assisted suicide, a family member sharing mess with an uninsured relative (indicated, would be helpful, but clearly illegal) illegal marijuana use by a patient with severe pain or uncontrolled seizures, etc
    The ethical discussions would not be illegal, though the acts themselves would be.
    Actually, I believe this stems from OP's participation in and disagreement with posts in the break room theft thread.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Asystole RN
    This is a question/feedback comment.

    I do not see anything in the TOS that directly relates to advocating for illegal activity, may have missed it though.

    What is AllNurses stance on this? Personally, I would think it might be a good thing to consider including.

    You are talking about the thread linked above, right? (I just read it). Where people advocate putting laxatives, feces, urine, Lasix, or other things in food because co-workers are stealing their food?

    I think you have a good point.
  10. by   PinayUSA
    Quote from traumaRUs
    The terms of service are quite clear:

    Any post which is violative of any law or is invasive of a person's privacy will be taken down immediately.

    That has been part of the terms of service for many years. Hope this clarifies the issue.
    Any Law? Or do you mean US law?
    Last edit by PinayUSA on Sep 14, '16 : Reason: Trump 2016
  11. by   traumaRUs
    As previously stated in the Terms of Service, this company operates out of the US so the US law is what this is referencing.

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