- Author : Daisydreamer
- support : 2
- Topic : Welcome & getting started
Hi there and welcome to the SANE Forums 🎉
Before you get started, here are a few things you need to know about staying anonymous and maintaining your privacy on the SANE Forums.
You can also find the points about anonymity and privacy outlined below in the SANE Forums Guidelines and FAQs.
The SANE forums are anonymous to allow all of our members to safely share personal experiences without being identified by forum members, members of the public, and the people in your life.
The main way to stay anonymous online is choosing an anonymous username.
Staying Anonymous by picking an anonymous username
Your forums username is how you will be referred to on the forums and is important for maintaining your anonymity. Your username will appear alongside all of your posts. Your posts may appear in search engines- this is why picking a unique username is so vital.
What are the top things to remember when picking a forums username?
Our anonymity guidelines highlight that a username should not contain:
- your name
- your addresses - postal or email
- your member names/usernames on other social media services (this includes any accounts such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tik Tok, or other online communities)
- the name of your workplace, uni or school
- any other information by which you could be identified in real life
What happens if I have already picked a username and it is not anonymous?
If you are already using a username that isn’t anonymous, or you are concerned about your anonymity, you are welcome to contact the SANE team and we can change your username for you.
Send an email to email@example.com and let us know what preferred username you would like to change your account to. Our Community Managers will make the change for you so you can continue on the forums with anonymity.
Be mindful of other’s anonymity too
When sharing your story, be mindful of maintaining the anonymity of those in your life too by never posting real names or contact information.
This way we can maintain anonymity for all people; our Forum members, the people in our members’ lives, and the general public.
Privacy at SANE
There are a few important things to note so you can make an informed decision about posting on the SANE Forums.
We are a public forum
SANE Forums are viewable and searchable by the public. Every year we have of 1.4 million Australians looking for help and seeking support by reading the posts made to the SANE Forums.
As a public site, posts associated with your username may appear in search engine results. This is why picking an anonymous username is so important.
SANE Forum Partners
SANE Australia partners with mental health organisations around the country to make the SANE Forums more accessible to a wider range of people in Australia. We do this by working with partners to host the SANE Forums on their website, making the forums visible to people who may be viewing our partners websites. We call this a syndication.
When members access SANE through one of our partners, they are still on the SANE Forums, managed by the SANE team. The syndication simply means that the SANE Forums are visible on other mental health websites, making it easier for those looking for support to find SANE. Chances are you may have found SANE through one of our partner’s websites.
Can I request for a post or a thread to be deleted?
If you are concerned about a post or thread you have created, you can request it be deleted. For steps on how to do this, check out the Delete a post section of our guidelines
If you have any questions about anonymity or privacy, please feel welcome to reach out to the SANE team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to help!