OHDSI Forum Best Practices

Forum Rules
  1. No Spam, advertising or self-promotion in the forums
    • These forums define spam as unsolicited advertisement for goods, services or other websites. All posts must be relevant to the OHDSI community. Do not spam the forums with links to products or try to self-promote your website, business or forums.
    • Any posts that are clearly for marketing or self-promotion will be deleted and your account will be flagged
  2. Any materials posted to the forum must be open-source
    • Do not post any copyright-infringing materials
  3. Do not post “offensive” posts, links or images
    • Any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or abuse is strictly prohibited. Material that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist, or otherwise overly discriminatory is not permitted on these forums. This includes user pictures. Use common sense while posting.
  4. Do not cross post questions
    • Please refrain from posting the same question in several forums. There is normally one forum which is most suitable in which to post your question.
    • To avoid cross posting, please use the search feature to see if a similar question has already been asked in an existing thread.
  5. Post all questions publicly
    • Do not send private messages to any users asking for help. If you need help, make a new thread in the appropriate forum then the whole community can help and benefit.
  6. Remain respectful of other members at all times
    • All posts should be professional and courteous. You have every right to disagree with your fellow community members and explain your perspective. However, you are not free to attack, degrade, insult, or otherwise belittle them or the quality of this community.
  7. Only create and maintain one forum account
General Posting Guidelines
  1. Please use SEARCH first!
    • There is a pretty good chance that unless you have some really odd or unique problem that it has been addressed on our forum before, please use the forum’s search feature first to see if there are already some good threads on the subject. It’s easy to search – just click the “Search” button at the top right of the page.
  2. Be DESCRIPTIVE when writing the title and content of your post
    • PLEASE post a descriptive title! Give a short summary of your problem IN THE SUBJECT.
      • Here’s a great list of topic subjects YOU SHOULD NOT POST:
        Help me! I have a question! Urgent!
      • Here’s a good example of a way to title your post:
        Call for participation in OHDSI network study: Bipolar Misclassification Validation
  3. Keep up-to-date on forum activity by adding topics of interest to your personal watch list.
    • You can recieve forum posts of interest directly to your email by adding topics of interest to your watch list. Follow the steps below to update your watch list:
      • Go to your forum account
      • From there, select the ‘preferences’ button from the menu located along the top of your account
      • From there, select the ‘categories’ option from the menu on the left side of the screen
      • Add the threads you’d like to follow to the ‘watched’ box