Ultimate Guitar site rules and community guidelines

Here at Ultimate Guitar, we value your thoughts and opinions. We encourage you to comment on every tab and shot you check out and every article you read. An honest comment and a fair rating can be very helpful to authors and other users. Remember, there are real human beings with real feelings behind most of the posts on Ultimate Guitar so please try to stay friendly and amicable with each other. Just because this is an online community, doesn't mean that you can treat anyone less decently than you would in face to face interactions.

General rules

Prohibited content on ultimate guitar

Content intended or likely to cause harm are not allowed, including but not limited to:

  • Illegal
  • Pornography
  • Violent or encourage violence
  • Personal or confidential information
  • Spam
  • Advertisement of any product

Learn more about Prohibited content.

Toxic behavior

It's prohibited to post or message offensive content, including but not limited to:

  • Personal attacks
  • Harassment
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Hateful speech
  • Vulgar or pornographic images

Learn more about Toxic behavior.

*Hate speech

Hate speech is not allowed on UG. We remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes (but not limited to):

  • Age
  • Caste
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender Identity and Expression
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Political views
  • Sex/Gender
  • Sexual Orientation

Posting content or comments against individuals or groups based on any of the attributes noted above is not allowed on UG.

One account per user

Each person is only allowed to have one account on Ultimate Guitar. If you have unknowingly made multiple accounts in the past or you are aware that someone else using the same IP address has an Ultimate Guitar account or is planning on making one, PM a moderator.

Escalation of enforcement

Moderators and administrators are doing their best to communicate and enforce rules, as well as have the final say in interpretation and enactment of site rules. There are variety of ways to pursue justice including, but not limited to:

  • Removal or closing thread/posts
  • Asking you to calm down
  • Asking to be nice by sending a comment
  • Giving a warning if you didn’t understand a harmless comment
  • Giving you a ban (temporary or permanent) depending on a rule you broke
  • Removal of privileges from an account
  • Removal of content

Please note, two active warnings give you a temporary (60 days) ban.

Forum guidelines

Each subforum is its own community, so some places you post might be more or less strict about things like being on-topic. Check out the subforum rules or read some of the discussions going on there to get an idea of what's good before you post.

Retaliation or responding to flaming or insults are not an acceptable excuse for failing to follow the rules; report bad threads/posts and move on.

English is the primary language on this forum. Please avoid using other languages. If you must post in another language, please provide translations so other users can understand your post.

News, reviews and lessons guidelines

Do not complain about the article contents, the title of the article or the author. Doing so in the comments section is neither constructive nor helpful. If you have a suggestion for the site or would like to provide feedback about the content on UG, there are appropriate channels in the UG Forums to do so.

Insults towards bands, artists and genres are considered “bashing” and is not allowed. “This band sucks!” is an example of bashing and will not be tolerated. “I do not like this band because…” is acceptable and the correct way to express your opinion.

Comments in the articles section

Here at Ultimate-Guitar.com, we value your thoughts and opinions. We encourage you to comment on every article you read and every video you watch. An honest comment and a fair rating can be very helpful to writers and other users. Put simply, a good comment can easily make someone's day.

And here at UG we are against both abuse and misuse of this system. New writers should be encouraged to improve, but angry comments easily discourage them from writing altogether. In the same vein, insulting bands and users promotes hostility in the columns, thus discouraging readers from sharing their opinions. As such, the following areas of the site are carefully moderated:

The team that moderate these areas are called Column Cleaners.

The following is a list of rules that ALL users must abide by when posting in ANY comments section. Please be advised that, depending on the severity of the infraction, rule-breaking comments may be met with (1) a deletion, (2) a warning, or (3) a banning.


1. NO SPAM

  • Keep your comments relevant to the topic. Do not contribute meaningless or irrelevant comments. This includes, but is not limited to, position comments, whether you care about the article or not, "Tl;dr"s and so on.
  • Pornographic or gore links ARE NOT ALLOWED. Users who post these will be banned immediately.
  • No advertising. Promoting your own or some other website is not allowed and will result in a warning. It is also asked that you DO NOT QUOTE OR REPLY TO THE ADVERTISING SPAM.
  • Do not complain about the article contents, the title of the article or the author. Doing so in the comments section is neither constructive nor helpful. If you have a suggestion for the site or would like to provide feedback about the content on UG, there are appropriate channels in the UG Forums to do so.

2. NO TOXIC BEHAVIOUR

  • Racist, homophobic, sexist, any form of hate against others and general vulgar comments will not be tolerated.

3. NO FLAMING OR BAND/ARTIST/GENRE BASHING

  • Personal attacks and insults are strongly discouraged on Ultimate-Guitar. There is to be NO flaming towards the authors on this site, members of the Ultimate-Guitar team or your fellow users. Debate and discussion is welcome between users - just keep it clean.
  • If there is some criticism you would like to give or if you have a problem with an individual, do it appropriately and respectfully. Explain your issue or critique and do not resort to name calling.
  • Insults towards bands, artists and genres are considered “bashing” and is not allowed. “This band sucks!” is an example of bashing and will not be tolerated. “I do not like this band because…” is acceptable and the correct way to express your opinion.

4. NO TROLLING

  • Trolling is the act of posting something designed purely to incite negative reactions. Such comments do not belong anywhere in the comments section.
  • Do not feed or quote the troll. Just ignore it and move on. Responding or arguing with the troll will only make things worse.

These rules are subject to change without prior notice or warning. It is best to point out that each individual punishment is determined by the Column Cleaner giving it out. Stay on topic and follow these rules and you should be fine.

Tab authors community guidelines

We want tab ratings to represent tab quality as well as it's possible so we pay close attention to the rating process.

It's forbidden to:

  • Register additional accounts and rate tabs from them
  • Ask other users to vote for your tabs
Be honest, make quality tabs that follow the Ultimate Guitar Tablature Guide and they will sure be rated well.

For in-depth info on tab authors community and moderation guidelines, please check out these articles: Ultimate Guitar Tablature Guide and Ultimate Guitar Approval Guide.

Shots community and moderation guidelines

Prohibited content

Shots are aimed to demonstrate your guitar skills. It's a great platform to be creative. It offers an opportunity to perform your favorite song to millions of music fans around the globe.

Learn more about opportunities in shots here.

However, content that is intended or likely to cause harm is not allowed.
Including but not limited to:

  • Illegal
  • Pornography
  • Violent or encourage violence
  • Personal or confidential information
  • Spam
  • Advertisement of any product
Learn more about Prohibited content.

Ultimate Guitar is NOT the place to post, share, or promote any of the following, including:

1. HARMFUL OR DANGEROUS OR ILLEGAL CONTENT

  • When you use UG you are joining a global community of musicians. Don’t post or share content that could harm other users or encourage them to harm themselves – whether through physical, emotional, financial, or legal harm.

2. GRAPHIC OR SHOCKING CONTENT

  • UG is not the place for graphic, violent, shocking, or sensational content.

3. DISCRIMINATION, HATE SPEECH, HARASSMENT OR CYBERBULLYING

  • UG is an inclusive community. It is not ok to attack or incite violence against other users. Please keep your interactions civil and treat all users with respect.

4. NUDITY OR SEXUAL ACTIVITY

  • UG is not the place for sexually explicit content or content intended for sexual gratification. If it isn’t something suitable to be done or shown in public view, don’t post it.

5. IMPERSONATION, SPAM, SCAMS, OR OTHER MISLEADING CONTENT

  • UG values high-quality, engaging content. Content that is spammy, fake, fraudulent, or misleading is prohibited will be removed.

6. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • UG is not a place to post, share, or send any content that violates someone else’s copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights.

Any activity by any member of the Ultimate Guitar community that harms, defrauds, or misleads other users or harms our community will be considered a violation of our Community Guidelines and may result in your content and/or account being removed. If you see content that you believe violates any of the Community Guidelines, please report it so we can review and take appropriate action. If you have further concerns, please contact support@ultimate-guitar.com

Comments in the shots section

Here at Ultimate-Guitar.com, we value your opinions and encourage you to comment on every shot you watch. An honest comment, supportive or with constructive criticism, can be very helpful for artists. Put simply, a good comment can easily make someone's day.

But posting comments against the following rules is not allowed:

1. NO SPAM

  • Pornographic or gore links ARE NOT ALLOWED. Users who post these will be banned immediately.
  • No advertising. Promoting your own or some other website is not allowed and will result in a warning. It is also asked that you DO NOT QUOTE OR REPLY TO THE ADVERTISING SPAM.

2. NO TOXIC BEHAVIOUR

  • Racist, homophobic, sexist, any form of hate against others and general vulgar comments will not be tolerated.
  • Commenting with flirting/sexual contest is not allowed
  • Negative commenting on someone else’s look, face, etc is not allowed

3. NO FLAMING OR BASHING

  • Personal attacks and insults are strongly discouraged on Ultimate-Guitar. There is to be NO flaming towards the authors on this site, members of the Ultimate-Guitar team or your fellow users. Debate and discussion is welcome between users - just keep it clean.
  • If there is some criticism you would like to give or if you have a problem with an individual, do it appropriately and respectfully. Explain your issue or critique and do not resort to name calling.

4. NO TROLLING

  • Trolling is the act of posting something designed purely to incite negative reactions. Such comments do not belong anywhere in the comments section.
  • Do not feed or quote the troll. Just ignore it and move on. Responding or arguing with the troll will only make things worse.
  • These rules are subject to change without prior notice or warning. It is best to point out that each individual punishment is determined by the moderator giving it out. Stay on topic and follow these rules and you should be fine.

Shots moderation

Posting prohibited content is a bannable offense here on UG.

Therefore, we have a special moderation process to avoid prohibited content in Shots.

If your video was marked by our algorithm as potentially unacceptable, it will be automatically queued for moderators review. The reviewing process can take from several minutes to 48 hours, depending on the total number of uploaded shots, day of the week, and other factors.

If your shot falls into the moderation queue, you will be informed about it. While your shot remains in moderation mode, you have an option to save it to your camera roll or delete it.

If your shot somehow ended up in the moderation queue while it doesn't offer any prohibited content, there's no reason to worry. As soon as the shot passes moderation by our team, it will appear in your profile and in the general shots feed. While we understand it may cause inconvenience at times, this algorithm prevents millions of users from seeing NSFW content in shots. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Non-musical content in shots

UG and shots in particular is a place for expressing yourself. But unlike other platforms it focuses on musicians and music. This is why most of your content has to be music related with you playing instruments, singing, or reviewing gear or music albums. Note that the UG moderators reserve the right to remove non-musical shots if they receive reports from the UG community.

Prohibited non-musical videos include the following:

  • Nudity or sexual activity
  • Advertisement of any product
  • Spam
  • Discrimination, hate speech, harassment or cyberbullying
  • Impersonation, spam, scams, or other misleading content
  • Non musical memes and jokes (especially created by someone else)
  • Videos that contain other people’s intellectual property (music, video, images)