Your Privacy. It's Super Duper Important to Us.
The Honeycomb (HC) Community provides information, communication, support and awareness for the herpes virus. As part of this role we are committed to maintaining a high level of privacy for our visitors.
It is important for our community to feel completely safe, anonymous and at ease. This allows people to talk openly about this disease and to become involved in our free support services.
Protecting Your Identity
First things first. Please choose a User Name that is anonymous.
We run a public forum where the contents are crawled and indexed regularly by search engines. This includes user names, threads and posts (all conversations on the public forums). For this reason please choose a User Name that is confidential.
Other account information, such as your email address and password, are automatically private.
When signing up for a free support account please make sure to choose a User Name that:
Is not related to your first name, last name or nickname
Is not a word contained in your email address
Is not an alias or screen name that use anywhere else
You can change your User Name instantly and at any time in your account settings.
Never Post Personal Information
The HC is public, which means anyone who is surfing the internet is welcome to come in and join our conversations. Do not post any private details such as your or someone else’s real name, street address or telephone number – this type of information will be removed if detected.
Please login to your account and change your username if it contains any detail that you could be recognized by. It must be completely anonymous if you want your experience here to be a private one.
Your profile page and gallery photos, if you have uploaded any, are restricted to members only. This means that only other logged in members can view this information.
However, all of the posts and threads on our forum – including your username and avatar - the image beside your name, are public for all to see. For this reason, please do not use your real name, nickname or a username that you use anywhere else, such as on skype, twitter or other social networking sites, unless you wish to be recognized.
Closing an Account and Deleting Threads
If you are a standard member you can edit or remove your own posts as long as the post is no more than 30 days old. This helps to keep the conversations logical and legitimate for other people who are following or participating in the discussions. VIP members have more flexibility in all areas of the forum, including unlimited editing grace periods. However, for all members, if there is a special circumstance where you need to remove a particular thread or a post please contact us so that we can help you.
If you wish to close an account please login and follow the instructions in your Account Settings. In most cases the account can be fully deleted and this process is not reversible.
Normally large numbers of posts and threads that have already been posted will not be removed as it leaves missing and incomplete information on the forums, affects other members’ post counts and can take manual labor to do. If you have a large number of posts (<100) your account may need to be closed instead of deleted to avoid large chunks of missing information and heavily followed forum threads being affected. In this case, HC staff will delete your email address and close the account so that you are no longer associated with the forum.
Alternatively, if you need a break from Honeycomb you can choose to deactivate your account. Both of these options are found in the Account Settings.
Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.
To make this notice easy to find, we make it available in our footer and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested. Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on this website's web servers. Log files do not capture personal information but do capture the user's IP address, which is automatically recognised by our web servers.
Our Commitment to Children's Privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.
This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.