Contributor Guidelines

inkston.com strongly believes in freedom of artistic expression and our service is designed to let users freely express any artwork and any ideas and opinions about art without us censoring or endorsing them.
Having said that, we have a vast audience spread across many cultures, countries and backgrounds with varying values so we ask you not to submit content which is likely to be offensive to certain groups of people. Also there are a few categories of content and behaviour that we don’t permit because we consider them harmful to the community.
To be transparent about what is and isn’t allowed in submissions to inkston.com, we’ve put together this set of guidelines. The following activity/material isn’t allowed on inkston.com.

Illegal content and conduct.

Self-explanatory.

Intellectual property infringement.

inkston.com community site is a publishing, rather than a file sharing platform, so we recognize that copyrighted materials are often used in fair use context. We strongly support this and urge copyright holders to take this into consideration before submitting complaints. If you’re not sure, a good rule of thumb is to always ask the rights holder for permission before republishing their content.

Pornography.

No pornography. We know that there may be different definitions of this, but generally, we define pornography as visual depictions of sexually explicit acts.
Nudity in artistic context is accepted in many cultures but may also cause offence to some groups of people so may be removed if complaints are received.

Technologically harmful content.

Don’t upload or link to malware, spyware, adware, or other malicious or destructive code.

Impersonation.

Don’t claim to be a person or organization you’re not.

Directly threatening material.

Do not post threats of violence (direct or indirect, realistic or not). For example, you cannot post a genuine call for violence—or death—against an individual person, or groups of persons. This doesn’t mean that we’ll remove all hyperbole or potentially offensive content.

Posting private information.

Don’t share someone’s personal information without their consent.
In fact, don’t post your own personal information either. Inkston Artists directory includes secure contact form which allows genuine users to contact you without revealing your email/contact details.

Advertising.

Advertising isn’t permitted except in the following contexts:

  • You are very welcome to promote your own artwork
  • You are welcome to include your own links and information in your user profile
  • If you are an artist or have an art studio or school related to oriental art you are welcome and encouraged to create a listing in the Artist directory.  This may include sample artwork, details of services offered and links for further information.

Hotlinking to inkston.com.

You are very welcome to link to pages on inkston.com but note that Inkston.com is not a file sharing platform and you should not link directly to files.  Specifically, pictures should be attributed to the author (eg Inkston or the community member who posted the picture).

Spam or machine-generated content.

You know what this is, but in general, sites such as those primarily dedicated to drive traffic to third party sites, boost SEO, phish, spoof, or promote affiliate marketing aren’t cool. We don’t want you to pollute the web outside of inkston.com either, so we ask you to please avoid sending unwanted or unsolicited promotions or emails about your site, even if it’s not on inkston.com.

Summary and Complaints

Bear in mind that these are just guidelines — interpretations are solely up to us. These guidelines are not exhaustive and are subject to change.

If you believe a inkston.com user has violated our Terms of Service or any of these policies, please report the relevant post. We aim to promptly review and investigate all complaints that we receive, but if and how we respond will depend on a variety of factors, such as the information available to us and the type of violation. We may also contact the poster to inform him/her of the complaint.

If we’re not in a position to make a determination (for example, whether something is defamatory or not), we may defer to the judgment of a court.

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