How to Be Awesome

  • Try new things.

    Be fearless and learn new skills. They unlock possibilities for our lives and help us meet cool people.

  • Share what you know.

    Everyone is a teacher and a learner. Contribute to DIY by sharing your expertise. It can be anything!

  • Don't be a jerk.

    It's never cool to make someone feel bad. Act like a jerk and we'll have no choice but to feed you to a troll.

Community Guidelines


  • Don't be afraid to try.

    Don't be afraid to be weird or try something new and fail. Go outside of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before. Ever try beatboxing?
  • Be original.

    Only share pictures and videos you made. It's not awesome to pass off someone else's work as your own.
  • Show how you did it.

    Whenever possible include details about how you did something. This makes it easier for other DIYers to learn from you.
  • Don't be lazy.

    It's OK to try and fail, but it's not cool to do less than your best.


  • Tolerate differences.

    The DIY community welcomes diversity of all kinds. Keep your posts respectful and kind, even if you don’t always agree.
  • Give feedback.

    Let users know how much you like their project or how they can improve it by leaving constructive feedback or asking interesting questions.
  • Don't be a troll.

    Trolls are members who start arguments and upset people. Trolls will be banned from the community.
  • Don't spam.

    Spamming is when you post comments that are irrelevant to the topic. This includes announcements and requests to be followed.


  • Keep personal stuff private.

    Never share your full name, e-mail address, home address, or phone number, and never ask anyone else for theirs.
  • Don't share password.

    You should never share your password with any one - this includes shared DIY accounts. DIY Staff and Moderators will never ask, either.
  • Flag inappropriate comments.

    Also, don’t take matters into your own hands and respond to negativity with more negativity. Let Moderators take care of it.
  • Report troublemakers.

    Report anyone that is rude or infringes upon you or someone else's privacy. Contact the Help Desk or email us directly at

A DIYer should…

DIY is a creative community for kids to learn new skills, share their projects, and meet other kids around the world who share their passions. To keep it a safe and enjoyable place for everyone, all DIYers agree to honor the follow Guidelines. Broken rules will result in written warnings to parents or account suspensions from DIY Moderators.

1. Be original!

a. Just be yourself. A DIY portfolio is a place to share original projects and earn skills. Accounts shouldn’t be shared by multiple people, used to impersonate others (like DIY Mods, celebrities, or pets), or created for any other reason besides those listed above.

b. Share your own stuff. DIY is a place to show off the awesome things you’ve made yourself. Don’t post or take credit for stuff you’ve found in the world, online, or on another DIYer’s portfolio.

c. Give credit where it’s due. It’s okay to be inspired, but it’s never cool to steal. Always ask for permission before borrowing or referencing something that someone else made (like music, designs, ideas, etc.) in your projects. Make sure to give the original creator credit for what they made!

2. Be safe!

a. Keep personal stuff secret. Never post your full name, home or school address, phone number, email address, or any other identifying info online. Always check with a parent or guardian before sharing your face, first name, or links to your other social media accounts. If you wouldn't share it with a stranger on the street, don't share it on DIY.

b. Respect others’ privacy. Everybody has unique preferences about their online safety. Avoid asking other DIYers for their personal info (like name, age, where they live, go to school, etc.), and always get someone’s permission before posting their face, name, or any other identifying info online.

c. Avoid money transactions. DIY is not a place to buy or sell goods or services. To avoid scams and safety concerns, never ask for or give out info related to money exchanges (e.g. credit card numbers or PayPal info). You may share links to external online shops (like Etsy) with a parent’s permission.

3. Be considerate!

a. Tolerate others’ differences. DIY welcomes kids of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, body types, gender identities, sexual orientations, and education types. Hateful language, discrimination, or threats based on these or any other identities are not okay.

b. Include everyone. DIY is a great place to meet other kids whose lives are different than your own. Be kind and inclusive when sharing your beliefs or responding to others sharing theirs. DIYers may reference their personal beliefs (religious, political, social) in their creative projects, but posts that aim to criticize, convert, or otherwise devalue others’ beliefs or identities are not allowed.

c. Help others learn. DIYers come in all shapes and sizes. They may be younger, may have less experience posting online, may learn differently, or may speak a different language than you. Be polite and patient when talking to others, even if they annoy you or ask questions that may seem obvious.

d. Support others’ growth. DIY is place to learn and grow. Constructive criticism is allowed, but straight-up negativity is not. If you don’t have anything helpful to contribute to a project, you probably don’t need to comment on it.

4. Be respectful!

a. Keep language clean. Profanity (AKA "swear" or "bad" or "cuss" words) is not allowed, including censored ("c******d" or "c&%*ored") words, slang, acronyms, or emojis. If you wouldn't want a younger sibling to read it, don't write it on DIY.

b. Stay age-appropriate. To keep DIY suitable for all ages, posts that refer to or link to external mature content (including written descriptions, images, audio, or videos) are not allowed. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Use of drugs, alcohol, or other age-restricted/illegal substances
  • Suggestive or explicit romantic content
  • Sensitive personal topics like self-harm
  • Excessive gore or violent imagery
  • Shocking events like natural/manmade disasters or tragedies

c. Keep things covered. Wear appropriate clothing when documenting your projects. Avoid sharing projects that show you or other kids partially-clothed.

5. Be drama-free!

a. Seek achievement, not attention. Posts or activity asking for attention (like spamming, requests for followers/faves, announcements about quitting, protests against DIY or other DIYers) make DIY a bad experience for other DIYers and should be avoided.

b. Keep it positive. DIY is a great place to express yourself. However, some types of expression aren’t suitable for all ages and should be avoided on DIY. Avoid self-deprecating language (e.g. “I’m ugly/trash”, “this sucks”, “I hate this”) and posts that encourage mean or non-constructive criticism (e.g. roasts).

c. Look for friends, not dates. DIY is a safe place to learn and create creative projects, not a place to look for dating partners. Avoid commenting on others' appearances or seeking romantic relationships on/through DIY.

Most violations of the DIY Guidelines are judged on a case-by-case basis. To protect the privacy and safety of all DIYers, Mods will not discuss or share details about moderation action with other members of the DIY community.

  • Written warning: Minor violations of the DIY Guidelines commonly result in a written warning via a notification, comment, or private email from a Mod.
  • Suspension: Account suspensions remove all of a DIYer’s posting privileges. The suspended account will receive an email with details of the suspension. Suspensions are often temporary until the Mod team and suspended DIYer (and their parent) can resolve the issue privately via email.
  • Permanent suspension: In severe cases or instances of repeated violations after receiving a previous suspension, a DIYer may be permanently banned from participating in the DIY community and their account(s) will be removed from the platform.