Terms of use

Version: 24.08.2023

General guideline

“Be kind, responsible and open to different perspective” is an overruling message to anybody engaging in JoinUs4Health or enjoying the various outputs and opportunities that we envisage will emerge.


The following list of specific behaviours provide examples of actions, which we do not welcome as part of JoinUs4Health, neither as part of submissions (suggestions, comments, topics) or participation (team or study members, events).

We do not tolerate

  • discriminatory behaviour and content promoting or advocating the oppression of members of marginalised groups. These groups may be characterised by any of the following (though this list is naturally incomplete):
    • ethnicity
    • gender identity or expression
    • sexual identity or expression
    • physical characteristics or age
    • disability or illness
    • nationality, residency, citizen status, wealth or education
    • religious affiliation, agnosticism or atheism
    • threatening behaviour, stalking, and doxing
  • harassment, including brigading, dogpiling, or any other form of contact with a user who has stated that they do not wish to be contacted
  • mobbing, including name-calling, intentional misgendering or deadnaming
  • violent nationalist propaganda, Nazi symbolism or promoting the ideology of National Socialism
  • conspiracy narratives or other reactionary myths supporting or leading to the above-mentioned (and/or similar) behaviour

Actions intended to damage these no-tolerance policies may lead to immediate account suspension. Content that is illegal in Germany will be deleted and may lead to immediate account suspension.
The provider expressly distances itself from such content and reserves the right to prosecute.

Furthermore, no content will be posted that does not comply with the privacy policy. Specifically, this means that personal information about you may only be contained in your profile. You should not disclose any personal data about yourself or others in project data. If you exercise your right to object and delete as part of exercising your data subject rights, we will delete your personal data in compliance with the GDPR, in particular your profile data. In the case of project data, deletion may not be possible because, in addition to the GDPR, scientific principles and statutory legal bases must be observed here and, above all, the resilience of the project data must be ensured. This also includes that the research purpose must not be jeopardized by a deletion. Therefore, we ask you not to disclose any personal/individual data within the scope of the projects.

Using other peoples work

Do not upload or use any work you do not own, and you have no license for, also do not use images directly from any search engine. If you use other people’s work, the license and the license holder must be provided, as well as the source as reference.

Check, if the license complies with our standards. Please use a free license for your uploads, as Creative Commons, GPL or Public Domain for example. In case of doubt, please contact us (contact@joinus4health.eu).

Implementation of these rules

Reviewers are prompted to verify that these rules are followed when reviewing submitted suggestions or topics and facilitators and moderators when coordinating working or study teams or events. If an objection arises, a correction may be suggested, the submission may not be made public or a team member / event participant may be warned, silenced or even expelled from a meeting / event. In severe cases, an account may be temporarily or indefinitely suspended.

Furthermore, any JoinUs4Health platform user or contributor is invited to report behaviour that bothers them. Reports will be kept confidential.

Best practices

The list below is a collection of behaviour that we expect to see from our users. If you see a user go against these best practices in a way that bothers you, please file a report, and we will talk to them. While these best practices are designed to be guidelines for a good communal instance, repeated malicious unwillingness to follow the best practices will be considered just like breaking a rule.

In general, use the tools provided in JoinUs4Health to foster a considerate and accessible atmosphere.

Contributions that do not originate from you must be credited with reference to the license, license holder and source. Contributions and content to which you do not have the necessary rights, for example because they originate from a third party and they do not have a license to publish, may not be uploaded or created and shared with others. The provider does not check whether third party rights are violated by a contribution and content and accordingly assumes no liability for your contributions and content. If you become aware of an infringement of third party rights, please contact us immediately.

Uninvited comments about another user’s personal choices, lifestyle or family are strongly discouraged and may be considered harassment. Inappropriate sexual attention, comments about appearance and implication of physical contact will not be tolerated.

In discussions, please remain civil, do not insult the people you’re talking to. Note that irony, sarcasm, or similar modes of language don’t translate well to written language and tend to escalate discussions or misunderstandings.

(These best practices were inspired by the Terms of https://bsd.network. Thank you!)