Terms of Service

Last updated: 17 November 2020

Content uploaded to Y!gallery is created for artistic and entertainment purposes FOR ADULTS ONLY and is protected under the Constitution of the United States.

FAIR WARNING: By viewing this site you may see content that includes pictures and materials that that does not appeal to your interests and that you may find offensive or otherwise morally reprehensible in subject matter. By accessing this site you accept the viewing of such materials and agree not to harass other members, the site, it’s moderators or owners nor hold them liable.

If such content is illegal to view in your country, you are under the age of 18, or you feel you would be offended by viewing content on this site, please exit IMMEDIATELY!

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If you are confused about any of these rules, see the Help section, ask a staff member, or post to Gallery Star Runners. DO NOT post a work you are concerned may violate the Terms of Service about without checking with the staff first.

  1. Sex & species

    PENALTIES:

    RULE 1a - 1h:
    • First violation = Warning
    • Second violation = 2 weeks suspension
    • Third violation = 3 months suspension
    • Fourth violation = Ban

    Exceptions to the Rules

    1. a, d:
    • Avatars
    • Themes
    • Extras
    • IDs
    e, h:
    • Avatars
    • Themes
    • Literary work thumbnails
    • Extras
    • IDs
    c, f, g, i:
    • Extras
    1. All male human or humanoid characters must be the focus of all works submitted to the yaoi gallery.
    2. Transgender characters (transmasc) may show unclothed breasts or vaginas on the yaoi gallery and are not bound by Rule 1c as long as the work is tagged and filtered as such.
    3. All non-Transgender characters must not be stylized in a manner that could be mistaken for female. Characters that are especially feminine in appearance must display at least one male characteristic. For more information see this FAQ article.
    4. Works containing no characters (e.g., landscapes, inanimate objects) are not allowed in the yaoi gallery.
    5. Female characters, animals or monsters/creatures may still appear in a work as long as they are:
      1. not the focus of the work
      2. do not appear with any visible breasts or genitals, or
      3. are not engaging in any sexual activity: this includes watching sexual activity – i.e.: voyeurism.
    6. Visible penises may be human and non-human in shape and color (diphallia is also acceptable), but all non-human penises MUST be tagged with the non-human genitalia filter.
    7. Works containing only non-gender-specific body parts (eg. works containing only hands, eyes, feet, etc.) are not allowed in the yaoi gallery unless they are part of a male anatomy tutorial or appear as a minor part of a multi-page comic.
    8. Unless they are "tentacles from the formless void" (IE: you can show the tentacles, but you can't show the creature/body/head they're coming from), creatures/animals may not appear to be having sexual contact with any character or each other.
  2. Photographic materials

    PENALTIES

    RULE 2a - 2c:
    • First violation = Warning
    • Second violation = 2 weeks suspension
    • Third violation = 3 months suspension
    • Fourth violation = Ban
    RULE 2d:
    • First violation = Ban

    Exceptions to the Rules

    2. a, c:
    • Avatars
    • Themes
    • Extras
    • IDs
    c:
    • Literary work thumbnails
    1. Photographs containing real people (alive or dead) are not allowed in the main gallery.
    2. Screenshots are not allowed in the main gallery unless they meet one or more of these criteria:
      1. Screenshot is taken of a wholly original work (eg. a work in progress within Photoshop)
      2. Screenshot is from a game that you developed. NOT allowed: Any other commercial game you didn’t develop – e.g.: World of Warcraft, Overwatch, etc.
      3. Screenshot is used as part of a tutorial
    3. Photomanipulation is not allowed in the gallery.
    4. Absolutely NO photographic material may be adult in nature anywhere on the site EVER.
  3. Shota

    PENALTIES

    RULE 3a, 3b, 3d:
    • First violation = Warning
    • Second violation = Ban
    RULE 3c:
    • 1st violation = warning
    • 2nd violation = 2 week suspension
    • 3rd violation = permanent ban
    1. Any type of illustrations, sexually-themed or not, with characters that are, or appear to be, under 18yrs old cannot appear so photorealistic that they can be mistaken for having been modelled or based upon an actual child.
    2. Sexually-themed or nude 3D illustrations that contain characters that are, or appear to be, under 18yrs old are not allowed anywhere on the site.
    3. Sexually-themed or nude illustrations/literature with characters that are, or appear to be under the age of consent MUST have the shota filter applied.

      NOTE: Sexually-themed or nude illustrations or literature with characters which are, or appear to be under primary school age (k-gr2) are NOT allowed anywhere on the site.

    4. Absolutely NO photographs of people that are or appear to be under the age of 18 may appear anywhere on the site EVER.
  4. Filters

    PENALTIES

    RULE 4a:
    • First and Second violations = warning
    • Third violation = 1 week suspension
    • Fourth violation = 1 month suspension
    • Fifth violation = Ban
    1. You must properly classify all submitted works within the filters system.
  5. Age restriction

    PENALTIES

    RULE 5a:
    • First violation = Suspension until 18th birthday
    • Second violation = New account ban and
      +3 month suspension on original account
    • Third violation = All accounts banned
    RULES 5b-5c:
    • First violation = 3 months suspension
    • Second violation = Permanent account ban
    1. You must be over the age of 18 to join the site.
    2. You may not allow a user under the age of 18 to access the site using your account.
    3. You may not advise underage users to hide their age, or instruct or assist underage users on circumventing suspensions. This includes not notifying staff if you know of an underage member.
  6. Plagiarism & art theft

    Penalties for Violation

    RULE 6a, 6b, 6c, 6f, 6g, 6e:
    • First violation = warning
    • Second violation = 2 week suspension
    • Third violation = 3 month suspension
    • Fourth violation = Ban
    RULE 6d:
    • First and Second violations = warning
    • Third violation = 2 week suspension
    • Fourth violation = 3 month suspension
    • Fifth violation = Ban

    Exceptions to the Rules

    6. a-c:
    • Avatars
    • Literary work thumbnails
    • Themes
    • IDs
    f, g, h:
    • Avatars
    • Themes
    e, h:
    • IDs
    1. Posting works created entirely by others is not allowed and you may not claim to be the original creator of a work that is not yours. This includes gifts or commissioned art.
    2. To post collaborations, you must have done a significant portion of the work yourself (e.g. colouring, sketching, inking, writing, illustrating the work) and you MUST link it to the other artist(s) using the Collaboration feature. Note: your collaboration partner(s)MUST have an account for the collaboration to be valid. If you cannot use the Collaboration feature for any reason, you may not post the work.
    3. Traces, paint-overs, grid copies, vectors, overlays, etc. are not allowed unless you are the copyright owner of the original source material. This includes photos!
    4. Works that are created using references (including photos) must provide a link to the original reference material and credit the original artist.
    5. Works that reference other works (including photos) must differ significantly enough (ex: lighting, pose, etc.) from the original work that it is obvious to the average viewer that it has not been traced.
    6. Use of official art, trademarked images (e.g.: background from games, anime, etc.), or copyrighted materials is not allowed. The use of logos is acceptable as long as they don’t dominate the image.
    7. Works created using "doll makers”/dress-up games or other such generators which do not allow for posing or morphing the figure are not allowed.
  7. Community standards & etiquette

    PENALTIES

    RULE 7a & 7c:
    • First violation: 1 week suspension
    • Second violation: 1 month suspension
    • Third violation: 3 month suspension
    • Fourth violation: Permanent ban
    RULE 7b:
    • First violation = warning
    • Second violation = 2 week suspension
    • Third violation = 3 month suspension
    • Fourth violation = Ban
    RULE 7d & 7e:
    • First violation = warning
    • Subsequent violations = 1 week suspension each time
    RULE 7f:
    • First violation = 1 day suspension
    • Second violation = 2 week suspension
    • Third violation = Ban
    1. Do not flame, harass, or mock other users or staff, or invoke Godwin's Law. This includes posting journals attacking specific people on the site without calling them out by name.
    2. Do not forward chain lettersor encourage others to do so, use the comments or private message system to send bulk messages ("spam"), post links to child pornography sites, send invitations or other junk mail to the Y!gallery email address, or otherwise abuse the Y!gallery services.
    3. Do not post works blatantly designed to mock, goad, or degrade other users or groups of people. This includes directing racial slurs or derogatory words at others.
    4. Do not participate in "tagging" or tell others to engage in this behaviour.
    5. Do not submit more than three (3) similar or "look-a-like" submissions onto the gallery.  These will be considered spam and will be removed as duplicate submissions.  More than 3 can be uploaded as a composite picture or .gif animation, putting them all on one image or animation.
    6. Do not purposefully re-upload images that have been reported for moderation.
  8. Additional accounts

    PENALTIES

    RULE 8: by user
    • First violation = New account ban and +3 months on original account
    • Second violation = All accounts banned
    • by friend – Same punishment as original user

    Do not attempt to bypass account suspension/bans or post materials that are against the Terms of Service by creating additional accounts. Ever. Even if you think you were suspended wrongly, you will still be penalised for creating a new account to bypass the suspension, so don't do it.

    Do not attempt to bypass account suspension or bans by creating additional accounts. If you think you were suspended or banned wrongly, please contact lyiint at [email protected]

    Do not assist another user in evading a suspension/ban. (This includes not notifying staff if you know of a user evading a suspension/ban.)

  9. Objective quality of works

    PENALTIES

    RULE 9
    RULE 9a:
    • First ten violations = warning
    • Eleventh violation = 2 week suspension
    • Twelfth violation = Ban
    RULE 9b:
    • First and Second violations = warning
    • Third violation = 2 week suspensions
    • Fourth violation = Ban
    RULE 9c:
    • First violation = warning
    • Second violation = 1 week suspension
    • Third violation = 2 week suspension
    • Fourth violation = Ban

    Exceptions to the Rules

    9. a-c:
    • Avatars
    • Extras
    • IDs
    1. Do not submit works that contain any of the following issues without first fixing them:
      • Lines from line or graph paper
      • Wrinkling or crumpling of the paper that detracts from the drawing
      • Dirt, stains, or smudges on the paper
      • Blurry, grainy, or pixelated transfer
      • Very light lines (lines that are invisible or nearly invisible when thumbnailed)
      • Visible binder rings or spiral binding
      • Visible edges of paper
      • Shadows on the paper
      • Accidental Vignetting
      • Poor contrast between lines and background (for line art)
      • Writing or images visible from the other side of the paper
      • Excessive white-space (insufficient cropping)
      • Visible unrelated writing/images (eg. school notes/doodles)
      • Censor bars, text, URL bars, etc to censor previews of any works or to hide Terms of Service violations. If you wish to censor, you may only crop or discretely pixelate/blur.
      • Digital effects that emulate any of the above
      • Other:
    2. Subscription service logos – While you can have them on your work, you can not use one as a censor.
    3. Doodles are not allowed. Not to be confused with quick sketches, works in progress, or works by amateur artists, doodles are generally identified as having one or more of these features:
      • Hastily-drawn works with no apparent care given to the outcome of the work
      • Works that contain stick figures or blob figures in lieu of fully drawn characters
  10. Written Works

    PENALTIES

    RULE 10:
    RULE 10a:
    • No violations since site will not allow less than 375 words to be posted
    RULE 10b:
    • First and Second violations = warning
    • Third violation = 2 week suspension
    • Fourth violation = 3 month suspension
    • Fifth violation = Ban
    RULE 10c:
    • First and Second violations = warning
    • Third violation = 2 week suspension
    • Fourth violation = 3 month suspension
    • Fifth violation = Ban

    Written submissions must conform to the previous rules and must be computerized text, not images of literary work (e.g. photos of handwritten or printed work).

    1. Written works must be reasonably well edited and use consistent formatting, proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation, and be at least 375 words long. Written works less than 375 words may be posted as part of a compilation of multiple works that total at least 375 words.
    2. Literary Thumbnails:

      Use of official art, trademarked images, or copyrighted materials are not allowed to be used for literary thumbnails. Free use photography, artwork created by yourself of someone else is fine as long as credit is applied in all cases. You may also use text only thumbnails or our Y!gallery default thumbnails without credit:

    All characters appearing on this site are drawn images and not real. No harm was done to any living being during the creation of this content. You understand that all local content is in compliance with US governing laws where this site is hosted. All characters must be fictional, with no sexual depictions of any real life minors. You understand that you may not use your account to advertise any real life illegal activity. Users that promote trading of CSEM will be permanently banned without warning.

    If you are confused about any of these rules, see the Help section, ask a staff member, or post to Gallery Star Runners. DO NOT post a work you are concerned may violate the Terms of Service about without checking with the staff first.

    Please follow the above rules to make this a happy, safe, and overall friendly community. We reserve the right to display, edit, and remove any or all artwork, journal entries, polls, custom themes, comments, and any other material posted to the site by any member at any time. We also reserve the right to suspend or ban any user account at any time for any reason we see fit.

    This Terms of Service is not an exhaustive list of what is and is not allowed on Y!gallery. The spirit of this document is just as important as its contents; it is written not only to define the rules, but also to give you an overall idea of what is and is not acceptable here, even if it isn't listed explicitly. In other words, there are no loopholes. You are expected to use common sense and your best judgement when on the gallery in order to be a helpful, upstanding member of the community (or, at least, not a nuisance to others).

    User accounts may not be renamed or deleted. Please be aware of this policy and think wisely when creating your account.

    Boring legal disclaimer: Y!hosting, its owners, agents, and any other entities related to Y!hosting or the Y!gallery system take no responsibility for the works posted to the Y!gallery system by its members. While Y!hosting and its agents attempt to remove all illegal works from the site as quickly and thoroughly as possible, there is always the possibility that some submissions may be overlooked or dismissed in error. The Y!gallery system includes a rigorous and complex abuse control system in order to prevent improper use of the Y!gallery service, and we hope that its deployment indicates a good-faith effort to eliminate any illegal material on the site in a fair and unbiased manner. This abuse control system is run in accordance with the strict guidelines specified above. All works displayed here, whether pictorial or literary, are the property of their owners and not Y!hosting. Opinions stated in personal journals or profiles of may not reflect the opinions or views of Y!hosting or any of its owners, agents, or related entities.

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