ToS Question – Site Rules
I’ve tried looking about for specific rules and read the ToS, but the closest thing I can find is this:
“the Content is not obscene, libelous or defamatory (more info on what that means), hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;”
Can anyone shed a bit more specific light on that? I have no intention of having anything to do with third party things, but the rest of the statement is pretty vague. Some people may find swearing obscene, but I find it perfectly acceptable. Does that mean that I am or aren’t allowed to write that way on my blog? (This seems like a dumb question to me, since you can everywhere else, but better to check, I suppose.)
Also with posting excerpts of (my own) work; is explicit content (behind a cut, with warnings) considered disallowed? (I’m not talking about promoting anything illegal here, but fiction contains all sorts of things that would be unacceptable in reality.)
Just want to be sure that I don’t accidentally break a whole bunch of rules without even realising it, although I don’t think that either of these things are particularly unreasonable.
Swearing is absofuckinglutely allowed.
Erotica and straight-up porn, as long as it’s legal, is allowed but will put your blog in the Mature category, meaning you get left off the global tag pages and your name will no longer link to your blog in the forum (can’t remember if it will on comments or not).
Though you could have your comments deleted if you swear on the form, let’s see how long it takes.
Although you may swear on your blog, your blog may be marked as “mature” and will not show up in tags, so don’t swear.
In law, defamation (also called vilification, slander, and libel) is the communication of a statement that makes a false claim, expressively stated or implied to be factual, that may harm the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government or nation. Most jurisdictions allow legal actions, civil and/or criminal, to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism. Related to defamation is public disclosure of private facts arises where one person reveals information which is not of public concern, and the release of which would offend a reasonable person. “Unlike libel or slander, truth is not a defense for invasion of privacy.”
We have a very low tolerance for spam. Any other legal material is permitted, with rare exceptions. Adult content and particularly offensive material is normally excluded from global tag lists and other places around WordPress.com where it might be easily discovered by minors and people who don’t want to see it.
For the most part, those provisions in the ToS concern what happens when someone wants to sue us over your blog.
That answer your question? thanks to wiki.
I’ve never seen swearing result in a blog getting marked Mature. I’ve even got Profanity as a category on my blog and it’s not rated Mature.
Thanks for the replies. Now I just need to go puzzle out the Mature debate (I don’t care if I have to mark it that way in general, but I’m already rather fond of this global tagging system and so would probably prefer to keep that instead. It seems silly that you can’t just set a ‘mature content on’ flag somewhere in your settings to be able to see everyone’s tags.)
Maybe no-one bothered to report you blog as mature rain.
Oh no, I’ve been reported at least twice and set to Mature once, which I appealed and it was reversed. So fuck the h8rz!
I still think it’s dumb that there’s no option to ‘turn Mature blogs on in tags’ or whatever. Oh well, I guess that’s the kind of thing I’m meant to blog and whine about, rather than discuss via forums.
Well, you can always contact staff and ask them to consider making a separate global system for Mature blogs. It has been requested dozens of times. One more vote can’t hurt.
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