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Alert explanation: Things Storybird does not allow

Last Updated: May 29, 2015 01:05PM EDT
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Short explanation: Several elements of your story are in conflict with Storybird’s Community & Content Guidelines.

More info: Storybird is home to readers of all ages, so there are certain guidelines we apply to every story submitted to the public library. If your story does not follow our Community & Content Guidelines, we may ask you to edit/revise it. This is to help keep Storybird a safe environment for readers of all ages. While we believe in giving writers room to explore and share their creativity, readers are also an important part of our community, and respecting their boundaries and sensitivities is likewise a priority. 

Here are some common reasons books/chapters get this alert:
  • They contain or request personally identifying information (against the law for young users).
  • They include, or are based on or derived from intellectual property belonging to another person or company (e.g. existing books/movies/music/video games). Unauthorized use of such content, even as a fan, is a copyright violation.
  • They contain fictional portrayals of real people (like classmates, celebrities, or famous/historical figures).
  • They contain explicit/provocative/gratuitous use of violence (against humans or animals), language, or portrayals of mature themes/topics. 
  • They promote hate speech, discrimination, or intolerance, or are designed to bully, threaten, harass, demean, or attack specific users or groups.
  • They over-emphasize specific political agendas, religious belief systems, or moral codes.
  • They include advertisements, links to outside websites, or SPAM.
  • They are intended as class assignments/schoolwork/homework or group/club/library assignments (these should be done from a class account on Storybird Studio).

For more explanation, see the Storybird Community & Content Guidelines, or the other articles in the "Understanding Our Guidelines" section of this Help/FAQ.

Why does Storybird have Community & Content guidelines?

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