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Community Rules

This statement describes rules for members of the National Geographic website located at who register ("Community") and upload material, post comments, or provide other content ("Member Content") to the site. National Geographic expects its Community members to observe the following rules ("Community Rules") on

Violations of these guidelines may result in the removal of material, comments or other Member Content or termination of a member's use of and registration in the National Geographic Community:

Be Civil

National Geographic encourages open and candid discussions and debates.  However, all communications should be respectful.  Differences of opinion are okay; personal attacks are not. Comments or content that are violent, threatening, abusive, sexually explicit, obscene, offensive, hateful, derogatory, defamatory, or are racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable content will be removed. 

Stay on Topic

Comments, questions and contributions should be relevant to the topic being discussed. Keep in mind that this is not a place for unsolicited personal or commercial solicitation or advertising (e.g., "Win a free laptop", etc.).

Don't upload or post inappropriate content

If a user uploads inappropriate, pornographic or offensive, or otherwise objectionable content to the Sites, such user may be banned from the Community. National Geographic may also edit or entirely remove such posts from any of the Sites it controls.

No spam

No one likes seeing the same message posted to one or many articles, galleries or discussions. 

Keep it legal

Participating in, suggesting, or encouraging any illegal activity is cause for immediate removal and termination of a member's use of and registration in the Community. 

Observe copyright and trademark law

The posting of copyrighted videos, photos, articles or other material beyond what is protected as fair use is prohibited, and National Geographic may remove such posts from any of the Sites it controls. Do not pass off someone else's trademark as your own.

Accuracy is Important

Creating multiple accounts in the Community, even with a different email address is not allowed, and may result in removal from the community. 

Respect Privacy

Do not post personal or any other information that you do not want made public and respect the privacy of other members or National Geographic employees.  

Let Us Know

Our Community team does monitor posts, but we may miss something. We encourage members to flag content which they feel violates any of the above Community Rules so we can review and take the appropriate action. 

In addition, Community members are also required to read and abide by the complete Terms Of Service of, and persons who post User Content on National Geographic channels on social media services are expected to follow the complete terms of service of those respective services. National Geographic reserves the right (but assumes no obligation) to delete, move, or edit any User Content that National Geographic considers unacceptable or inappropriate, whether for legal or other reasons, on any of the Sites controlled by National Geographic. Conduct by any user that, at the sole discretion of National Geographic, restricts or inhibits any other user of the Sites from using or enjoying the Sites will not be permitted on any of the Sites controlled by National Geographic. National Geographic reserves the right to refuse access to the Sites under its control or revoke Community membership to any user for any reason, including, without limitation, a reasonable belief that the user in question has violated these Community Rules, the Terms of Service, any other operating rules posted on the Sites, or any of the copyright or trademark laws of the United States

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