Halite said:
Just a question/request on one of the newer bits.
The wording of this part:
is a bit confusing, to me at least.

It seems like you're saying no one but artist, uploader, character owner, or commissioner can create or edit descriptions.
Aside from maybe for spelling/grammar level of fixes.
If that's what you're aiming for, it's not bad, but could possibly be a bit cleared, because it also sounds like it possibly means that you aren't allowed to invent information about an image.
Like, you couldn't decide what breed of dog is depicted in an image, and stick that in the description just because you want to.

I may just be getting confused over myself, or over-analyzing it, but I wasn't quite sure what it meant.

You are correct, but if you think it can be cleaned up, how would you write it? I'm all for making it more clear.


EDFDarkAngel1 said:
You are correct, but if you think it can be cleaned up, how would you write it? I'm all for making it more clear.

Why? because this seems bad....what if the user made an abusive desc? or is advertising? or using the desc to tell others to "fuck off with bad tags" ect? Could we not edit that out or not?


EDFDarkAngel1 said:
You are correct, but if you think it can be cleaned up, how would you write it? I'm all for making it more clear.

I'll be honest, I didn't have any sort of confusion when reading it... "inventing" information like that is just plain wrong as it stands. We don't tag something because of outside information, and anything put into the description box that isn't verbatim on the source image defies TWYS and shouldn't ever be used as a source. I honestly don't understand Halite's confusion on this.

Halite
Privileged
3 years ago
2012 ambiguous_gender ariffrazalin canine cute feral fur grey_fur grey_hair hair looking_at_viewer mammal solo wolf

Rating: Safe
Score: 25
User: Halite
Date: May 11, 2013

EDFDarkAngel1 said:
You are correct, but if you think it can be cleaned up, how would you write it? I'm all for making it more clear.

I would change that line to:
- No one but artist, uploader, character owner, or commissioner can create descriptions or make significant changes to the description of an image.

Maybe toss a (spelling and grammar changes are acceptable) in before the period if "significant changes" needs further definition.


123easy said:
We don't tag something because of outside information, and anything put into the description box that isn't verbatim on the source image defies TWYS and shouldn't ever be used as a source.

Actually, a very large part of the description is that you can use it to convey information about the image that CAN'T be tagged due to TWYS, such as the "true" gender of a character or that they're really royalty even though in the image they're in rags.


tony311 said:
Actually, a very large part of the description is that you can use it to convey information about the image that CAN'T be tagged due to TWYS, such as the "true" gender of a character or that they're really royalty even though in the image they're in rags.

Didn't say that it can't be; what I said is that we can't use that information for tags, and we can't just make up information about the image and dump it in there. If it's an image of Furball's characer we can't just invent information about it being someone else's character or species, for example. A better example would be if we had an image of a dickgirl and the desccription had her listed as transgender; We wouldn't then tag the image transgender just because the description says she is. That's part of why the transgender tag got aliased away, because that's using information not available in the image.


I was looking at user records and I noticed that Gilda had gotten griped at for "Targeting users and downvoting their posts is considered harassment and is against the rules." However, this is not listed anywhere in the rules as being 'harassing' and honestly I think it's a bit of a stretch to consider it harassment. Isn't the voting system explicitly designed to solicit the opinion of the public? Shouldn't one person's votes in theory be drowned out by positive (or negative) votes from others? If downvoting something is harassment why is downvoting allowed at all? Will I get banned or scolded if I upvote everything from a certain artist or user?

Gilda's record: https://e926.net/user_record?user_id=16311


Here's my interpretation: The assumption is that if you're systematically mass downvoting a single user's uploads, you're not being fair, and you're not truly voting based on the quality of the posts.

The voting system is designed to solicit the honest opinion of the public on the quality of the post, not on the poster, or on anything else.

Mass upvoting is not going to be harassment, but it could also be dishonest use of the voting system if you're not really voting based on what you think of the posts. Maybe you're part of a user ring that agrees to always upvote each other's posts, or maybe you've upvoted every post by a certain artist and nothing else. Those would be leaning toward abuse of the vote system.


Azazial said:
I was looking at user records and I noticed that Gilda had gotten griped at for "Targeting users and downvoting their posts is considered harassment and is against the rules." However, this is not listed anywhere in the rules as being 'harassing' and honestly I think it's a bit of a stretch to consider it harassment. Isn't the voting system explicitly designed to solicit the opinion of the public? Shouldn't one person's votes in theory be drowned out by positive (or negative) votes from others? If downvoting something is harassment why is downvoting allowed at all? Will I get banned or scolded if I upvote everything from a certain artist or user?

Gilda's record: https://e926.net/user_record?user_id=16311

Simply downvoting someone isn't harassment. Searching out all of their comments through the search function and downvoting them is. It's the "targetting users" aspect of it that made it harassment. Of course, this reply hinges on me remembering that occurance correctly, because I do remember there being a minor kerfuffle about it and that was how it was explained, but I could have misremembered or misinterpreted. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this count.


123easy said:
Simply downvoting someone isn't harassment. Searching out all of their comments through the search function and downvoting them is. It's the "targetting users" aspect of it that made it harassment. Of course, this reply hinges on me remembering that occurance correctly, because I do remember there being a minor kerfuffle about it and that was how it was explained, but I could have misremembered or misinterpreted. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this count.

Eh, from what I hear voting down images that you dont like uploaded by the same user is what they are calling harassment, when really its just disliking the shitty posts someone keeps uploading even if the posts are not good in quality.


Conker said:
Eh, from what I hear voting down images that you dont like uploaded by the same user is what they are calling harassment, when really its just disliking the shitty posts someone keeps uploading even if the posts are not good in quality.

But that is wrong.
Not that I'm surprised.

123easy said:
Simply downvoting someone isn't harassment. Searching out all of their comments through the search function and downvoting them is. It's the "targetting users" aspect of it that made it harassment. Of course, this reply hinges on me remembering that occurance correctly, because I do remember there being a minor kerfuffle about it and that was how it was explained, but I could have misremembered or misinterpreted. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this count.

That is correct, something like this is harassment, plain and simple.
If you downvote somebody's posts because he simply only uploads things you dislike than that just happens, if you downvote somebody's posts because you either want to make them feel bad or annoy them we'll hit you.


Okay, so from what I'm reading that record was really actually given because of the thread and not because of the actual act of voting negatively on images. If I systematically downvote all posts with the "scat" tag because I genuinely dislike them then that is okay. I had to ask because nothing in the Rules/CoC mentions voting at all.

edit:
Oh, new question. The rules state repeatedly to not use "Unicode". Now the intention of this is clearly to get people not to use unicode symbols or other things that people might not know how to type. Wouldn't it be better to just, you know, say that? As it stands right now the entire site is actually transmitted in UTF-8 which is a dialect of Unicode...


Azazial said:
Okay, so from what I'm reading that record was really actually given because of the thread and not because of the actual act of voting negatively on images. If I systematically downvote all posts with the "scat" tag because I genuinely dislike them then that is okay. I had to ask because nothing in the Rules/CoC mentions voting at all.

edit:
Oh, new question. The rules state repeatedly to not use "Unicode". Now the intention of this is clearly to get people not to use unicode symbols or other things that people might not know how to type. Wouldn't it be better to just, you know, say that? As it stands right now the entire site is actually transmitted in UTF-8 which is a dialect of Unicode...

Huh?

Unicode is mentioned twice in the Rules, once in "Abuse of Site Tools" ( Using Unicode in tickets, username changes, or any other use of site tools ) and once in " Tagging Abuse / Tagging Vandalism" (Using Unicode in tags). People are not supposed to use them there to make searching for users and tags easier as well as that we had a problem with Unicode characters a while ago that broke a part of the site. But that has been fixed in the meantime and now it is only there to make things a bit easier to type.
Besides that, use Unicode in the comments or forumposts all you want, just make sure it isn't disruptive (like walls of Zalgo text and the likes).


NotMeNotYou said:
Huh?

Unicode is mentioned twice in the Rules, once in "Abuse of Site Tools" ( Using Unicode in tickets, username changes, or any other use of site tools ) and once in " Tagging Abuse / Tagging Vandalism" (Using Unicode in tags). People are not supposed to use them there to make searching for users and tags easier as well as that we had a problem with Unicode characters a while ago that broke a part of the site. But that has been fixed in the meantime and now it is only there to make things a bit easier to type.
Besides that, use Unicode in the comments or forumposts all you want, just make sure it isn't disruptive (like walls of Zalgo text and the likes).

I think that you might be misunderstanding what exactly Unicode is. This the exact point I was trying to make. Unicode is (basically) a standard for encoding characters/glyphs and not a font its self. It includes not only the normal Latin letters that we use in English but all of the other alphabets of the world as well as a variety of wacky symbols and such.

The rules ban "Using Unicode in tickets, username changes, or any other use of site tools" and "Using Unicode in tags" but that would actually include English as well. You are reading Unicode right now (assuming that your browser follows the suggestion from the site: <meta charset='utf-8'>)

The intent of the rules is clearly to prevent people from putting symbols like hearts, stars, or other languages like Japanese which use their own character set. The rule should be reworded to read something more like "Tags must be in English letters. Other alphabets and symbols are prohibited." or something to that effect. It's clearer about what is expected, what is prohibited, and prevents confusion in people who don't know what Unicode is or misunderstand what Unicode is.


Azazial said:
I think that you might be misunderstanding what exactly Unicode is. This the exact point I was trying to make. Unicode is (basically) a standard for encoding characters/glyphs and not a font its self. It includes not only the normal Latin letters that we use in English but all of the other alphabets of the world as well as a variety of wacky symbols and such.

The rules ban "Using Unicode in tickets, username changes, or any other use of site tools" and "Using Unicode in tags" but that would actually include English as well. You are reading Unicode right now (assuming that your browser follows the suggestion from the site: <meta charset='utf-8'>)

The intent of the rules is clearly to prevent people from putting symbols like hearts, stars, or other languages like Japanese which use their own character set. The rule should be reworded to read something more like "Tags must be in English letters. Other alphabets and symbols are prohibited." or something to that effect. It's clearer about what is expected, what is prohibited, and prevents confusion in people who don't know what Unicode is or misunderstand what Unicode is.

Hrm, I do understand the differences between ASCII, ANSII, Unicode and however the japanese equivalent to ASCII is named are, it is just that most people tend to see the term Unicode not as the name for the all encompassing symbol collection it is but as one to describe "special characters".
So, I may be biased on this but I personally do not think the difference between "Don't use Unicode" and "Don't use symbols outside of the latin alphabet and arab numerals" will be a big one.
But I'll throw this to dave, he has much more experience with the wording of rules than I do.

Oh, but we do allow artist tags in other languages, as long as we don't have the english translation.


NotMeNotYou said:
But that is wrong.
Not that I'm surprised.

Ive seen a user booped for down-voting certain images because the user didnt like the type of art, there was no comment that said this about targeting anyone. Thats what I was referring to.


NotMeNotYou said:
Hrm, I do understand the differences between ASCII, ANSII, Unicode and however the japanese equivalent to ASCII is named are, it is just that most people tend to see the term Unicode not as the name for the all encompassing symbol collection it is but as one to describe "special characters".
So, I may be biased on this but I personally do not think the difference between "Don't use Unicode" and "Don't use symbols outside of the latin alphabet and arab numerals" will be a big one.
But I'll throw this to dave, he has much more experience with the wording of rules than I do.

Oh, but we do allow artist tags in other languages, as long as we don't have the english translation.

The Japanese set is called Shift JIS, which stands for Shift Japanese Industrial Standards. Learnt that when I was having to fiddle with settings to get my native region set to Japan so windows would play some games written with SJIS correctly.

Aside from that knowledge tidbit, I feel that only pedantic (Note, just in case: Calling someone pedantic is not automatically an insult! I consider myself pedantic about language, for example, because I do have a scholarly bent when it comes to grammar, spelling, definitions and etymology) code monkeys would question it, and that more feels like an, "I know what you mean but I'll question it anyways" sort of thing.


Conker said:
Ive seen a user booped for down-voting certain images because the user didnt like the type of art, there was no comment that said this about targeting anyone. Thats what I was referring to.

Could you dig that record/user up? It shouldn't have happened during char's reign but I could be wrong.


New Version of the CoC is up, the change is a minor addition to "Posting Unreleased Content / Hacking Data Files"

Suggested Suspension Length: e621 or Bad Dragon related, Permanent. All others, 3 to 7 days
This category includes:

  • Showing unreleased content from anyone that has been discovered through unauthorized means
  • Showing the results of successful or attempted hacks of the Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621 servers, websites, or affiliates
  • Showing paid content, or creating posts or comments that link to content only available through paid subscription services
  • Discuss, or display any data not available via public websites
  • Quoting, or otherwise referencing, another user who posts illegal/paid content or data

Please note that paid content over 2 years old is acceptable to post

Since e621 is an extension of Bad Dragon, with it comes the expectation that if someone comes into access with unreleased content, whether it be an unreleased toy, new concept or design, or paysite material, that they do not post it in e621. We take our security very seriously, and any breaches are investigated fully. Example: a post containing a Bad Dragon toy that isn’t released yet.

Addendum: If someone asks about unreleased content, and the answer is that it hasn’t been released or is otherwise unavailable, than that is okay. Discussion regarding its contents, location, opinions of such, or anything pertaining to unreleased content is not acceptable.

▼ Old CoC (Active from Dec 21st 2013 to March 10th 2014)

e621 Community Code of Conduct and Site Rules

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Last Updated: 12/19/13

▼ Code of Conduct Introduction

The forums and website are here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can discuss ideas, give advice, and converse about other aspects of e621 with fellow members. The community forums and primary website are at their best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect and courtesy. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner while participating in these forums.

The guidelines and rules listed below explain what behavior is expected of you and what behavior you can expect from other community members. Note that the following guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all manner of offensive behavior. As such, the forum moderators shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Also, suspension or banishment from the posting section of the website will always result in the same regard to forum access. Your access to the forums and website is a ‘privilege’, and not a ‘right’. We reserve the right to suspend your access to the forums and website at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines. In addition, these guidelines are not enforced on the e621 IRC channel, or similar off-site social channels. Likewise, any guidelines in use for the e621 IRC channels, or similar off-site social channels will not affect your access on the forums or website. Please note that the application of these rules varies based on the section of the website it is posted. Some things are OK to be as part of a 'Post' submission to the website, whereas it would not be OK as part of a 'Forum Thread'.

We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis. The action we take may be more lenient or more severe than those listed under each category:

Abuse of Site Tools
Advertising
Age Restrictions
Backseat Moderating
Bestiality
Blacklist
Circumventing a Suspension / Ban
Creating Duplicate Threads
Creepy Comments
Cross Linking Threads
Discussing Disciplinary Actions
Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
Extreme Sexuality / Violence
Harassing or Defamatory
Major Religions, Religious Figures, Political Parties, or Political Figures
National Hatred
Illegal Drugs or Activities
Impersonating an Employee
Posting Abuse
Posting Cheats, Hacks, Trojan Horses or Malicious Programs
Posting Unreleased Content / Hacking Data Files
Racial / Ethnic Hatred
Real-Life Threats
Role-Play
Sexual Orientation
Spamming or Trolling
Tagging Abuse / Tagging Vandalism

Glossary
Post: An image or other content uploaded to e621, on the posts section of the website. (https://e926.net/posts/). Not to be confused with a 'forum post'.
Comment: A textual comment made on a Post, on the posts section of the website
Forum Post: A comment made on a Forum Thread.
Forum Thread: A 'thread' of comments on a single subject, on the forums section of the website (https://e926.net/forum/)

▼ Code of Conduct Policy Categories

Abuse of Site Tools
Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
This category includes:

  • Using any of the site tools, such as Flag for Deletion, ticket reporting system, takedowns, tags, notes, or any other site tool in a fashion that can be construed as disruptive, spamming, or defamatory
  • Putting gibberish in any of the description fields
  • Repeatedly submitting invalid, incorrect, or unnecessary requests
  • Repeatedly submitting username change requests
  • Using Unicode in tickets, username changes, or any other use of site tools
  • Using any of the site tools to “backseat moderate”
  • Reporting posts, threads, comments, or any other site media that is older than 6 months

It should be noted that if a user reports a post, thread, comment, or any other site media that is older than 6 months, but contains a publicly visible malicious link, that will be exempt from this rule

In addition, if a person who is submitting content wishes it for it to be removed, for any reason, within 48 hours, that request will be honored.

This is aimed at making sure trolls and other disrespectful people do not detract or harm the look of the website by putting it requests for admin action with no clear, real, or valid basis. An example is someone who issues multiple username change requests in a short period of time. Another is someone repeatedly reporting another user’s comments when they didn’t break any rules.

Advertising
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Any non-beneficial, non-approved related businesses, organizations, or websites
  • Can be linked with Spamming or Trolling if it is used multiple times in a short period of time

If you are the content creator of a given post, it is acceptable and encouraged for you to advertise products or services you may offer, in the 'description' field of your post. In the future, we hope to offer a more streamlined and useful system for the promotion of your own work.
If you wish to promote your product or service, please contact [email protected] with any questions/approvals
Visit https://e926.net/forum/show/10410 for more information

This is intended to prevent people from using e621’s forums and posts from being a source of income/traffic for their unrelated business. If someone would like to advertise on the website, we encourage them to contact us so we can try and get them better exposure. This also allows them a place to go if they want to pay for a banner on the website. Not all ads have to be paid for either, and in some cases, we allow businesses or projects to receive free promotions in order to do good for the community.

Age Restrictions
Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
This category includes:

  • Any persons under the age of 18, or as determined by local laws
  • Any comment or evidence of being under the age of 18

Your account is your responsibility. If your account was breached/hacked, then you can dispute the problem and we will look into it on a case-by-case basis
If found to violate this rule, the account may be banned until the user’s 18th birthday.

Even though different states/provinces/territories have different rules, e621.net’s management and service office is located in Arizona, USA and it is by those laws that we are responsible for. We cannot knowingly allow any minors to view pornographic content, so we must be proactive in preventing this underage access. This includes accounts that are either legally or illegally accessed by minors. Furthermore, we require photo identification and proof of someone turning 18 in order to release access to their account. Such proof can be sent to the senior management group to determine authenticity, and must include the user’s face as well as the government or state issued identification, or other applicable document.

Backseat Moderating
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
This category includes:

  • Implying moderator/administrator privileges where none exist
  • Non-administrator/moderator/staff threatening to use disciplinary actions against another user
  • Demanding, ordering, or otherwise stating to an administrator/moderator/staff certain administrative actions to be taken against another user

This is aimed at preventing non-administrators from attempting to enforce the rules of the website. It does not matter if the user was correct, or incorrect, in their actions. Most, if not all, users are largely unaware of the daily dealings with the admin staff and would not be aware of any pending changes or discussions. In addition, users cannot demand an admin ban someone, report a comment, take down art, or any of the moderator/administrator actions. However, they can request that we look into something, so that we may perform our own research and resolve it without bias. Example: Sending a PM to an admin telling them to ban a user, with or without a reason. Example: Sending in a ticket citing a rule violation, then stating that if it wasn’t done to their satisfaction, they want all of their art removed from the site.

Bestiality
Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
This category includes:

  • Creating a post, forum post, or thread that is an inappropriate reference to real-life bestiality, sexual relations, or bodily functions
  • Linking or commenting on a website that promotes material that contains inappropriate references to real-life bestiality, sexual relations, or bodily functions

The two keywords here are “real-life” and “inappropriate”. Obviously, there are going to be bestiality references, and the nature of our site has to be more lenient about it than most. However, the moment someone mentions or posts about a real-life animal and makes sexual comment about it, then they fall under this. No personal discussion. If someone makes a sexual reference to a drawn or imaginary animal, that is fine. Example: I tried to get the horse penis to be realistic in size (okay) Man, I fucked my neighbor’s horse so hard last night (not okay).

Refusal to Use Blacklist
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
This category includes:

  • Creating posts, threads, or comments that complain about artwork that can be blacklisted
  • Wrongfully claiming lack of knowledge about the blacklist system to avoid punishment from the previous rule

This is intended to reduce or eliminate the complaints that users make about seeing a certain type of content on the site. If a user chooses, or refuses, to utilize the blacklist, but continues to complain about content they find offensive or unsatisfactory, then this rule may be enforced. Additionally, if a user finds a post that is incorrectly tagged and willingly chooses to complain about seeing it instead of placing the correct tag, this rule may also be enforced then.

Circumventing a Suspension / Ban
Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
This category includes:

  • Posting anything on another account
  • Having someone post on your behalf

If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned with no appeal, regardless of previous disciplinary action
Alternate accounts are generally okay, so long as they are not used to evade the suspension/ban

Fairly self-explanatory. If someone gets Suspended or Banned, and they try to go on a friend’s account, or alt account, and post anyway, that account gets banned as well. The other side to this is if they were under a short-term suspension and they go around to circumvent it, that short-term suspension becomes a permanent ban. If a user does this, but acts in such a way as to not continue the actions that got them banned, then an admin may choose not to enforce this rule, under the guise of helping the greater good.

Creating Duplicate Forum Threads
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
This category includes:

  • Creating forum threads about existing topics less than six months old
  • Creating a separate forum thread about an existing topic for further discussion in another forum category
  • Creating a separate forum thread about an existing locked topic for further discussion in any forum or site

This is intended to reduce clutter on the website, discouraging users from posting similar or same content in multiple, potentially unrelated, forums or topics. If someone would like to increase visibility of a post for any reason, they can request it from an admin.

Creepy Comments
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Creating forum posts, threads, or comments that cause an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease, or are sexually inappropriate

This is intended to ensure that users do not express their personal fetishes/desires publicly. Users have the right, within realistic expectations, to browse comfortably without unneeded or unnecessary commentary of those who wish to express their desires.

Discussing Disciplinary Actions
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Creating forum posts, threads or comments to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a member, including chat logs and email correspondence between a member and an administrator/moderator
  • Creating forum threads or posting comments to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a content post, or other submission to the site

Link to public records is located at https://e926.net/user_record
If you have a question about a disciplinary action, please contact the admin or site owner via dmail or email.

This is intended to prevent drama and concerns over how someone was disciplined. While records are publicly available information, any disputes/communication over said records or any other disciplinary action is confidential between the user and the admin team. Discussing it publicly would only serve to cause disruption and is generally ill-advised. It is encouraged that any and all discussion about disciplinary actions occur via email or dmail and directly to the admin in question or senior management group.

Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
This category includes:

  • Releasing or assisting in releasing any real-life information about other members or employees of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, or anyone else

If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned with no appeal, regardless of previous disciplinary action

Self-explanatory for the most part, but any attempt to reveal personal information, whether true or not, about someone will qualify. Example: I heard EDFDarkAngel1 lives in Phoenix (okay) I heard that EDFDarkAngel1 drives a red 1961 Ferrari GT California (not okay).

Extreme Sexuality / Violence
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Linking to websites that refer to extreme real-life violent sexual activity
  • Linking to websites that refer to extreme real-life violence
  • Linking to websites that refer to extreme kinks and/or fetishes

The intent is to prevent real-life violent content from websites we do not control from being exposed to users of e621. The rule specifically mentions links to other websites since we control the content here. As to what defines as “extreme kink” is going to be judged on a case-by-case basis. However, if it is ruled that one thing is extreme kink, it must be consistent in that ruling. For example, if you consider scat as an extreme kink (not saying that we should), all posts and comments that contain scat should be removed as well, so judge wisely. Example: a post of a drawn character getting graphically and brutally slaughtered (okay). A forum thread linking to 4chan’s /c/ thread (not okay)

Harassing or Defamatory
Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
This category includes:

  • Insultingly refer to other people, employees of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, or any groups of people
  • Performing actions which result in ongoing harassment to other people, employees of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, or any groups of people

This will be rendered against intent as well as action. The idea is to prevent a member from being uncomfortable in the forums or on the site.

This is intended to stop the insults and offensive comments that some people use. If someone makes a public comment, and someone finds it offensive, it will most likely fall under this. Example: I don’t agree with the admins (okay) The admins here are fucking stupid (not okay)

Major Religions, Religious Figures, Political Parties, or Political Figures
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Any discussion in forum posts, threads, or comments regarding major religions or religious figures
  • Any discussion in forum posts, threads, or comments regarding major political parties or political figures

The main point behind this is, while we do encourage free speech and we have no problem with someone saying “thank God” or “Jesus blesses you”, we have to draw the line at an actual discussion, as it often leads to passionate and heated debate and a general distraction from what is ultimately a porn website. The same goes for politics, we know that people want to talk about it, and often do, but there are places for that and they are not here.

National Hatred
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Promoting national hatred
  • Creating posts, threads, or comments with recognized national slurs
  • Creating posts, threads, or comments with hateful content
  • Alluding to symbols of national hatred

This is intended to make sure people aren’t outwardly offending people’s national pride or members of a government. This is something that we need to gauge by intent, not just presentation. There are acceptable forms of art that present shock value, or an unpopular point of view, but where we need to step in is if someone is deliberately being malicious.

Illegal Drugs or Activities
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
This category includes:

  • Forum threads or comments that references to abusing illegal drugs
  • Forum threads or comments that references to performing illegal activities

This is intended to make sure we are not promoting drug use in commentary form. It is okay if someone posts a picture of someone shooting up, but it is not okay if someone comments that they like to shoot up. We do not want anyone looking at the comments and thinking drug abuse is acceptable (because someone else is doing it). Example: a post where a strung-out character has a needle in their arm (okay) Comment in the post’s thread: Oh wow, that reminds me of me an hour ago! (not okay)

Impersonating an Employee or Moderator
Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
This category includes:

  • Passing yourself off as a current or past employee of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, especially to post false information
  • Passing yourself off as a current or past moderator of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, especially to post false information

Passing yourself off as anyone else is not generally acceptable, and if it is someone who has been suspended or banned, it may lead to your account being banned

This is intended to make sure that all official information comes from admin accounts, and not someone else. This includes posting official information on a friend’s account, or even an alternate one. Make sure that if you are posting information, you do it from your administrator or moderator account. This also goes for ban-evaders, if someone tries to impersonate them, we will assume it is them trying to evade the ban. Example: Hey everyone, it’s EDFDarkAngel1 on a friend’s account. I wanted to tell you about some of the upcoming site changes…

Posting Abuse
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
This category includes:

  • Knowingly uploading previously deleted content
  • Posting content listed in the Avoid Posting List (https://e926.net/wiki/show?title=avoid_posting)
  • Failure to cite a minimum of 4 tags to an uploaded post
  • Knowingly adding or editing a post source to an incorrect link
  • Knowingly or repeatedly uploading a lower-resolution image, if there is a higher-resolution of that image available
  • Uploading screenshots, images under 200x200 pixels, images with artifacts or large watermarks, and/or non-artistic images (motivational posters, Second Life, memes, image macros, etc.)
  • Editing/creating post descriptions (if you are not the artist, uploader, character owner, or commissioner) to create information
  • Using post descriptions to express personal feelings, create drama, or otherwise take away from describing the attached post
  • Please try to use proper spelling and grammar in post descriptions

This is intended to ensure there is a minimum level of quality on the website, by ensuring people who have specifically requested that their art not be on the site, removing art that is sufficiently poor quality, or encouraging tag usage. It also is expanded to include post descriptions and ensure that no one uses it to vandalize someone’s post.

Posting Hacks, Trojan Horses, or Malicious Programs
Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
This category includes:

  • Creating posts, threads, or comments that link to hacks or malicious programs/viruses

If you want to report a hack or other malicious program, please contact the site administrator via the Contact Us page with screenshots and/or other evidence sufficient to reproduce the problem
If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned regardless of previous disciplinary action
Alternatively, you may contact any admin via dmail, email, or IRC chat to report this issue

This is intended to keep the website free of unwanted software/malware. Understand that the user may not be outwardly aware that their link is harmful, but most are pretty obvious that they intend to infect others. Senior management approval is not needed to ban someone for this. Example: a post containing a hyperlink to a website with generic/unrelated content and a large number of attention-grabbing ads

Posting Unreleased Content / Hacking Data Files
Suggested Suspension Length: e621 or Bad Dragon related, Permanent. All others, 3 to 7 days
This category includes:

  • Showing unreleased content from anyone that has been discovered through unauthorized means
  • Showing the results of successful or attempted hacks of the Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621 servers, websites, or affiliates
  • Showing paid content, or creating posts or comments that link to content only available through paid subscription services
  • Discuss, or display any data not available via public websites

Please note that paid content over 2 years old is acceptable to post

Since e621 is an extension of Bad Dragon, with it comes the expectation that if someone comes into access with unreleased content, whether it be an unreleased toy, new concept or design, or paysite material, that they do not post it in e621. We take our security very seriously, and any breaches are investigated fully. Example: a post containing a Bad Dragon toy that isn’t released yet.

Addendum: If someone asks about unreleased content, and the answer is that it hasn’t been released or is otherwise unavailable, than that is okay. Discussion regarding its contents, location, opinions of such, or anything pertaining to unreleased content is not acceptable.

Racial / Ethnic Hatred
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Promoting racial/ethnic hatred
  • Language that is recognized as a racial/ethnic slur
  • Creating posts, threads, or comments with hateful content
  • Alluding to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred

The same as National Hatred, we just have to be careful how we judge this. This is something we need to gauge by intent, not just presentation. Example: a post of a black character in a cotton field with a plantation behind them (okay). A post of a black character in a cotton field being whipped by white characters (not okay)

Real-Life Threats
Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
This category includes:

  • Language that refers to violence in any capacity against a person or persons

If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned with no appeal, regardless of previous disciplinary action

Offensive language and behavior may be tolerated if everyone is okay with things, but the moment it turns into anything else, we need to step in. Administrators and moderators are expressly forbidden to use offensive behavior or language in any communication while assuming official responsibilities. Example: I will kick your ass if you flag one of my posts again (not okay)

Role-Play
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Initiating or partaking in explicit role-play of any type
  • Impersonating fictional/nonfictional characters or people
  • Initiating or partaking in role-play with characters in the related thread/post

This is intended to prevent a culture that is inherently self-destructive and takes away from the website. There are acceptable forms of role-play, typically that which reinforces a point, creates humor, or otherwise does not cause a disruption. Even in this setting, however, role-play must be just a single comment, and cannot be made in response to another role-player.

Sexual Orientation
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual orientation pertaining to themselves or other members

The intent is to prevent anyone’s sexual orientation from being the target of malice, harassment, etc. Example: I picked up a fag from the ground (okay). Then I dropped him back down again (not okay).

Spamming or Trolling
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days, or Permanent
This category includes:

  • Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
  • Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest
  • Causing disturbances in forum threads or comments, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, and/or insult other members
  • Making non-constructive or derailing posts or comments.
  • Abusing the Flagging for Deletion option, Report system, or other website tools by sending false information or nonsensical messages
  • Numbering a thread, IBTL, TL;DR, or any other fad statements

Spamming is self-explanatory, but unless the entire thread is joining in and enjoying an offensive or harassing comment, someone who posts insulting comments should get flagged. We will have to use common sense when enforcing this; people can have opinions and state them, but that does not allow them to make someone else feel bad or unwanted. If no one complains or gets offended, AND it’s not an outwardly offensive remark, then it will be okay. However, if someone complains, gets offended, OR it’s an outwardly offensive remark (I think EDFDarkAngel1 is an asshole and should be shot), then they need to be flagged.

Tagging Abuse / Tagging Vandalism
Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
This category includes:

  • Adding a tag to a post that is not either clearly visible, or reasonably assumed
  • Removing a valid tag, either as part of a dispute/argument, or to place one that is not correct
  • Using Unicode in tags

The purpose for this is to prevent users from abusing the system that for easy searching/indexing of the posts. This enforces the site’s “Tag What You See” rule, in that you cannot tag an image as “male” or “female” unless there is visible evidence of that. Even if another site has the same character with better visibility of its gender, that post uniquely must contain those elements. Mistagging, adding invalid tags, or removing valid tags are not punishable for a one-time offense, but they will be disciplined if they produce a pattern of tagging abuse.

IMPORTANT
Repeatedly violating any area of the e621 Community and Forums Code of Conduct, including the areas detailed above, will often result in banishment from the forums and site.
This policy is not language-restrictive. Language that falls under this policy will always be subject to the repercussions listed, whether it is inappropriate in English or any other language.
The bottom line is that we want e621.net to be a fun and safe environment for all members. While posting on its forums and on the site, you will encounter thousands of other people who share different experiences and come from vastly different backgrounds. While certain language and images may or may not be offensive to you, consider the fact that the same language and images may have a completely different effect on someone else.

▼ User Ranks

When first creating an account, you will automatically be set as Member. Through tagging/posting contributions to the site, as well as constructive behavior, you may get promoted by an administrator. If you feel that you should get promoted based on your efforts, you can contact the website administration via the Contact Us page and request it.

Member: Can search up to six tags simultaneously. Must wait three days to edit tags, and a week to upload, vote, and comment

Privileged: Unlimited tag edits and comments, can search up to eight tags simultaneously, can apply tag scripts, use Dtext color tags and tag subscriptions

Contributor: No upload limit, submitted posts are auto-approved

Janitor: Can delete forum posts

Moderator: Unlimited access, with the exception of editing forum categories, job tasks, news, takedowns, editing post votes, create/delete aliases and implications, ticket system, change usernames, and modify upload limits

Administrator: Unlimited access to all site tools and reports

If you have been given a position above Member, then it is expected that you will respect others and behave according to the e621 Community and Forums Code of Conduct. If at any time you fail to adhere to these rules, you may lose your elevated position.

Administrators/Moderators must act professionally and kindly when dealing with the userbase, insults and harassment will not be tolerated and will likely lead to that administrator or moderator’s dismissal.

▼ Disciplinary Actions

When a member is found to have violated the Code of Conduct in one or more ways, disciplinary actions will be given from a site administrator in the form of a neutral or negative record. It will contain the specific rule that was broken, and the offending post (or hyperlink to offending post). This is a breakdown of how the disciplinary actions will work:

  • Notification (neutral record): This will serve as an advisement that you have violated the Code of Conduct.
    • If you broke the Code of Conduct in multiple ways that warrant a Notification, everything will be summarized in a single record
  • Warning (negative record): This will serve an official warning that you violated the Code of Conduct.
    • If you broke the Code of Conduct in multiple ways that warrant a Warning, everything will be summarized in a single record
  • Suspension (negative record): This is a temporary ban from the site and forums.
    • If you committed an offense that warranted Suspension, and another one that warranted a Warning, you will only receive one negative record summarizing all offenses. Treat the Warnings as if they were part of the Suspension instead of as Warnings.
  • Ban (negative record): This is a permanent ban from e621.net and all other affiliates. This is reserved for repeated offenses and serious violations of the Code of Conduct
    • If you wish to appeal your ban, you may contact the Community Manager
▼ Contact Information

Senior Management
Dave Reynolds / EDFDarkAngel1 (Community Manager/Lead Admin) – [email protected]
Aaron Urbina / DasaDevil (Admin) – [email protected]
Robert Nobis / NotMeNotYou (Admin) – [email protected]
Varka (Owner) – [email protected]

  • Questions about the rules?
  • Questions about the ruling of one of the admins?
  • Questions about the ruling of EDF?
  • Please note that we will not discuss actions against a specific user except with the user themselves

    ▼ These guys can help you with questions in a language besides English.

    German: NotMeNotYou
    Spanish/Mexican: DasaDevil


    NotMeNotYou said:
    New Version of the CoC is up, the change is a minor addition to "Posting Unreleased Content / Hacking Data Files"

    ▼ Old CoC (Active from Dec 21st 2013 to March 10th 2014)

    e621 Community Code of Conduct and Site Rules

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    Last Updated: 12/19/13

    ▼ Code of Conduct Introduction

    The forums and website are here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can discuss ideas, give advice, and converse about other aspects of e621 with fellow members. The community forums and primary website are at their best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect and courtesy. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner while participating in these forums.

    The guidelines and rules listed below explain what behavior is expected of you and what behavior you can expect from other community members. Note that the following guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all manner of offensive behavior. As such, the forum moderators shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Also, suspension or banishment from the posting section of the website will always result in the same regard to forum access. Your access to the forums and website is a ‘privilege’, and not a ‘right’. We reserve the right to suspend your access to the forums and website at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines. In addition, these guidelines are not enforced on the e621 IRC channel, or similar off-site social channels. Likewise, any guidelines in use for the e621 IRC channels, or similar off-site social channels will not affect your access on the forums or website. Please note that the application of these rules varies based on the section of the website it is posted. Some things are OK to be as part of a 'Post' submission to the website, whereas it would not be OK as part of a 'Forum Thread'.

    We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis. The action we take may be more lenient or more severe than those listed under each category:

    Abuse of Site Tools
    Advertising
    Age Restrictions
    Backseat Moderating
    Bestiality
    Blacklist
    Circumventing a Suspension / Ban
    Creating Duplicate Threads
    Creepy Comments
    Cross Linking Threads
    Discussing Disciplinary Actions
    Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
    Extreme Sexuality / Violence
    Harassing or Defamatory
    Major Religions, Religious Figures, Political Parties, or Political Figures
    National Hatred
    Illegal Drugs or Activities
    Impersonating an Employee
    Posting Abuse
    Posting Cheats, Hacks, Trojan Horses or Malicious Programs
    Posting Unreleased Content / Hacking Data Files
    Racial / Ethnic Hatred
    Real-Life Threats
    Role-Play
    Sexual Orientation
    Spamming or Trolling
    Tagging Abuse / Tagging Vandalism

    Glossary
    Post: An image or other content uploaded to e621, on the posts section of the website. (https://e926.net/posts/). Not to be confused with a 'forum post'.
    Comment: A textual comment made on a Post, on the posts section of the website
    Forum Post: A comment made on a Forum Thread.
    Forum Thread: A 'thread' of comments on a single subject, on the forums section of the website (https://e926.net/forum/)

    ▼ Code of Conduct Policy Categories

    Abuse of Site Tools
    Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Using any of the site tools, such as Flag for Deletion, ticket reporting system, takedowns, tags, notes, or any other site tool in a fashion that can be construed as disruptive, spamming, or defamatory
    • Putting gibberish in any of the description fields
    • Repeatedly submitting invalid, incorrect, or unnecessary requests
    • Repeatedly submitting username change requests
    • Using Unicode in tickets, username changes, or any other use of site tools
    • Using any of the site tools to “backseat moderate”
    • Reporting posts, threads, comments, or any other site media that is older than 6 months

    It should be noted that if a user reports a post, thread, comment, or any other site media that is older than 6 months, but contains a publicly visible malicious link, that will be exempt from this rule

    In addition, if a person who is submitting content wishes it for it to be removed, for any reason, within 48 hours, that request will be honored.

    This is aimed at making sure trolls and other disrespectful people do not detract or harm the look of the website by putting it requests for admin action with no clear, real, or valid basis. An example is someone who issues multiple username change requests in a short period of time. Another is someone repeatedly reporting another user’s comments when they didn’t break any rules.

    Advertising
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Any non-beneficial, non-approved related businesses, organizations, or websites
    • Can be linked with Spamming or Trolling if it is used multiple times in a short period of time

    If you are the content creator of a given post, it is acceptable and encouraged for you to advertise products or services you may offer, in the 'description' field of your post. In the future, we hope to offer a more streamlined and useful system for the promotion of your own work.
    If you wish to promote your product or service, please contact [email protected] with any questions/approvals
    Visit https://e926.net/forum/show/10410 for more information

    This is intended to prevent people from using e621’s forums and posts from being a source of income/traffic for their unrelated business. If someone would like to advertise on the website, we encourage them to contact us so we can try and get them better exposure. This also allows them a place to go if they want to pay for a banner on the website. Not all ads have to be paid for either, and in some cases, we allow businesses or projects to receive free promotions in order to do good for the community.

    Age Restrictions
    Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
    This category includes:

    • Any persons under the age of 18, or as determined by local laws
    • Any comment or evidence of being under the age of 18

    Your account is your responsibility. If your account was breached/hacked, then you can dispute the problem and we will look into it on a case-by-case basis
    If found to violate this rule, the account may be banned until the user’s 18th birthday.

    Even though different states/provinces/territories have different rules, e621.net’s management and service office is located in Arizona, USA and it is by those laws that we are responsible for. We cannot knowingly allow any minors to view pornographic content, so we must be proactive in preventing this underage access. This includes accounts that are either legally or illegally accessed by minors. Furthermore, we require photo identification and proof of someone turning 18 in order to release access to their account. Such proof can be sent to the senior management group to determine authenticity, and must include the user’s face as well as the government or state issued identification, or other applicable document.

    Backseat Moderating
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Implying moderator/administrator privileges where none exist
    • Non-administrator/moderator/staff threatening to use disciplinary actions against another user
    • Demanding, ordering, or otherwise stating to an administrator/moderator/staff certain administrative actions to be taken against another user

    This is aimed at preventing non-administrators from attempting to enforce the rules of the website. It does not matter if the user was correct, or incorrect, in their actions. Most, if not all, users are largely unaware of the daily dealings with the admin staff and would not be aware of any pending changes or discussions. In addition, users cannot demand an admin ban someone, report a comment, take down art, or any of the moderator/administrator actions. However, they can request that we look into something, so that we may perform our own research and resolve it without bias. Example: Sending a PM to an admin telling them to ban a user, with or without a reason. Example: Sending in a ticket citing a rule violation, then stating that if it wasn’t done to their satisfaction, they want all of their art removed from the site.

    Bestiality
    Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Creating a post, forum post, or thread that is an inappropriate reference to real-life bestiality, sexual relations, or bodily functions
    • Linking or commenting on a website that promotes material that contains inappropriate references to real-life bestiality, sexual relations, or bodily functions

    The two keywords here are “real-life” and “inappropriate”. Obviously, there are going to be bestiality references, and the nature of our site has to be more lenient about it than most. However, the moment someone mentions or posts about a real-life animal and makes sexual comment about it, then they fall under this. No personal discussion. If someone makes a sexual reference to a drawn or imaginary animal, that is fine. Example: I tried to get the horse penis to be realistic in size (okay) Man, I fucked my neighbor’s horse so hard last night (not okay).

    Refusal to Use Blacklist
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Creating posts, threads, or comments that complain about artwork that can be blacklisted
    • Wrongfully claiming lack of knowledge about the blacklist system to avoid punishment from the previous rule

    This is intended to reduce or eliminate the complaints that users make about seeing a certain type of content on the site. If a user chooses, or refuses, to utilize the blacklist, but continues to complain about content they find offensive or unsatisfactory, then this rule may be enforced. Additionally, if a user finds a post that is incorrectly tagged and willingly chooses to complain about seeing it instead of placing the correct tag, this rule may also be enforced then.

    Circumventing a Suspension / Ban
    Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
    This category includes:

    • Posting anything on another account
    • Having someone post on your behalf

    If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned with no appeal, regardless of previous disciplinary action
    Alternate accounts are generally okay, so long as they are not used to evade the suspension/ban

    Fairly self-explanatory. If someone gets Suspended or Banned, and they try to go on a friend’s account, or alt account, and post anyway, that account gets banned as well. The other side to this is if they were under a short-term suspension and they go around to circumvent it, that short-term suspension becomes a permanent ban. If a user does this, but acts in such a way as to not continue the actions that got them banned, then an admin may choose not to enforce this rule, under the guise of helping the greater good.

    Creating Duplicate Forum Threads
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Creating forum threads about existing topics less than six months old
    • Creating a separate forum thread about an existing topic for further discussion in another forum category
    • Creating a separate forum thread about an existing locked topic for further discussion in any forum or site

    This is intended to reduce clutter on the website, discouraging users from posting similar or same content in multiple, potentially unrelated, forums or topics. If someone would like to increase visibility of a post for any reason, they can request it from an admin.

    Creepy Comments
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Creating forum posts, threads, or comments that cause an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease, or are sexually inappropriate

    This is intended to ensure that users do not express their personal fetishes/desires publicly. Users have the right, within realistic expectations, to browse comfortably without unneeded or unnecessary commentary of those who wish to express their desires.

    Discussing Disciplinary Actions
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Creating forum posts, threads or comments to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a member, including chat logs and email correspondence between a member and an administrator/moderator
    • Creating forum threads or posting comments to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a content post, or other submission to the site

    Link to public records is located at https://e926.net/user_record
    If you have a question about a disciplinary action, please contact the admin or site owner via dmail or email.

    This is intended to prevent drama and concerns over how someone was disciplined. While records are publicly available information, any disputes/communication over said records or any other disciplinary action is confidential between the user and the admin team. Discussing it publicly would only serve to cause disruption and is generally ill-advised. It is encouraged that any and all discussion about disciplinary actions occur via email or dmail and directly to the admin in question or senior management group.

    Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
    Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Releasing or assisting in releasing any real-life information about other members or employees of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, or anyone else

    If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned with no appeal, regardless of previous disciplinary action

    Self-explanatory for the most part, but any attempt to reveal personal information, whether true or not, about someone will qualify. Example: I heard EDFDarkAngel1 lives in Phoenix (okay) I heard that EDFDarkAngel1 drives a red 1961 Ferrari GT California (not okay).

    Extreme Sexuality / Violence
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Linking to websites that refer to extreme real-life violent sexual activity
    • Linking to websites that refer to extreme real-life violence
    • Linking to websites that refer to extreme kinks and/or fetishes

    The intent is to prevent real-life violent content from websites we do not control from being exposed to users of e621. The rule specifically mentions links to other websites since we control the content here. As to what defines as “extreme kink” is going to be judged on a case-by-case basis. However, if it is ruled that one thing is extreme kink, it must be consistent in that ruling. For example, if you consider scat as an extreme kink (not saying that we should), all posts and comments that contain scat should be removed as well, so judge wisely. Example: a post of a drawn character getting graphically and brutally slaughtered (okay). A forum thread linking to 4chan’s /c/ thread (not okay)

    Harassing or Defamatory
    Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Insultingly refer to other people, employees of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, or any groups of people
    • Performing actions which result in ongoing harassment to other people, employees of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, or any groups of people

    This will be rendered against intent as well as action. The idea is to prevent a member from being uncomfortable in the forums or on the site.

    This is intended to stop the insults and offensive comments that some people use. If someone makes a public comment, and someone finds it offensive, it will most likely fall under this. Example: I don’t agree with the admins (okay) The admins here are fucking stupid (not okay)

    Major Religions, Religious Figures, Political Parties, or Political Figures
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Any discussion in forum posts, threads, or comments regarding major religions or religious figures
    • Any discussion in forum posts, threads, or comments regarding major political parties or political figures

    The main point behind this is, while we do encourage free speech and we have no problem with someone saying “thank God” or “Jesus blesses you”, we have to draw the line at an actual discussion, as it often leads to passionate and heated debate and a general distraction from what is ultimately a porn website. The same goes for politics, we know that people want to talk about it, and often do, but there are places for that and they are not here.

    National Hatred
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Promoting national hatred
    • Creating posts, threads, or comments with recognized national slurs
    • Creating posts, threads, or comments with hateful content
    • Alluding to symbols of national hatred

    This is intended to make sure people aren’t outwardly offending people’s national pride or members of a government. This is something that we need to gauge by intent, not just presentation. There are acceptable forms of art that present shock value, or an unpopular point of view, but where we need to step in is if someone is deliberately being malicious.

    Illegal Drugs or Activities
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Forum threads or comments that references to abusing illegal drugs
    • Forum threads or comments that references to performing illegal activities

    This is intended to make sure we are not promoting drug use in commentary form. It is okay if someone posts a picture of someone shooting up, but it is not okay if someone comments that they like to shoot up. We do not want anyone looking at the comments and thinking drug abuse is acceptable (because someone else is doing it). Example: a post where a strung-out character has a needle in their arm (okay) Comment in the post’s thread: Oh wow, that reminds me of me an hour ago! (not okay)

    Impersonating an Employee or Moderator
    Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
    This category includes:

    • Passing yourself off as a current or past employee of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, especially to post false information
    • Passing yourself off as a current or past moderator of Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621, especially to post false information

    Passing yourself off as anyone else is not generally acceptable, and if it is someone who has been suspended or banned, it may lead to your account being banned

    This is intended to make sure that all official information comes from admin accounts, and not someone else. This includes posting official information on a friend’s account, or even an alternate one. Make sure that if you are posting information, you do it from your administrator or moderator account. This also goes for ban-evaders, if someone tries to impersonate them, we will assume it is them trying to evade the ban. Example: Hey everyone, it’s EDFDarkAngel1 on a friend’s account. I wanted to tell you about some of the upcoming site changes…

    Posting Abuse
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Knowingly uploading previously deleted content
    • Posting content listed in the Avoid Posting List (https://e926.net/wiki/show?title=avoid_posting)
    • Failure to cite a minimum of 4 tags to an uploaded post
    • Knowingly adding or editing a post source to an incorrect link
    • Knowingly or repeatedly uploading a lower-resolution image, if there is a higher-resolution of that image available
    • Uploading screenshots, images under 200x200 pixels, images with artifacts or large watermarks, and/or non-artistic images (motivational posters, Second Life, memes, image macros, etc.)
    • Editing/creating post descriptions (if you are not the artist, uploader, character owner, or commissioner) to create information
    • Using post descriptions to express personal feelings, create drama, or otherwise take away from describing the attached post
    • Please try to use proper spelling and grammar in post descriptions

    This is intended to ensure there is a minimum level of quality on the website, by ensuring people who have specifically requested that their art not be on the site, removing art that is sufficiently poor quality, or encouraging tag usage. It also is expanded to include post descriptions and ensure that no one uses it to vandalize someone’s post.

    Posting Hacks, Trojan Horses, or Malicious Programs
    Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
    This category includes:

    • Creating posts, threads, or comments that link to hacks or malicious programs/viruses

    If you want to report a hack or other malicious program, please contact the site administrator via the Contact Us page with screenshots and/or other evidence sufficient to reproduce the problem
    If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned regardless of previous disciplinary action
    Alternatively, you may contact any admin via dmail, email, or IRC chat to report this issue

    This is intended to keep the website free of unwanted software/malware. Understand that the user may not be outwardly aware that their link is harmful, but most are pretty obvious that they intend to infect others. Senior management approval is not needed to ban someone for this. Example: a post containing a hyperlink to a website with generic/unrelated content and a large number of attention-grabbing ads

    Posting Unreleased Content / Hacking Data Files
    Suggested Suspension Length: e621 or Bad Dragon related, Permanent. All others, 3 to 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Showing unreleased content from anyone that has been discovered through unauthorized means
    • Showing the results of successful or attempted hacks of the Bad Dragon, Dragonfruit, or e621 servers, websites, or affiliates
    • Showing paid content, or creating posts or comments that link to content only available through paid subscription services
    • Discuss, or display any data not available via public websites

    Please note that paid content over 2 years old is acceptable to post

    Since e621 is an extension of Bad Dragon, with it comes the expectation that if someone comes into access with unreleased content, whether it be an unreleased toy, new concept or design, or paysite material, that they do not post it in e621. We take our security very seriously, and any breaches are investigated fully. Example: a post containing a Bad Dragon toy that isn’t released yet.

    Addendum: If someone asks about unreleased content, and the answer is that it hasn’t been released or is otherwise unavailable, than that is okay. Discussion regarding its contents, location, opinions of such, or anything pertaining to unreleased content is not acceptable.

    Racial / Ethnic Hatred
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Promoting racial/ethnic hatred
    • Language that is recognized as a racial/ethnic slur
    • Creating posts, threads, or comments with hateful content
    • Alluding to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred

    The same as National Hatred, we just have to be careful how we judge this. This is something we need to gauge by intent, not just presentation. Example: a post of a black character in a cotton field with a plantation behind them (okay). A post of a black character in a cotton field being whipped by white characters (not okay)

    Real-Life Threats
    Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Language that refers to violence in any capacity against a person or persons

    If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned with no appeal, regardless of previous disciplinary action

    Offensive language and behavior may be tolerated if everyone is okay with things, but the moment it turns into anything else, we need to step in. Administrators and moderators are expressly forbidden to use offensive behavior or language in any communication while assuming official responsibilities. Example: I will kick your ass if you flag one of my posts again (not okay)

    Role-Play
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Initiating or partaking in explicit role-play of any type
    • Impersonating fictional/nonfictional characters or people
    • Initiating or partaking in role-play with characters in the related thread/post

    This is intended to prevent a culture that is inherently self-destructive and takes away from the website. There are acceptable forms of role-play, typically that which reinforces a point, creates humor, or otherwise does not cause a disruption. Even in this setting, however, role-play must be just a single comment, and cannot be made in response to another role-player.

    Sexual Orientation
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual orientation pertaining to themselves or other members

    The intent is to prevent anyone’s sexual orientation from being the target of malice, harassment, etc. Example: I picked up a fag from the ground (okay). Then I dropped him back down again (not okay).

    Spamming or Trolling
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days, or Permanent
    This category includes:

    • Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
    • Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest
    • Causing disturbances in forum threads or comments, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, and/or insult other members
    • Making non-constructive or derailing posts or comments.
    • Abusing the Flagging for Deletion option, Report system, or other website tools by sending false information or nonsensical messages
    • Numbering a thread, IBTL, TL;DR, or any other fad statements

    Spamming is self-explanatory, but unless the entire thread is joining in and enjoying an offensive or harassing comment, someone who posts insulting comments should get flagged. We will have to use common sense when enforcing this; people can have opinions and state them, but that does not allow them to make someone else feel bad or unwanted. If no one complains or gets offended, AND it’s not an outwardly offensive remark, then it will be okay. However, if someone complains, gets offended, OR it’s an outwardly offensive remark (I think EDFDarkAngel1 is an asshole and should be shot), then they need to be flagged.

    Tagging Abuse / Tagging Vandalism
    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Adding a tag to a post that is not either clearly visible, or reasonably assumed
    • Removing a valid tag, either as part of a dispute/argument, or to place one that is not correct
    • Using Unicode in tags

    The purpose for this is to prevent users from abusing the system that for easy searching/indexing of the posts. This enforces the site’s “Tag What You See” rule, in that you cannot tag an image as “male” or “female” unless there is visible evidence of that. Even if another site has the same character with better visibility of its gender, that post uniquely must contain those elements. Mistagging, adding invalid tags, or removing valid tags are not punishable for a one-time offense, but they will be disciplined if they produce a pattern of tagging abuse.

    IMPORTANT
    Repeatedly violating any area of the e621 Community and Forums Code of Conduct, including the areas detailed above, will often result in banishment from the forums and site.
    This policy is not language-restrictive. Language that falls under this policy will always be subject to the repercussions listed, whether it is inappropriate in English or any other language.
    The bottom line is that we want e621.net to be a fun and safe environment for all members. While posting on its forums and on the site, you will encounter thousands of other people who share different experiences and come from vastly different backgrounds. While certain language and images may or may not be offensive to you, consider the fact that the same language and images may have a completely different effect on someone else.

    ▼ User Ranks

    When first creating an account, you will automatically be set as Member. Through tagging/posting contributions to the site, as well as constructive behavior, you may get promoted by an administrator. If you feel that you should get promoted based on your efforts, you can contact the website administration via the Contact Us page and request it.

    Member: Can search up to six tags simultaneously. Must wait three days to edit tags, and a week to upload, vote, and comment

    Privileged: Unlimited tag edits and comments, can search up to eight tags simultaneously, can apply tag scripts, use Dtext color tags and tag subscriptions

    Contributor: No upload limit, submitted posts are auto-approved

    Janitor: Can delete forum posts

    Moderator: Unlimited access, with the exception of editing forum categories, job tasks, news, takedowns, editing post votes, create/delete aliases and implications, ticket system, change usernames, and modify upload limits

    Administrator: Unlimited access to all site tools and reports

    If you have been given a position above Member, then it is expected that you will respect others and behave according to the e621 Community and Forums Code of Conduct. If at any time you fail to adhere to these rules, you may lose your elevated position.

    Administrators/Moderators must act professionally and kindly when dealing with the userbase, insults and harassment will not be tolerated and will likely lead to that administrator or moderator’s dismissal.

    ▼ Disciplinary Actions

    When a member is found to have violated the Code of Conduct in one or more ways, disciplinary actions will be given from a site administrator in the form of a neutral or negative record. It will contain the specific rule that was broken, and the offending post (or hyperlink to offending post). This is a breakdown of how the disciplinary actions will work:

    • Notification (neutral record): This will serve as an advisement that you have violated the Code of Conduct.
      • If you broke the Code of Conduct in multiple ways that warrant a Notification, everything will be summarized in a single record
    • Warning (negative record): This will serve an official warning that you violated the Code of Conduct.
      • If you broke the Code of Conduct in multiple ways that warrant a Warning, everything will be summarized in a single record
    • Suspension (negative record): This is a temporary ban from the site and forums.
      • If you committed an offense that warranted Suspension, and another one that warranted a Warning, you will only receive one negative record summarizing all offenses. Treat the Warnings as if they were part of the Suspension instead of as Warnings.
    • Ban (negative record): This is a permanent ban from e621.net and all other affiliates. This is reserved for repeated offenses and serious violations of the Code of Conduct
      • If you wish to appeal your ban, you may contact the Community Manager
    ▼ Contact Information

    Senior Management
    Dave Reynolds / EDFDarkAngel1 (Community Manager/Lead Admin) – [email protected]
    Aaron Urbina / DasaDevil (Admin) – [email protected]
    Robert Nobis / NotMeNotYou (Admin) – [email protected]
    Varka (Owner) – [email protected]

  • Questions about the rules?
  • Questions about the ruling of one of the admins?
  • Questions about the ruling of EDF?
  • Please note that we will not discuss actions against a specific user except with the user themselves

    ▼ These guys can help you with questions in a language besides English.

    German: NotMeNotYou
    Spanish/Mexican: DasaDevil

    Wait... so just mentioning another user who has done that is grounds for banning? What?!


    123easy said:
    Wait... so just mentioning another user who has done that is grounds for banning? What?!

    That might be because the first offender probably posted a link to a malicious site, and by quoting you're spreading that "link". I'm not sure about mentioning, though...


    Xch3l said:
    That might be because the first offender probably posted a link to a malicious site, and by quoting you're spreading that "link". I'm not sure about mentioning, though...

    This is correct. It's basically making sure users who post "check out the illegal content here!" don't get quoted by other users by having them spread that exact same link. Redact the link, or anything that doesn't spread the illegal information is fine, we are going to be smart about it.

    Just something that we wanted to make sure was clear, doesn't really change anything.


    EDFDarkAngel1 said:
    This is correct. It's basically making sure users who post "check out the illegal content here!" don't get quoted by other users by having them spread that exact same link. Redact the link, or anything that doesn't spread the illegal information is fine, we are going to be smart about it.

    Just something that we wanted to make sure was clear, doesn't really change anything.

    oh ok I was actually wondering that but did not want to say anything so thanks for the clarification EDF! :)


    123easy said:
    Wait... so just mentioning another user who has done that is grounds for banning? What?!

    If you do it four times in a row, after being warned to stop it multiple times.


    EDFDarkAngel1 said:
    This is correct. It's basically making sure users who post "check out the illegal content here!" don't get quoted by other users by having them spread that exact same link. Redact the link, or anything that doesn't spread the illegal information is fine, we are going to be smart about it.

    Just something that we wanted to make sure was clear, doesn't really change anything.

    Okay, that makes a hell of a lot more sense. Quoting wasn't what I was touching on because it made sense to begin with (Don't share around the bannable information); It was the way it was worded makes it seem like even just mentioning that someone had bannable content in a post is bannable itself.


    New rules are live, changelog below.

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    CoC Changelog April the 11th 2014

    New Sections:

    Rule against Art theft and tracing and making unauthorized edits (but only if the artist had to say it more than once to stop with the edits).

    ▼ Plagiarism

    Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Wrongfully claiming ownership of artwork
    • Tracing artwork without the consent of the original owner or artist
    • Repeatedly creating unauthorized edits after the original artist asked to stop

    Commonly known as art theft, this is something we take very serious as the work of artists are the life blood of our website. Any found traced pictures will be deleted and any wrong claims will be hidden or corrected.
    Important to note, we still allow “fan edits” but we will remove them if the artist wishes so and we may take action against the editor if the edits continue to be uploaded after the artist has asked to stop them.

    Self explanatory, we tell someone to stop something, he better stop doing that.

    ▼ Disregard of the Site Administration

    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Failure to abide by direct instructions by an administrator, moderator, and/or employee of Bad Dragon or Dragonfruit

    This is intended to make sure that any instructions given by the staff of e621 are followed, but is mainly for minor things that are annoying or disrupting.

    Changed Sections:

    Consolidated some rules that were strewn accross multiple Sections (Namely Posting Abuse) and expanded it a bit.

    ▼ Tagging Abuse / Tagging Vandalism

    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 days
    This category includes:

    • Failure to cite a minimum of 4 tags to an uploaded post
    • Adding a tag to a post that is not either clearly visible, or reasonably assumed
    • Removing a valid tag, either as part of a dispute/argument, or to place one that is not correct
    • Failure to properly set the rating of your upload (https://e926.net/help/ratings)
    • Adding invalid/disruptive tags, or any tags that could be considered as defamatory or spam
    • Using Unicode in tags, with the exception of foreign artist/character names

    The purpose for this is to prevent users from abusing the system that for easy searching/indexing of the posts. This enforces the site’s “Tag What You See” rule, in that you cannot tag an image as “male” or “female” unless there is visible evidence of that. Even if another site has the same character with better visibility of its gender, that post uniquely must contain those elements. Mistagging, adding invalid tags, or removing valid tags are not punishable for a one-time offense, but they will be disciplined if they produce a pattern of tagging abuse.

    Removed a bit that never made it into a live version of the CoC.

    ▼ Posting Hacks, Trojan Horses, or Malicious Programs

    Suggested Suspension Length: Permanent
    This category includes:

    • Creating posts, threads, or comments that link to hacks or malicious programs/viruses

    If you want to report a hack or other malicious program, please contact the site administrator via the Contact Us page with screenshots and/or other evidence sufficient to reproduce the problem
    If someone is found to have violated this rule, they may be banned regardless of previous disciplinary action
    Alternatively, you may contact any admin via dmail, email, or IRC chat to report this issue

    This is intended to keep the website free of unwanted software/malware. Understand that the user may not be outwardly aware that their link is harmful, but most are pretty obvious that they intend to infect others. Senior management approval is not needed to ban someone for this. Example: a post containing a hyperlink to a website with generic/unrelated content and a large number of attention-grabbing ads

    Moved a bit to tagging abuse.

    ▼ Posting Abuse

    Suggested Suspension Length: 3 to 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Knowingly uploading previously deleted content
    • Posting content listed in the Avoid Posting List (https://e926.net/wiki/show?title=avoid_posting)
    • Failure to cite a minimum of 4 tags to an uploaded post
    • Knowingly adding or editing a post source to an incorrect link
    • Knowingly or repeatedly uploading a lower-resolution image, if there is a higher-resolution of that image available
    • Uploading screenshots, images under 200x200 pixels, images with artifacts or large watermarks, and/or non-artistic images (motivational posters, Second Life, memes, image macros, etc.)
    • Editing/creating post descriptions (if you are not the artist, uploader, character owner, or commissioner) to create information
    • Using post descriptions to express personal feelings, create drama, or otherwise take away from describing the attached post
    • Please try to use proper spelling and grammar in post descriptions

    This is intended to ensure there is a minimum level of quality on the website, by ensuring people who have specifically requested that their art not be on the site, removing art that is sufficiently poor quality, or encouraging tag usage. It also is expanded to include post descriptions and ensure that no one uses it to vandalize someone’s post.

    Removed the mention of tags.

    ▼ Abuse of Site Tools

    Suggested Suspension Length: 7 days
    This category includes:

    • Using any of the site tools, such as Flag for Deletion, ticket reporting system, takedowns, tags, notes, or any other site tool in a fashion that can be construed as disruptive, spamming, or defamatory
    • Putting gibberish in any of the description fields
    • Repeatedly submitting invalid, incorrect, or unnecessary requests
    • Repeatedly submitting username change requests
    • Using Unicode in tickets, username changes, or any other use of site tools
    • Using any of the site tools to “backseat moderate”
    • Reporting posts, threads, comments, or any other site media that is older than 6 months

    It should be noted that if a user reports a post, thread, comment, or any other site media that is older than 6 months, but contains a publicly visible malicious link, that will be exempt from this rule

    In addition, if a person who is submitting content wishes it for it to be removed, for any reason, within 48 hours, that request will be honored.

    This is aimed at making sure trolls and other disrespectful people do not detract or harm the look of the website by putting it requests for admin action with no clear, real, or valid basis. An example is someone who issues multiple username change requests in a short period of time. Another is someone repeatedly reporting another user’s comments when they didn’t break any rules.

    [Old CoC here]

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    Feel free to post any typos or questions regarding the changes here.

    Edit: Apparently colors don't work in conjunction with bullet points, anything in bold has been added, anything struck/red has been removed.


    Simply put, if the mods ask you to do something, do the thing. Most of the time this will probably only include things not necessarily addressed in the coc.

    Example, if we ask you to stop posting art owned by a specific person and you continue to do it. Not against the rules, but you ought to stop. Or like consistently failing to tag genders in your uploads.