knowledge base

Visual content considerations

As per Community Rule 5, all visual content submitted or uploaded to osu! must be considered as appropriate for an all-ages game.

This includes:

  • submitted beatmaps
  • profile details (avatars, cover images)
  • any other attachments or hyperlinks (forum posts, comments, beatmap discussion posts)

In the interest of keeping things as clean as possible, Community Rule 5 applies to anything that could be reasonably considered "questionable".

Important things to consider

All pictures should be judged as they are, without factoring in any other cases before them. Decide based on what you see.

Please also understand that we are a global, multicultural community with widely varying thoughts, opinions, and values on the topic of what is and isn't allowed.

When in doubt, aim to accommodate the collective values shared by the largest portion of the osu! community in general.

Criteria

Images or visual elements containing any of the following are not allowed:

  • sexual content involving or targeted at minors
  • excessive violence, gore, dismemberment, decapitation, or maiming
  • significant sexual innuendo
  • sexual posturing or solicitation
  • erotic content or graphic displays of sexuality
  • examples of drug use, preparation, or identification with illicit drug subculture
  • depictions of deliberately inflammatory political, cultural, religious, or social content

Exceptions

Images or visual elements containing examples of the following may be considered acceptable:

  • mild to moderate depictions of violence (small amounts of blood, non-critical or superficial wounding)
  • artistic nudity (in the context of classical artwork, or work related to the element, such as album art with minor nudity present)
  • mild romance, flirting or intimate affection (hugging, embracing, kissing without sexual connotations, hand-holding, etc.)
  • swimsuits of reasonable design (standard swimwear with general coverage, ordinary bikini)

Getting your image assessed

Images that are used anywhere on the site outside of a beatmap (avatars, profile covers, userpages, etc) are not subject to the voting procedure explained below and may be removed at any time at the discretion of the Global Moderation Team.

If you are unsure about an image that is going to be included in a beatmap in any way, please submit a request via the Beatmap Nominator Report Submission page. The image will be raised to a vote that must pass by a considerable majority, or will be automatically denied.

The result of any vote is final, unless the image is significantly altered in an attempt to resolve any potentially problematic elements raised during discussion.

At all times, the osu!team reserves the right to unilaterally declare any piece of content either valid or invalid at their discretion, regardless of any previous voting held on the matter.