Community Guidelines

Are.na is an open-ended platform adaptable to different needs and styles of use. There’s no single correct way to use Are.na, nor to be a part of its community. These guidelines are intended to protect Are.na members from harmful behavior without undue restrictions on the types of content and behavior allowed on the platform.

A number of members have put together channels sharing Are.na use cases, meetups, collections, and discussions of all things Are.na. We also provide an official channel for Feedback and Feature Requests. See our Terms of Use for more detailed legal clarification of content and use violations.

Please contact help@are.na to communicate rule-breaking behavior to the team.

Last updated: April 2018
Members are welcome to suggest policy changes.


What limits are there on the content I can add to Are.na?

Unwelcome or unacceptable content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Illegal content, per U.S. law
  • Spam or advertising
  • SEO gaming
  • Fraudulent or deceptive links
  • Defamation
  • Copyright infringement

What qualifies as spam?

Bulk uploading, self-promotion, and the posting of links and domain names primarily for SEO impact will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Posting links to phishing or malware sites is prohibited.

How are copyright infringements handled?

A proper DMCA notice must be filed for any moderating actions to take place. In the case that a complaint is filed, the content in question will be assessed and, if found to violate DMCA protections, removed. Users who are found to have uploaded violating content will be provided with information surrounding the complaint, and will have the opportunity to file a DMCA counter-notice of their own.

Are there restrictions on nudity?

We trust our members' common sense, and don't ban graphic or adult content. If you think your channel might be sufficiently NSFW as to offend fellow members, consider setting it to private. However, only cases of involuntary pornography, or of sexual content involving minors, will be moderated by the Are.na staff for removal. To report violations, email help@are.na and specify the offending user/s or content.

What constitutes prohibited or unwelcome behavior?

Prohibited behavior includes:

  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Incitement
  • Impersonation

Blocks, channels, comments, and accounts will be moderated for abuse or harassment at the discretion of the Are.na team. If you notice abuse or harassment, email help@are.na and specify the offending user/s or content.

What constitutes abuse or harassment?

  • Threats of harm, emotional abuse, or coercion
  • Sustained and/or graphic sexual advances
  • Hateful or discriminatory speech, imagery, symbolism, wielded at users rather than collected for research or archival purposes
  • Inciting or participating in bullying, brigading, or mobbing
  • Doxxing of personal information or private content

What will happen if my account is found in violation of community guidelines?

Depending on the severity of the violation, and whether the user has committed prior violations, the Are.na team may reach out via email, remove the offending content, and/or suspend the account. If you believe your account has been unfairly suspended, or your content erroneously removed, contact help@are.na to appeal.