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Respect the Picture a Thought Community

Please don't abuse the site. Every community feature on Picture a Thought involves a certain level of trust. We trust you to be responsible, and millions of users respect that trust. Please be one of them.

Don't Cross the Line

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

  • Picture a Thought is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your media, even if it's content is of yourself, don't post it on Picture a Thought. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation.

  • Don't post medias showing bad stuff like animal abuse, drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, or bomb making.

  • Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your media shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don't post it.

  • Picture a Thought is not a shock site. Don't post gross-out medias of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust.

    Respect copyright. Only upload medias that you made or that you are authorized to use. This means don't upload medias you didn't make, or use content in your medias that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or medias 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 Picture a Thought.

  • 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

Okay, this one is more about us than you. Picture a Thought staff review flagged medias to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes media doesn't violate our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. These media may be age-restricted. Accounts are monitored 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.

Picture a Thought is for the Community

Remember that this is your community! Each and every user of Picture a Thought 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!

  • Let folks know what you think. Comments are part of the experience, and when done with respect, can be a great way to make friends, share stories, and make your time on Picture a Thought richer.

    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 submit it for review by Picture a Thought staff.

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 - Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if media is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for Picture a Thought. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the media and it is not gratuitously graphic. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the documentary might not be.

  • 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 documented on Picture a Thought. However, it's not okay to post violent or gory content that's primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If the media is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional context and information. For instance, including a clip from a slaughter house in a composition on factory farming may be appropriate. However, stringing together unrelated and gruesome clips of animals being slaughtered in a composition 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 show 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 medias on things like instructional bomb making, ninja assassin training, sniper attacks, medias that train terrorists, or tips on illegal street racing. Any depictions like these should be educational or documentary and shouldn't be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them.

  • Children - Media involving children (anyone under the age of 18) are particularly sensitive. Media containing children should never be sexually suggestive or violent. Please be cautious when posting something involving a child. If you're sharing a private moment or home movie, consider making it private so that only your family and friends can see it.

  • Copyright - When you create something original, you own the copyright for it. Likewise, when other people create content, they may have a copyright to it. As a creative community, it's essential that everyone on Picture a Thought 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've created. If it's all yours you never have to worry about copyright -- you own it. If you've recorded something from a DVD, photographed your TV screen, or downloaded media online, don't post it unless you have permission.

  • Privacy - If media you've recorded features people who are readily identifiable and who haven't consented to being recorded, there's a chance they'll file a privacy complaint seeking its removal. We'll notify you if that happens and give you a chance to edit and re-upload your media before we act on the complaint. If we do remove your media for privacy reasons, don't upload another version featuring the same people. Chances are those people will file another privacy complaint or report you for harassment. 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. Picture a Thought is all about sharing and interacting with the community in respectful ways. If you're not sure whether media or a 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 Picture a Thought. And if you're looking to attack, harass, demean, or impersonate others, go elsewhere.

  • Impersonation - Impersonating another user by using a similar username, or posing as that person in comments, emails or medias 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 Picture a Thought. Period. Don't leave threatening comments anwhere.

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