Racket Community Guidelines

Last Updated: July 9, 2021

You've got something to say. Everyone does. We want Racket to be the place where everyone can share their thoughts and create something they're proud to share—and that takes all of us working together to make Racket a friendly community.

So we wrote down some guidelines that we feel are important in making Racket a place where everyone's welcome to create their best work—guidelines we ask that you follow when using Racket, and that we may enforce automatically via filters or manually through our team and community reporting.

Here's what you should do:

If radio, in Ira Glass' words, was a "machine for empathy," then Rackets too should be created with empathy for others. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you're creating content on Racket:

Fair Use

We built Racket so you can create and share your original content. Content that infringes on others' intellectual property rights is not permitted on Racket and will be removed. You should only record content on Racket that is yours and/or that you are authorized to use. Examples of works that others may own include music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or written or audio works made by others.

Copyright is a legal right that protects original works of authorship and original expression of an idea (including yours!). It does not, however, protect underlying ideas or facts. While some use of copyrighted work may be allowable under certain circumstances, such as the fair use doctrine or other applicable laws, or the use of a trademark to reference, lawfully comment, criticize, parody, make a fan page about, or review a product or service, you are solely responsible for the content you post including any determination that such content is infringing on the intellectual property rights of a third party. If you're not sure if content is okay to use, consult a legal professional or stick with content that you know is okay.

You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way copyrighted material, trademarks, rights of publicity or other proprietary rights without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. If you believe your copyright has been infringed, please email us at support@racket.com.

Hate Speech

We want Racket to be a diverse community where everyone can share their best selves, and as such we do not allow hate speech or any content that encourages hateful behavior.

Hate speech is not allowed on Racket. Racket does not allow any content that attacks, threatens, promotes, or glorifies hatred toward people based on their age, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion, and additionally does not allow creation of content by or about organizations or symbols dedicated to hatred against these groups.

Additionally, we will not allow content that bullies, attacks or threatens specific individuals. We remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups including, but not limited to, any of the following attributes: Age, caste, disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, immigration status, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, victims of a major violent event and their kin, or veteran status. If you encounter hate speech on Racket, in a public post or direct message, you may block the creator who posted the content, and please email the Racket team with details about the content.

Harassment

We want Racket to be a safe community where no one is scared to share what they've recorded. And we want Racket to be a place where we can make new friends and reach out to other creators—but only when others want it.

Harassment is not allowed on Racket. Racket does not allow content to be posted that harasses or disparages others on but not limited to any of the following attributes: age, caste, disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, immigration status, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, victims of a major violent event and their kin. You may not post content that shares others private information or doxes them, threatens others in any manner including threats of blackmail or hacking, or that contains unwanted sexual behavior towards another person. If you encounter harassment on Racket, please contact Racket with details about the content.

Please be extra careful in your personal contact in comments and direct messages with others in the Racket community. If a member of the community asks you to stop contacting them, do not contact them again, either in public comments or private direct messages. If you create content that critiques others’ creations, share constructive criticism, focusing on the content or production itself, never on the individuals who created the content.

Mature Content

Racket should be a place where anyone can listen to Rackets and know broadly what to expect.

While not necessarily prohibited, obscene content should be marked as NSFW by you. When you publish a Racket, you can mark your Racket as NSFW to indicate that it contains sensitive content. If you regurally publish NSFW content, you can tweak your Racket settings to automatically mark all your posts as NSFW. You can also set your account to show NSFW content, if you wish.

If you do not mark your Rackets appropriately, we may do it for you. For content to be considered obscene, it would be considered by the average person to be mature content; it depicts or describes mature, sexual, or otherwise adult conduct in an offensive way; and, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. Profane content includes grossly offensive language (including — but not limited to — the FCC's "seven dirty words") that is considered a public nuisance. As with other forms of mature content, we on the Racket team know it when we hear it, and may mark your content as mature if it falls under these guidelines. If you encounter content that should be marked NSFW, please email the Racket team to let us know.

Illegal Activity

Rackets are where you should tell your story and share your ideas—but only if they're safe and legal. Racket's terms of service include that "you will not use the service for any illegal or unlawful purposes," and we do not permit Rackets that violate laws—including those that spam, share personal information without permission—or promote illegal activities, including the sale of restricted products or substances.

Spam

The best Rackets are ones you’d want to listen to, ones you’d hope to have fill your feed. And it’s a great place to share details about your projects, talk about your work, and promote new things you’ve built—to share what you’re excited about. Spam and spammy content, though, is not allowed.

Do not post the same content multiple times, artificially inflate your Racket’s play and like count, or follow and unfollow people to get attention. If you mention products or services you’re selling or promoting in comments, do so sparingly at most, and never unsolicited in direct messages. Never send repetitive direct messages to others; if you don’t receive a response, it’s often best to not message again about the same topic. Do not use misleading topics or tags on your post to make others believe it contains content it doesn’t. Additionally, do not post misleading content about products or services you promote—if you’re affiliated with a product or receiving compensation for mentioning or using it, mention that when talking about the product or service on Racket.

Personally Identifiable Information of Other Users

It is a violation of Racket's community guidelines to share any person's private personally identifiable information publicly without their permission.

Violent and graphic content

We want Racket to be a community of friendly content that celebrates creativity. The world's a messy place—and so, in sharing real-world stories, history, and fiction that captures the human experience, you may share things that perhaps include violent content in context. But Racket does not allow content that is violent for violence's sake.

While all descriptions of violence are not prohibited, Racket does not allow content that is created simply for shock-value, that is sadistic or gruesome, or that promotes, incites, or normalizes violence against individuals, communities, or the public.

Images

Racket isn’t only about your audio productions—you can also illustrate your Racket recordings with images or GIFs, and add an image or GIF as your account avatar. The above guidelines apply to all media posted to Racket, not only audio recorded on the platform.

Do not use copyrighted images or GIFs in your avatar as your Racket post background image, beyond fair use limitations where you may, for example, use a photo taken by yourself that includes a company’s logo in the picture for informative or illustrative use. You may not, however, use another company’s copyrighted image on your Racket posts. Nor may you use hateful symbols, violent content, or any other image that would go against other Racket community guidelines. If you hold copyright to images or GIFs and believe your copyright has been violated, please email the Racket team.

Enforcement

If you notice Rackets that go against our Community guidelines, please email the Racket team at support@racket.com.

Racket's team retains the right and responsibility to remove any Rackets that go against these Community Guidelines, and to temporarily or permanently suspend members who break the Community Guidelines. Additionally, the Racket team may update these Guidelines as needed.

Now, go make a Racket!

The most important thing is what you should do on Racket. You should create amazing Rackets, talk about your favorite things, perform your art, chat with friends, message people when you love their Rackets, join in and start new Volleys about the topics you care about, and more.

Be nice to others. Create new things to share. Make content you'd be proud for anyone you know to hear. Keep those guidelines in mind, and we’ll make the best Racket we can, together.

Got any thoughts or suggestions? Email us at support@racket.com anytime. We can't wait to hear from you!