Picture a Thought : Community Guidelines
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
Don't Cross the Line
Here are some common-sense rules that will help you steer clear of
- 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
- 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
- Picture a Thought is not a shock site. Don't post
gross-out medias of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock
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
- Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment,
intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people's personal information,
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
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
You may not like everything you see. Some of the content here
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
- 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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