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sabinespoems

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What you're about to read has already been said many times before, just like a lot of things on the forum ha. So a thread has probably already been dedicated to this topic (my apologies if this is the case!), but I felt a new reminder wouldn't hurt either way. 

Now and again I see Sellers complain about a gig that has been removed due to a ToS violation. Generally speaking there are two responses:

1. But I've been selling this service for -insert- years!
Why this argument doesn't hold is easy to explain, just read the title of this thread. Just because you've committed fraud for 50 years without going to jail or you went over the speed limit without receiving a ticket doesn't mean it's not against the rules. Furthermore, rules and regulations also change. Like, let's give a very extreme example, slavery for instance (I didn't know a better universally understood example). But to bring it back to a more sane level, when you're a freelancer on a platform it's up to you to keep up with the (changing) rules to make sure you still comply. Which leads me to my next point!

2. Nobody gave me a warning!
Yes. Yes they did. In the Terms of Service. Which you agreed to the moment you joined this platform. And like I said in point 1, it's up to you to read and stay up to date with it. 

In order to make these 2 points more specific and for you to double-check your gigs, I've included the reasons that are in Fiverr's Terms of Service why your Gig might (at one point or another) be removed. Keep in mind these points include reasons, but removal might not be limited to these points: 

  • Illegal or Fraudulent services
  • Copyright Infringement, Trademark Infringement, and violation of a third party's terms of service reported through our Intellectual Property Claims Policy found here
  • Adult oriented services, Pornographic, Inappropriate/Obscene
  • Intentional copies of Gigs
  • Spam, nonsense, or violent or deceptive Gigs
  • Gigs misleading to Buyers or others
  • Reselling of regulated goods
  • Offering to prepare academic works on behalf of Buyers
  • Exceedingly low quality Gigs
  • Promoting Fiverr and/or Fiverr Gigs through activities that are prohibited by any laws, regulations, and/or third parties' terms of service, as well as through any marketing activity that negatively affects our relationships with our users or partners.

3. Bonus point I wanted to make! 
A lot of Sellers are also complaining about not being in the search results. This can be due to many factors. For example, your gig might not pop up when you search it yourself, but on another computer (based on that person's search behavior) it does. However, Fiverr has included in the ToS as well that gigs may be removed from our Search feature due to poor performance and/or user misconduct. 

For all of you who don't know where you can find Fiverr's ToS to check for yourself let me make your life a little easier (something that generally isn't my talent 😅) by providing the link: Fiverr's Terms of Service

That's it! 

Bye GIFs | Tenor

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26 minutes ago, sabinespoems said:
  • Promoting Fiverr and/or Fiverr Gigs through activities that are prohibited by any laws, regulations, and/or third parties' terms of service

This point is HUGE. If you are offering services that involve a third party site - make sure you read their terms of service as well. Not just Fiverr's ToS. Fiverr doesn't have the time to tell you what the rules are for whatever third party you are using.

For example, if you, as a seller are asking for your buyer's log-in information to complete the service, make sure that it's allowed by that third party service.

In most cases, sharing user log-in and passwords are not allowed per their User Agreement or ToS.

LinkedIn does not allow sharing login and passwords. Other web-based services - such as LMS learning platforms, Blue Host, and WordPress - also don't allow sharing log-in information, but they do allow you to create separate accounts with admin access. So please make sure you are doing things right.

It's so easy to be so focused on Fiverr's ToS and Community Standards that we sometimes forget there are other rules that must be followed, too.

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52 minutes ago, vickieito said:

If you are offering services that involve a third party site - make sure you read their terms of service as well. Not just Fiverr's ToS.

This is a very valuable addition for people to take into account, thank you for enriching the thread! 😄

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