|HysterSisters Website Guidelines
|The following rules and guidelines, the Terms of Service,
are a basis for all activities (including the message boards, mobile APP, the guestbook, calendar, journals, etc.) found on the HysterSisters® website (http://www.hystersisters.com)(the Website). Agreement to the following Terms of Service provides:
Your Medical Support: You agree that you are female, over the age of 17 and posting for GYN medical/hysterectomy support as HysterSisters Hysterectomy Recovery website is created to be "Woman-to-woman" online support community for your own hysterectomy decisions and issues. Do not register to post about someone else's medical needs.
Your User Account
Your Username: You agree your username will not contain reference to children or words that are "mom" synonymous out of courtesy for members grieving the loss of their womb. You agree to select a username that is not offensive or inappropriate for our community.
One Account: You agree you will register only ONE account. If you have trouble with your log-in or password, contact the HELPDESK rather than registering again. Posts may be merged at the discretion of the administration of HysterSisters of any member with two or more user accounts.
Your User Signature: You agree your signature will not include mention of: babies, children, pregnancies (including ectopic), hot topics, websites, image tags and may contain only one smilie.
Your Avatar: You agree your avatar will not include photos of other people which includes: babies, children, men. You agree your avatar will be appropriate for the HysterSisters community.
Uploading Photos to Hyster Sisters Photo Gallery: You agree that you will upload only photos that are deemed appropriate for public viewing. The decision of the administration will be final. Photos are also limited in size and disk space per user. You will only upload photos in which you are the copyright owner. If the photo includes someone other than you, you will secure permission from all other people in the photo to allow you to post the photo.
Your Website Activity
Medical Advice: You agree
that you will refrain from posting "medical advice". Please offer
support and "my experience" only not medical advice.
Medical Professionals: You agree, if you are a medical professional, you are registering for support for your personal GYN health needs. You agree, as such, that you may not offer medical advice unless you are willing to provide full name, license information, contact information and assume all legal liability for posted content. HysterSisters.com encourages medical professionals to participate only as "women supporting women" and to be cautious in representing themselves as medical professionals.
Support on the Message Boards:
You agree to keep support offers within the public confines of the posts and threads. You may not ask the members to send email (or Facebook or Twitter) to you for support issues. Public message boards provide that many will receive support even when lurking.
Doctor - Insurance Info: You agree you will not list insurance companies, doctor names, addresses, phone numbers/websites/urls (including Facebook and Twitter) in the public forums. Recommendations for specific doctors/insurance should to be kept in personal email.
Suggesting Surgery/Hysterectomy Types:You agree you will not advocate for or against hysterectomy surgery or recommend one particular kind of hysterectomy surgery over another. Only your personal doctors can make this determination.
Stay on TopicYou agree to keep discussions on topic understanding that discussions off topic and out of the bounds of hysterectomy issues may be removed or closed in keeping with the intent of Hystersisters.com.
PG-rated: You agree not to post messages or links that are obscene, profane, sexually
explicit or descriptively graphic. Posts with sexual content should have a tone of maturity and appropriate vocabulary. The community of
HysterSisters.com is based upon "kind support, woman to woman".
Inappropriate Word Usage: You agree you will not attempt to bypass the website's censor by misspelling inappropriate words. You agree not to refer to a hysterectomy as a procedure done at a vet's office.
Be sensitive to
others regarding children and family: You agree you will be cautious and sensitive to others when referring to your children/babies/pregnancy in your posts out of courtesy to the members who do not have children and are grieving the loss of this ability.
Information Links: You agree not to start a thread for the purpose of dropping a link to a website or article. We allow you to add informational/educational links in reply to a support request thread only if the link goes to a non-commercial site. Submit resource links to our RESOURCE directory instead.
Documentation: You agree to provide reputable, verifiable sources for statements of medical fact that are not common knowledge, especially as regards discussions about hysterectomy type, hormone therapy, treatments for medical conditions and similar topics. This ensures visitors receive up-to-date, accurate information on these topics.
Chatter: You agree you will keep chatter posts within the chatter forum of the message boards. Threads that begin with the purpose of finding members whose surgery is on a certain date or month will be moved to "Friends Without Faces" forum. Discussions on the public boards that begin to reflect personal conversations between a few members will be removed.
Threats: You agree that you will not use any of HysterSisters website features to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, threatening,invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
Flames/Hot Topics: You agree that you will not make derogatory comments about any person based on religion, race, gender, etc. You agree to refrain from posting messages that contain potential hot topics known as polarizing arguments. Examples: alternative lifestyles, sexual preferences, animal rights, healthcare systems, etc. A tone of "kindness" is appreciated for all discussions.
posts: You agree that the staff of
Hystersisters.com may move your post from one forum
category to another for the sole purpose of providing you with the
best possible support for your needs. You agree you will not post duplicate content or cross-post (posting the same message in more than one forum).
Suicide Mentions/Threats: You agree that the staff of
Hystersisters.com may remove your post or close any thread containing a mention or a threat of suicide. If you are feeling suicidal you are encouraged to call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. For liability reasons, HysterSisters discourages personal contact with members posting suicide threats.
Editing Discussion/Thread Titles: You agree that the staff of
HysterSisters.com may edit thread titles for the purpose of content clarity, adding to the navigational help of visitors looking for specific information.
of posts/users: You agree that the staff of
Hystersisters.com may edit/remove the posts and/or
disable the account of any member who does not comply with these
community guidelines or any reason deemed appropriate by the
administration for the good of the community and its safety. Requests for removal will entail removing personal data, location, avatar, etc,. to protect the privacy of the person but the member account will remain intact because of the nature of the threading of posts within the database.
Freedom of Speech? You agree that "freedom of speech" does not apply to HysterSisters.com as an individually owned website. Although the constitution of the US guarantees that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”, HysterSisters is not Congress. The TOS/Guidelines of this website governs the behaviors and activities of the members. If you choose not to follow the Terms of Service agreed to during registration, the result is a disabling of your account.
Solicitations (SPAM): You agree not to invite, solicit or coerce others to visit other websites through
posts, email, PM, use of HysterSisters membership list or any other
resource within the Website. Advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate to post, send through PM, email or any other feature of the hystersisters.com website.
Advertising/Solicitations: You agree not to advertise website links (blog, personal facebook page, youtube, etc) in your signature, posts, PMs, journal. You may add your website address to your profile in the appropriate place. To advertise on the HysterSisters Website please contact: kathy at hystersisters.com.
Crown Jewels may advertise in the "Advertisers Forum" following guidelines of that forum.
Solicitations/Interview/Data Gathering You agree not to use the message boards, membership list, PM, guestbook as a way to gather data, research, request interviews without permission of the owner of HysterSisters. Email kathy at hystersisters.com for permission and additional information.
Legal Talk and Lawsuits: You agree to not discuss suing hospital personnel, medical professionals, medical facilities, employers, etc. You also agree not to use this website as a place to recruit others to help you in any legal action or data gathering for legal action.
Intellectual Property (trademark/copyright):You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by HysterSisters®. You may post messages, text, photos, testimonials or other content on the Website via public forums. Any content submitted to the Website will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary, and you authorize HysterSisters and its affiliates and licensees, without compensation to you or others, to copy, reproduce, incorporate, distribute, publicly display or otherwise use such information throughout the world in any format or media (whether now known or hereafter created) for the duration of any copyright or other rights in such content, and such permission may not be revoked for any reason. HysterSisters has no obligation to provide attribution to you for use of any content you post.
HYSTERSISTERS is a registered trademark and SWELLY BELLY BAND is a trademark of Hyster Sisters, Inc. (collectively the Trademarks).
The "look" and "feel" of the site, including the color combinations, button shapes, layout, and all other graphical elements is also a trademark of HysterSisters. Any “Third Party Trademarks” used on the website are the property of their respective owners. Your use of the Website does not grant you a license or any rights in the Trademarks or any Third Party Trademarks on the Website.
The customizations of the vbulletin software underlying the Website is the property of HysterSisters. You agree not to copy, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, assign, distribute, reverse engineer, grant a security interest in, or otherwise transfer any right to the technology or software underlying our Website. You agree not to modify the software underlying our Website in any manner or form or to use modified versions of such software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to our site.
The content of this site, including but not limited to the text and images herein and their arrangement, are copyright © Hyster Sisters, Inc.. All rights reserved. DO NOT copy or adapt the HTML that HysterSisters creates to generate pages. It also is covered by copyright.
Any unauthorized use including, but not limited to, reproduction, transfer, transmission, dissemination and storage in a retrieval system of any content of this site, is strictly prohibited. HysterSisters has registered a designated agent with the U.S. Copyright Office pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 512(c). If you believe your copyrighted material is being used on this site without permission, please notify Hyster Sister, Inc.’s designated agent at:
Tamera H. Bennett, Esq.
Bennett Law Office, PC
132 West Main Street
Lewisville, TX 75057
identity: You agree that your identity and account details may be provided to authorities in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you or any other activity on the HysterSisters.com website.
Responsibility in Posting: You agree that you will assume all responsibility for postings under your username/IP. Although this website tries to remove posts that are not appropriate or are medically inaccurate, HysterSisters will not be held liable for posts that are inaccurate, unsound.
You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold HysterSisters and all of our officers, directors, owners, employees, agents, information providers, affiliates, partners, and licensors (collectively, the "HysterSisters Parties") harmless from and against any and all liability, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by HysterSisters in connection with any claim, including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, violation of rights of publicity and/or privacy, copyright infringement, or trademark infringement arising out of: Your use of the Website; Any use or alleged use of your accounts or your passwords by any person, whether or not authorized by you; The content, the quality, or the performance of content that you submit to our site; Your connection to our site; Your violation of these Terms; or Your violation of the rights of any other person or entity.
We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us, and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims.
We disclaim any responsibility for the deletion, the failure to store, the mis-delivery, or the untimely delivery of any information or material. We disclaim any responsibility for any harm resulting from downloading or accessing any information or material on the Internet using search results from our site. We disclaim any responsibility for, and if you subscribe to one of our fee-based services you will not be entitled to a refund as a result of, any service outages that are caused by our maintenance on the servers or the technology that underlies our site, failures of our service providers (including telecommunications, hosting, and power providers), computer viruses, natural disasters or other destruction or damage of our facilities, acts of nature, war, civil disturbance, or any other cause beyond our reasonable control.
WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT OUR WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE. IN ADDITION, WE DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE CONTENT ON OUR WEBSITE. OUR WEBSITE AND CONTENT ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN "AS IS, AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. ANY MATERIAL THAT YOU DOWNLOAD OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN THROUGH OUR WEBSITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY POTENTIAL DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) OUR WEBSITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) OUR WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF OUR WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL THAT YOU PURCHASE OR OBTAIN THROUGH OUR WEBSITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (v) ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED. WE DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO OUR WEBSITE, ANY CONTENT, OR ANY OF OUR SERVICES, TOOLS, PRODUCTS, OR PROPERTIES. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOU WILL ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR WEBSITE AND THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ITS CONTENT.
WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE OUR WEBSITE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, OUR LIABILITY AND THAT OF OUR THIRD-PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Deactivation of the Sites
HysterSisters reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website, or any part or portion, with or without notice to you. You agree that we shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Website, or any part or portion. Nothing in these Terms of Service shall be construed to obligate HysterSisters to maintain and support the Website.
Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of any HysterSisters site or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
Use of our site is subject to existing laws and legal process. Nothing contained in these Terms shall limit our right to comply with governmental, court, and law-enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of our site.
These Terms shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, and the parties irrevocably consent to bring any action to enforce these Terms before a court of competent jurisdiction in Denton County, Texas.
If any part of these Terms is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed replaced by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision, and the remainder of the Terms shall continue in effect.
does not intend to take the place of your relationship with your
personal physician. Please consult your doctor/surgeon to answer your hysterectomy questions.
We respect your privacy!
Any personal information you give to the HysterSisters website (the Website) will be held with the utmost care, and will not be used in ways that you have not consented. A more detailed explanation about how we safeguard your personal information is described below. Personal information is information about a person that includes identifying information about that person.
***We do not actively submit pages with usernames to search engines, but they are picked up by a number of them. If you have a username that is your actual full name, it may be possible to search for your name and find it affiliated with HysterSisters. This is why, during registration, we warn members *not* to register with an identifiable username. We have no control over search engine results.
Resale or disclosure of information to third parties:
The HysterSisters Website does not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease any personal information collected at our site, including email lists. Special offers from sponsors may be offered during registration and your email may be shared for the purpose of sending the requested information to you.
HysterSisters does occasionally engage in research initiatives related to women's health. The sole purpose of these research initiatives is to identify unmet needs of women through aggregate reporting of women's experiences, opinions and therapeutic treatments.
Research is typically conducted through opt-in survey where survey response data is summarized, reported in the aggregate and made available for purchase to various constituents in the medical community who need to hear the voice of women. These constituents include, but are not limited to: doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.
In addition to research conducted from opt-in survey response data, textural data you provide in your posts may be summarized and reported at a non-personal, aggregate level on a periodic basis for the purpose of identifying trends in consumer education and opinion.
Neither of the aforementioned forms of data collection for research purposes retain or report on any personal information.
Browser information collected on the Website:
The HysterSisters Website analyzes our Website logs to constantly improve the value of the materials available on the Website. Our Website logs are not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals that actually browse the site.
Privacy of our email lists:
The HysterSisters Website maintains an email list to keep HysterSisters members informed about breaking events. Members select to be updated via email by the administration of HysterSisters during registration. Checking "no" to "receiving email from admin" in your member's control panel will opt you out of receiving newsletter emails from this site. In addition, we configure our message board software to refuse to divulge the email addresses of our members to anyone.
Advertising Policy on HysterSisters:
Please visit this page to read information about HysterSisters Advertising Policy: [Click here].
The HysterSisters website is created around a database containing posts, registration info, survey results, private messages, logged IPs and other activities. The information contained within the database belongs to Hyster Sisters, Inc. An administrator of Hyster Sisters, Inc, if so inclined, can access information in the database. Posts, IPs, private messages are all accessible within the database. They are private, but not necessarily secret.
The information you provide in your posts may be summarized at a non-personal level on occasion. See our Research Policy above for more information.
HysterSisters.com is a public website. The HysterSisters Website takes precaution in helping you to maintain your privacy within the membership. Although your email address is verified as you join, the email addresses are hidden and are not viewable by members.
We ask that you are careful that you do not provide your email address nor your exact location in order to maintain safety while you use the HysterSisters Website. Although Zip Codes are collected for use in the database for local news emails, they are not displayed publicly. Be safe! Be smart! Do not give your phone number, address, hospital, and other personal info in public forums.
Your identity and Legal Issues
The HysterSisters Website retains the right to provide any information we know about you to legal authorities in the event of legal action arising from your online activity.
Updating or Changing Your Information
HysterSisters wants your account, information and preferences to be accurate and complete. To update or change your personal information, visit our user login page and log on to your own account. You can update your personal information after logging in to your account.
The Website also may use other technologies to track the specific pages viewed by visitors on the Website or to target specific content that might be of interest to you. These technologies help us to understand how visitors use the Website. However, you will have the option to opt out (or opt on if applicable law requires) of receiving such targeted content on those pages of our Website where this technology is used.
Other information passively collected by HysterSisters is in the form of logs – files that record Website activity and gather statistics about web users' browsing habits. These entries are generated anonymously, and help HysterSisters determine (among other things) how many and how often users have visited our Website, which pages they've visited, and other similar data. We also use the log file entries for our internal marketing and demographic studies, so we can constantly improve the online services we provide you. Log files are used internally only, and are not associated with any particular user, computer, or browser.
Linking to Third Party Sites
To provide relevant information not found on our Website and to facilitate online shopping, HysterSisters may provide links from our Website to third party websites. HysterSisters encourages our users to read third party sites' privacy policies before submitting personal information.
Visitors purchasing goods and services through the HysterSisters online store will need to provide a valid credit card number and expiration date, in addition to name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address in our safe, secured, encrypted online environment. The credit card information is used for the moment of transaction only and not saved in a customer account NOR saved to the server’s database.
The Website is Not For Children
Since the Website is not designed specifically for children, HysterSisters does not intentionally collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we discover that we have inadvertently collected personal information from a person under the age of 13, we will automatically delete it.
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to:
2436 S. I-35 E. Suite 376-184
Denton, Texas 76205
HysterSisters Commitment to Security
We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect via the Internet. We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information in any way and at any time without your prior knowledge and permission.
If you have questions about the privacy procedures employed at HysterSisters, please contact:
2436 S. I-35 E. Suite 376-184
Denton, Texas 76205