Introduction

Through Jodel you will experience your location as never before. You will find a lot of new stuff to love, discover like-minded people in your area, and will always know what is going on around you.

You can interact with people nearby and share your thoughts freely. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. What matters is what you have to say.

To make sure every Jodeler has an amazing experience, we, as a community, developed the following set of values and guidelines.

For all of you that think this is too much to read, here is a short summary of the rules: Be a good person and always stay friendly to the people around you.

What that means specifically you can find below :)

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The following values represent what the Jodel community and every member stands for and how we agree to treat each other. Jodelers are…


Positive and friendly: Jodelers are always positive and nice to each other. Good vibes only!


Helpful and supportive: Jodelers help each other out. Do good and may the Karma be with you!


Colorful and diverse: our different colors represent the diversity of people and topics in our community. We celebrate and embrace diversity. Variety is the spice of life.


Original and creative: Be your original and unique self, share your own amazing thoughts. We value creativity and new ideas. Just be yourself!


Respectful and human: remember that you are interacting with real people, not just a screen. Treat others the way you want to be treated: friendly and with respect.


Jodelahuiiitiii: Never ever underestimate the importance of fun. Don’t take life too seriously, smile and enjoy the ride.


These values set the tone for and guide every interaction on Jodel. They make up the fabric that holds us all together, ensuring that each of us contributes through our unique being to the magnificent piece of art that is the Jodel universe.

By living these Jodel values and following our community guidelines below you can help maintaining this positive vibe. Let’s continue to build a friendly, supportive and simply amazing community together. The kind of community that makes your day just a bit better and is the cherry on top of the ice cream called life.

In addition to the values above representing what we want, we also developed a set of rules to specify certain behaviors that have no space on Jodel.

If you see a rule violation, please flag it by tapping on the three dots within a post. Afterwards, our moderation will take care of it and keep up the good vibe.

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Disclosure of Personal Information

Not allowed

Any post including or asking for names, addresses, phone numbers, licence plates, social media accounts or any other personally identifiable information, like nicknames, initials etc. Please keep personal information private and do not publish it on Jodel.

“John Smith is an asshole”

“What are your opinions about J.S.?”

“Party at Tree Avenue 4”

“I hate the blond girl with the tattoo on her arm working in the Fantasy Bar!”

“Are you X?”


Allowed

Posts about people of public interest, fictional characters, public places (restaurants, squares, etc).

“Tom Hanks is such a great actor!”

“Homer Simpson is the best!”

“We are at the Kennedy Pub, join us for some beers!”

Harassment & Discrimination

Not allowed

Any posts including harassment, threats, defamation, hate speech and/or bullying.

Any post targeting a person or group based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, political opinions or anything else.

Any posts making factual claims not supported by any valid source or proof about a person or group based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, political opinions or anything else.

“Heil Hitler”

“Shut up, motherf*****!!!”

“Just kill yourself”

“All xyz are …”


Allowed

Jokes with a positive vibe, expressing your personal opinion or experience. Any views (e.g. political) expressed in a civil and constructive way to start or add to a discussion. If the aim of this (political) view is directly engaging in illegal activities, agitating against or harming others, also implicitly or by special demeaning or provocative wording, this view has no place on Jodel.

If a personal opinion, view and / or experience is clearly marked as such (“In my opinion…”, “I think…”, “In my experience…” etc) or answering to a post specifically asking for such things (“What is your opinion about…”) there is more leeway for what you are allowed to express. It is, however, no permission to break our rules, target specific users or similar.

These cases always depend on the context of the post and the intention behind it. It is hard to draw an exact line but you will feel when it is crossed. Trust your gut or consult other moderators in your area through the @moderators channel.

Spamming & Spoiler

Not allowed

Any sort of advertisements, commercial messages, spamming, one person or a small group forcing a “joke” upon a community, posting of the same post in multiple communities, or any other forms of unsolicited spam.

Any information about the plot of a movie/tv-series/etc that spoils a viewer’s sense of surprise or suspense including trolling with fake spoilers.

“Slashfaoweghu”

“You want to earn thousands of euros everyday for free??? Just write me at ban@incoming.io”

“The [insert amazing plot twist here] in [insert new movie I still wanted to watch] really blew my mind!”

“OMG character X died yesterday in GoT!!!11!1!”

“Repost!” - just move it to the @repost channel, young Jodeler :)

Allowed

Any special deals, coupons or information shared with no own commercial interest but to benefit the community.

Any community members posting repeated content such as the weather each day, as long as the community appreciates the effort (at the votes you shall look, young Jodeler).

Any spoiler that is old enough or live events (e.g. football matches or reality TV).

“Free orange juice in front of the university, come take one!”

“25% off with the code ‘JodelRocks’”

“Tomorrow will be cold and rainy so better bring your jackets and umbrellas my dear Jodelers!”

“Snape kills Dumbledore”

Pushy Sexual Behavior

Not allowed

Any post including unsolicited sharing or demanding of contact details, sexual harassment, asking aggressively to hook up, asking for kik in the first comment.

Any sexual advances lacking any indicator of interest for such advances or are completely out of context.

“Anyone wants to f***?”

“Here is my kik, contact me for a real pounding”

[Picture of a woman’s hand] “You want to sit on my face?”

[Picture of a woman’s hand] “Kik?”


Allowed

General questions about sex, Jodelers exchanging their contact information after both parties expressed the desire to do so.

Keep in mind that in certain channels the leeway of acceptable behaviour might be bigger.

“That was a great conversation, I would love to meet up. You want to exchange contact information?”

“Hey fellow Jodelers, just wondering: when was your first time?”

Other & Illegal

Not allowed

Any post planning, coordinating or executing unlawful activities (selling drugs, fraud, etc), as well as promoting or inciting others to engage in illegal activities.

Any post not covered with any other rule that you feel strongly has no place on Jodel.

Any post made using third party applications. Engaging in this may lead to a permanent ban.

“5g haze for only 40€. Best weed in town”

“Anyone can sell me prescription drugs / medicine here?”

Allowed

Talking and or asking about personal drug usage and experiences.

“When smoking weed I never get hungry. Anyone else never get the munchies?”

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Disclosure of Personal Information

Not allowed

Any pictures including or asking for names, addresses, phone numbers, licence plates, social media accounts, credit cards, IDs or any other personal information, like nicknames, initials etc.

Pictures where the focus is on one clearly identifiable person that does not want to be or isn’t aware of being in the picture.

Please keep personal information private and do not publish it on Jodel.


Allowed

Any group pictures, selfies, pictures in public places and pictures among friends (parties, etc).

Pictures where the focus is on one person that is either fully aware of being on the picture or not recognisable.

Sexually Explicit

Not allowed

Any form of pornographic display of private parts. As a good rule of thumb: if what you are displaying is meant for sexual arousal, it has no place on Jodel.

Allowed

Art, people in bathing suits, body parts with no sexual context, main focus on something different (landscape, joke, dress, body development due to sport or pregnancy, etc).

Pictures of Others

Not allowed

Pictures where the focus is on one clearly identifiable person that does not want to be or isn’t aware of being in the picture. Also pictures aiming to defame another person or group.


Allowed

Selfies, group pictures (all aware of the picture being taken), appropriate baby pictures taken by the guardian, pictures in public places and pictures among friends (parties, etc).

Pictures where the focus is on one person that is either fully aware of being on the picture or not recognisable.

Spam

Not allowed

All empty pictures, advertisements, commercial messages, spamming, one person or a small group forcing a “joke” upon a community, pictures uploaded from the camera roll, or any other forms of unsolicited spam.

Any reposts, posting of the same post in multiple communities, 3rd party content and / or copyrighted material.


Allowed

Any animal pictures, pictures of special deals, coupons or information shared with no own commercial interest but to benefit the community.

Any community members posting repeated content such as the weather each day as long as the community mainly appreciates the effort (at the votes you shall look, young Jodeler).

Any use of the Ad Column for commercial and creative purposes within our guidelines is allowed.

Violence or Harrassment

Not allowed

Any pictures containing cruelty and / or violence against others, animals or oneself.

Any pictures including harassment, threats, defamation, hate speech and/or bullying.

Any picture targeting a person or group based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, political opinions or anything else.

Any picture making factual claims not supported by any valid source or proof about a person or group based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, political opinions or anything else.


Allowed

Minor injuries, scientific pictures or pictures documenting a healing process.

Documentation of conditions under which animals are kept. Jokes with a positive vibe, expressing your personal opinion or experience.

Documentation of local findings.

Other & Illegal

Not allowed

Any pictures used to plan, coordinate or execute unlawful activities (selling drugs, fraud, etc), as well as promoting or inciting others to engage in illegal activities.

Any post not covered with any rule or other flag reason that you feel strongly has no place on Jodel.

Any pictures posted using third party applications. Engaging in this may lead to a permanent ban.


Allowed

Pictures of soft drugs (weed / joints) in low quantities with no intent of selling.

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General Channel Rules

Every channel must comply with the general Jodel rules.

Be aware that certain channels might have a completely different context. This change in context can give some additional leeway for certain behaviours and rules. What might be out of place in @main can be totally ok in a specific channel and vice versa.

Examples:

A reply flagged for Harassment in @roastme (channel to playfully make fun of people based on their selfie) have a different basis to decide than the same reply posted in @selfies.

Posting a steak in @foodporn is fine, posting the same picture in @vegan is considered trolling and will get you banned.

Posting in a different language than EN or the local language in @main excludes the majority of other Jodelers and might be considered spam. Posting in a dedicated channel for this language is totally fine (as long as it doesn’t break any other rule).

Disclosure of Personal Information

Not allowed

Any channel whose purpose and main use case includes sharing personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers, licence plates, social media accounts or any other personal information, like nicknames, initials etc.

Allowed

Channels discussing people of public interest, fictional characters, public places (restaurants, plazas, etc).

Harassment & Discrimination

Not allowed

Any channel whose purpose and main use case includes harassment, threats, defamation, hate speech, and/or bullying.

Any channel targeting a person or group based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or anything else.


Allowed

Channels including dark humor, if not bluntly racist, discriminating and / or targeting only one specific group.

These cases always depend on context and intent of the post. It is hard to draw an exact line but you will feel when it is crossed. Trust your gut or consult other moderators in your area through the @moderators channel.

Discussing news about persons of public interest. News are all events and information that are publicly available through the media. Defamation, bullying and / or gossiping are not allowed.

Sexually Explicit

Not allowed

Any channels whose purpose and main use case includes sharing of pornographic pictures.


Allowed

Channels sharing pictures of Art, people in bathing suits/underwear, body parts with no sexual context, main focus on something different (landscape, joke, dress, body development due to sport or pregnancy, etc).

Other & Illegal

Not allowed

Any channels whose purpose and main use case includes planning, coordinating or executing unlawful activities (selling drugs, fraud, etc), as well as promoting or inciting others to engage in illegal activities.

Any post not covered with any rule that you feel strongly has no place on Jodel.


Allowed

Channels to talk about personal drug usage and experiences.

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Abuse of App Functions

Not allowed

Any abuse of our tools to disturb the fun and/or troll other Jodelers. Such acts include for example false flagging, mass (down)voting, moving posts to a wrong channel and exploitation or gaming of our app’s mechanisms.

Using multiple accounts for coordinated efforts or using fake GPS to sneak into other communities to disturb the peace are also considered abuse.

Engaging in such activities may lead to a (permanent) ban.

Trolling

Not allowed

Any forms of activity with the intent to start fights, sow discord, provoke emotional responses, trigger or upset others only for one’s amusement or personal gain are not allowed and will lead to a permanent ban.

This also includes abusing parts of our app to annoy or provoke other Jodelers. If you find parts of our app not adequately protected against such misuse, make sure to let our support know.

Fake News

Not allowed

Fake news of any kind are not welcome nor allowed on Jodel! Users engaging in misinformation and spreading of fake news will get blocked.

Unfortunately, it is often extremely difficult to decide whether something is fake news or not. Generally speaking, the one making the claim needs to deliver proof and source for it. Without any, don’t believe it.

If confronted with such an information, first try to get the source so you can validate it. If there are no sources provided, search for the important keywords and share your findings to help exposing fake news.

Third Party Applications & Content

Not allowed

It is not allowed to use third party apps with Jodel. If you use such a service your account might get permanently blocked without warning.

It is not allowed to post copyrighted material content on Jodel.

Emergency & Safety

In case of unlawful activities or immediate danger (terror threat, suicide) contact your local police and provide them with the link to the post (tap the share button to get it) and best also a screenshot. Even if the post is blocked or outvoted, we can directly access it with the link.

With this process we try to ensure maximum efficiency, especially when lives are on the line. By contacting the police first, you already

a. make sure you got the right police station

b. talk in the right language to professionals that can immediately assess the situation

After the initial contact, the police can then prepare everything, contact us and get the vital information.

If you contact our support first it will not work smoothly. Especially outside of business hours we cannot guarantee that the person reached will even speak your language and thus be able to assess the situation. Furthermore, we then have to find out the right police station to contact, try to make the situation understood, etc. All of this will lead to delays. Especially in critical situations time is of the essence and the above process proved the best working so far.

You can find more information in our FAQ article.

Ad Column

The digital Ad Column is a tool for you to promote a Jodel. Next to our community guidelines, special rules apply to this feature.

Not allowed

Any external links leading to websites focussing on scams, pornographic or extremist content.

Any posts containing information about third parties or claiming to represent them if not authorised by them to do so.

Any posts coming from or being financed by a political party, if not clearly marked as such.

Posts including such content or information will get blocked without any reimbursement and the post creators will be banned from the platform immediately.

“This is my high school teacher: @just_a_teacher. Follow him and let him know that he sucks!”

“Click on the link, send us €10 to get back €100k within the next week”

“Looking for nudes? Here is the perfect site for you”

“Go vote for the Sea Horse Party”


Allowed

Any post including contact details or addresses as long as you are directly authorised and instructed to do so by the owner of these details.

Any posts coming from or being financed by a political party, if clearly marked as such.

Any AMA with clear name as there is not really a clearer mark as your name and face ;)

“Hey, today is the official opening of my book store - feel free to come by at North Side, Diagon Alley 10 and say Hi”

“Hey, vote for party xyz next election! (financed by Party xyz)”

“Hey I am Max, if you are looking for a new dentist - check out my website below or give me a call +123 456 789”

People of Public Interest

A person counts as a person of public interest if they are working in a public office, are strongly involved in public affairs or debates. As a rule of thumb: if the media is reporting about the person, it is ok to talk about this person on Jodel.

The less public a person is, the less it is allowed to talk about him/her. As a rule of thumb: if the information you are discussing can be found in the media (wikipedia, TV, news, magazines, blogs, etc) and is not hearsay or gossip coming from one person, it is ok to talk about it.

Keep in mind, however, that if your actions on Jodel harm the dignity of the human being (through insults/hate speech, etc) the public person may take legal action against you.

If in doubt, remember that behind each person being discussed is a human being. Ask yourself

  • How will my contribution affect this person? Will it have a direct / good impact on their life?
  • Is the intent behind it good spirited? There is a wide difference between offering my opinion / constructive criticism vs. trying to hurt and insult someone out of hate.
  • Is it clear that I am offering my own view, experience and/or opinion or is it phrased as a factual statement?

Children are always an exception to this rule. Every child (anyone under the age of 18) has a right to an undisturbed privacy and a peaceful youth at all times!

Wrong Flag Reasons in Moderation

If the post you are moderating was reported for the wrong reason but is against our rules, simply block it. The goal is to keep abusive content out of our community even if the report is not 100% accurate.

Enforcement of the Rules

From the very start we built Jodel together with our community. You are the ones who make it the wonderful, unique, crazy and fun place to connect with people nearby, so you should also be the ones to judge the content. This is why Jodel has a lot of tools that allows every community member to help keep their community clean. If you want to learn more about that, just click here.

If you break one or more of the rules stated above, you risk getting banned. Bans on Jodel generally vary depending on the severity and frequency of the abuse. Serious and or repeated offenses will lead to a permanent ban.

In case of illegal activity on Jodel, we reserve the right to cooperate with the relevant authorities to prevent this kind of activity. This includes—also in case of suspicion—the transmission of relevant data respecting the data protection law.

Each of the rules above have various nuances and their exact enforcement might differ from region to region due to cultural and linguistic differences. Fundamentally we aim to honor the underlying principle of the rules in each decision not the exact wording.

We are all only human raccoons so mistakes might happen. If you feel like we screwed up in your case, best contact our support so we can investigate what went wrong and make sure this never happens again.

Enough with the guidelines! It’s time to share and feel the Jodel vibe!

As the only constant in life is change, we might revisit and refine our guidelines & values down the line. If you feel like there is something missing simply contact our support to let us know.

If you have other ideas or feedback just add #feedback to your Jodel and our team will see it. We might not answer every single one but try to read all of it!

Keep up the good jodeling and have fun!