Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your beware being rejected. The only exemptions allowed are clearly indicated.
Please note: All staff members of Artists Beware are volunteers. Approval of your post can take anywhere from a day to a week.
We have a zero tolerance policy for cursing or threats against our staff.
1. All submissions are to be transaction based and submitted by the members of the transaction.
- Undelivered commissions.
- Bad commission experiences.
- If someone is impersonating you and taking commissions under your name.
- If someone has traced your art for sale, or you received a commission that was traced.
- If someone has sold your adoptables, or you received an adoptable that was not authorized to be sold or sold twice.
- Someone commissioning art of your character without your consent.
- A commission you received was not the same quality as advertised.
We do not accept:
- Behavior bewares outside of transactions.
- Group warning or proxy postings. Your posts should only talk about your transaction only.
- Personal fights.
- "Character Theft" and "Adoptable Theft" posts where we have to judge how similar a creation is to the other.
- Bewares where no money has exchanged hands.
Exemption: Adults/ guardians posting on behalf of a minor.
Exemption: Translators posting on behalf of someone who does not speak English.
2. All Submissions based solely on non-delivery and no other issues must wait a minimum of 3 - 4 months.
Exemption: If the artist promised a specific deadline such as a Holiday commission. Admission will be handled by moderator discretion.
- 3 months if the artist is non-responsive while still being active.
- 4 months for all other non-delivery only items.
- Items that take a while to finish such as fursuits or very large projects may be asked to return at a later date.
3. Bewares are to be written in a professional manner without hostile language or excessive cursing.
- No homophobic, racist, transphobic language. Intentional misgendering is not allowed.
- Keep your bewares short and to the point.
- Creative writing, roleplaying or meandering make your beware hard to follow.
4. All major claims must provide proof and submitted caps should be relevant with dates and usernames visible.
If you claim the artist or client said x, y, z, but you only submitted proof for z then we will reject your beware for full proof. Bewares without proof will be automatically rejected.
- No copy and pasted text.
- We will not permit packs or anything that requires our readers download something.
- Tight crops that remove dates may be declined.
- Tight crops that remove usernames will be declined.
Idle chit chat or caps that don't have anything to do with your transaction will be asked to be deleted. If there's an excessive amount of irrelevant caps, then we will reject your post entirely for fixes.
5. Censor all personal information in both your screencaps and the body of your text.
You may not submit:
- Home addresses/ PO Boxes
- Phone numbers
- Real life names
- Email addresses that are not publicly available at the time of posting.
Exemption: If they started the transaction / do business under their real name, you are permitted to post their real name.
Other personal items we ask you to not post:
- What they buy or attend when they owe you a refund.
- Their personal relationship issues.
- Personal medical issues.
- We may not accept communication leaked from locked accounts, and will review submitted proof on a case by case basis. A person's private space is their business.
In addition, while we will not make you censor your own information, we highly advise that you do.
6. We may decline external links.
External bewares: Submissions that are simply "here is my link to my beware on (external site) will be declined. Please post your information to us.
ZIP folders, dropboxes, imgur collections, drive folders of proof, ect.: We strongly prefer users utilize our internal image system. If you've made a mistake and an image shows up twice, a moderator will clean it up upon review.
- Youtube videos that show problems with physical items may be declined if the damage is difficult to see. Provide images.
- Video bewares are not accepted if they do not follow the submission guidelines. Proof will need to be inserted into the post itself. They will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
7. We accept both Artists and Clients.
- If you're reporting on an Artist, submit to Artist Beware or Caution.
- If you're reporting on a Client, submit to Client Beware or Caution.
The following is an outline that we ask all bewares follow.
Original agreement with proof.
- What did you originally agree to?
- What references did you deliver if quality is an issue?
Proof of payment censored properly.
- If Paypal cap isn't available, include the individual acknowledging they owe you.
- Any relevant correspondence. This is where updates, WIPs go, if emails have gone unanswered, ect.
- The issue you are reporting on, and your attempts to resolve it.
The following items are Excellent beware examples:
Thank you for taking the time to review our guidelines. Please note that moderators may edit your post to meet them before publicly posting your beware. To submit your beware, click on +create, and select a category in "Artists Beware".
I've submitted my beware, now what?
Two or more members of staff will review your post for accuracy. Ensure that you have notifications for messages on. Failure to respond to a moderator message after 5 days will result in your post being removed from the queue. You are welcome to repost at any time.