Rules of the Booru
#0 Be excellent to each other
This is the most 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.
Criticism is fine, but not baseless criticism. Provide feedback - artists will appreciate constructive criticism but outright anger and annoyance will just drive artists away, and this site is about sharing and celebrating all art related to the show, no matter the talent or experience of the artist.
This rule applies to all user contributions to the site - image uploads, comments, messages and reports. Personal attacks, even if in a form related to the fandom, and nasty material which is directed at another user or group of users on the site will be removed and offending users warned or banned. This includes racial, sexual or religious discrimination and other abusive content.
#1 Respect artists and their copyright
If an artist doesn't want their art shared outside of distribution channels they control (eg deviantART, FurAffinity) or doesn't want it posted on the booru, don't upload it!
We'll honour all requests by artists to have their art removed if they choose (see the takedown guidelines for more info). However, it's better for everyone if artists never have to ask us to have their art taken down from the site.
Always cite a source where possible, and if you see an image without a source you know the source for, help out by finding out what it is and providing it.
#2 Follow our tagging guidelines and provide sources
Tagging guidelines - read these before you upload or edit tags. They lay out how we organize material on the site to let people filter what they don't want to see and find what they do want to see.
At the very least, make sure to use the suggestive, questionable, explicit, grimdark, grotesque and/or spoiler tags where needed. Follow the guidelines provided on the upload page, which describe where the system tags should be used. These form the basis of our rating system for images.
Make your tags descriptive, but not overly verbose. Tagging characters, locations/events/scenes, and any thematic elements (eg 'elements of harmony') is a good minimum, for instance.
We credit artists in two ways. Artists should be indicated with artist:artistname tags; in the case of multi-artist collaborations (eg lines/colour) multiple tags can and should be used.
In addition to artist:artistname tags, individual images should indicate the source of an image (typically a Tumblr post or deviantART page). This lets users find the original source of an upload.
#3 Don't upload unrelated content
The booru is for My Little Pony fanart and associated fandom content. Random image macros are often funny, yes, but are they actually MLP fandom related? If it's not directly (or at least indirectly) related, there are plenty of websites on the internet that provide places to share and find more of those random images.
#4 Don't upload illegal content
Anything illegal in the United Kingdom or France (where our servers and backups are located) will be removed promptly, and the uploader banned without warning. We're not interested in hosting 'borderline' material which is not outright illegal but is still legally dubious. To ensure compliance we also remove all photographic explicit content featuring individuals whose age cannot be verified. As such we proactively remove material that is questionable in the eyes of the law.
Where appropriate and possible, uploaders who submit illegal content will have their details passed on to relevant law enforcement authorities.
#5 Don't upload forbidden material
Some material is not material we want on the site - mostly to promote a friendly and welcoming community, but also to ensure we comply with the laws of the countries in which we operate. We do not permit the upload of:
- Attack material (images that attack or defame a group or individual)
- Sexualized material involving characters that appear to be underaged and are not ponies (ie, humanizations)
- Material that is intended to troll groups or individuals, and is of little or no artistic merit
- Material which includes real-world human explicit material featuring individuals whose age cannot be verified
#6 Don't give content thieves publicity
Images with watermarks or banners for sites like MyLittleBrony will be deleted and their posters banned if they are repeat offenders. These sites steal content without credit to the original artist, and make money by advertising (and pass nothing on to the artist).
If you want to post an image that has a watermark, find the original image with a tool like Google Image Reverse Search (and check it's not already on the site with our own reverse search tool). Upload that and credit the original artist in the source.
#7 Image comments should follow the image rating
As noted in the tagging guidelines, several tags such as "explicit," "questionable," and "grotesque" describe potentially objectionable content in an image upload. Comments with content outside of mere profanity should not contain specially tagged content that is not tagged for the image.
For example, a suggestive or safe image should not have comments posted containing explicit sexual content, and an explicit image that is not tagged as grotesque should not have grotesque content posted in its comments. This improves the overall efficacy of tag filtering.
This rule applies to both text and image comments - explicit roleplay and heavy petting should not take place on safe, suggestive or questionable images, for instance.
#8 Report offending content if you see it
We have a relatively small administration team (under 15 people for a userbase of multiple tens of thousands). This works because users report offending images and comments with the 'report' link on image pages.
Please don't just add tags like 'duplicate' or 'delete me' to an image. Duplicate images should be reported, as should images that violate a rule and need deleting. Images that are duplicates can and will be merged by administrators, preserving comments, favourites and votes.
If you see something that violates the site rules, please submit a report to ensure the administrators are aware of it. Most reports are dealt with within an hour or so; more urgent cases should be directed to the IRC channel to alert any active administrators.
#9 Don't abuse multiple accounts
Secondary accounts for the purposes of roleplaying or maintaining different sets of filters (at home versus at work etc) are fine, but abusing the ability to use multiple accounts is a bannable offence.
Examples of abuse of multiple accounts include: ban evasion, sockpuppeting, harrassment (of artists, site users or any other individuals or groups) or metadata tampering (mass downvoting or source/tag vandalism)
Bans will be handed out to all associated accounts, not just the accounts being abused.
#n The rules are not complete or exhaustive
The rules define a spirit, and in some cases clarify particular points that we feel need clarification, but they are by no means an exhaustive list of everything you can't do.
We assume that our users are generally nice people who want this community and the site, as a resource, to be the best it can be.
People who do not feel this way will inevitably cause trouble in new and interesting ways and when that impacts the site negatively, the administration team may choose to intervene to protect the site and users.