Community Guidelines

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Last Updated 9/14/19

Don't Cross the Line

Here are some common-sense rules that will help you steer clear of trouble:

·     Decision Fiction is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your digital content, even if it's a digital content of yourself, don't post it on Decision Fiction. Also, be advised that we report child exploitation. Stay safe on Decision Fiction.

·     Don't post digital content showing or describing bad stuff like animal abuse, drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, or bomb making.

·     Respect copyright. Only upload digital contents that you made or that you are authorized to use. This means don't upload digital contents you didn't make, or use content in your digital content that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or digital contents made by other users, without necessary authorizations.

·     We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view. But we don't permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).

·     Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Terms of Use are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from Decision Fiction.

·     Everyone hates spam. Don’t create misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails in order to increase views. It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.

Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don't try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around the guidelines—just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created.

We Enforce These Guidelines

Decision Fiction staff review flagged digital content 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a digital content doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. These digital contents may be age-restricted or platform restricted. Accounts are penalized or terminated for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. If your account is terminated, you won’t be allowed to create any new accounts. For more information about how the Community Guidelines are enforced and the consequences of violating them, please visit the Help Center.

Decision Fiction is for the Community

Remember that this is your community! Each and every user of Decision Fiction makes the site what it is, so don't be afraid to dig in and get involved!

·     Have fun with the site. There's a lot to see here, and lots of folks making amazing stuff—one of them might be you! Equipment's getting cheaper and easier to use all the time, so dive in and enjoy.

·     Let folks know what you think. Feedback's part of the experience, and when done with respect, can be a great way to make friends, share stories, and make your time on Decision Fiction richer. So leave comments, rate digital contents, make your own responses to digital contents that affect you, enter contests of interest—there's a lot going on and a lot of ways to participate.

·     You may not like everything you see. Some of the content here may offend you—if you find that it violates our Terms of Use, then click the button that says "Flag" under the digital content you're watching to submit it for review by Decision Fiction staff. If it doesn't, then consider just clicking on something else—why waste time watching digital contents you don't like?

That's it! Thanks for reading!

—The Decision Fiction Team

Community Guideline Tips

Want a little more insight into the limits and exceptions in the Community Guidelines? Here are some helpful examples and tips:

Sex and Nudity

Generally if a digital content is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for Decision Fiction. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the digital content and it is not gratuitously graphic.

Hate Speech

"Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.

Shocking and Disgusting

The world is a dangerous place. Sometimes people do get hurt and it’s inevitable that these events may be presented in your fictional works. However, it’s not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If digital content is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional context and information. For instance, including a story from a slaughter house in a digital content on factory farming may be appropriate. However, stringing together unrelated and gruesome clips of animals being slaughtered in your digital content may be considered gratuitous if its purpose is to shock rather than illustrate.

Dangerous Illegal Acts

While it might not seem fair to say you can’t create something because of what viewers theoretically might do in response, we draw the line at content that’s intended to incite violence or encourage dangerous, illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. This means not posting digital contents on things like instructional bomb making, digital contents that train terrorists, or tips on illegal street racing. Any depictions like these shouldn’t be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them.

Children

Digital contents involving children (anyone under the age of 18) are particularly sensitive. digital contents containing children should never be sexually suggestive or violent. Please be cautious when posting something involving a child.

Copyright

When you create something original, you own the copyright for it.When you infuse Decision Fiction technology into your work, the copyright is shared based on the Decision Fiction Contract.  As a creative community, it’s essential that everyone on Decision Fiction platforms respect the copyrights of others. If you’re not sure if something will violate someone’s copyright, the safest thing to do is to create something completely original, with images and audio you (or people in your production studio) have created. 

Privacy

Don't post other people's personal information, including phone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and government IDs. We're serious about keeping our users safe and suspend accounts that violate people's privacy.

Harassment

It comes down to respect. Decision Fiction is all about sharing and interacting with the community in respectful ways. If you're not sure whether your digital content or comment you've made crosses the line, follow a simple rule of thumb: if you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it on Decision Fiction. And if you're looking to attack, harass, demean, or impersonate others, go elsewhere.

Impersonation

Impersonating another user by copying someone's digital content, layout, using a similar username, or posing as that person in comments, emails or digital contents is considered harassment. If you want to keep your account, stay away from participating in any form of impersonation or harassing activity on the site.

Threats

Users shouldn't feel threatened when they're on Decision Fiction. Period. Don't leave threatening comments on other people's digital contents.