Code of Conduct

Where to report bad behavior

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We understand that it is not possible for everyone to get along with everyone. Drama will inevitably happen over and over again. This article will not prevent bad behavior from happening, but it is a reminder of the things we do not tolerate, the sanctions we can apply and our recommendations on what to do if you are involved in a conflict or are witnessing bad behavior. We need everyone to make an effort to keep the peace and love in Tatoeba.

We do not tolerate

  • Insults: saying something offensive about someone or some people.
  • Harassment: bothering someone repeatedly.
  • Accusations: stating that someone is doing something with bad intentions.
  • Blaming: saying that a problem is someone‚Äôs fault.
  • Provocation: writing something that intentionally makes other people angry.
  • Retaliation: replying to insults, harassment, accusations, blaming or provocation with something that doesn't help.
  • Bad faith: lying, deceiving, being dishonest.
  • Sabotage: intentionally damaging the corpus.

Generally speaking, we do not tolerate any kind of behavior that harms the collaborative and civilized atmosphere of Tatoeba.


If someone is causing you trouble, we recommend that you simply ignore the person and report the behavior to the admins. Do NOT try to reply to any provocation; this will most likely cause more trouble.

If you see someone being the target of a bad behavior, we also recommend you to simply report the behavior. Do not try to defend the target. If you feel you cannot stand there and do nothing, then you may send a PRIVATE message to express your support to the targeted person. But please, avoid any public intervention; it will most likely cause more unnecessary drama.

Report the problem to us at


Admins will first send warnings to the offender, and the offender has the possibility to delete or edit the offensive content into something more appropriate. The offensive content may be a sentence or the user profile description, not necessarily a comment.

Admins may take the decision to hide, edit or delete the content without warning, in cases where the content is really harmful and would be better removed as fast as possible, or in cases where the offender has already had such prior warnings.

If, after everything, the warnings happened to be insufficient, and the behavior of the offenders is too much to handle for the time that admins can dedicate to such things, then the offender will be suspended or banned for a temporary or unlimited period of time.

Being suspended means that the offender can no longer contribute new sentences but can still edit their existing sentences and can still post comments. Being banned means that the user can no longer log in.

There is no general rule about how long we suspend or ban people. We will try to be as fair as possible, but we can never be completely fair.

Related links

In case you are interested in reading the previous articles on this topic:

These articles are only here as a reference, however. Our official policies regarding bad behavior are explained in the present article.


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