Our community has rules, and we feel it's only fair that you know them before you join up!


No place is a perfect fit for everyone, but we strive to be as inclusive and professional as we can be.

To see whether we might be the sort of community you'd like to put your feet up in, we've listed our board's rules below. Dirty Discourse utilises a points system, and the rules are laid out as per how many warning points each rule would earn if broken. 3 points is an automatic and permanent ban.

0-Point Rules


Please tag your posts. Tags are really useful. They help people find posts. Please remember to add at least one relevant tag to new threads when you create them.

Swear if you wanna. We're not going to police your language. Swear if you want to; don't swear if you don't want to.

Be Excellent to Each Other. Party on, dudes!

Participation is required. We don’t do lurkin’ here, and if you regularly log in without ever posting you will eventually get pruned. Sorry folks, this is a forum for work colleagues to discuss business as well as chillax around the water cooler; it isn't a movie. The purpose of any community for like-minded writers is to keep us interacting with others in our profession and help each other out. If you're simply overwhelmed and don't know where to start, visit The Newbie Zone where we'll gladly help you dip your toe into the waters. If you find yourself pruned, whether accidentally or not, just drop us a line to get reinstated. However, if you fail to participate after reinstatement, you will not be reinstated a second time unless the pruning was an error on our part.

Respect the no-sharing rules of others. If you are in a private group, subreddit, Facebook group, forum or whatever, and it has rules about sharing its information elsewhere, please don't share their information here. Not only are there likely to be other members of that private group here who may well see what you've done, but also if you can't abide by their no-sharing rules, nobody will trust you to abide by ours either.


1-Point Rules


Remain Civil. Disagreements happen, and that’s a-okay. People can even get a bit passionate, and this also is fine. If you disagree with someone's opinion remember that they've got different opinions to you on all kinds of things, from films to food to ideal vacation spots, so a disagreement about one more thing doesn't make either of you any less awesome. But the moment you cross from impassioned disagreement over into hostility, name-calling, or rudeness is the moment you earn a point.

Do not encourage users to report books. Not even in jest. Even if you are joking, “I’m going to report this!” may be misconstrued as a genuine statement of intent. Encouraging DD users to report, or saying that you are going to report, is a point.

Do not collate information from DD into off-DD resources and share them. This includes Google Drive documents and spreadsheets. You might think that handing out the link to other DD members means the information you’ve collected will remain here. It won’t. Une point.

Do not incite witch-hunts. By this we mean do not link to a review, a blog, a website, a social media profile, reddit, or any other site with the intent to stir a mob. One point.

Do not engage in Crab Mentality. Sitting in a corner and bitching that other people are leaving the bucket is not acceptable. That's what we're all here to try and do: we all want to leave the bucket! So don't be a sourpuss when someone does it.

Do not use the Paywall as a shield to be catty behind. We get it, you think someone somewhere else said something silly, but please don't copy and paste their words here then snark on them where they can't defend themselves. It's mean-spirited, and you're a grownup. One point.

If you get marked as a Lurker and send the admin staff a snotty email demanding reinstatement, you may return to find yourself the proud owner of a shiny new warning point. There’s no need for rudeness, and getting marked as a Lurker isn’t a personal slight.

No asking people for their pen names. Some are happy to share, others aren't. It isn't information that you have a right to, so please don't ask in the first place. That way nobody feels uncomfortable having to say no. If a group requires that you share your pen name to join and you do not feel comfortable doing so, please do not apply to join that group. Likewise if you create a group, state explicitly up-front whether users will need to share their pen name with the group - do not spring it on them once they've joined up.

3-Point Rules (AKA Insta-Ban)


No Plagiarism. Plagiarism includes taking the effort of another and repackaging it as your own, and does not only include books and stories. It includes any of their work. DD Forum posts are covered by this rule, as are articles, works listed for critiques, book covers, marketing materials, or anything else which you didn’t make. For more details on what constitutes Plagiarism, please see Selena Kitt’s excellent blog post here.

No Bigotry. This is the 21st Century and we’re all adults. We include just about every Social Justice Warrior tactic as bigotry: using someone’s race, gender, or sexual orientation to shut them down is unacceptable.

No Outing or Doxxing. Do not out another person's identity in any form, whether on the board or out into the wider world. Do not link a user to their pen names, do not link two otherwise unrelated-seeming pen-names to the same author, and do not speculate on whether a pen name belongs to a specific author. Do not link to a person's real-name social media. Treat everyone else’s privacy with the respect you wish them to treat yours. If an author shares this information publicly that’s their choice.

No Reporting Books. If you are found to have reported the books of another author, you will be disowned. I don’t care how much rage you are filled with. Manage your own business and let other authors manage theirs. Customers will vote with their coins and mis-categorised books tend to sink without your help.

Do not upload Illegal content. Dirty Discourse is hosted on servers which are both registered to and physically located in the United Kingdom. If you upload something which is illegal content within the realm of UK Law you will be banned. If you think something may be "a bit dubious" but aren't sure of the legality of it, don't upload it to our servers. And obviously don't be distributing pirated material here either. That's like the height of ill behaviour on a board where everyone makes their living from Intellectual Property, innit?

The "Troublemaker" Rule. Now, this one - once upon a time - was known as "a pattern of cuntish behaviour". We think that's rather harsh wording, but the fact is that if you are a person who persistently causes upsets through inexcellent behaviour - stirring drama, pointing fingers, calling names, wiping your own posts to look harmless in retrospect, and generally doing everything you can to cause harm without specifically breaking any single rule so as to think you're clever and unpunishable - you will be banned. It may take us a while to get there, because more often than not manipulative or trollish behaviour can take a few weeks or months to truly identify as such, but we will get there.

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