Community Guidelines

Who’s in the kitchen & what’s cooking

These Community Guidelines are here to help you understand what behavior is appropriate – and not appropriate – on this site. Remember, your use of BeenThereAteThat is subject to these Guidelines and our Terms of Service.

The Basics

  • BeenThereAteThat accounts are intended for personal use.
  • You must be over the age of 13 to use BeenThereAteThat.
  • Any photos you post should be taken by you personally.
  • By posting photos, you agree to let other site visitors view your photos, along with the information you have provided about them.
  • You also accept that other members can make comments and ask questions about your posted photos, as long as those questions and/or comments are not in conflict with BeenThereAteThat’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.

Violations of BeenThereAteThat’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service can result in account termination without warning.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Post only food-related photosvWe’re sure your kitten is reeeeally cute – but this isn’t the place to post his photo. There are plenty of perfectly fine sites that host miscellaneous photographs. Please limit posts on this site to food, meal ingredients, meal situations, restaurants (and their surrounding environment), places where you can buy food, food shows and things that will eventually become food (your prize tomato patch, for example). Accounts that consist primarily of non-food related photos may be terminated at any time.

  • Dish up as much info as you can
    What makes BeenThereAteThat really different from general photo sites is your ability to share and search for detailed information about food and restaurants. So please, provide information like a restaurant’s address, phone number and other details – even if it’s optional. Write about the experience, the people and the surroundings. Tell us a story, give us the recipe (if you came up with it yourself) or provide the link to a recipe (if somebody else came up with it). The more you share, the better this site will be!

  • Upload only photos that you’ve taken
    Don’t post other peoples’ photos and pass them off as your own. Don’t grab shots from the internet and post them. Don’t copy photos from this site and use them for any other purposes. In other words, don’t eat off of other people’s plates! It’s not just impolite – it’s against the law. See our Copyright/IP Policy for more information.

  • Have good table manners
    Be polite and show respect to other members. FlambĂ©-ing may be OK for food, but flaming isn’t nice for people! If you disagree, do it kindly. Don’t leave a bad taste! Harassment, abuse, hate speech, slurs, malicious use of stereotypes, predatory behavior, impersonation and/or intimidation are not permitted on this site. If we receive a valid complaint about your conduct, it will result in a warning or termination of your account.

  • Don’t make us queasy
    Don’t post any photos that are deliberately creepy, gross or disgusting. There is some pretty unusual food out there, so if you ate eyeballs on your travels in a country where that’s a generally accepted dish, well OK, post the photo. But don’t go fabricating freaky things or post something intentionally offensive.

  • Don’t post content that is sexually explicit, illegal or prohibited
    Yes, food can be sexy. But pornography or sexually explicit content is not allowed on this site. And, if find you doing anything illegal, your account will be deleted and we’ll take appropriate action, which may include reporting you to the authorities.

  • Don’t use BeenThereAteThat for commercial purposes
    BeenThereAteThat is for personal use only. If a member is found to be selling products or services on this site, we will terminate his or her account. If you’re interested in advertising on BeenThereAteThat, drop us a line at:

  • Report abuse
    Help us and your fellow users. If you see something that violates BeenThereAteThat’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Use, please file a report it by going to the Report Abuse page (there’s a link at the bottom of every BeenThereAteThat page). To report copyright infringement, see the instructions on our Copyright/IP Policy page (there’s a link at the bottom of every BeenThereAteThat page, too).

  • Dig in and enjoy!
    We know, all these rules and warnings are enough to kill anybody’s appetite. But remember, the world is full of decent, fun people who enjoying sharing a good meal. Now you can sit across the table from all of them! So dig in – post your photos, express your opinions and picture what the world is eating!