Community Artists' Code of Conduct

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You can find the Community Artists here.

This document contains some common-sense guidelines to being a Community Artist. By joining this scheme, it will be assumed that you accept and are familiar with the code of conduct, but this document is not supposed to be heavy-handed: it's just a sensible guide to being a good Community Artist.

The Community Artists' Code

Community Artists are under no obligation to design a specific number of illustrations in any specific period of time. All we ask is that you are committed to the project and that you let us know if you want to take a break. If you are unable to design an average of one illustration a week, we'd rather you told us, that way we can make sure that someone else can cover the work, and allow you more time.

Likewise, if at some point in the future you decide that you no longer wish to be a part of the project, then please let us know.

Very few of our Community Artists are professional designers. Nevertheless, all illustrations must be of a fairly high standard. It is therefore important that Community Artists: have a willingness to learn; are prepared to accept feedback from the in-house editorial team and other members of the scheme; and agree to follow the specifications. Occasionally, changes may be required to your artwork. We are happy to discuss alterations that we would like made, and give feedback to the Community Artists, but it must be accepted that the Editors have the final decision.


One of the cool things about being an h2g2 volunteer is that we let you see new versions of the site before they go live - in fact, your comments are vital in enabling us to get new versions of the site just right.

To enable us to let you see everything, we ask that you do not talk about what you see with others who are not bound by this code or discuss such things onsite. We will be explicit about things you should keep to yourself and will let you know if and when you may talk about those things on site - we will communicate this information via the mailing list. Anyone who leaks confidential information will obviously be asked to leave the scheme.

The main reason we need to keep a lid on confidential information is to prevent disappointment in the Community. Not all of the ideas under discussion will make it onto the site (for various reasons), and we feel it's better not to raise expectation and then dash it. It's just common sense, really.

Any designs or smileys that we ask you to do are also confidential. We like to surprise the Community occasionally, so please don't leak images.

Basic Terms and Conditions of h2g2

This section is just a reminder of the terms you have already agreed to on h2g2, and points out that the same terms apply to the mailing lists and email associated with the volunteer schemes. We're not asking you to agree to anything new.

Everyone who participates in h2g2 is bound by the House Rules of the site. The same rules apply to volunteers' participation in the volunteer mailing lists. It is very easy for messages to be misinterpreted, so it is important that everyone participating in the scheme takes great care not to offend or annoy other members. Anyone being deliberately offensive will be warned and, if necessary, will be removed from the scheme.

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