New Rule: Unverified users cannot claim credentials in their comments
The mod team has been in discussion regarding unverified users including claims that they are medical professionals in their comments. As of today, we are going to start giving warnings against this.
We understand that many of you are not lying about your credentials and are simply uncomfortable with getting verified. This is completely reasonable and we are not against it at all. However, many first time posters on this subreddit are not aware of our verification system and take most of what they read at face value. This could introduce some risk if someone were to come along and lie about credentials with malicious intent.
If you are a medical professional and do not want to go through the verification process, you do not have to stop giving advice or commenting. We simply ask that you do not mention your credentials in your comment. If you want your credentials to be known, please go through the verification process with our moderators. It is completely anonymous and not intrusive to your privacy whatsoever.
We understand this may upset some of our users, however we have more verified physicians than ever before and receiving an answer to your question in a timely matter is not as uncommon as it used to be. We are only doing this in the best interest of everybody's safety.
I have added a new report reason - "Claiming Credentials." If you see an occurrence of this on the subreddit, please report it so the mod team can handle it.
Thank you all, I will leave this thread unlocked for feedback and discussion regarding this change.
Edit: A lot of people have been asking how to get verified.
From our sidebar:
If you would like to join the /r/AskDocs verified contribution team, please send the Mods a message with your profession and a form of verification via an imgur.com link. Click here to see an example. Please be sure to remove any identifying information from your verification document before submitting. This includes: names, contact information, ID Photos, certification numbers, etc... We want to protect the identity of our submitters by keeping them anonymous.