VocaTales is a community built around creative expression. So, while we welcome the kinds of experimentation, transgression, and boundary-pushing that are vital to the creative instinct, we also need to ensure that the content we share is aligned with our Community Mission. That’s why we hold ourselves and our community members to content standards that promote inclusive, respectful, and constructive engagement across the platform.
Before you begin exploring and creating on VocaTales, please review these guidelines for good conduct and appropriate content so you’ll know what to expect and how to uphold our community values:
If you discover content that seems to violate our guidelines, we encourage you to report it.
The easiest way for creators to mitigate harm without compromising their expression is to accurately label their content. This way readers can make informed decisions about engaging with specific boards and stories which may contain distressing or controversial topics. Creators whose stories encompass such mature topics are expected to label their work with a “Mature” rating and are encouraged to provide additional content warnings for readers who may wish to avoid sensitive subject matters.
A “Mature” rating does not bypass our content guidelines or allow for the posting of prohibited content. Any story that violates our guidelines will be removed and its author(s) subject to a ban.
“Mature” means 18 and older on VocaTales. Users under 18 years old cannot post or access content with a Mature rating. Content should be classified as Mature if it includes:
Additionally, content may be given a mature rating if, for any reason, its creator feels it may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Some posts which do not contain prohibited content may still be removed at VocaTales’ discretion. Our moderation policy is designed to accommodate as much creative freedom as possible without sacrificing the well-being of our community.
When determining whether to remove a post, we consider both its apparent intent and apparent effect, including an evaluation of the likelihood and magnitude of its potential real-world impact. Posts with apparent harmful intent or disproportionate potential for harmful impact will be removed.
While no moderation system is perfect, this one affords more flexibility in accommodating controversial subject matter and formal experimentation. For example, it would allow a distinction between an effective satire which includes a sexist character, and a story which is simply sexist.
If you discover content that seems to violate our guidelines, we encourage you to report it. Even if it does not contain prohibited material, we consider community reports in determining the apparent impact/effect of posted content.