Why Can’t You Just Leave Me The Hell Alone?!?!?
Don’t worry, we will.
We care about you. We care that you get the right meds, or don’t take meds if they aren’t appropriate at all. We care about your health.
Be we really don’t give much of a rat’s ass about who you are, what your e-mail address is (except that a valid one is required if you register for the Crazy Meds Talk forum), where you live (other than the country), how much money you have, or anything like that. I do need to know about the computers and browsers used to access this site. The wiki and forum software will, in theory, automatically give you the format that will look the best for you depending on if you’re using a real computer1 or a mobile device, and if it is a mobile device whether it is a tablet or a phone, and what the screen dimensions are. Google likes to know that as well, so they can tailor their ads to you. Why that makes a difference to them is beyond me, but they know best, right?
So we’re all about HON code principle 3 - confidentiality. The only statistics I keep and make accessible to others are how many people read this site, which countries do all y’all hail from, and which search terms were used to find this place. I am once again publishing site statistics. I have published the approximate percentage of browser usage, and have discussed the percentage of people using mobile devices and which ones they use.
I can find out the IP addresses of visitors if absolutely required. It’s the only way we can effectively ban spammers and other total dickweeds. And as stated in the user agreement, you start discussing anything highly illegal, like selling drugs, you can bet your ass it gets turned over to the appropriate law enforcement officials as soon as it’s asked for. At least if they ask for it within two weeks, which is the maximum time the backup of the access logs hang around.
The forum software (Invision Power Board, or IPB) requires cookies to work. It save your login information, when you were last on so it can tell you which topics are new, that sort of stuff. IPB software doesn’t track where you go or collect any information about you. Cookies are required only if you wish to be a member of the forum, but you don’t need to accept cookies to read without joining. The wiki software for the drug pages now creates a bunch of cookies in order determine the best display based on the device you’re using, and to remember any settings you’ve selected.
There used to be an option to delete all the cookies associated with your IPB session if you don’t like any cookies hanging around, you now need to do that manually. You need to manually remove the cookies the wiki software creates. While many, but not all of the cookies begin with crazy_meds_ , all of them are in a folder named crazymeds.us, so searching for crazymeds or crazymeds.us will show you all of the cookies created by both the forum and the wiki software. How you find and delete cookies depends on the browser and device you are using.
Google is giving you a cookie when you visit any page on this site that has advertising, which means every page on this site. It’s all part of their targeted advertising campaign. You know, making the ads more relevant to you by tracking the websites you visit and all that. Reality is catching up with satire and/or science fiction faster and faster these days. If you don’t want the new masters of the universe tracking the websites you visit you have two options. You can opt out of this service (because it’s always opt out) and/or do what I do, which is setting your browser to never accept third-party cookies. For more information read the page with the opt-out option, as it also has Google’s new privacy information regarding ads.
Another thing that is of interest to us is how you came to visit us, and if you found this site through a search engine what particular words you used in your search. Sometimes those search terms help us try to make this site better. Sometimes they just amuse us to no end.
Oh, don’t be embarrassed by our being amused by your particular choice of search terms, we have no way of connecting a search to you. Whoever needed to know about “Prozac” and “porno boobs,” I hope you found what you were looking for. We do our best with that sort of thing. We don’t know who you are, where you are or when you were even looking for that connection. It would be difficult for the FBI to track you down if they had to, for us it’s utterly impossible.
Coming out of the mental health closet is your decision. Stigma is a big deal in the English-speaking world. Just because I’m all out in the open about everything doesn’t mean you have to be. You may not be in a place in your life to come out. That’s fine with us. We respect your privacy.
Page created by: Jerod Poore. Date created: 31 January 2011 Last edited by: Jerod Poore on: April 02, 2013, at 10:49 AM
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Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained through our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles, the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets, and from sources that are referenced throughout the site. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away.
Crazy Meds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
All brand names of the drugs listed in this site are the trademarks of the companies named on the PI/SPC sheet associated with the medication, sometimes on the pages about the drugs, even though those companies may have been acquired by other companies who may or may not be listed in this site by the time you read this. Or the rights to the drug were sold to another company. And any or all of the companies involved may have changed their names.
Crazy Meds is optimized for the browser you’re not using on the platform you wish you had. Between you and me, it all looks a lot cleaner using Safari or Chrome, although more than half of the visitors to this site use either Safari or Internet Explorer, so I’m doing my best to make things look nice for IE as well. I’m using Firefox and running Windows XP3. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazy Meds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazy Meds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site2.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazy Meds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had the forerunner to QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]