Hey folks, @trev03 here writing to you from the Minnowbooster customer support basecamp. I'm back to discuss a topic that comes up daily in our support chat and the topic today is the Blacklist.
Quite simply, the blacklist is a database of Steem users that have broken our Terms of Service and often stay in this list if they fail to remediate their actions.
So here are some questions that are asked by our users and answers to guide them to hopefully keep them off the blacklist. Please note that these rules are specific to Minnowbooster and if it applies to Steem in general then we will explicitly say so.
1. Can I post single pics that are original and taken by myself with my camera or mobile phone?
The answer to that is an unfortunately, no. There are many quality artists and photographers out there that post legit quality art and photography, however it is very difficult for Minnowbooster to sift through every single image and check which are legit or not and therefore we do not accept any posts that have single pics. You CAN however post a single pic with supporting text that shows significant effort in terms of the production, subject and quality of post. Failure to abide by the above will definitely land you on our blacklist.
2. Can I use pictures off the internet in my post that is of great length with my own personal wording and quality?
Yes, You can use pictures off the internet however it is important to add the source of any picture you use and quote the url that the picture is from to make it legit.
3. Do you permit copying news and important articles to my blog which I want to upvote?
This is probably the most important question and the answer is no, besides this being frowned upon and called Plagiarism , It isn't just not allowed by Minnowbooster, this isn't allowed in the general Steem blockchain community as well and you will most likely get flagged by the Cheetah Bot, SteemCleaners and trust me it isnt good publicity for your blogs to be flagged. You can however put the new content into your own words and open a discussion on topics with loads of personal touches and that will be allowed, both by Minnowbooster and in the wild on Steem.
4. How do I know when I am blacklisted ?
You will be notified via memo when you try and upvote a post and you are refunded your money, note that after 10 attempts that your money will not be refunded, please make your way to our discord and check on the reason that you are on the blacklist.
5. Who reports me to be blacklisted?
We have a Minnowbooster community as well as a whitelist community that post quality blogs and they take offence when someone posts a poor quality post that is clear abuse of the upvote system, so they often report this in the #mb-abuse channel on our discord server.
Apart from that we also get other good Steemians that come from all parts of Steem to flag abusers to try and keep the Steem eco system clean. So my advice to all users on the Steem community is to abide by the rules.
6. How do I get off the blacklist?
Depending on the reason you are on the blacklist, most of the time we find that giving a user a 2 week review period whereby they post quality content in line with our terms of service and then come back to one of our moderators to review and the moderator will then decide if the user gets removed or stay on the blacklist.
Okay, so we talked about stuff that can get you on the blacklist and how you possibly can be removed should you remediate your actions however it will be fitting to remind you guys of our terms of service so that you can read and ensure that you conform with our rules and standards.
Terms Of Service :
Photography Post Rules:
- Single photo posts are not allowed
- Photography posts must contain supporting text and show significant effort in terms of production value (location, setup, lighting and subject) to be considered boostable.
Art, Video & Animation Post Rules:
- Posts must be originally produced by the author and contain supporting text.
- Memes are not considered art.
Public Domain Content:
- Sources and Authors used in posts must be correctly cited and linked to original content
- Violence, self-harm, gore
- Politics & political opinion
- Drugs and other illegal substances
- Scams and pyramid schemes
Use discretion in upvoting posts, using a small MB upvote for short content may be okay under some circumstances but think about the content you are upvoting and decide based on the criteria we have laid out.
What is @minnowbooster's new policy in dealing with abuse? Users who violate our TOS regarding upvotes will face the following consequences:
1.) Your post will be unvoted by Minnowbooster
2.) You will not receive a refund for the original upvote.
3.) Your account can be blacklisted
User errors while using our upvote or delegation services are non-refundable
Violation of these TOS can result in a temporary or permanent blacklisting. In case user is blacklisted, the first 10 transactions done by the user are returned with a warning in the transaction memo.
Any amounts sent won't be refunded after 10 warnings.(edited)
That's all for now folks, stay tuned for more tips and guidelines from me in the coming weeks. I hope this has been informative for you.
We are always looking to improve @minnowbooster and try to keep you up-to-date whenever something changes. If you have any suggestions about what we should change or add to @minnowbooster, then please drop by and let us know!
@thecryptodrive (witness), @cryptomancer and @reggaemuffin (witness)