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Alert explanation: Excessive swearing/cursing or mature language

Last Updated: May 29, 2015 01:05PM EDT
Short explanation: The language used in your book or chapter is not appropriate for all Storybird readers.

More info: We understand: sometimes characters want to swear/curse/cuss, insult others, and generally act like potty-mouths. If this is done in a mild or occasional way, it can be okay (especially if your story is for an older audience). But sometimes writers, or their characters, cross the line.

If your story or chapter includes an excessive amount of swearing or mature language—like curses/cusses, obscene references, acronyms for swears, etc—we will 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 exercise their creativity, readers are also an important part of our community, and respecting their boundaries and sensitivities is equally a priority.

A good rule of thumb: if you’d get in trouble for using a word or phrase in front of a teacher or parent, it probably doesn’t belong on Storybird! 
For more information and explanations about specific issues relating to our Guidelines, check the other topics in the Understanding Our Guidelines section of our Help/FAQ.

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