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"Forum Guidelines"

Forum Mission Statement

The Genius forums are a place where everyone should feel comfortable to contribute knowledge and take part in thoughtful discussion. The forums engage Genius users beyond the music knowledge project, providing a space where contributors and music fans can discuss, debate, and continue to foster our growing online community. The Genius Moderation team leads the conversation, adding thoughtful contributions to community discussions as well as creating interesting topics of their own. They also make sure that the forums are a safe place for everyone, educating and making it clear that racist, sexist, homophobic, derogatory, defamatory, and vulgar posts are not welcome. Reporting abuse or tagging @genius-moderation will alert the moderation team to users who intentionally disregard these guidelines.

Before you post, please consider…

Your fellow community members: Be respectful towards your fellow Genius community members. Your words carry weight—everyone deserves the same respect no matter their role or amount of IQ. Racist, sexist, homophobic, derogatory, defamatory, and vulgar posts are not welcome—everyone should feel excited to contribute knowledge without being abused or harassed. Continued use of hate speech in the forums will lead to suspension. See more on language in the forums here.

Is what you’re posting good content? The Genius forums are a place for thoughtful discussion, not shitposting and trolling. Here’s a good checklist to go through before posting:

- Am I posting in the right forum?
- Do I have anything constructive to say?
- Am I derailing or spamming this thread?
- Is this thread's topic similar to any other recent threads? (We have a search function!)
- Is the information I’m sharing appropriate?

Purposely making posts that are unconstructive, provoking, inflammatory, or derogatory will result in your thread/post being deleted and your account being suspended. The same goes for posts that bait or troll other users.

Is the content you’re posting SFW (safe for work)? Genius has a zero tolerance policy for NSFW content. This includes graphic/violent images as well as explicit nudity. If you upload a NSFW avatar or send users NSFW material in private messages or post links/images to NSFW content, your post will be deleted and you will be suspended.

Is the content you’re posting legal? Genius has a zero tolerance policy for hosting illegal download links and posting private information/photos. Posting or requesting such content in the forums may result in suspension.

Am I prepared to accept the consequences of my actions? Trolling and harassment extend beyond responding to someone in a thread. Other forms of trolling and harassment include targeted mass downvoting (5 or more posts or annotations from the same user in quick succession), spamming, and creating alternate accounts. Before taking action, think about what the consequences may be and remember you can contact a mediator, moderator or community staff member if you’re experiencing an issue. Users who take part in targeted mass downvoting, spamming, or creating alt accounts will be suspended.

GENIUS COMMUNITY POLICY

Genius aspires to be a place where everyone feels welcome and safe. We want this to be a community where everyone knows the power of their words at all times, and feels both the joy and responsibility that comes with such power.

The exception is abuse and harassment, which we take seriously. Everyone is welcome here; abuse and harassment are not—in annotations, forums, chat, or private messages. If anyone feels they are being abused or harassed, please report it to a moderator (purple names) or staff member (steel blue names) immediately. You can reach all of us at once by writing “@genius-moderation” in any forum thread or as a comment on any annotation on site. On our Web Annotator tool, every annotation has a “Report Abuse” button that allows any user or visitor to flag an annotation for review by moderators and staff. People who abuse or harass other contributors will lose the privileges of their account. This may include temporary penalty boxing, permanent loss of account access, or the loss of mediator, editor, or moderator privileges.

Please respect your fellow contributors. Though we believe in freedom of expression, we also want our contributors to think about the impact of their words on others. We encourage everyone on the site, but especially mediators, editors, moderators, and staff members to send a private message anytime they see someone using language in a way that undermines the community. It’s the responsibility of all our contributors to make sure that the site remains welcoming to everyone and focused on its goal to add knowledge to the world. This is especially true for mediators, editors, moderators, and staff members who are role models on the site.

Please also respect the site’s mission, which is to promote human understanding by annotating the world. In the course of this project, we will allow controversial texts to be posted, but we expect informed and thoughtful readings of those texts from our community members.

If you feel we’ve failed in any way, feel free to hit up a moderator or staff member to explain the issue.

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