Rules

These rules apply to all users of wallhaven.cc (that includes you!) Not following them may result in your uploads being removed or you losing the ability to create posts, upload, flag or tag. If you have questions about any of them, please ask a staff member or in the forum. Note that in a few cases there will be exceptions to these rules where staff will use their best judgment in the interest of the site.

Notice: These rules may be updated at any time.

Forum

  • Entire posts in languages other than English are not permitted.
  • Use descriptive titles so that other users understand the purpose of the topic.
  • Do not format titles or posts to attract attention (all caps, symbols, etc.)
  • Any kind of advertising is not permitted unless relevant to the thread.
  • No personal attacks on other users—contact a staff member directly to resolve issues.
  • Posts inciting hatred or made purely to antagonise or provoke others are not allowed.

Uploading

Remember: Wallhaven is a place for sharing wallpapers! Before uploading something, ask yourself: "Would someone else use this as a wallpaper?" If not, don't upload it!

  • The minimum resolution is 1280x800 for landscape images and 800x1280 for portraits.
  • Do not stretch images to a higher resolution—upload the original version where possible.
  • Respect copyright. Attribute the author wherever possible. Do not upload content from banned sources. Do not remove artist signatures/watermarks.
  • No low-quality edits (rotated, mirrored or picture-in-picture images).
  • Sexual interaction (masturbation, oral sex, sex toys, penetration, bodily fluids), closeups of genitals and child pornography (including lolicon) are all strictly not allowed. The line is drawn at kissing and petting.
  • No private photos (of family, friends, your vacation, etc.) or amateur porn.
  • No promotional material (i.e. with large watermarks), red carpet/press event photos or low-resolution samples.
  • Only high-quality screenshots of movies, TV series, anime and video games are allowed. Screenshots of desktops are not allowed. No overlays/HUDs/Logos.
  • Images of gore purely for shock value are not permitted.
  • When uploading a varied set of images, tag and flag them separately so that content is sorted accurately.
  • A maximum of 15 images per set/series of images is allowed.
  • No material depicting or promoting hatred or radical propaganda, except when used harmlessly in fiction, art, parodies, etc.

Purity

  • Sketchy
    • Images with a subject in underwear, swimwear, lingerie, latex, etc. but no genitals or (female) nipples showing.
    • Images containing profanity, drugs/drug references, war and death.
    • Non-graphic violence such as blood spatter, and images of guns in use.
    • Controversial political/religious symbols such as Nazism.
  • NSFW
    • Images with nudity, including cupped/covered breasts, strategic covering, bare asses and genitals/nipples visible through clothing, but not cleavage.
    • Bondage and BDSM in general, with or without nudity.
    • Images with graphic violence.

Tagging

  • Common terms should be lowercase (nature). Capitalise proper nouns (people, places, titles) according to the official spelling (The Lord of the Rings). Titles of foreign creative works should use their original title, but transliterated into English where necessary (Nichijou instead of 日常).
  • Tags are for categorizing images so users can find them, not needlessly describing them or to show off. Consider how useful a tag is before adding it, and how you would search for the image.
  • Tags should describe what the image depicts (buildings, sunset) and should not be expressing a view (beautiful, ugly).
  • Do not use synonyms (alternative words for the same term)—just the most common/correct one (Daenerys Targaryen instead of Khaleesi).
  • Tags should not contain links (somedude.deviantart.com)—use the author/publisher's name (Some Dude) instead. No creating a tag for your own alias/site for self-promotion—if you're famous enough to deserve a tag, someone else will have made it already!
  • Celebrities and other figures should be tagged with their full or stage names, except for those going by just a single one (Carisha). For Japanese names such as anime characters, use the traditional order of last name-first name (Hatsune Miku).
  • Terms referring to multiple things should have separate tags labelled using parentheses, like Prometheus (movie) and Prometheus (spaceship).
  • Check your spelling, even if English is your first language! The site uses American English ("color" instead of "colour", etc.) Specific foreign names like Notre Dame are an exception.
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