Questeros is a respectful, supportive, and encouraging community who is deeply passionate about art and creativity. We welcome artists of all experience levels and walks of life. Questeros asks that you do not seek or engage with content you don’t agree with (no need for troublemaking). And if you see behavior or content that goes against our guidelines, please flag it through one of the reporting functions on our site. Above all, we urge you to make the most of your time here by offering support to artists. Contribute positively to the community, and you’ll find that Questeros can be a fun and rewarding place.
The Fine Print
The following paragraphs summarize Questeros’ approach to behavior and content. These guidelines have been made public in the spirit of open communication but it should be noted that they are adaptable and will evolve over time. Depending on the severity, a breach of Questeros’ guidelines can result in a formal warning, account suspension or account closure. Questeros has internal policies and procedures in place to ensure these guidelines are applied in a consistent and fair manner. In applying these guidelines, Questeros reserves the right to remove a work or close an account at our sole discretion.
Members must be 21 years or older. This is a legal requirement as people under the age of 21 are not able to enter into a legal contract with Questeros.
Tag or Group Spamming
Tag and group spamming are not permitted. Tag spamming is the use of irrelevant or inappropriate words in the tags on a work. Group spamming is when a member persistently or deliberately adds a work to inappropriate groups – for example, adding a flower image to an animal group
Members can self-promote in their parts of the site (i.e. journal, profile), but should refrain from uninvited self-promotion outside of these areas. For example, members should not self promote in the comments under another member’s work. Artists can promote products and services they provide in their journals or profile, but need to be clear and transparent about the details – in particular, the financial details.
Violence and Hatred
Work that glorifies or trivializes violence is not permitted. This includes graphic depictions of violence, works that trivialize violent acts, and work or behavior where the intent of the artist is to incite hatred or violence.
Works that deal with catastrophic events such as genocides or holocausts need to be sensitively handled. Works that have the potential to cause the victims serious distress may be removed.
Racist content or behavior and material designed to incite racism is not permitted. We define racism as either the hatred or intolerance of another race, or discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior, or a belief that all members of a racial group possess characteristics specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as being inferior.
Criticism should only be provided on a work or journal where it has been specifically requested. For example, where the artist writes in the description “critique of this work is welcome” or “constructive criticism is welcome”. Criticism includes:
- negative comments about the quality of a work, and
- finding fault with the arguments or ideas expressed by a work
Questeros provides a supportive and encouraging environment for artists of all skill levels and experience. If someone is unprepared for criticism or is self-conscious about their work, uninvited criticism can be upsetting and can have a negative impact.
A personal attack is where a member writes hurtful or insulting things about another member or makes personal remarks with the intention of hurting or upsetting them. Personal attacks can also include comments made about a group of members and names don’t have to be mentioned in order for behavior to be considered a personal attack. Most importantly, provocation is not a justification for a personal attack on another member.
If an exchange is becoming heated or if someone’s behavior isn’t appropriate we strongly advise taking a few deep breaths, reporting any instances where the behavior falls outside Questeros’ guidelines and then ceasing communication.
Questeros staff do their very best to listen and address concerns but we ask that you treat staff as you treat each other. Staff welcome suggestions, ideas, feedback and constructive criticism but we ask that you share your thoughts in a mature, respectful and considerate manner. Personal attacks on staff will be followed up in line with our Community Guidelines.
Harassing behavior includes: to disturb persistently, torment, humiliate, bother continually, pester or persecute. Names don’t have to be mentioned in order for behavior to be considered harassing. Harassment doesn’t have to be negative behavior; it also includes unwelcome behavior.
Threatening behavior includes threatening the life, safety or well being of another member. Threatening behavior will result in immediate account closure.