Kielan
03/24/15 08:06PM
FAQ (If your question is not answered here, mail Admin your question)
The most Frequently asked questions answered.

1. Isn't Rule34 Cartoon Characters/Hentai/Anime/Pop culture stuff/ only? THIS IS NOT RULE34! ERMAGAD...

- If it exists there is porn of it, simple rule isn't it?
one that was meant to be a joke and not taken seriously.

We don't add additional rule stipulations to it like "cartoon only" or "fictional charterers only", or "pop culture things only", where do you draw the line?

Whose extra rule stipulations/criteria/interpretations do you follow?? whose? there are so many variants it's impossible.

We choose to follow the rule to the letter, no added criteria and we make this content easy to find!

Photo/Video porn of humans 'exists' and it's certainly 'porn'.. obviously, so it IS Rule34.

However it has to be good photo/video porn! we hold it to a higher standard than drawn/animated porn because it's easier to make (We also don't want to be flooded with photo/video porn).

Please don't keep reporting photo/video porn unless it violates the terms (bad quality etc) I've had to ban 3 idiots so far because they obsessed over their stipulations/interpretations of Rule34 as to what is Rule34 and what isn't... don't be an idiot, you get banned forever if you misuse the report function after being warned, it's so not worth it.

2. How can I change my user name?

- The site does not let us do that, make a new account.


3. Please delete/remove my account?, I called it something the same as my official email etc etc *reasons*.

- You should never ever use anything that could identify you on a porn site, sorry to say your account cannot be removed, because the person who wrote the software didn't include that feature, crazy but there it is..


4. What is loli/shota?

- If it looks like a child it is loli for females and shota for males, no images of children/young teens are allowed, as for older teenagers it's harder to judge, I would recommend avoiding those, you can be sure that Mod/Admin will differ slightly on gauging age.

4a. What you have against loli/shota?

- Nothing at all if it's just artwork, but our advertisers have terms of service that forbid it, so we have to remove them, simple.

We try to archive as much porn as possible for posterity, but some is just too controversial for advertisers.

Any drawn depictions of children is also banned in the Netherlands where the server is based, so of course we adhere to the laws, even silly ones.

No adverts = no Rule34, money to pay for this site has to come from somewhere.

Do not upload drawn depictions of children or young teens (shota/loli), you will get permanently banned if you ignore the warnings.

5. What do you have against edits?

- Nothing at all, but we do remove some edits of original art work, because artists are much more likely to take down all their art if they see too many edits of their original work, this is handled on a case by case basis, usually lower quality edits get the axe.

Photographs like celeb porn fakes are not removed as much, but they must be of the highest quality, or expect them to be removed.

6. I have this great idea for the site/forum to make it better! where can I tell you?

- There are no plans at present to change the site software because we are not allowed to change it due to copyright I'm afraid. We have many good ideas however if we ever have the money to make our own.

7. Help I accidentally selected 'Always View In Original Size' what do?

- Delete cookies/browser cache, usually found in history/clear browser history of your web browser and then reload browser.

Note. This cures most site related issues.

Also try another browser, if it works, then there is a problem with your original browser, if all else fails re-install.

8. Do I have to pay anything for this site?

- no never, we have a Patreon and ads.

9. Is there a way to block tags or certain images?

- Simply add tags with a space between each, of what you don't want to see, My Account > Options > Tag Blacklist

10. Why don't you add this feature that would be really great?

- Our site software is copyrighted, we cannot alter or improve it, we do not have the many thousands of dollars to develop our own, therefore we must hope for an update, or hope someone develops alternative software.

11. Please stop stealing this artists artwork! why you do this? thieves!/Why do you have stolen artwork of this artist on your website?

- The artist or company owns the copyright usually, even if someone commissions a work, they and they alone decide if an artwork remains and gets publicity and backed up here, we remove all images/photo's requested to be taken down through our DMCA email system, we comply with all DMCA requests.

It's also not technically 'stealing', because the original remains with the creator, we don't charge for the artwork or claim it is ours, so technically nothing has been stolen.

We also do not upload anything from the artist/content creator, so the site never steals artwork, all content is uploaded from other sites automatically or from users, we are not guilty for the actions of users, no service is, we do have responsibility to take down works uploaded without permission and we do just that absolutely.

It's like if someone donates a book to a library or second hand book store, do you accuse the library/store of stealing because they haven't the time to ask every artist if it is OK to archive their work? no of course not that is not feasible or reasonable.

12. Why you ban me? I can get around it you know! I didn't do nuttin'!

- You only get banned usually after being given warnings about what you are doing wrong, usually something against the sites terms of service, listen very carefully to warnings, you will get banned if you ignore them, if people do what they want, the site is chaos and a mess, the terms are there to prevent that.

Anyone can get past a ban, but whatever you do will be erased, so it's a pointless waste of your time, we can remove images and comments in a millisecond, we recommend you move on elsewhere and learn from your mistakes, bans are forever here.

13. I see something that is against the terms of service, why do you allow it?


Just because something 'against the ToS' remains on this site and is not removed right away, does not mean it is 'allowed' it means it has not been discovered yet.

Please remember this in all things in life as this is a dangerous argument to justify doing things against the rules, because if you think something is allowed because it has not been stopped yet... you will end up getting banned from places, or worse become a criminal by thinking it's alright to break the law since others are doing it.

For example it's like thinking it's alright to steal because a cop didn't catch you right away, or the cop didn't catch the other thief right away... understand most get caught and have to endure the consequences, better not to do it.

Images get missed due to the time of day, how many eyeballs are watching out for tos violating images, human error, etc etc.

There are many reasons why stuff gets missed.

TL:DR
Hopefully after reading this you will know for all time:

"Just because something is against the terms of service has not been removed yet, does not automatically mean it is 'allowed'." same with any rules.

It may have been missed! (or maybe it's not against the ToS and you think it is) and it's an awesome thing for you guys to report it, using the flag for deletion link when you view an image or next to someones comment, giving a good reason there and reporting the image/comment, it helps so much and we really appreciate it! bare in mind if it doesn't get removed after reporting, an Admin has decided it's not in violation of the terms and can stay.

You have every right to ask me via mail why it wasn't removed, but please refer to a specific image/comment and not be massively vague and ask 'why are images in general are not getting removed??', we need to know what you are referring to. Thanks!

13a. Why don't you remove all images that are against the terms of service, from a users account who has had some removed?

-Maybe they are not against the terms of service, maybe we missed them, maybe we didn't have time to get to them, this is why we have report image.

14. What's the difference between Rule34.xxx and rule34.paheal.net?

Different owners/Site Software (though looks the similar).
Different tagging system, Rule34.xxx allows many more tags to make images easier to find.
Paheal has rules: rule34.paheal.net/wiki/rules
Rule34.xxx has terms of service: rule34.xxx/index.php?page=forum&s=view&id=4163
There are too many differences to list really, the best way is to compare the two yourself and decide for yourself :)

15. Why do I get malicious popups and virus warnings when I use your website??


We get these questions from time to time and Most of the time it's either malware they you got through downloading some app, or you clicked something you should not have and got your browser hijacked. Either way it's not our adverts, our adverts are checked and from reputable ad providers only.

To be sure, just use rule34 with another machine, another phone etc and see if you get the same issue, if you don't then it is a problem at your end, if you get the same problem on different devices and you are sure it's our ads causing the issue, then sent me an insite mail, with links to screenshots of the issue.

16.
You un-flagged the comment I flagged, you did not remove the image I reported, how come?


We mostly remove images/comments that violate the terms of service on the forum sticky, if we don't remove it you can be sure your reason given was either incorrect or not detailed enough, to find out which please contact Kielan.

Please never ever report based upon your opinion of a genre.

Please give a few words to explain your reason for reporting, don't just write 'spam' etc. otherwise we don't really know why you are reporting it and therefore it will most likely get un-flagged in one click.

17.
How can I get my image back/restored?


Images are removed for various reasons, quality, age appearance, duplicate, unauthorized edit etc etc, basically reasons layed out in the Terms of Sevice sticky.

If you feel an image has been deleted in error, please send an in sight mail to Kielan giving a link to the image in question and why you think it was removed by mistake.

If the image has no link then a minimum of 48 hours (sometimes much longer) has transpired and the image has been permanently deleted, there is no restoring the image after that, however you can offer a link to it and ask if it is alright to re-upload.

17a:
Why did you remove my clothed image due to not porn?


Because the subject is clothed, sure we make some exceptions like if you can see the chest and nipples and crotch through the fabric (or butt).. or if the cleavage is amazing etc, but we do so on a case by case basis, if your image was removed for being "not porn" it is because we think it's not titillating enough in general (which is highly subjective we know) for someone to fap too which is ultimately what many come to a porn site for.

18.

How do I remove a comment or an image?


You cannot is the basic answer, we cannot give the permission of users to do this for security reasons, however you can report a comment using the 'Flag for deletion' link which is beneath every comment, give a good reason like "I am the one who made the comment and I want it removed" or "this comment is insulting, racist etc"

If you want a post removed there is under the options in the left column next to every image you click on a link that says 'Flag for deletion' Click it and give the reason you think the image should be removed eg. "I uploaded this by mistake, I am the uploader", "This image is loli" .

Using these links is the absolute best way to ensure something is removed, please do not ever rely on making comments or talking about the problem, this solves nothing.

If you have a problem with a forum topic or comments made on the forum, please send a mail to Admin or mod giving a link to it, also if possible take a screen shot (google how to screenshot a webpage if unsure and upload to a free image hosting service and give us the link)

19:
Why can't you just zero comment scores, someone is abusing them?/Why is someone downvoting this one thing etc


Admin has no control over vote scores, no control at all, it's designed like that on purpose by the coder of Gelbooru site software, we cannot alter that software because it's copyrighted and we don't get enough money to get our own.

Often things voted down would only take 6-8 up votes to correct them, yet sadly people would rather point fingers at the problem instead of being part of the solution and upvote things they see unjustly voted down, the Mods and the Admins always try to do this, but we are not enough.

Also talking about the problem encourages the vote trolls by giving them attention, so please don't, we actively remove any comments about the voting system for this reason. The comments section is not for talking about site issues anyway, since no one who can do anything about it will see it most times, better to check FAQ's, mail admin to ask why, report in the broken things thread on the forum.

Also you can see everything voted down by going to rule34.xxx/index.php?page=account&s=options

You just alter the comment and the post threshold in my account>options to -200, then you will see everything hidden.

Forum posts and comments about this are actively removed and users banned who continue to do so, why? because you feed the trolls and give them satisfaction by talking and complaining about it, complaining does not help the site is broken, nothing can be done, but we can upvote people!

20.

I have a problem with an ad/An ad tried to give me a virus!


Please check the Broken things thread and report there if you have any issues, we work very hard to ensure that all our ads are as invasive as possible and we'd like to know if any ad provider is not providing that.

This website has never offered ad's that contain viruses, this is the last thing any site would want to have, it's common sense really, no business would allow that kind of thing anywhere near it, only small time sites do that kind of thing and we are way bigger than those and part of that reason is this site is 100% safe.

To date no one has ever offered one scrap of evidence for a virus being offered or anything from this website, even screenshots on popup ads don't feature this website, they get it from elsewhere and just happen to be using Rule34 as well.

Truth is pretty simple, those claiming to have gotten viruses offered from this website are a couple of people who got banned from here making up lies to try and punish the site.

21.
I'm being harassed wont you deal with it?


Many people who inform us they have been harassed forget that every harassment report needs to be backed up by proof, if on the site one can link to comments easily on images or on the forum and we will investigate, but in mail it is more difficult as we cannot read your mails.

If you are being harassed in insite mails please send Admin a screenshot (you can google easily how to screenshot) upload it to one of many free image hosts and send us the link.

Also describe what dealings you had before with this user, remember without evidence we just have your word for it and that isn't enough to take action sadly, we need to see what's going on to help you.

22.
Can you ban all anons from commenting and just make registered users be able to? it would fix everything.


Banning anons from commenting is to take away an integral site feature to 99.9% of the anons that cause no issues what so ever, 0.01% are trolls, that doesn't make sense.

Here's what makes sense:

Click on the image with the offending comment, notice every comment below it has a 'flag as spam' link, use it and give the reason why you are reporting the comment and the comment chances are will get removed! it's not just for spam! problem solved!

23.
Why do you keep removing debates from the comments section? Why do you remove comments about downvotes or trolls etc etc?


The comments section is not a place to debate anything, it's there so you can talk about what you like about the porn, to meet likeminded people and for light hearted chat/rp.

Many debates about a subject can quickly escalate into a flame war and therefore if it moves towards a situation where it might distract people from the porn, we remove those comments, it's that simple.

Rule34's comment section is the last place you should be having a debate about a certain genre of porn or wether a definition is right or wrong, site policy, trolling etc, this is better done on the forums and even then you need to keep it civilized and respectful, since otherwise you're just having a back and forth with no point to it.

24.
Hey why you remove my stuff, what about that other stuff that's just as bad? why you allow that huh huh? hypocrite etc


It will get removed too eventually, if you want to speed up the process, by all means report it too, you haven't been singled out, you just got caught, others haven't yet, it's kinda how humans work, we are not everywhere at everytime.

See FAQ 13 for more.

This however does not excuse you what so ever of uploading what you should not upload ;), all you gotto do is stop uploading that kind of thing.

25.
Hey I have this problem with this troll can you deal with it please? I have a stalker etc


9 times out of 10 trolls and stalkers do so because they got a response, they got a reply, they got you frustrated and you vented at them, stop, simply stop interacting with them in any way and just report their comments of thread they are active in, report and no not interact with them under any circumstance, feeding the trolls is supremely dumb, trollls like bullies thrive on the attention you give them, STOP.

No troll continues after a while without a reply, they get bored and move on.

26.
Why are certain images not showing up for me,
when I use another browser or am not logged in I see them!


bipface - try setting your post threshold to "-9999"

This is good so you can see all downvoted images, certain fetishes are downvoted allot because of loser no life biggots.

You can find your options page at: rule34.xxx/index.php?page=account&s=options

Check your tags that you have blacklisted, remove any that might be obscuring those images you want to see, failing that remove your cookies and cache for Rule34 in your web browser to start fresh.

27.
How do I remove an image I uploaded?


Click on image you want removed, click link "Flag for deletion" give reason "uploaders request, mistake etc"

Wait for image removal, if you want removing fairly quickly, you can mail Kielan and include links to the images you want removed from your account.


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