Community Guidelines

DIY.org (DIY) is an online community on a mission to help any kid, anywhere, learn any skill. We’ve got a huge library of hands-on projects and how-to videos, combined with an amazing community of kids. We need your help to make DIY a place where all kids ages 17 or younger to feel safe, welcome, and inspired to be awesome!

When you sign up for DIY, you agree to honor the following Guidelines:

  1. Be creative: Focus on building your skills and don’t be afraid to be weird or try something new

    a. Share what you’re making. Your posts should be relevant to what you’re learning and making on DIY. Pictures or videos unrelated to DIY challenges may be removed to keep the community focused on creative awesomeness. 

    b. Seek achievement, not attention. Focus on your projects, not on popularity. It’s great to ask for feedback from other DIYers, but asking for attention (like requests for followers/likes or announcements about quitting) is not cool.

  2. Be original: Share your own stuff

    a. Be yourself. Your DIY portfolio should be all about you and the unique things you’re making and learning. Accounts shouldn’t be shared by multiple people.

    b. No copying. DIY is a place to show off the things you’ve made yourself. Don’t post or take credit for images you found online or in another DIYer’s portfolio. Always ask for permission before borrowing or referencing something that someone else made, and be sure to give them credit in the comments.

  3. Be safe: Keep your personal information private and never ask other DIYers for theirs

    a. Keep personal stuff secret. Never post your full name, home address, phone number, email address, where you go to school, links to your other social media accounts, gamer tags, or any other identifying info online. Also, remember that your parents have access to everything you share on DIY!

    b. Respect others’ privacy. Everybody has unique preferences about their online safety. Avoid asking other DIYers for their personal info and always get someone’s permission before posting their face, name, or any other identifying info online.

    c. Choose a unique nickname. Be sure to choose a nickname that doesn’t disclose any personal info. If you need to change your nickname to protect your privacy, let us know!

    d. Avoid money transactions. DIY is not a place to buy or sell things. To avoid scams and safety concerns, never ask for or give out info related to money exchanges (like credit card numbers). Share links to external online shops (like Etsy) only after getting your parent’s permission.

    e. When in doubt, report. If someone on DIY asks you for your personal info, always say NO. If they persist, or if you ever feel unsafe on DIY, report the user to DIY moderators and tell your parents or a trusted adult.

  4. Be friendly: Show kindness to all DIYers

    a. Embrace others’ differences. DIY welcomes kids of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, body types, gender identities, sexual orientations, and education types. Unfriendly language, discrimination, or threats based on these or any other identities are never ok.

    b. Include everyone. DIY is a great place to meet other kids whose lives are different from your own. Be kind and inclusive when sharing your beliefs or responding to others sharing theirs. Posts that aim to criticize, convert, or otherwise devalue others’ beliefs or identities are not allowed.

  5. Be helpful: Share tips and encouragement with other DIYers (and be patient with them while they learn)

    a. Support others’ growth. DIY is a place to learn and grow. Constructive criticism is allowed and encouraged, but straight-up negativity is not. When commenting on others' projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions! If you don’t have anything helpful to contribute to a project, you probably don’t need to comment on it.

    b. Help others learn. Whenever possible, include details about how you did something! This makes it easier for other DIYers to learn from you. Remember: other DIYers may be younger, may have less experience posting online, may learn differently, or may speak a different language than you. Be polite and patient when helping others, even if they annoy you or ask questions that may seem obvious.

  6. Be respectful: Share projects and comments that are appropriate for everyone, including younger DIYers

    a. Keep language clean. Profanity (AKA “swear” or “bad” or “cuss” words) is not allowed. Videos, photos or comments that include profanity will be removed.

    b. Stay age-appropriate. To keep DIY suitable for kids of all ages (17 and under), posts that include, refer to or link to mature content (including written descriptions, images, audio, or videos) are not allowed. This includes but is not limited to:

    • Use of drugs, alcohol, or other age-restricted/illegal substances

    • Suggestive or explicit romantic content

    • Sensitive personal topics like self-harm or depression

    • Excessive gore, violent imagery, or violent weapons

    • Shocking events like natural/manmade disasters or tragedies

    c. Keep things covered. Wear appropriate clothing when documenting your projects (no swimsuits or leotards, please!). Photos or videos that show you or other people partially-clothed are not allowed.

    d. Look for friends, not crushes. DIY is a safe place to learn and make creative projects, not a place to look for romantic partners ("flirt"), or discuss your IRL crushes. Avoid commenting on others’ appearances or asking for relationships on/through DIY.

    e. Use English. We think non-English languages are totally awesome, but our mods aren’t yet multilingual. Until the mods learn more languages (hurry up, mods!), English is the only language allowed on DIY (unless you’re posting to a “language” challenge, like “say hello in another language”).

  7. Be a role model: Show good judgement, stay positive and be an awesome digital citizen

    a. Keep it positive. DIY is a great place to express yourself. However, some types of expression aren’t suitable for all ages and should be avoided on DIY. Please don’t put yourself down (e.g. “I hate this,” “I’m no good at this”) or encourage mean or non-constructive criticism from other DIYers.

    b. Take the high road. Don’t respond to negativity with more negativity. If you see something on DIY that goes against our community guidelines, report it so the mods can handle it. Don’t jump in, yourself.


Most violations of the Guidelines are judged on a case-by-case basis, and we do our best to enforce them consistently and fairly. Violations will result in:

  • Written warnings: Minor violations of the DIY Guidelines commonly result in a written warning to DIYers via a comment from a mod, or an email to parents.

  • Post removal: If a post contains content that's not in alignment with the DIY Guidelines, mods may permanently remove it.

  • Temporary suspension: Repeated or serious violations may result in account suspensions, which remove all of a DIYer's posting and commenting privileges. Suspensions are often temporary until the mod team, the DIYer, and their parent can resolve the issue privately via email or phone.

  • Permanent suspension: Mods may permanently and immediately suspend accounts that repeatedly violate the DIY Guidelines or put the safety of the community at risk. In these cases, the DIYer's posting and commenting privileges will be revoked, but they will retain access to their existing portfolio of projects.

  • Banning: Mods reserve the right to permanently and immediately ban accounts that put the safety of the community at risk. Banning removes the DIYer's account completely from the platform.

We appreciate DIYers who are active in following the guidelines and who inspire each other to learn and take risks. You are the ones building this awesome community! We 👀 you and ❤️ you!