Code of Conduct

Stories connect people and bring them together. We want StoryBilder to do the same. Here are some guidelines to help ensure our community remains a productive, helpful place.

Promoting Diversity

StoryBilder was designed to promote diversity. Unfortunately, though, licensing and copyright issues are complicated and  expensive. And, because we're starting the library using readily available, public-domain literature, we know the majority of these assets happen to be written by or feature characters and ethnicities designed for a traditionally white, male world. So while we are actively looking for stories and characters that reflect a wide range of cultures and gender viewpoints, this is going to take some time. We also don't want to eliminate the classics altogether, because not only are they culturally and historically important, but they also give us a huge repository of story formats, characters and places that give us a good place to start. 

That said, if you would like us to develop a library set for any public domain work written by or featuring women/LGBTQ/nonbinary/POCs/International people and cultures, you can:

  • Drop us a line. Be sure to include the particulars of the work and tell us why you think it's important and should be made available for sharing. We'll put the work on our development list, though it might take a while for us to get to it.
  • Create your own story asset collection based on any public-domain book or short story, including character profiles, locations, and an outline, and then submit them to the public library yourself.  You'd be helping us out and doing your part to spread the word about lesser-known work, all at the same time!  We're still building a submission process for this part of the site, so if you'd like to do this, please contact us first and let us know what you're interested in contributing. 
  • If you'd like to use our assets but want to make them your own, go ahead! Our library is meant to be a starting point, not a final word. Want to make Hamlet female or make him the Prince of Apple Danishes? Do it! Feel free to rewrite what you don't like and make it your own. 
  • If you don't like our current selection, go ahead and create your own story assets in your StoryBilder. You're not obligated to use our assets, and we're working hard to make sure you're not limited by them. 

Don't forget that StoryBilder encourages you to borrow and adapt any asset in our library and make it your own. We feel that this is a great way to learn and grow as a writer. And it's fun!

Cultural Appropriation

We believe that writing and reading stories are the best way for people to learn about each others cultures.  If you want to write about people from cultures other than your own, go for it. There is, of course, a fine line between exploring new cultures and stereotyping them, so we ask that you remain conscientious and aim for the latter. Having said that, content or characters that belittle or denigrate specific racial, cultural or gender types will not be tolerated in our public or shared spaces. See the section on Abusive/Hate Speech and Bullying for more information. 

Abusive/Hate Speech and Bullying

Hate speech and bullying will not be tolerated in StoryBilder or in any of our communities. Our public library isn't open for collaboration yet, but if you see something questionable in any of our social media or groups, please let us know.  Keep in mind that we do encourage cultural exploration as per our Cultural Appropriation guidelines. Ultimately, this is a complex issue with complicated cultural and contexual implications, and we will attempt to resolve issues on a case by case basis, to the best of our ability. Reported content will be reviewed and removed if deemed abusive.