Site Rules

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#0 The Golden Rules:

  • Use your filters. We are not responsible for your lack thereof. No exceptions.
  • Ponybooru will not remove any content legal in the United States, barring the violation of another rule. However, we understand that many people may find various content objectionable. For this reason, the default filter removes content that exceeds the rating of 'My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic', low effort content, and certain content that people may find objectionable. If you find objectionable content that is not tagged, please tag it appropriately.
  • Canceling, calls to cancel, receipts, doxxing, attacking, calls to attack, brigrading, etc. ARE NOT ALLOWED. "Public service annoucements", "User warning" type posts are not allowed.
  • Don't be a dick.
  • All of the other rules below. No, seriously, read them.
  • Everything is in beta, including the rules. Things will change. Especially default filtered items. Items can not be added to filters till they exist.

#1 Moderator and Admin Actions and Transparency:

  • Moderators and Admins may occasionally take action in a situation that arises that were not accounted for in the above rules. These actions may be as simple as a reminder to be respectful, or as harsh as yeeting users to the moon. However moderators and admins are to be held accountable for such actions.
  • If actions are taken, the user or users affected are entitled to an explanation as to why. If you get a boilerplate response, it's likely because it happens more often than it should.
  • Transparency is key, but remember that some things can't be said, or are best left unsaid. This is especially true if said matters are an off-site, or privacy concern for users and staff. The standard response for such a situation is "I'm sorry but this is a private matter between respective parties"
  • For moderators: Moderation action logging is heavily requested, but not required for comments. Self-reporting / logging is required for image deletion for reasons other than a standard DNP.
  • Public logging may not be around for a bit, but it is an expected future feature.
  • Staff in general are held to account by the same rules of the site everyone else is. There is no tolerance for staff abuse, however how it's reported may influence the outcome of any situation. Two wrongs usually can't correct a situation.

#2 Respect artists and their artwork

Ponybooru is a website dedicated to fanart of MLP:FiM. Without the thousands of artists creating such fan art, we would not have much of a site at all. Therefore, it is important to always respect the wishes of the artists regarding their artwork.

  • Regarding edits, it's requested that edits fall under Fair Use (Parody, Transformative, Sufficiently different from original.) It’s expected artists aren’t okay with changes to their signature/watermark or huge thematic changes like majorly changing which fetishes, characters, races, or political stances are in an image. If your edit is designed to cause an issue either with the site, users, or the original artist, it may be deleted under rule 0/11, with administrative actions up to and including a site ban.
    Always tag "edit" to distinguish from the original. Refer to DNP in case you have to tag a different artist tag, per policy.
  • Do not upload artwork that has not been publicly released or is intended to remain private without permission from the artist who made it.
  • Do not upload significant portions of official content that hasn't been freely released (promotional material etc. counts as freely released), such as a full page of a comic/book, more than 30 seconds of official video, or more than 10 seconds of official audio or copyrighted music. This applies to single uploads and to splitting contiguous portions across uploads.
  • Images that have been released on a pay-what-you-want scheme, as well as images from a "free version" of a paid art pack, must be released for at least two weeks (Fourteen days) before they may be posted on this site.
  • Content that cannot be obtained for free must not be uploaded except by the artist themselves. While it's encouraged that artists upload their older paid content we understand that not everyone wants to.
  • Audio / Visual content that have been uploaded to monetized platforms must be released for a minimum of 3 months before they may be uploaded to this site. We understand creators depend on this revenue, and wish not to take that from them. As such, there are DNP tools available to put a hold on such content.
  • Any monetized content that is uploaded to the site, regarding creators, must include a hyperlink in the description, that:
    • Clearly labels what platform it directs to.
    • Links directly to the creator.
  • Additionally the description of monetized works must include the original description of the work.
  • For all intents and purposes, Monetized Platform refers to pay to view art platforms, and YouTube.
  • Blank Video / Audio Only content is not allowed at this time.
  • Please respect the creators wishes who are on our Do-Not-Post (DNP) List Not following the DNP guidelines outlined below may lead to administrative action, up to and including bans.
  • For art that was commissioned , commissioners are exempt from DNP, but only for commissioned pieces.
  • If an artist removes all legitimate ways to acquire their art, via paid or unpaid means (Patreon, DeviantArt, Twitter, etc) an exception will be made to allow users to upload their art.
  • Do not upload images that contain watermarks or advertisements for sites that promote content theft, sharing of paid-only images, or sharing of images without providing reasonable attribution to the artists who made them. Likewise, do not share links to such sites either.
  • Constructive criticism is to be expected on Ponybooru, however please keep rule #11 in mind and do not turn it into an attack. Written attacks towards the artist or the image will not be tolerated. If you are an artist you should expect to recieve some criticism from time to time.

Ponybooru DNP policies.

  • Artist Upload Only & Permission Upload Only: If you have this type of DNP assigned , you or the permissioned uploaders can upload to Ponybooru
  • Delayed Upload Only & Permission Upload Only: This is the same as the normal one but allows users to upload your art after a default of 6 months.
  • Limited Edits: Edits will be restricted to content likely to fall under Fair Use (Parody, Transformative, Sufficiently different from original.)
  • Separate Edits: Edits uploaded are to be tagged with an artist:name edits tag.
  • Video / Image hold: We understand creators make money off of their creations. Under these DNP policies Videos and Images will have a timed delay period to allow for revenue to be generated on other platforms.
  • Artist Tag Change: All art uploaded will be changed to an artist tag of your choosing. Default of artist:Anonymous
  • Hidden by Default: All art under your artist tag will be tagged in a way that makes it so only logged in users can view, by changing their filters.
  • User Interaction Lock: All user interactions except voting will be disabled on art under your artist tag.
  • Uploader Credit Change: All art under your tag for existing and future uploads will be credited under your name.
  • Other: A combination of the above options. Or a special case / exemption.

#3 Properly tag and source images

Without doubt, Ponybooru's most defining feature is our tagging system, which is what organizes the 0 images that have been posted to this website, allowing anyone to find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily, while filtering out anything they may not want to see. Anyone can edit an image's tags to help organize it better, but it is important to keep tags consistent and accurate.

  • All images must have 1 or more rating tags . Note that Safe is overridden by any other.
  • If an image is not adequately tagged or sourced, please correct it yourself (when possible, report otherwise) and do not complain in a comment. If someone is consistently tagging/sourcing inadequately, report them.
  • If there’s disagreement over tagging/sourcing, defer to staff judgment, and report as necessary.
  • For each of an image’s artists, tag in the format "artist:name". Use "artist needed" if no artist is known.
  • Tags should describe the "facts" of an image, like the characters, their relationships, events happening, and the image’s composition. When these are in dispute (such as whether an image is shipping), the artist’s intent takes precedence. Tags should not be used to state opinions – that’s what comments are for.
  • Images originally posted elsewhere should have its URL for source. If the artist only wants the image on Ponybooru, use the "Ponybooru Exclusive" tag.
  • Tags should be useful to the site overall. Do not create tags for personal organization, or with very vague or inconsistent definitions.
  • Tag and source vandalism will not be tolerated. This includes bulk changes (like removing a tag that's on many images from them all) unless you get permission from staff.
  • Images that have rapidly-flashing animation must be tagged with "seizure warning".
  • If in doubt about the nature of an image being lolicon err on the side of caution and tag it anyway.
  • Images that are furry related MUST be tagged appropriately so they can be filtered automatically by default. This is a pony site. 'Furry' tag is your friend.
  • Failure to tag properly may end with your account being restricted from uploading and /or tagging. Please tag your shit.
  • Furry refers primarily to non-pony OC's that have no relation directly to the show, but are an offshoot of a pony related thing. This statement needs to be clarified further, but that takes work. A deer OC (with an MLP style body), or a primarily pony related pic including a furry related character comes to mind.
  • We have an clear example of what not to upload here

#4 Do not upload unrelated content

This site is intended for images regarding the My Little Pony and it's surounding communities.

  • Do not upload images without a clear relation to MLP (all generations, not just FiM), or its community.
  • An image isn’t pony-related just because something pony is in it; for instance, exploitable meme templates with unrelated content or pony merchandise in real-life pornography.

#5 Use filters to hide unwanted content and follow local content law

Ponybooru is extremely permissive as to what we allow on this website, which means we allow images that contain themes which some may find objectionable. To help you avoid seeing images you may not wish to see, we have a tag filtering system, which allows for hiding of images that contain specific tags.

  • If you see images that contain themes you do not like, you should add the appropriate tags to your filter. Do not post comments complaining about the theme of the image.
  • If you find an image that you believe violates the site's rules or content guidelines, please report the image so that the site's staff may look into it. Do not post comments claiming an image violates the site's rules.
  • Do not view or post any content you are forbidden from in your jurisdiction. For images, filter them.
  • Ponybooru will not remove any content legal in the United States, barring the violation of another rule. However, we understand that many people may find various content objectionable. For this reason, the default filter removes content that exceeds the rating of 'My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic', low effort content, and certain content that people may find objectionable. If you find objectionable content that is not tagged, please tag it appropriately.

#6 Do not post forbidden content

We forbid legally dubious content listed below. Due to ambiguous laws, better safe than sorry.

Note that 'sexual' refers to any content rated "suggestive", "questionable", or "explicit"; and 'underage' means below 18 years old.

  • Do not upload photographs of real life humans in sexual depictions or scenarios who may be underage. Do not discuss getting such images or having sexual real-life meetings with such people.
  • Do not roleplay sexual situations involving underage human or humanlike characters.
  • Illicit uploaded content in Ponybooru's jurisdiction will be reported to the respective authorities.

#7 Do not abuse site functionality

Compared to other websites of our size, Ponybooru has a fairly accepting policy in terms of allowing multiple accounts, guest and anonymous posting, and usage of site features. However, this leaves open the possibility of abuse, so certain things are not permitted.

  • You are permitted to have multiple accounts for purposes of roleplaying, maintaining different sets of filters, or for personal privacy.
  • You may not use multiple accounts or anonymous posting for the purposes of evading bans, voting on images multiple times, sockpuppeting, or otherwise appearing to be multiple people within the same conversation.
  • Do not spam or put off-topic content – especially fetishes or roleplay – in comments/forum posts/reports. Roleplay is generally only on-topic in the roleplay forum.
  • Do not indiscriminately downvote images based on their tags and/or content. Instead, filter content you do not wish to see. Rule #5.
  • If you think someone is violating a rule, submit a report instead of otherwise calling them out (such as with a comment). Don’t submit reports in bad faith, such as frivolous reports to attack others.
  • Do not upscale or otherwise manipulate images to artificially create a "better" image for duplicate merging.
  • You may not post images or image descriptions that are intended to game the site's vote system by offering specific incentives (such as alternative versions of an image) in exchange for upvotes, downvotes, or faves.
  • Intentionally derailing an ongoing conversation is not allowed. Interuptions are not nessasarily derailing.
  • Derailment of forum conversations are explicitly not allowed, intentional interuptions in forums are not allowed.
  • Do not impersonate Ponybooru staff, such as by setting your "personal title" or username to anything closely resembling those of a staff member.
  • Do not impersonate users, if said activity is found your name will be changed. Obvious parody accounts are exempt provided they don't break other rules, and the real person doesn't ask to have the name transfered.
  • Sale of Accounts on Ponybooru is prohibited, if found said accounts will be renamed.
  • Minifics in the comments are allowed , provided they keep with the rating and do not derail ongoing discussion. Please limit their size to less than a few comments.

#8 Unfilterable content must be shown with care

We allow content of many kinds, and one must be mindful where and how adult, graphic, or seizure-inducing content is posted. Our ratings distinguish levels of sexuality, grossness, and darkness for these purposes.

This doesn’t apply to filterable content like uploaded images or embeds using on-site (>>) syntax.

  • Forum threads intended to contain sexual and/or graphic posts should be marked with [NSFW] in the title.
  • Content in comments/posts above the image/thread’s rating must be surrounded with [spoiler][/spoiler] tags and, if multiple ratings above, have a clear warning.
  • Above-rating content cannot be the entire point of a comment/post.
  • Content that may cause seizures, like rapid flashing, must be spoilered and come with a clear warning.
  • Avatars and personal titles can’t be spoilered, and thus must not be seizure-inducing and must be Safe-rated (nudity, sex, death, and gore would not be, for instance).

#9 Respect privacy

As noted above, this site allows a wide variety of content, and some people may not necessarily wish for their names to be publicly associated with such content. Ponybooru takes privacy extremely seriously, and attempting to breach one's privacy is strictly prohibited.

  • If you are aware of an artist or member using multiple names/aliases to keep content separate (such as clean vs sexual content), or using an alternative name as to not be identified, do not call them out or publicly highlight such a fact.
  • Do not share private or personal information about a third party, such as personal contact information, private messages, off site conversations, and other information that they may not want publicly known, without their permission.

#10 Commissions

Commissions may be advertised on Ponybooru, but some rules and restrictions apply.

  • Any advertisements for commissions may only contain example artwork that was created entirely by the person advertising said commissions. Using another person’s artwork in an advertisement is not allowed.
  • Always use caution and your own discretion when discussing commissions. Ponybooru will not be responsible for, nor able to assist with, any disputes, incomplete transactions, or otherwise undesirable outcomes that result from advertising, seeking, or arranging commissions on this site.
  • All commission agreements are between the artist and commissioner only. Ponybooru will not and should not be considered a party in any agreement involving commissions.
  • You may not advertise any commissions for content that would violate site rules or any applicable laws. Basically, anything that cannot be hosted on Ponybooru cannot be advertised either.

#11 Be nice to others

This is an important rule.

MLP:FiM is about sharing, friendship, and understanding. Don’t drag the site down into flamewars and angst – keep it constructive and positive.

  • Attempts to antagonize others will not be tolerated.
  • Do not troll, attack, insult, name-call, or otherwise try to intentionally antagonize another person or group of people. This includes making racial, sexual, homophobic, or otherwise demeaning slurs, or posting similarly abusive content.
  • Criticism is welcome and encouraged when done so in a constructive and helpful manner. However, using baseless, unconstructive criticism as a veil for the purpose of insulting or attacking an image and/or an artist is not allowed.
  • This rule applies to all comments, forum posts, and private messages, along with all other interactions you may make on this website.
  • This rule also applies to images designed solely to cause a problem. Examples include low effort / low quality images designed to spark a heavily debated topic, be it forums or comments. Edits that have artistic value or sufficent parody are exempt.
  • Canceling, calls to cancel, receipts, doxxing, attacking, calls to attack, brigrading, etc. ARE NOT ALLOWED. "Public service annoucements", "User warning" type posts are not allowed unless cleared with upper administration ahead of time. Administration must communicate this ahead of time - and verify the post ahead of time.
  • Not everyone is going to agree with your views, you're not going to agree with everyone elses views. Agree to disagree - and leave it be. Please...
  • This is essentially a long winded "Don't be a dick."

#12 Terms of Use

By using Ponybooru you agree to the following conditions.

As Ponybooru is an image archive centered around the MLP:FiM community, in being it is expected to uphold the nature of an archive.

  • Content uploaded to the service is licensed to us on a limited basis for the purposes of displaying the content.
  • We are not legally liable for uploaded content, liability resides with the uploader.
  • We have a clear process in place to remove infringing works.

#13 Takedown Process

Ponybooru has a specific takedown process detailed below.

If you wish to have artwork you're the copyright holder of removed from our website, or a catalog of artworks you've created barred from upload, you may send your request, in writing, to our designated copyright agent. The request must include the following information:

  • A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (e.g., a link to your original work or clear description of the materials allegedly being infringed upon);
  • Identification of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit PonyBooru to locate the material on our website or services;
  • Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and an email address;
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner asserted is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • A statement that the information in the complaint is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Our designated copyright agent accepts correspondence at the following address:

  • Radiant Feather
    Attn: Copyright Agent
    P.O. Box 2435
    Clackamas OR 97015

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