October 6th, 2018


Rules and Submission Guidelines

Prior to participating in Artists_Beware we ask that users read over our rules. Ignorance of the Rules or Submission Guidelines will not prevent a warning or ban.


1. No screening, deleting, locking, disabling comments, or any sort of tampering with posts or comments, including your own!
If your situation is resolved, do not edit your post with strike-through text. You may add updates to the body of your post in order to provide evidence, additional information, or if the situation is resolved, as long as the initial warning remains intact. Violating this may result in an immediate permaban.

1a. By posting here, your post will be copied to ab_archive for the purposes of archiving. Deleted posts may be restored to artists_beware at our discretion.

2. Do not, in ANY WAY, contact anyone posted to the community if you are not personally involved in the transaction. We do not condone or tolerate harassment. THIS COULD GET YOU IMMEDIATELY BANNED!

3. No trolling, name-calling, or personal insults. If you see this occurring, do not respond. Racist, homophobic, and/or transphobic language will result in an immediate ban.

4. No criticism of artistic quality or monetary value. This is not a critique community, it is a transaction-based community.

5. Do not comment in a post questioning its relevance to this community. Posts are moderated, thus it 'belongs in artist's beware' if it's been posted.

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions are to be transaction based. Art trades, game currency, or items for art trades, are acceptable as well as monetary exchange. Bewares on someone's character will not be accepted.

2. We only accept direct character theft posts. We will only take bewares where characters already exist and are commissioned without the owner's consent. We will not judge "character theft" posts where characters may look similar or share similar traits.

3. We do not accept group posts or group warning posts. Please make individual posts.

4. We do not accept proxy posts. Only individuals directly involved with the transaction may make a post to the community. All others will be rejected. An exemption to this are individuals who require translators to post to the community.

5. Submissions are to be as professional as possible. We will reject posts that are excessively hostile, name call, and utilize racist/ homophobic/ transphobic language. We understand you're upset, but please take some time to write out your submission thoughtfully.

6. No personal fights or excessive personal information. Bewares that contain personal disputes will be asked to trimmed down to only the transaction if there is one. Any posts that contain excessive personal information will be rejected. This includes economic statuses, what people are buying, medical conditions, etc.

I've Been Posted to Artists_Beware, Now What?

We understand that being posted to the community can be stressful and scary. Before responding to a beware made on you please take a moment to breathe, and then look over this post.

Will Artists_Beware remove a post about me?
No, once a post has been set into the community it is here to stay. If the submitter deletes it, the moderation team will restore it via our archives. What we can do is issue the beware a resolved tag, showing that you have fixed the problem. We also update our social media pages to reflect the change in tags.

What do I do if the submitter has lied about me?
Please submit into the comments of the beware your proof that the person has submitted false information. Ensure that all real life names and email addresses are censored prior to doing so. (If it isn't we'll have to hide your post until you fix it.) The moderation team will review your information, and proceed from there.

Someone hasn't posted about me yet, but they said they were. Can I contact you to stop the post?
No. The contents of the queue are reviewed independently of outside information. We also cannot disclose to you if something is in our queue or isn't.

What can I do to get this resolved as quickly as possible?

1. People want resolutions, not excuses. At the end of the day this is a business transaction, and personal issues have no place. If personal problems prevent an item from being completed, we suggest a refund.

2. Do not ask/ demand/ or hint that the Submitter delete the post. Excessive harassment will result in warnings, and lead to bans if the submitter feels pressured. We will not tolerate this.

3. Make arrangements for long term resolution if you can't fix this at once. People, especially the person you're doing business with, want to see effort.

4. Do not send people to harass the submitter for you. This is one of the quickest ways to sour your own reputation, as people will notice an influx of people they'd not seen previously posting and judge you accordingly.

5. Understand that AB isn't a drama group, but a resource for artists and commissioners.
The members of AB work with the information they're given at the time, and they will be honest, even if it's not something you want to hear. If you've made a mistake and are genuinely apologetic and work to resolve the issue, the members will remember and respect that.