Community Guidelines

Rules to help make sure Kickstarter is a great place for everyone.

At Kickstarter, we are committed to bringing new things to life. Our community is founded on a few core values—transparency, trust, respect, and honesty. It’s up to all of us to bring new ideas into the world, and to make sure that Kickstarter maintains these values. To enable this, we have a few rules when engaging in discussion on Kickstarter.

Creators reserve the right to request a comment or backer be removed from their project if they believe a backer violates our guidelines. Kickstarter will review these requests, and take action accordingly. Venting, expressing frustration, and sharing negative reviews do not necessarily violate our guidelines. If honest feedback about a project turns negative, the creator’s best option may be to truthfully engage and clarify to restore trust.

We DO NOT allow:

  • Abuse. This includes personal attacks, harassment, intimidation, threats, bigotry, slurs, supports of violence, or discrimination against marginalized groups.
  • Spam. This includes any attempt to clutter or derail authentic conversation, such as unsolicited advertisements, trolling, and excessive message flooding.
  • Doxxing. This includes posting private or identifying information about a user if that information was sourced from outside of Kickstarter. Even if this information is available elsewhere, we would consider it doxxing to post information that the individual did not volunteer.

Please DO:

  • Engage in lively, respectful discussion about the project.
  • Give constructive feedback and ask questions.
  • As a backer, pledge because you believe in the project.
  • As a creator, be transparent about how your creation is going and keep everyone informed.

If you see something, say something.

If something seems off, let us know by reporting it. Our Trust & Safety team reviews every report we receive.

What happens if someone violates the Community Guidelines?

We take action based on the severity of the violation. Knowingly and repeatedly violating these guidelines can also escalate the action we take, which can include:

  • Sending a warning by email
  • Comment removal
  • Temporary or permanent restrictions on an account, such as removing the ability to comment, message, or back future projects

As our community grows and changes, so will the way we evaluate and enforce these guidelines. It’s up to all of us to ensure that Kickstarter remains a safe and fun place to launch and back projects. Thanks for being a part of the Kickstarter community!

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