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2023-05-10, 04:41 PM (ISO 8601)
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- May 2007
Query on Scope of Rule Prohibiting Professional Advice
Hiya. I have questions as per the title, please.
(1) Do the rules regarding professional advice proscribe the provision of medical opinions regarding fictional characters? In other words, would it be acceptable for a medical professional to say "were James Bond a real person, I would diagnose him with [injury/illness], which is a diagnosis I am qualified to make IRL as a [job title]"?
(2) What limits are there on semi-trained quasi-professionals? For example, would it be acceptable to say "I am not qualified to diagnose or refer a real person regarding [injury/illness] but, in my opinion, were James Bond a real person, he would be diagnosed with [injury/illness]"?
(3) Is it acceptable to elaborate by saying "I base my opinion/diagnosis on:
(a) [Diagnostic Tool]"; or
(b) this entry in [Diagnostic Tool], as follows: [paste]; or
(c) my professional experience in [non-clinical role] with a demographic with a high proportion of [injury/illness]"?
(4) Do any of the verdicts differ if the character is an OotS character?
I hope that made sense! Thanks in advance.
Last edited by TheBaffledKing; 2023-05-10 at 04:42 PM.
2023-05-10, 08:48 PM (ISO 8601)
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- Jul 2017
Re: Query on Scope of Rule Prohibiting Professional AdviceOriginally Posted by The Rules
For #2, ditto. It's nice if you'll claim "I'm just some guy on the internet" if your qualifications are not up to par, but since most smart people realize that any rando on the internet can claim to be whoever they want the two situations are largely the same.
#3 you can certainly share links, although be mindful of two things; a random blog post or video somewhere is not necessarily a solid source (there are plenty of videos and sites arguing that the earth is flat), and that actual solid sources are likely protected by copyright which is another thing this board takes seriously. So while you could point to how a character is a textbook megalomaniac according to the DSM-V, you can't just copy/paste the text directly to the board.
#4, not really different. Although since OotS characters are stick figures in a magical world that runs off of narrative contrivance at least as much as physics you're likely to have people point that out if you try to get too real-world logic about the whole thing.
Last edited by Anymage; 2023-05-10 at 08:49 PM.
2023-05-10, 11:24 PM (ISO 8601)
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- Sep 2005
Re: Query on Scope of Rule Prohibiting Professional Advice
Sheriff: I'll update if I have more to add but the above seems accurate.Forum Rules
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