Please forgive the presumption and length of the following disclaimer.
Prospective participating Wine therapy patients are required
to provide a user name, password, and e-mail address as a precondition
to their treatment and as a sign of an intent to benefit themselves
and the group by way of their participation. Readers are welcome
to benefit in silence from the therapy in which the active group
participates, but registration is required to join in the discussion
and thus fully to benefit from the therapeutic work of the forum.
Wine therapy's administrator, moderator, doghead, goat, monkey,
and assorted other wallowing, braying, chirping, and grunting staff
as well as the principles of the Monkey A group all deny any responsibility
for the content posted by participants and for the use of such content
by participants or readers of the forum other than themselves.
Remember that all disclosures made in Wine therapy become
public information. Participants should exercise caution when
deciding to share personal or privileged information and to critique
or to characterize people or groups participating or not participating
in Wine therapy. Participants agree to assume responsibility
and liability for any posts they make to this site. Wine
therapy does not advise on the wisdom or content of public posts
to the forum and does not act as publisher or editor of participants'
posts. At the same time, posting to the forum constitutes
an agreement by patients to allow their posts to be viewed in the
forum and to be cited, quoted, and reused in responsible and legal
Any patient, silent or participating, who finds material posted
by another patient objectionable is encouraged to contact Wine
therapy by e-mail. All participants authorize the doghead
to remove or to modify any material submitted to Wine therapy
forums for any reason the doghead feels constitutes a violation
of board policies and principles of common sentient decency, whether
these policies or principles are stated or implied or not.
By doghead stipulation, patients have the right to patience, to
common sentient decency, not to be defamed, to different or no expertise
in the subject matter of group discussions, and not to have their
names or e-mail addresses sold or shared without their consent.
Registered patients have the further right to post whatever they
choose (subject to further qualification below) so long as the subject
matter of the post is broadly related to the themes of the forum
or its divergence is deemed by the doghead in the doghead's sole
and uncontested judgment to be compelling, informative, entertaining,
or otherwise more or less okay. Doghead may but shall under
no circumstances be compelled to remove posts other participants
or readers may find less than or not okay.
Other than these stated rights, which may be revoked or amended
at any time, patients surrender claims to all other imagined rights
for the duration of their stay in Wine therapy.
Wine therapy may contain links made by participants to other
web sites and files. The previously mentioned principles of
the practice have no control over the content of outside web sites
and cannot ensure it will not be offensive, objectionable, nonrevolutionary,
staid, lazy, overbroad, poorly articulated, or outright stupid.
The doghead will, however, remove links to inappropriate and irrelevant
material - categorized as such solely by the doghead - as the doghead
becomes aware of them.
Participants agree not to spam Wine therapy, not to use
Wine therapy crassly as a tool for the promotion of a business
or for personal nontherapeutic gain, and not otherwise cynically
to disrupt the proceedings and convalescence of the group.
Patients shall refrain from attempting to enter damaging codes into
the forum's database and shall not link posts to dead-end, circularly
scripted web sites and shall not attempt to redirect other patients
blindly from this forum from within or outside board posts.
Personal attacks on other patients or therapists are strictly forbidden,
though cleverly conducted campaigns of hate may from time to time
By way of amplification - since this subject is not widely enough
appreciated in on-line discussion groups - patients should exercise
care in making possibly defamatory statements. Matters of
personal opinion, theoretical disagreement, and matters of documentable
fact are always - within the limits of common sentient decency -
suitable for inclusion in a forum post. Trademark infringement
and unsupportable claims that others have lied or misled the public,
claims that laws have been broken, claims of moral turpitude or
wrongdoing, and the like - unsupportable claims about matters of
fact or character material to the well-being of people or businesses
- these types of statements or inclusions in posts are prohibited
in Wine therapy and discouraged in general.
On bullshit: overstatement, hyperbole, misrepresentation,
misdirection, bad logic, poor argumentation, dogmatism, unacknowledged
ignorance, and self-aggrandizement are all part of the culture of
wine discussion and much other discourse besides and cannot be denied.
Patients are encouraged, however, to minimize their reliance on
and indulgence of these habits and techniques, for their own benefit
and for the benefit of the group.
Wine therapy patients generally themselves comply with all
reasonable standards of group-therapeutic practice and common sentient
decency and the force of their collective will almost always guides
the group toward its goals. Participants who stray from common
sentient decency, who spam, who flame, who habitually seek to undermine
the commonweal - these face the iron hoof. Posts will be removed,
access will be blocked, mercy and comfort will be rescinded, and
medications may be, in the sole discretion of the doghead, prescribed
for remaining and infected patients in good standing.
Wine therapy gives patients two options for changing and
modifying information they provide in their profiles:
- Patients can sign in with their user names and passwords to
change any information in their profiles.
- In case of a lost password, patients have access to a "Forgot
your password?" link at the top of every page. Also, patients
can send e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, however, consider using a simple password
you'll remember - preferably for your sake one you use for other
things. If, password-armed, you still can't face making
your own changes to your profile, you can always ask the doghead,
politely, to make them for you.
Cookies must be turned on in your browser if you wish to participate fully
as a contributor to Wine therapy. Cookies are used here to
hold your user name and password and viewing options, allowing you
to sign yourself in and to see the board in a convenient way.
Wine therapy has no interest in the personal details of your
life, marital status, finances, draft evasion, drug use, criminal
record, or any other of your aspects whether seamy or sanctionable
except as they pertain to your treatment and well-being in the context
of this group. Among the last things Wine therapy cares
about or aspires to is the sale of your personal information or
the tracking of your browsing habits. Frankly, before treatment,
these habits are often unsavory. But Wine therapy is
here to help.
Such secrets as you share with the doghead to get approved to enter
treatment are protected by doghead-patient confidentiality.
Wine therapy does not guarantee new information-harvesting
programs will not skim e-mail addresses from the web site by means
not yet known, but does pledge not to abet or silently to suffer
As noted in the FAQ, patients
are welcome to use phony names in the forum. Doghead has no
desire to stifle creativity. Phony-name users will, however,
be held to a higher standard of cleverness and/or artistry than
patients who use their own names. All patients who wish to
post must supply Wine therapy with an active e-mail address
at which they may be reached and all phony names must be cleared
with the doghead. The doghead is a control freak, at bottom,
and while the doghead has remarkable tolerance, the doghead needs
to be in on subterfuges or dissimulations that may affect the well-being
of the group and forum. Doghead works hard to maintain this
forum for free and feels entitled to this courtesy. In this
matter, please humor the doghead. Wine therapy can
and does monitor IP addresses and can and will exclude free-riding
phonies. Wine therapy is a private forum open to the
public. Its administrator may revoke or deny the privilege
of participation, with or without cause.
Wine therapy encourages open, honest discussion of a wide
range of issues and gladly supports good clean and semiclean fun.
Members of the wine trade wishing to comment on issues of quality
or production or to contest opinions or claims made by other participants
must identify themselves as members of the trade and disclose any
connection to or competition with the products or properties under
discussion. Members of the trade are welcome and strongly
encouraged to participate in any aspect of the group's therapy,
subject to the general spam and promotion rules noted above and
to the disclosure stipulations made in this paragraph.
By pressing the "Agree" button below you affirm you,
the patient, are no less than 18 years old. You accept, further,
the above-outlined rules, requests, principles, and procedures.
You also agree not to post any copyrighted material you do not own,
except within the legal and normal boundaries of permission and
attribution. You agree further - so far as this is epistemologically
and metaphysically possible - not to represent the intellectual
work or ideas of others as your own or to use the intellectual work
or ideas of others directly without proper attribution. You
agree to direct all your posts to the greater good of the group
and to accept that the greater good of the group may not be imagined
in the same way by all the group's participants. Which differences
you agree to treat with respect while you are in Wine therapy.
And you reaffirm for emphasis your agreement to desist from hostile
or harassing or commercial or damaging or slanderous or otherwise
not commonly sentiently decent posting. Lastly, you agree
that if you find you despise Wine therapy and/or its participants,
you'll have the sense to find a group or a treatment better suited
to addressing whatever issues plague you. Remaining in therapy
solely to torment and to obstruct the group violates common sentient
If you will abide by these guidelines and keep them in mind during
your stay in Wine therapy, and you meet the one or two criteria
noted, click the "Agree" button below and make today the
first day of the rest of your day. Otherwise click "Cancel".
If you have any questions about this privacy/policy statement or
the use of Wine therapy, or about just about anything else
tangentially related, you may contact the administrator/doghead