Sponsorion Community Guidelines
Last updated: December 16th, 2018
Be respectful of others. Don't impersonate others. If you don't own it, don't post it. Adult Content must use adult characters, cannot be real-life porn, and must be marked as Adult Content.
No gambling (regulatory quagmire), No financial instruments, No multi-level marketing, No Pharmaceuticals.
No political/social movements. You can mention politics, but whether your revolution is red or blue please don't have it here.
See below to learn more.
Authenticity and Copyright
Sponsorion is for creators funding their own works. As a creator, you may not post content that infringes on others' intellectual property rights and you must own the content published on Sponsorion.
As a creator, you may not post content that infringes on others' intellectual property rights.
- You can't create fake pages or collect money for things you’re not actually doing. For example, you cannot create a fan page for someone else.
- You cannot pretend or impersonate another creator, such as using someone else's name, brand, or content in order to raise funds. We will review satire and comedy in a different way as we believe these subgenres are original content.
- You also can't use Sponsorion as a prank or to fund non-activity. For example, a Creator cannot collect funds for *not doing* something, such as, "I will stop tweeting videos of performing card tricks badly if I reach $150 per month".
- Sponsorion does not review content to determine if it is a fair use, but if we receive a valid DMCA takedown notice then we will generally remove that content. You can learn more about our DMCA policy here.
In other words, be yourself and give credit whenever necessary. We have more information on copyright infringement in our Terms of Service.
If you need to send us a DMCA takedown request, you can read more here: How do I send a DMCA takedown notice?
Bullying and Harassment
We value constructive criticism, and debates can sometimes get a little heated. We get that. However, we draw the line when it comes to harassing private individuals or taking any action that might affect someone’s physical safety, whether they are private or public figures.
Bullying and Harassment: Don't try intimidate anyone, either directly or by using your influence over others. We treat real life interactions more seriously than online interactions when analyzing whether a line has been crossed, because it can be more threatening and lead to physical violence. When both sides engage in similar behavior, such as feuds between public figures, we are less likely to take action.
Threats: Anyone on Sponsorion should be able to express their opinion in a way that doesn't threaten another person. In this respect, we take threats of violence very seriously. Any creator or sponsor threatening the well-being of an individual or group of people will be removed. This includes threatening behavior such as stalking or inciting others to commit violent acts.
If you are a victim of this behavior and feel that your personal safety is at risk, we suggest you contact your local law enforcement, in addition to reporting the behavior to us.
Adult Content Must Mark Itself As Such - You can flag individual posts, your entire account, or individual tiers as “Adult Content”. ALL CONTENT you create that has mature themes such as sexuality or graphic violence MUST be flagged. When in doubt, flag it. If your banner has adult content your entire account must be flagged. This is so we can properly age-gate these posts/banners/etc to ensure minors do not see them.
Adult Content cannot be real-life Porn – Any content you make must be drawn, animated, or otherwise devoid of real people. No sex videos, no cam-girls, sexual photographs, etc. The regulatory overhead for such content would require us, among other things, to verify the legality/consent/etc of all participants (who could be anywhere in the world!) to an extent that simply isn't possible for a small business to handle.
Furthermore, you cannot post nude or revealing pictures of anyone under 18, including yourself, even if the images are not of a sexual nature.
Adult Content must use Adult Characters – No loli, no shota. When determining whether your work would be in violation of this rule, ask yourself “what does this character appear to be?” and “would the average person – without knowing anything beyond the image/video/etc in question – think this character is a minor?”. If you have to start your explanation as to how something’s not in violation with a “Technically, ...”, it’s in violation. Context only matters if a character’s physique is ambiguous – their depiction could be teen or young adult – and even then by “context” we mean how they act/dress/live, not whatever their backstory technically is. Claiming a character is 18 when they look like a highschool girl and go to highschool isn't fooling anyone. Yes we are aware – and frequently informed – that the US laws governing this is not a blanket ban like the one we have here. But if you get dragged into court the case would be unwinnable – being in a grey area isn't enough, when peddling something that unpopular you either need to be firmly in the right or have an arbitrarily large vault full of lawyers. US free speech protection is strong, and for basically everything *except* loli/shota being firmly in the right is exactly what we’d be. It’s also a legal lighting rod in a way no other fetish art is – it’s unlikely we’d end up in court in the first place over anything else.
Sponsorion reserves the right to review and take administrative action up to and including the removal of accounts that fail to follow the above guidelines. If child exploitation is involved, law enforcement will be involved as well.
Allowed Content – We are frequently asked “is fetish X/Y/Z allowed?”. The basis of what adult content we do and do not allow can be summed up as - “Is it legal?” and “Can we handle the regulatory overhead of allowing this?”. With the exception noted above, drawn, animated, etc. fetish art is a “yes” on both counts.
If we don't allow it on the site, you can't fund it via your account.
For example, you aren't allowed to show real-life porn on this site so you can't take money in exchange for off-site porn DVDs / sexual favors / etc. In other words, don't try to sneak around the rules.
Political / Social Movements
Sponsorion exists primarily to aid in the funding of creative endeavors. Unlike our competitor, we’ve chosen to strongly support adult content creators. Conversely, we feel backing political movements would be putting us at risk for something outside of our domain.
Creator accounts cannot be used to fund political activism and/or social movements. We will be reasonable when it comes to determining if an account is in violation – no one should be surprised to learn they are violating this rule.
When reviewing an account for a potential hate speech violation, we consider some of the following questions:
- Is there a call for violence against a protected class?
- Does the content have historical or educational value? For example, we don't allow the use of the swastika for propaganda and promoting hate, but it would be acceptable to use it in an educational video to talk about Germany under the Third Reich.
- Does the creator glorify a group that is known to support ideologies that would be classified as hate speech under this policy?
- Is the creator using racial slurs or negative depictions of a protected class?
People Who Can't Use Sponsorion
After creating a Sponsorion page, any creator caught in the act or convicted of making credible violent threats, committing violent crimes, malicious doxing, coordinating nonviolent harm (such as fraud or money laundering), or encouraging others to do any of these activities may be banned from using Sponsorion.
Because Sponsorion empowers people financially, we impose restrictions not only on the types of content and projects that can be funded through Sponsorion, but also on which people can and cannot receive funds through Sponsorion.
People Who Can't Use Sponsorion After creating a Sponsorion page, any creator caught in the act or convicted of making credible violent threats, committing violent crimes, child abuse, malicious doxing, coordinating nonviolent harm (such as fraud, money laundering and gambling), or encouraging others to do any of these activities, may be banned from using Sponsorion.
Dangerous Organizations People with a dangerous criminal history or a known affiliation with violent or dangerous groups (including terrorist or cyber terrorist organizations, organized criminal groups, and violent hate groups), cannot receive funds through Sponsorion, no matter the purpose or apparent intention of their Sponsorion page.
You can discuss these groups on Sponsorion but any creator praising or actively supporting these groups or their leaders won't be allowed on Sponsorion.
Harmful and Illegal Activities
We don't allow funds to be collected for anything that facilitates harmful or illegal activities. You cannot post content that advocates, threatens, or shows you causing harm to yourself or other people, as well as animals. In the same line, you cannot promote illegal activities such as property crime, distribution of illegal weapons, or drug manufacturing.
We don't allow funds to be collected for anything that facilitates harmful or illegal activities. You cannot post content that advocates, threatens or shows you causing harm to yourself or other people, as well as animals. In the same line as violent and harmful activities, you cannot promote illegal activities, such as property crime, distribution of illegal weapons, or drug manufacturing.
Self-harm We don't allow any page that promotes or glorifies self-harm, such as pages that encourage self-injury, suicide, or an eating disorder. Examples include pages that glorify self-scarification or a pro-anorexia campaign. If we believe there’s a credible risk the creator will harm themselves, we will work with law enforcement when needed.
If you or someone close to you might be in danger of hurting themselves, please contact local authorities or seek help: http://www.suicide.org/suicide-hotlines.html
Illegal Activity We don't allow pages that collect money for an illegal purpose, or that encourage others to break the law. For example, creators may not promote illegal weapons, drug manufacturing techniques or distribution, or property crime. For example, we don't allow content that organizes or encourages vandalism. Note that we do allow street art.
Dangerous Activities We ask that creators who are posting dangerous stunts to include a disclaimer. We also require that this type of content be marked as “Adult Content” if it is deemed to be too graphic or dangerous for a general audience.
Spamming is prohibited on Sponsorion.
These are some of the actions we consider to be spamming:
- Don't create pledging schemes; don't contact other creators to have a pledge-for-a-pledge kind of trade deal.
- Don't use Sponsorion to release or link to malware or phishing content.
- Don't post misleading content to grow your sponsor base
- Don't post comments on other creators’ pages promoting your own page.
- Don't send a large number of unsolicited private messages asking for support.
- Don't use incorrect tagging in order to drive more search results.
- Don't create Bots.
When reviewing reports about spam, we will distinguish between commercial spam and friendly abuse such as legitimate creators spamming other creators pages. If we determine the spam is friendly abuse, the account will be flagged; repeat offenses will lead to full removal of the creator or sponsor page. Commercial spamming without any form of content creation will be removed from Sponsorion.
Doxing – Sharing, without their permission, an individual’s private/personal information and/or identity – is forbidden on Sponsorion. We take this VERY seriously.
Not having anything to hide doesn't mean there’s anything you want to share, and there’s no lack of benign things that may subject someone to an internet hate-mob, death threats, etc.
The most classic form of doxing is when an individual’s private personal information is shared. This could be information such as a phone number or home address. The definition of private personal information can vary, and may mean that it is simply very difficult to find.
We also consider it to be doxing when an individual’s non-private information is aggregated. For example, we would consider it doxing if someone’s profile picture was combined with their real name, all of their known social media accounts, and the city they lived in.
No matter the specific information shared, we also evaluate the context around why it was shared. If it looks like this information is being shared for the purpose of making it easier for a large group to harass that individual, we are likely to consider it doxing.
When doxing takes place, we lose the ability to have conversations. Doxing isn't speech countering speech, it is speech shutting down others’ ability to speak. It removes our ability to discuss ideas and grow as individuals.
How These Guidelines Are Enforced
Please realize that, while you may disagree with someone’s point of view or dislike their work, they might not be in violation of our community guidelines. That said, when you see a page on Sponsorion that you feel violates our community guidelines, please take the time to report them via our reporting tool. You can read more about how to report a creator or a post here. We will review the report and if the Community Guidelines have been violated, the team will get in touch with the creator to let them know.
A Promise To Creators:
We know this is your livelihood. We invest heavily in making these decisions, and view suspending/removing an account to be a very extreme measure. If at all possible we will work with you to remedy the situation without significantly impacting your work.
Creators may also appeal any decisions we make regarding them by contacting us and sending any relevant information they do not believe was considered. We might not change our minds, but we will hear you out.
Furthermore, we do not work with investors that would demand we restrict our content above and beyond that necessitated by US laws and regulations.