BuzzFeed Community is the home for awesome posts created by Community Members. If you like to share humor, insights into identity and fandom, personality and trivia quizzes, and the occasional ode to Taylor Swift, then this is the place for you! To become a part of BuzzFeed's Community, all you need to do is sign up for an account and make a post!
Before you sign-up, you should be aware of our Rules. Although we have a handful of rules that we outline below, BuzzFeed has one rule that we really must insist upon: Don't be that guy. That guy, just to clarify, is that guy who comes to your party and hates on your cool party playlist and doesn't even bring a six pack. That guy is that guy who brings up politics when you're trying to have a family dinner and tries to talk about dinner when you're in the middle of an interesting political discussion. That guy is that guy who shouts a lot.
What does that mean on BuzzFeed Community? The following lists breaks down how not to be that guy. And, remember, BuzzFeed Community is subject to BuzzFeed’s general User Agreement, which you can check out here.
1. Community Is Not For Self-Promotion
Community is a place for you to share what you love with others. It’s not a place for self-promotion. What does self promotion mean? Self-promotion means promoting or publicizing you or your activities, including any business or product you may be running or selling. Community is not the place to yell “SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL!!!,” your other social media accounts, or your personal blog. As much as we believe in your awesomeness, Community isn’t the platform for highlighting it.
2. Community Is Not For You Or Your Opinionated Uncle To Talk Politics
Here on Community, we have a strict no-politics rule. If you want to talk about politics, please find a different forum. If you're running for office, you can always update our Politics team with your latest shenanigans and/or antics here.
3. Community Is Not A Place For You To Make Money
We know that you’re enterprising and that some sites allow you to write promotional articles for other people and businesses for a fee. Community is not the platform to feature those articles. If they are spotted, your account will be deleted.
4. Community Is Not A Place For You To Use Other’s Content Without Permission
Community wants you to feature your own original expression--not someone else’s. So please, whether it be text, photos, gifs, etc., post only content that you have the rights to post.
5. Community Is Not A Place To Try Your Hand At Reporting
Community is not a part of BuzzFeed News, and Community is not soliciting reported articles. If you want to pitch a BuzzFeed News editor on an article idea, check out this article or look up an editor on BuzzFeed News’ masthead and pitch them directly.
6. Community Is Not A Place To Wage A War
Community is a place to bring people together, not push them apart. To that end, you may not post any threatening, harassing, defamatory, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, tortious, vulgar, or pornographic. This includes your rants about how much you hate Lululemon. You get the point, if you’re waging a war, wage it somewhere else.
7. Community Is Not A Place For PR Professionals To Plug Clients
We get it, everybody has a job to do. But, if you’re a PR professional posting something to Community that is intended to promote a client or paying someone to do the same thing, you’re violating our rules. We don’t care if a new CEO has “14 Powerful Insights to Grow Your Business.”
8. Community Is Not A Place For Spam
Spam is everywhere. It’s the stuff that is irrelevant to Community’s mission posted without any consideration as to quality or whether it advances Community’s goal of bringing people together. We don’t need to see a bunch of random infographics on the price of gas from around the world. No one reads spam email, they’re also not going to read Spam Community posts.
9. Community Is Subject To BuzzFeed’s User Agreement
This part is important: BuzzFeed Community is subject to BuzzFeed’s User Agreement. Please read the User Agreement now. Sending us an email saying you “forgot to” after you violated the rules is not an excuse. Those rules are important, not least because they put all Community members on notice that BuzzFeed reserves the right to deactivate any account that violates these rules or the rules in the User Agreement without notice to the user. Please read them.