REASONS YOUR TUMBLR (and mine) COULD BE TERMINATED; also known as ‘rules we forget we agreed to when we signed up.’
Despite the current boom of terminations that seem to be the result of a glitch/misdefined parameter in blog-deleting scripts, I think it’s important to review the rules none of us read when we agreed to the terms of service, because there are still hundreds of terminations NOT caused by service errors every month, based solely on ignorance of the site’s policies.
Most blogs I follow (including my own) are guilty of multiple termination-justifying offenses: The following is a list of content (common in our community) that may get your blog deleted. If your blog IS deleted for any of these reasons, you can appeal to tumblr’s support services, and often can regain your account easily (despite time lost). I highly recommend reading if you post themes on your blog, post NSFW content, or host giveaways and contests. The following content is from the ToS and from the community guidelines, both openly avaiable on the site. Note first tumblr’s legal stance:
If we conclude you are violating these policies, you may receive a notice via email. If you don’t explain or correct your behavior, your account may be suspended and/or your IP address may be blocked. We do our best to ensure fair outcomes, but in all cases we reserve the right to suspend accounts or remove content, without notice, for any reason, but particularly to protect our services, infrastructure, users, or community. We reserve the right to enforce, or not enforce, these policies in our sole discretion, and these policies don’t create a duty or contractual obligation for us to act in any particular manner.
Specific offenses (and their relevance to our community) are listed below the cut.
- Posting NSFW content without flagging your blog as NSFW can result in the termination of your account at the discretion of the site. This includes porn gifs and sexually explicit content.
- Hosting contests/giveaways and allowing the participation of people below eighteen and requiring likes/reblogs/follows as means of entry is against the rules. Contest guidelines are as follows:
Contests, sweepstakes, or giveaways with prizes valued over USD $1,000 aren’t allowed on Tumblr without our permission.
If you do choose to administer, promote, or run a contest, sweepstakes, or giveaway on Tumblr, follow these guidelines:
- Fully disclose all of the contest, sweepstakes, or giveaway’s rules including, for example, eligibility restrictions, all entry methods, information about your prizes (including retail value), and odds of winning;
- Make sure to include in your rules a full release of Tumblr by each person participating, an acknowledgement that the contest, sweepstakes, or giveaway isn’t associated with Tumblr (including, without limitation, that it isn’t administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Tumblr), and a statement that each person participating is giving information to you and not to Tumblr;
- Only allow entry by individuals who are eighteen or older;
- Only direct and open your contest, sweepstakes, or giveaway to people who live in your country; and
- As per our community guideline against non-genuine social gesture schemes, don’t use Tumblr’s social features (like following, reblogging, and liking) as entry methods.
- Squatting on and hoarding URLs is grounds for either suspension or termination.
- Impersonation, Stalking, or Harassment. Attempts to circumvent the Block feature will get you deleted. If you want to parody or ridicule a public figure (and who doesn’t?), don’t try to trick readers into thinking you are actually that public figure. This applies to roleplaying as living celebrities.
- Promotion/glorification of self harm (excerpt from the TOS: This includes content that urges or encourages readers to cut or injure themselves; embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide rather than, e.g., seeking counseling or treatment, or joining together in supportive conversation with those suffering or recovering from depression or other conditions. Dialogue about these behaviors is incredibly important and online communities can be extraordinarily helpful to people struggling with these difficult conditions. We aim to sustain Tumblr as a place that facilitates awareness, support and recovery, and to remove only those blogs that cross the line into active promotion or glorification of self-harm.)
- Harm to minors (including bullying or any sexual content aimed towards minors)
- Non-geniune social gestures are defined by tumblr as “Non-genuine social gestures include: promos, blogs of the week/month/day/night/year or 10 mins. Networks and any other form of FOLLOWING/REBLOGGING or LIKING with intent to gain followers from someone else.” Meaning, excessive follow promoting and follow-for-follow networks are against the ToS. 'Geniune blog recommendations,' should be blogs that you follow and should not be prompted by the blog in question. Recs are subject to fair use, and are not to be abused.
- Malicious Bigotry. You may not actively promote violence or extreme hatred against individuals or groups, on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Tumblr believes that the best response to hateful speech is not censorship but more speech, but they will take down malicious bigotry, as defined above.
- Gore and Mutilation Content. The showcasing of mutilation or torture of human beings, animals, or their remains, can get your blog terminated.
- and lastly, what most people don’t know: posting and promoting third party themes is against tumblr’s terms of service, due to so many ‘theme makers’ outside of our community burying unsafe content (spam, ads, or phishing attacks) in their unchecked codes. We take this chance when we promote this content for your use as RPHs, but it is against the rules. It isn’t, however, against the rules to post/promot themes that are ALSO in the theme garden.
Honestly, just read the terms of service and the community guidelines.