Community Guidelines

We here at ARC want to create a lively and friendly community that encourages creators to be the best they can be both authorically and professionally. As such, we have written up a set of guidelines for our members to help them understand how we expect them to behave as part of our community.

Please take time to read these guidelines to ensure you make the best of your time as part of our ever-growing community.

Artwork Submission

We accept all types of works, but we expect your submitted works to be your own. If you submit work that is proven to be copied, traced, plagiarized or stolen from another author or author, we will take down that work immediately. Direct copying of another person’s works is considered plagiarism, and will not be tolerated (not to mention it’s illegal). Violations of copyrights will also be treated in a similar manner.

Fan art is acceptable, but if we receive a request from the copyright holders to take down the artwork, we will do so in compliance with the DMCA.

Mature Content

ARC accepts mature content that features nudity, non-graphic sex, extreme violence and strong language so long as it is put behind our mature content filter. Any content deemed unsuitable that is not behind a content filter, will be put behind the filter by a mod, and the owner will be notified. Failure to comply will result in the removal of the offending content.

Pornography

Pornographic work is not accepted on ARC under any circumstances, so please do not post anything that could be deemed pornographic. There are distinct differences between pornography and depictions of non-graphic sex. If you are confused about the degree of censorship needed in order to be able to post your work safely on ARC, please ask us.

Offensive Content

Any content that deliberately offends any person or group will be taken down immediately and the original poster will be given a strong warning. The site welcomes all people of all genders, faiths, races, sexualities and backgrounds, and deliberately hateful content will not be tolerated.

We reserve the right to remove any offensive content and shut down any accounts containing offensive content as we see fit.

Criticism VS Offensive Comments

Criticism is a vital part of the growth of any author, and as such we strongly encourage our members to engage in this practice. However, we also expect criticism to be polite and constructive. Any posts that deliberately insult the author and their work in a non-constructive manner will be treated as spam or trolling and will be deleted immediately.

Persistent rude and offensive comments will affect your chances of promotion and can even lead to account deletion.

If you or someone you know receives an offensive comment (or many), please report it to the MM Enforcer account. We do not want our members to be subject to undue stress due to persistent harassment.

If you see an offensive comment on another creators work or profile, please report it to the enforcer or a staff member. We ask that you do not try to step in or respond to the offensive comments yourself, as doing so can often exacerbate the situation.

Reporting Violations

If you find something on the site that you find unsuitable or questionable, please report it to the staff via the Contact Us form. We will investigate these works/commentaries on a case by case basis and take action as necessary. Please understand that we may not necessarily share your viewpoint on what is considered pornographic or offensive.

Artist and Author Conduct

We expect a certain degree of professionalism from our creators and creators, those who are aiming to be a Premium or Featured creator. Premium and Featured Creators are basically employees of our company, and should behave in an acceptable manner. An extreme lack of professionalism can result in demotion in some cases.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or make friends on this site. You can (and should) be yourself and have fun with that. All we’re asking is that you don’t be a jerk. That’s easy, right?

Your Personal Life on ARC

We expect our creators to show restraint when giving out personal information about themselves on the site. We understand that sometimes real life events mean you need to reach out and inform your readers of the situation, but these events should be the exception, not the rule.

ARC is not a place to broadcast personal information, especially since all of our site is publicly accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Be careful on the internet. There be demons.

If you have friends that are a part of ARC's community and you’d like to have a personal discussion about your life events, please don’t do it publicly through the commenting system. We urge you to take this conversation off-site to email, private chat, or instant messaging. Remember that everything on ARC is available for the entire world to see. If you’re ok with anyone knowing these things about you then... that’s fine, but just be aware that having a conversation anywhere on this site is like trying to have a secret conversation with a friend while screaming through a megaphone. It could be pretty embarrassing for everyone involved.

Respect your fellow creators

We understand that sometimes creators will have disputes, and that’s completely normal. We do ask however that you limit your dispute to a private audience. If you want to tell your friends in private about a disagreement, that’s ok. However, posting blogs on ARC(for example) and talking about it vociferously in public areas such as site comments or chat rooms will not be tolerated. This kind of behavior is considered unprofessional and can hurt your chances of promotion as well as your reputation.

Spamming

Trolling and spamming is never tolerated under any circumstance. Troll and spam accounts are subject to deletion without warning.

We also take a firm stance against simply posting a link to your work on the profile of another author as a means of exposure or advertisement. This is considered spamming and frequently doing this will strongly affect your chances for future promotion. If you want to advertise, please use legitimate services or social networks.

Contacting Staff

If you have any issues or questions regarding the site, please contact us. We are eager to help and will get back to you as soon as we can.

Our community managers work really hard to make ARC a great place for everyone, so please treat them with the respect. Being callous, rude, or spiteful to a staff member who is trying to help you can result in a severe warning and account deletion.

If you are unsure that you are talking to a member of staff, check their ARC profile, as all members of staff state their position in the profile description.

For a complete list of staff members and how to contact them, visit the About Us page.