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Online safety and who can see my posts

MaddieHU profile image

Dear community members,

When writing a post, you may have noticed the "Who can see my posts" option. This is referring to the level of visibility your post, and any subsequent replies, has.

What do the options mean?

The "Anyone” option means that your post and the replies to it will be visible to both community members and visitors to the community, including those who are not yet registered on HealthUnlocked.

Selecting "anyone" will allow others who are searching for similar topics you have written about to find your posts through the HealthUnlocked search feature and on Google search. This allows more people to find this great community and the support available in it! In fact, more than half of users found their HealthUnlocked communities through seeing a HealthUnlocked post in their Google search result - can you remember how you found this community?

The “Only community members” option limits access to your post to community members only. This means that your post will not appear on the homepage of your community for visitors, and when viewing the direct link to your post, visitors will only be able to see the first few lines of the post but your username and all the replies will be hidden.

You can also change who can view your existing posts in the editing section. For posts that are limited to the community only, you should see a padlock in the upper right corner of the post.

Which option should I choose?

HealthUnlocked is designed for you to be anonymous. As long as you are following the guidelines by not sharing identifiable information (such as real names, specific location and contact information), your posts should be safe to be viewed by, and potentially help anyone. You can find our online safety tips here by clicking on the “what does this mean” link (image above) next to the Who can view my post options.

So when should "Only community members" be used?

This option is designed to be used when a post contains sensitive, high-risk topics which could be triggering for others reading it. Reading a high risk post when first viewing a community, without having a full understanding of the purpose and support available, can be very distressing for a visitor, so we ask for any post containing these kinds of topics are shared with community members only.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Best of health to you,


7 Replies
Jesmcd2 profile image

Thank you so much for clearing that up for everyone MaddieHU ! 🤗💕

Jes 🌠🦈

Thank you so much for the clarification!

CalfeeChick profile image

Thanks for the clarification. 😊😊👍

Thanks MaddieHU

I don’t know what kind of MS you have. I have RRMS since 1999, but I folowed working until I retired in 2007. What tratament have you?

Thanks for your valuable tip. I will surely follow the above mentioned things in the coming days, whenever I post a new thing.

thx for going over that with us!

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