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Welcome, new members! Here's a summary of basic Blueboard rules. [Current members: if you're seeing this, it's because you're signed in on a new device or with a different browser -- read it anyway as a refresher!]

1.  Play nice.  
Before you post any message, stop and reread. If it could make someone feel bad, revise or don’t post. We discuss ISSUES here, not people.

2.  No political talk.
This is a politics-free zone. Political messages of any kind are not allowed. The only exceptions are specific issues that have a direct bearing on the business of children's books -- with NO specific discussion of political parties, candidates, or office-holders.

3.  No religious discussions.
It's okay to discuss issues that pertain to writing for religious markets but NOT okay to talk about theology, compare religious beliefs, etc.

4.  No double posts.  
Do not post the same topic twice anywhere on the board. We will merge or remove double posts without notice. To reach the broadest audience, post once on the main board.

5.  No solicitation of any kind.
The purpose of the Blueboard is for members to share information and support in their writing and illustrating careers, not to request help, monetary or otherwise, from fellow members, no matter how good the cause. On rare occasions SCBWI gives special permission for specific projects to be posted that it feels might benefit Blueboarders, but otherwise we prohibit crowdfunding such as Kickstarter campaigns and other fund solicitations, along with social media vote solicitation and requests for reviews and blurbs. Any such posts will be removed without notice.

6.  No defamatory posts.
You can post concerns about publishers and agencies as long as the posts cannot be considered defamation of character. For example, you CAN say something like: "My contract has an option clause that gives the publisher until 3 months after publication to consider my next book. But publication has been delayed for 5 years, and in the meantime I can’t submit or sell to anyone else." You CANNOT say the publisher (or agent/agency) is crooked, etc. Just state the facts. Likewise, we don't allow snark about authors or illustrators whose work you don't like or about another Blueboard poster you disagree with. Respectfully express your opinions of books without bringing people/personalities into it.

7.  Don't post the contents of a letter or email, including those from editors and agents.
Post a line from the letter or paraphrase, but do not reprint the entire correspondence unless you have permission from the person who wrote it. It's a copyright issue; the original writer of the letter holds the copyright, even for forms. For more information: http://www.rightsofwriters.com/2011/02/sixteen-things-writers-should-know.html?m=1

8.   No advertising of a business or service unless...
1) You have been a member in good standing of the Blueboard or of SCBWI for at least TWO YEARS and
2) You have at least 100 posts and
3) You have permission from an Administrator to post your message.

Advertisements that do not meet these criteria will be removed without notice. The Blueboard doesn't exist to provide free ad space--it's here for people with a serious interest in writing and illustrating for children.

9. No direct downloads.
Do not link directly to downloads; instead, send people to a website that has the download link on it. This includes any text attachments (doc/docx, pdf, txt, rtf). Exception: You may upload image attachments that are in jpg, jpeg, gif, or png.

In short—play nice, avoid posting inappropriately, and enjoy all the benefits of being on this message board. It's a caring, sharing, informative place to be!
#1 - February 06, 2009, 05:24 PM
« Last Edit: July 19, 2018, 10:13 AM by AnneB »
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Bumping because the admins did a routine review of The Rules and updated them. Everybody please read!
#2 - June 04, 2018, 07:56 AM

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Bumping: Rule 9 about downloads/attachments has been clarified. You will not be able to upload any text files (including text files saved as PDFs) but you are able to upload  jpg, jpeg, gif, or png image files.
#3 - August 07, 2018, 08:46 AM

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