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User Agreement Review
Please read the guidelines below before registering. If you are registering or have registered for the message boards, you agree to our rules and regulations. These are also the general rules for the site as a whole. You will be held to these guidelines when using at Scarleteen, whether or not you choose to read them. Not abiding by the guidelines can result in suspension or termination of your use, and/or a report to your ISP.

IMPORTANT: To best protect your privacy and to comply with our guidelines, when choosing a username do NOT use your real or full name, a name you use or want to use anywhere else online or in offline life, or a handle which you think those who know you would recognize.

Users themselves are responsible for the handles they choose and choosing to post: once you post on the boards, understand your post will be something permanent. It is up to you to ONLY post what you are comfortable being viewed publicly and posted permanently. We generally cannot and will not remove posts at a user's request.

Due to United States COPPA law, registration at the boards is not available for users under the age of 13. If you are under 13 and want an account, we will need a parent or guardian to email us permission for you. For more information on COPPA and our privacy policy, see here:

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.

You agree, by registering to use Scarleteen, you will not use Scarleteen to post any material which is knowingly false or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, hateful, harassing, 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 permission of the author to post it.

Given the personal nature of posts here and the fact that the Internet is a public medium, protecting your anonymity is important. You may not post personally-identifying information, such as full names, phone numbers, personal photos, links to social networking sites, and/or e-mail or postal addresses.

Please post with care to grammar and punctuation, so that it is easiest for everyone to understand. When posting content, you are expected to be respectful of fellow users and our staff; to use language which is clear and which encourages intelligent, safe and mature discussion. Name-calling, abuse or harassment of any staffer, volunteer or other user will result in an immediate termination of use without warning or explanation. Scarleteen is a safe space: bigotry is not tolerated here. That includes victim-blaming, character judgments about anyone's sexual history, sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, ageism, sizeism and any other -ism which keeps this from being a safe space for any of our users or staff. You are entitled to think whatever you like, but when participating here, required to keep the space as safe as possible for everyone.

You may not post multiple identical or similar topics in different threads or areas, and may not use more than one username for posting. You also may not allow friends or family to use your handle for their posts: each user needs have his or her own registration. Please also be mindful if linking out to other sites: sites which have over-18 warnings, which are clearly geared only to adults, or which have content which is hateful, inflammatory or inaccurate are not allowed to be posted here.

We respond to posts as quickly as possible, but do not guarantee any post will be responded to within a set period of time, nor at all. 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, fallacious or incorrect, may potentially endanger our users, and those who post them may have their posting privileges suspended, or may be blocked from use of the board in the future, as may users who do not follow any of these stated board guidelines. If you have a concern or complaint to lodge with our staff regarding any aspect of Scarleteen or its boards, it should be sent via e-mail or posted in the Staff Stuff area of the boards.

Scarleteen reserves the right to not answer questions which pertain to explicit sexual techniques or illegal activity, and posts which request such material may be closed or deleted, 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, purposefully transmitting disease or infection, etc.)
• Stated intent to engage in potentially dangerous or illegal activities or practices

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 not allowed on this board when posted without permission.

Things that will get you in hot water and may or will result in termination of use are:
• falsifying information or identification via multiple handles, copyright infringement or other means,
• harassment of any sort via the boards or e-mail (and that includes proselytizing or antichoice canvassing, as well as barking at or name-calling users, staff or volunteers for a given answer or response), or predatory behaviour,
• misuse of the boards in terms of things like trying to use them as a dating service, posting only to incite conflict or crisis,
• spamming the board in any way (either via soliciting products, or by posting replies or topics very rapidly and repeatedly in short periods of time -- posting for the sake of accumulating posts is not acceptable)
• refusal to follow any aspect of this user agreement,
• three or more posts closed, deleted or direct warnings given due to your behavior or misuse of the boards per the user agreement,
• refusal to comply with any aspect of these guidelines.

We reserve the right to no longer answer a given user's questions on a given topic if:
• that user has already been answered, in depth by one or more staff and volunteers, but continues to ask the same question,
• We know that user to be a fraud or a user is identified as a previously banned user
• and/or if a user has had more than THREE pregnancy scares and/or STI scares we have addressed but continues to take risks which present those scenarios after we have advised them at least three times as to how to make safer choices.

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 remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Scarleteen with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a harassment or abuse complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

The message boards and Sexpert Advice sections exist to offer support for the existing material published at, not to replace that information. Before posting, please educate and inform yourself with existing information from the site. We also ask users to bear in mind that Scarleteen has NO public or federal funding, and is a free service provided to you. We encourage you to consider helping to give back what you utilize here. For more information on how to do that, please see:

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

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