Welcome to Tapas Forums! Please read our rules before posting.
Tapas Forums is an inclusive, worldwide community of diverse content creators. It is amazing to see members connect with one another in this kind, supportive space we have cultivated together.
Our rules serve to provide and maintain a welcoming, healthy, and creator-friendly environment. These forum guidelines are meant to explain what is and isn’t allowed on Tapas Forums and to ensure that everyone has the freedom to express themselves within reason with as few restrictions as possible while maintaining a safe, inclusive environment conducive of creativity.
Coinciding with the start of a new year, we have implemented new revisions of our Forum Guidelines. Please read over this entire post to ensure that your new topics and posts will comply with our revised guidelines.
1. Always Respect Your Fellow Creators
Always be courteous to your fellow Tapas readers and creators. As a creative community, we are all here to share our love of creating stories. We have users from all over the world with different backgrounds, ideas, and preferences. While we may not always share the same points of view, we can still work to get along as a community. We will not tolerate hate speech, slurs, or harassment of any kind. Remarks that are offensive or targeted as direct insults to any individual, group, or genre are not allowed. Please do not use the forums to make rant threads about other creators or their works. If you come across user submitted content that is a cause of concern, please flag the series on our main site so that our moderation can investigate and take the necessary actions if they find that it goes against our content guidelines.
Don't forget that there is a real person behind every post, who, just like you, wants to be treated with respect and tolerance. As Tapas Forums aims to be a safe, welcoming environment that is nurturing of creativity, any behavior that threatens this culture will not be tolerated. This means preventing and moderating hateful behavior and harassment. We want all our users to have a comfortable experience.
If you come across a post that appears to be actively aggressive, displays hostile behavior, or breaks any of these rules, please flag it or contact one of the moderators listed at the bottom of this post so that it may be reviewed. Based on severity and type of violation, violators may receive a warning, temporary suspension, or indefinite suspension.
2. Tag, Search and Quote are Your Friends
Before creating new topics, please check for existing topics with the same subjects to see if your question has been answered before. The “Questions” and “Answered” categories contain lots of useful information that may help you.
Be respectful to fellow readers and creators, who have already created similar topics and have generated ongoing discussions. A great way to jump into an active topic is to quote an existing post or to tag someone already active in the topic to engage them. We want to reduce multiple topics dealing with the same issues to make the forums easier to navigate for everyone.
However, we want to avoid bringing inactive topics back to life. If a subject you want to discuss has not been updated in the last 6+ months, feel free to create a new topic! Old zombie topics that were revived by accident can be flagged by the community and will be closed and/or unlisted.
3. Do Not Solicit Sales on the Forums
Please refrain from trying to make any form of sales on our forums. This includes advertising commissions or editing services. Link dumping to a kickstarter or store front without contributing to the betterment of the forum will not be tolerated. If you want to link to your kickstarter, storefront, etc. then please make a topic that will help the community (whether it's things you've learned, or questions about how to improve).
4. Report Posts When Necessary
In the past, we've encountered a number of spam bots, which prompted us to adopt a two-step authentication system for flagging posts. If two users flag a post, then the post will be hidden until moderators can review it. Posts that go against our community guidelines may be kept hidden or removed at any time.
Beyond reporting, if you feel that a topic has escalated to a point where discussions are no longer healthy, please flag the topic to bring it to the moderators’ attention. Oftentimes, a moderator may close the topic for review. Afterwards, the moderators will send out warnings or follow ups with the involved parties and either re-open the topic or permanently close and unlist the topic with a closing statement regarding why the decision was made.
5. Categorize and title your topics appropriately
This is covered in more detail in this thread regarding the naming of topics to avoid ambiguity. With so many topics being created daily, it's important for topic titles to be clear and concise to help readers and creators easily navigate the forums and find relevant topics. Please utilize the Categories tool to sort topics.
6. We want to celebrate your work on our platform!
We are excited about your accomplishments and the hard work you’ve put into your creations on Tapas! Since this forum is a space where Tapas creators can communicate with each other and the team, please focus on topics related to tapas.io. Topics about other platforms may be closed and unlisted.
Please continue to share your work that is hosted on Tapas in any of the existing topics or megathreads that are made for that purpose or create new, exciting topics that allow the community to share their own work or creations they love. Please avoid creating topics that promote only one comic or novel to reduce spam. Old, outdated self-promotion topics may be closed periodically to make space for newer versions. We will be closing and unlisting those.
7. Collaborate like a champ!
Cain created a great set of guidelines for our Collaboration category. Before posting, please review this guide and make sure you add as much information as you can to your own topic. This ensures that potential creative partners have an easier time judging if they should work with you. We encourage you to put time and effort into your collaboration posts.
Topics that have insufficient content and don’t follow our guidelines will be closed and hidden by moderators.
Please meet your forum moderator team!
@Ratique - I’ve been a long time community moderator and am now a staff moderator and Creator Happiness Manager. Some have called me forum mom, probably because I’m old and like to make sure everyone is kind to one another. I’m also the creator of the webcomic Queen of Gods.
@Victoria1 - I am a Creator Happiness Team Member and staff moderator of the forums. It is always my goal to maintain a positive, supportive atmosphere where creativity can flourish. I truly enjoy seeing all the amazing comics and novels that you all have created, and I look forward to bringing engaging, exciting events for you all.
@joannekwan - I’ve been a community creator on Tapas for over 5 years now and have been an active participant on the forums for nearly as long. As such, I hope to use my experience with the community to help out where I can. I’ve created many works, notably Demon House, Heavy Horns, and Secunda.
@Jenny-Toons - Hi everyone! The name's Jenny! Been on the forums and Tapas since late 2017, and I'll probably be around for a while longer! I'm one of the newer forum moderators, as well as the creator of Our Universe and My Demon Valentine.
@tapascommunityteam - This is our official moderator team account. It is used by all moderators.
Thank you for reading and keeping these guidelines in mind when using our forums. As new situations arise, we find it necessary to modify or expand upon our forum guidelines. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please reach out.
Thank you and happy posting!