Please Note: This is an archived version of our Code of Conduct. You can read our Current Code of Conduct on our Policies site.
Last Revised: November 15th, 2019
At Wattpad, we set stories free with the goal of creating a safe and comfortable space for everyone to discover and create.
In order to create an inclusive and respectful space, we want to ensure our Wattpadders know what type of content they will discover as well as content they can or cannot post!
Before you take off on your writing journey, please take a peek at the following:
- When you create your username, make sure it's not hateful or explicit in nature.
- It’s important to respect and protect fellow Wattpadder’s feelings, property, and personal information.
- You shouldn’t post anything you might regret in the future or that your peers, family, or mentors might not want to see online.
If you come across any content that violates our guidelines, let us know by reporting it. See here for how to do that.
For more information on staying safe on Wattpad, check out the Wattpad Safety Portal.
To learn more about Copyright, please see Copyright FAQ.
Comments & Feedback (Don't hate- communicate!)
Constructive comments are welcomed, as long as they are given in a respectful manner. You may read content that you don't like or agree with, but we are a platform that celebrates diversity, encourages expression, and fosters a safe and creative environment.
Respecting Others (We are the world)
Wattpad is a global community with different opinions and values. That means that everybody needs to be respectful and polite to other users on the platform. It's important to be patient and try to imagine things from others' points of view. We also recommend apologizing if you've made a mistake. If you're unable to resolve an issue yourself, or with the help of the Mute function, please report any abusive or inappropriate behaviour here. For more information on respecting others, please see here.
Sharing Personal Information (Privacy Matters)
Behaviour that puts a user at personal risk, or revealing personal identifying information about someone else, such as sharing an image without consent, their name, address, email address, phone number or private Wattpad messages is not allowed. For more information on sharing personal information, please see here.
Ratings & Tags (What's the deal with Ratings and Tags?)
Wattpad encourages writers to rate and tag their own stories appropriately according to our Content Guidelines. Appropriately rated and tagged stories will allow the correct audience to discover your story. If your story is not rated Mature but should be, Wattpad may make this change to reflect our Content Guidelines.
Copyright Infringement (Don't Copy...write)
Our writers invest a lot of time and energy into creating their own original stories for our community to enjoy. Please respect your fellow writers and don't post content that you haven't lovingly crafted yourself. For more information on copyright and plagiarism, please take a take a look at our Copyright FAQ.
Spam (Keep Spam in the kitchen, not on Wattpad)
Wattpad should not be used for the purpose of advertising goods or services. Spam is not allowed on Wattpad. Spam involves, but is not limited to, contacting people with unwanted and excessive messages or comments (for example: when promoting a story). This can include sending bulk messages and/or comments to people's stories or private messages. However, you are welcomed to link your published novels that are for sale on your own profile.
Bye Bye Bye... to Vote Trading
Vote trading is not allowed on Wattpad. Vote trading consists of exchanging votes or using votes as a prize for mutual gain. Votes can be given when a reader supports your work and are intended as a way to show appreciation.
Impersonation (Who dis?)
Wattpad is a space where you can be yourself, so please don't deceive others by pretending to be someone else. Please do not pose as Wattpad Staff, Ambassadors, Stars or others. Wattpad staff and Ambassador have verified badges on their profile. For more information on badges and what they mean, please see Badges and Profile Symbols.
Positive Language (Hold hands, not grudges)
Users have the right to determine their level of engagement, as long as they aren’t abusing, harassing, or discriminating against an individual. Say what you really love doing, rather than what you don't accept. For example: I love making Romance Covers rather than I won't make FanFic covers. Everyone should feel comfortable interacting with each other on Wattpad, so please remember to treat and talk to people the way you’d like to be treated and talked to. Remember that even if you don't intend it, your words can be hurtful, discriminatory, or even hateful and a breach our Code of Conduct. If you don't have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself. If you feel like you're being personally attacked or targeted, please let us know by reporting the user. For more information on getting along with others, please see here.
Community Values (Why can't we all just get along?)
Wattpad is a creative and global community for our users to enjoy. It’s important to respect the values of the community, but remember that you have a right and a responsibility to help uphold those values too. If you see a post with the aim of upsetting a member of our community, please report it. Expressing opinions about public figures is not in violation of our policy. For more information on setting positive community values, please see here.
Users cannot demand or require payment for content or services, however users can suggest they accept payment.
Prizes and/or giveaways cannot be monetary or physical. Appropriate prizes can include Follow, Reads or Digital Gifts as contest rewards. Contest hosts must also state that Wattpad has no affiliation with said contest. Wattpad does not recommend sharing personal information with other users.
We want your experience to be positive and uninterrupted, however if you violate any of our policies, we have a system in place that tracks these violations. In most cases, we'll send you a warning before we take other measures. Any repeat offenders may have their accounts closed. Users actions are linked to the holder of the account, not the account(s) themselves.