It is well within the group's rights to block any individual from interacting with the group. The group also has the right to decide its own blocking policies. These are written under deviantArt's ToS and Etiquette Policy.
"Keep in mind that Group administrators may determine their own rules and privileges for deviants who participate in the Group and as a general rule we will not become involved in any disputes between Group members, between Group administrators or between one or another Group unless there is a clear violation of our own policies, rules and terms. We suggest you use good judgment and decency in all of your Group interactions as well as exercising the same cautions you would use in any Internet exchanges with individuals who you may not know." - Etiquette Policy
Official Blocking Policies
Any deviantArt member found breaking any group rule, no matter even if it is a first offense, will be blocked from the group for a total of three months. We will not give out any warning or notification if you are blocked. Once this block time has expired, you will be unblocked.
Permanent blocks are only considered when an individual consistently harasses the group, its staff, or members, or continually breaks a rule.
We do realize mistakes do happen and have opened up an Unblocking Application. However, submitting this application does not guarantee you will be unblocked. This is simply a request from you to have use review the reason why you were blocked.
Unblocking Application Rules
- Do not send any notes to any of the group staff to be unblocked from the group. They will be ignored.
- Please remember it is well within the groups right to decline any requests to be unblocked from the group.
- Please fill out this application and submit it to be reviewed.
- Please be patient for a response. Please be polite. Being rude only makes a person less inclined to help you.
Why do you not give out warnings before a block?
We used to give out nothing but warnings a long while back. However, they were (95% of the time) ignored. Because we had so many individuals breaking our rules, it became very time consuming in keeping track of who had been warned, how many times they had been warned, and if they had been blocked before.
Why was the original block time six months?
The reason for this was to simply make the punishment so strict that when they were finally unblocked, they would think twice before doing the same thing again. As stated before, when we were leniet, many chose to ignore the warnings and the flimsy punishment system. When it was changed to a simply "You break a rule, you are blocked for six months," we saw a drastic decrease in rule breaking and repeat offenders.
Why did you change the block from six months to three months?
The six month block period had obviously been very effective, so yes, why would we change it? We wanted to be a bit more fair and reduce the time. Three months is still a long peroid of time, but not nearly as long as six months. After a year of having such a severe punishment, it seemed that the point was made that there are reprecussions to ignoring the rules. So, with that point made, a reduction of the block time was felt to be harmless.
If I am blocked, what should I do to be unblocked?
Please read the section above "Unblocking Application Rules."
Is there any way to guarantee away to have myself unblocked?
No. It depends on a variety of factors to decide whether a block punishment is lifted or not. The only way to know is to fill out the application.
I think this is unfair! How is this fair?!
You don't have to agree with it, or think it is fair. This is how we have chosen to run the group.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the contents of this journal or the policies it explains, please leave a comment.
*We have the right to change this policy at any time without notification.