Scarleteen Boards - Terms of use

When registering or have registered for the message boards, you are also agreeing to our rules, policies and guidelines. You will be held to this agreement, whether or not you choose to read it (so we suggest you read it). Not abiding by the guidelines may result in suspension or termination of your use, and/or a report to your internet service provider (ISP) or email provider.

MEGA-IMPORTANT: To protect your privacy, when choosing a username do NOT use your full name or a handle you use or want to use anywhere else. Choose a handle that allows you to post freely and anonymously.

Given the sensitive nature of posts here and the fact that the Internet is a public medium, protecting your privacy is important to us. You may not post any personally-identifying information, such as full names, phone numbers, personal photos, links to social networking sites, and/or e-mail or postal addresses. Search engines cache our boards, so posts you make here will be in search engine listings, which we cannot control. Once you post on the boards, understand your post is permanent. It's up to you to only post what you are comfortable having viewed publicly and permanently. We usually will not remove posts at a user's request.

Please consider the message boards a support to the content at the main site: We ask users to please search the site for answers first before posting questions. Our answers to you will sometimes contain links to that content. When we do that, it is not about us slacking off, it's about us giving you information you're asking for that we have carefully created and fact-checked.

You agree you will not use Scarleteen to post any material which: is knowingly false or defamatory, abusive, harassing or threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violate of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you, within Fair Use or you have express permission of the author to post it. You may not post multiple identical topics, and may not use more than one username for posting. Friends or family may not borrow your handle for their posts: each user needs their own registration.

Scarleteen is a space we work to make and keep safe for everyone. When posting, users are expected to be respectful of fellow users and staff; to use language which is clear and encourages safe and honest discussion. Name-calling, abuse or harassment of any staffer, volunteer or user may result in warnings, suspensions or a ban without warning or explanation. That includes victim-blaming, character judgments about a person's sexual history, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia or biphobia, ageism, sizeism or other expressed discrimination, bias or bigotry. You are entitled to your own opinions, but when participating in this shared community, agree to make efforts to keep the space as comfortable as possible for everyone. In a word, we ask all users just aim to be good netizens.

Posts which exist solely to complain, potentially harm or insult our staff or readers will be removed, as may information posted which is, to our knowledge, false or incorrect, may potentially endanger anyone; those who post them may have their posting privileges suspended, or may be blocked from use of the board. If you have a concern or complaint to lodge with our staff regarding any aspect of Scarleteen or its boards, you may e-mail it to us here: Please also be mindful if linking to other sites: sites which have over-18 warnings, which are geared only to adults, or which have content which is hateful, inflammatory or inaccurate are not permitted as links here.

As a private entity, we reserve the right to delete any message or user for any or no reason whatsoever, without notice or warning, at any time. Advertisements or solicitations are also not allowed on this board without our express permission.

Things that will get you in hot water and may result in warnings, suspensions or a ban are:
• Falsifying information or identification via multiple handles, copyright infringement or other means,
• Harassment of any sort via the boards or e-mail including spamming,
• Misuse of the boards in terms of things like trying to use them as a dating service or a place to practice writing sexual fiction, posting only to incite conflict or crisis,
• Three or more of your posts closed, deleted or three or more warnings given due to misuse of the boards per this user agreement, or
• Refusal to comply with any of these guidelines.

We reserve the right to no longer answer a user's questions on a given topic if:
• That user has already been answered by one or more staff and volunteers, but continues to ask the same questions repeatedly,
• We know that user to be a fraud or a previously banned user,
• And/or if a user has had more than THREE pregnancy scares and/or STI scares we have addressed but who continues to take risks which present those scenarios, or refuses to seek help as advised, after we have advised them at least three times as to how to make safer or sounder choices. We need to best manage our time and resources by limiting what help we give to users unwilling to help themselves.

Scarleteen reserves the right to refuse or remove questions which pertain to explicit sexual techniques or illegal activity, which includes, but is not limited to, such questions and subjects as:
• How to perform specific sexual activities (i.e., "How do I give a blow job?" "What are some new sexual positions?")
• Illegal drug use or abuse, or illegal or patently unsafe sexual activities (i.e., bestiality, rape, incest, intentionally transmitting disease or infection, etc.)
• Stated intent to engage in potentially dangerous, harmful or illegal activities or practices

We respond to posts as quickly as possible, and most typically within a few hours, but do not guarantee posts will be responded to within a set period of time, or at all.

Considering the real-time nature of the message boards and comment areas, we cannot review all messages or confirm the validity of all information posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the content of any message that has not been posted by Scarleteen staff. Messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Scarleteen. You are solely responsible for the content of your messages, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Scarleteen with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We reserve the right to reveal your identity in the event of a harassment or abuse complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you. However, posts made on our boards are not subject to any mandatory reporting, and in the event we feel we must report a post or something about it to someone for a reason other than harassment or abuse complaint or legal action, we will inform users of our intent before doing so.

Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to and cannot substitute for the advice provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own physician and medical advisors if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Lastly, copyright for all material posted to the boards herewith belongs to Scarleteen. Posts may be used by Scarleteen without user permission for research, promotion, books, articles and other related works.

Due to United States COPPA law, registration at the boards is not available for users under the age of 13 without mailed, written permission from a parent or guardian. For more information on COPPA and our privacy policy, see here:

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