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Poetry.com Community Guidelines

Poetry.com is an online community that offers all amateur poets the opportunity to share their poetry in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. Like any community, we have a set of core principles that must be followed by all members. Your use of Poetry.com is subject to the following Poetry.com community guidelines. Violating these guidelines may result in the termination of your account without warning.

Good Behavior

• Share more than just poems.

Make no mistake about it, our community is eager to read your poetry! But poets tell us the most interesting part of the community is learning more about the people and stories that inspired the poems! Tell us more about yourself, the role poetry has in your life and the stories behind each of your poems. We have provided space below each poem submitted, and on your Profile page to accomplish this.

• Read and Rate other people’s poems.

It will be exciting for you to receive comments and feedback from the millions of people who will read your poetry on this site. In this regard, we hope that you will honor a simple pledge: For each poem you post to the community, please review two poems that have been written by your fellow poets.

By taking this pledge, you will be insuring that all of us receive the valuable feedback and comments that we find so rewarding. Please note that you will also be rewarded with twice as many points for reviewing a poem as you will be for writing one. These bonus points reflect how valuable your personal feedback is to the members of our community!

• Be encouraging and supportive. Don’t be mean.

We believe that poetry is an expression of the heart and is valid regardless of the poet's educational level. When rating and reviewing other people’s work, please try to treat that person the way you would like to be treated. Try to provide constructive criticism while offering encouragement and support. Use common sense. If you can’t think of anything nice to say, it’s best not to say anything at all.

• Report abuse, bugs and suggested improvements. We want to hear from you. If you see abuse, report it immediately by emailing feedback@poetry.com. If you have located bugs, tell us so they can be fixed. If there are other features you want added let us know. This is your community; help us make it the best it can be.

Bad Behavior

Violating any of the following guidelines may result in the termination of your account without warning.

• No offensive poetry allowed.

Poetry.com is a “PG-13” community. Do not post sexually explicit poems, poems with elicit and objectionable language, poems that contain hateful messages and slurs, or any other poems containing incendiary topics or viewpoints. We maintain a “zero tolerance” position on this. This is a worldwide community of millions of poets from every race, religion and background. Treat each and every person with respect.

• No offensive reviews allowed.

Don’t vent personal frustrations or rant about issues when reviewing other people’s poems. Poetry.com maintains a “zero tolerance” position on this. Offer constructive and supportive feedback or don’t offer anything at all.

• Do Not Cheat.

Our points system is meant to reward poets for participating in our community. Creating multiple accounts, posting stock reviews like "good work", and blindly giving “thumbs up” is not permitted and considered cheating. Poetry.com community members work hard to help other poets and are proud of the scores they achieve. Cheating undermines the community and discourages others from making meaningful contributions. Please don’t cheat!

• Do Not Violate the Law.

Members of Poetry.com are not above the law, so don’t post anything that violates the laws of your country, state, province, or city. Don’t try to trick people into sharing their personal information, steal anything (like copyright or trademark material), or break into places you shouldn’t be. Don’t threaten, harass, impersonate, or hurt others, and don’t invade other people’s privacy.

• Do Not Behave Maliciously.

Don’t post links to sites that contain viruses or malicious programs or that interfere with the operation of Poetry.com.