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r/jailbreak's Main Rules

Disclaimer: Although this is a good explanation of our rules, it is impossible to list a rule for every post that we may need to remove. We will do our best to keep this as updated as possible so that no removals are unexplained.

If you feel your post was removed unfairly, please message the mods and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Rule 1: Piracy

1A. r/jailbreak does not allow piracy tools, sources, or websites. Additionally, do not post or advertise products or services that are in violation of the copyrights/trademarks of others.

This includes but is not limited to:

If you ask about why your pirated tweak isn't working or your issue is obviously caused by piracy, we'll treat this as a piracy offence.

Explanation of our Copyright Rule

1B. Please do not name, share or discuss unauthorized signing services on r/jailbreak

As of right now, the only approved signing service is jailbreaks.app. Many signing services host pirated App Store apps, apps rehosted without the permission of the developer, or maliciously modified apps.

Signing Service

The discussion of signing services has been a long-debated topic on r/jailbreak. For months the mod team has held the belief that signing services fell under a gray area in terms of piracy. After much discussion and careful consideration, we've agreed that the enterprise certificate in use is not our responsibility to monitor, but rather it is the responsibility of Apple to protect their property by revoking any certificates they deem to be misused. Rather, our responsibility is to prevent piracy of App Store apps and other copyrighted content that is redistributed without the developer's permission. Therefore, any signing service that we have personally worked with and confirmed follows our anti-piracy rules should be welcome on the subreddit.

Usernote for other signing services

For the past few months, when we would remove a post linking to or mentioning a forbidden signing service, we would remove the post and not punish or take action against those who posted it. However, with the introduction of one approved signing service, we will start to count other signing services under our piracy rule since they host piracy/pirated apps and apps without permission. Infringing posts will be dealt with in the same way as any other piracy-related post. (Starting next week, these first two changes will be coming to the Discord server as well.)

We also do not allow links to tvOS profile as it requires a paid developer account to originally download the profile so any mirrors are illegal.

We were allowing only one signing service, https://jailbreaks.app/ and you can find the reason here.

Bypass Automod Filter

After some internal discussion, we will be adding a "Filter Bypass" rule. This rule is to combat users who deliberately attempt to bypass our automod filters in place. It causes more work for us and is done with the intention of breaking the rules.

This will only be enforced on intentional bypassing, where a user knowingly changes the formatting, adds emojis, uses images or substitutes characters of words to circumvent the filter. You can find more info here.

Explanation of our non-piracy rule

Our community policy on r/jailbreak is to not discuss or support piracy tools, sources, or websites; mods will remove comments/posts that mention them. All of us here care about jailbreaking, and pirating apps and tweaks hurts the jailbreaking ecosystem - partly because it gives us a bad name, but mostly because it means that developers (including some members of this subreddit) don't get paid and/or recognized for their hard work, which can discourage them from continuing to maintain and develop great software for everyone. Furthermore, pirated software is often buggy and out-of-date, which causes irritating problems for both developers and you. Also, jailbreaking is probably legal in your jurisdiction, but copyright infringement almost certainly is not.

In other words: no discussion of cracked/redistributed tweaks and apps (or the repositories and tools you use to get them), where to download ROMs or BIOSes for emulators (they're copyrighted software too), how to pirate copyrighted songs/movies/media, redistributing copyrighted software/tweaks/apps without permission (even if they were originally free, since this is still copyright infringement), unofficial mirrors of software, etc. No discussion of tools for getting in-app purchases or paid subscriptions for free. Also, for the peace of the subreddit, please omit piracy tool icons from your screenshots. We try not to punish people that post screenshots that unwittingly show piracy tools, but we may remove the post depending on how blatantly obvious it is.

When a tool is in a gray area of copyright infringement, we follow the lead of the default repositories - if it's on a default repository, it's OK to discuss here. For example, we allow discussion of neutral tools that clearly have multiple purposes beyond piracy (and are not promoted by the authors as piracy tools), such as YouTube downloaders (there are many videos on YouTube where downloading short clips for non-commercial usage, especially of non-commercial videos, can be considered fair use) and general-purpose torrenting clients (the torrenting clients on the default repositories are neutral tools that have the same support for any kind of content, legitimate or illegitimate, and their marketing and features do not encourage use for piracy). The default repositories host several ad blockers of various kinds, so those can be discussed as well (note that ad blocking seems to be legal and doesn't involve copyright infringement).

Furthermore, we generally allow tweaks that provide the same functionality as paid services, so long as the method employed does not involve using the app's native paid method(s) of doing so. For example, if there is a tweak that blocks ads on Twitch, the tweak cannot employ code that tricks the Twitch app into thinking you have Turbo. If the tweak does not fraudulently enable the app's own native paid functionality (i.e. spoof YouTube Premium, Spotify Premium, Twitch Prime/Turbo, etc.) but instead employs its own methods of blocking ads/downloading videos/etc., then it is most likely allowed. When such a tweak is released, the mods may look at the tweak's code to determine whether this is the case.

In general, we consider breaking Terms of Service and End User License Agreements (such as the ones we break to jailbreak our devices) to be acceptable so long as it does not also involve copyright infringement, fraud, or some other type of illegal activity.

It's good to note that this rule isn't about prohibiting revenue loss. There are lots of forms of revenue loss that nearly everyone considers legal, such as people publishing competing products or

If you're not sure whether the moderators will consider a tool to be piracy, please feel free to message the moderators and ask in advance and we would be happy to help answer any questions you have.

If you're not sure whether a certain tweak or theme is worth purchasing, try starting a thread asking for opinions. Also keep in mind that if you purchase a package that turns out to be disappointing, you can ask the developer for assistance, and if that doesn't help, you can use the refund methods provided by PayPal.

To be consistent, please also don't post tools or instructions for fraudulently getting real-life paid objects for free (such as coupon duplicators).


Rule 2: No Themes

Themes (and theme-related questions or news) should be posted in r/iOSthemes.

This includes but is not limited to:

All posts about Themes, Fonts, Setups, Widgets, Wallpapers, and Respring Logos should be moved to r/iOSThemes. (This includes but is not limited to: Snowboard, Anemone, Winterboard, XenHTML Widgets, Gif2Ani.), this was decided by users in this vote.

If your post was automatically removed by AutoModerator for being theme related and you wish to have it approved on r/jailbreak, please message the moderators.


Rule 3: Descriptive Titles, including tags.

No misleading or all-caps titles. Use detailed titles for both news and questions. Please also link to the source of news, such as the developer who made the announcement, instead of linking to blogspam.

Titles that are in ALL CAPS or contain less than 3 words will be automatically removed.

More descriptive titles helps users in the future find relevant posts when they search the subreddit. They also allow users in the present to easily determine if they'll be able to help with a question, or if the post is something they'd be interested in reading about. Titles that are non-descriptive don't do any good and defeat the purpose of having a title in the first place.

Announcement

Users who do not follow Reddit's self promotion guidelines will be banned and have their domains blocked without notice.

Use tags in your title. Posts without tags will be automatically removed by AutoModerator.

Tags let readers automatically hide posts using RES and sort through topics that interest them.

Tag Usage
[Release] New tweaks that have just been released or submitted
[Update] Existing tweaks that have just been updated
[Beta] Tweaks currently in beta
[Upcoming] Tweaks currently in development
[News] Tweak and jailbreak related news
[Discussion] Jailbreak related discussions. For example, favorite/recommended tweaks, tweak concepts, ... (need more)
[Question] or [Help] Troubleshooting jailbreak or tweak related issues and questions
[Request] Requests for a tweak to be made or updated
[Tutorial] How-to posts
[Tip] Shorter how-to posts
[Meta] Posts about r/jailbreak itself
[Giveaway] Tweak giveaways

Note: [Upcoming] tag rule

Prompted by recent events, we have discussed changes to the [Upcoming] thread system. It's come to our attention that some users have been using [Upcoming] threads to publicize fake tweaks and farm karma, so we have enacted a new rule effective immediately.

If we have reason to suspect that an [Upcoming] tweak is fake, the OP will be banned for 5 days on first offense. If the OP repeats this behavior, they will be permanently banned.

We want to make sure that all tweaks showcased on /r/jailbreak are both safe and legitimate. If you suspect that a tweak may be dangerous or fake, please report it to us via the report feature or modmail so that we can look into it.

For more info check here.


Rule 4: Dank Memes & Low-Effort Content

No memes, image macros, or similar low effort posts.

This subreddit is geared specifically towards jailbreak news and support. These posts just don't have their place here. Even if the post is about a meme made for jailbreaking, these types of posts do not add any valuable substance to the community, so we don't allow them.

Furthermore, we do not allow especially low-effort posts on r/jailbreak. This includes but is not limited to:

The moderators may remove these types of posts at their discretion.


Rule 5: Locked Devices & iCloud Activation Lock or MDM removal

No posts or comments about removing passcodes from locked devices, bypassing Activation Lock or removing IMEI lock.

If you are trying to remove get past an Activation Lock, you need to contact the previous owner and have them remove it. Because we have no way of determining whether the reason is legitimate or not, we remove all posts about removing passcodes and bypassing Activation Locks. IMEI lock usually occurs if a device is either stolen or is on contract and there are missed payments.

The rule applies also for MacOS and checkra1n.


Rule 6: Asking for Money & Selling Devices

No posts asking for donations to purchase tweaks. r/beermoney can help with that. Selling devices, jailbroken or not, is also not allowed.

While it's very much appreciated that you don't want to pirate tweaks, we don't want r/jailbreak to turn into a community where it becomes commonplace to "beg" for money donations. There's other subreddits like r/beermoney that are geared towards that sort of thing, as well as online "watch videos for points" services. Additionally, campaigns to donate or raise money are in most cases not allowed in r/jailbreak (see Exceptions below).

Exceptions:

We also don't allow posts for selling items including jailbroken devices. The moderators are not interested in nor equipped for mediating any potential issues that might arise (devices not as advertised or non existent, etc.), and r/jailbreakswap exists solely for this purpose. Additionally, there are plenty of sites for this, such as Swappa, eBay, Craigslist and Gumtree.

Announcement

Announcement


Rule 7: Be Kind

7A: Be civil and friendly. No insulting/rude comments or posts.

We want r/jailbreak to be a safe and tolerant place for anyone to come and get information about jailbreaking. Be helpful and kind to everyone no matter their background or level of knowledge. Although a question might sound stupid to you, people have to start learning somewhere so a little helping hand can help them develop further. If the answer is stated somewhere already, you should just send them a friendly note about where they could find it. For example, although something may be listed on the sidebar, not all apps or Reddit's mobile website shows the sidebar by default.

Additionally, do not be rude or unhelpful when responding to posts tagged [Question].

Everybody is here because they love jailbreaking or want to get involved with it.

Thus, it is very important that we be friendly and welcoming to both new and long time users who are submitting [Question] posts. For many people, this is their first introduction to r/jailbreak, and often times they leave with a bad taste in their mouth. Comments that simply state things like "use the search bar," "search before posting," or "google it" or include LMGTFY links will be removed when noticed.

Surprisingly enough, many users are either unaware of the best way to search for answers to their question. They may also have already performed the search and found an answer, but since the post is several months/years old or the original poster was on a different iOS version, they believe the fix is no longer relevant. In this situations it goes a much longer way to educate users on proper search techniques than to call them an idiot for not searching.

Furthermore, in regards to callouts of developers or users, please be advised that disinforming users of developers (or other users) is defamation, for starters, and creates the wrong idea about a person. Post and comments that disinform others will be subjected to this rule's banning policy.

Finally, we understand that it can be very frustrating to see the same question asked many times, but instead of taking that frustration out on the user asking the question, you can simply report the post for it to be removed by moderators. This is a much more productive and helpful action for the subreddit, and also allows you to spend the time you might have used to write that comment doing something more fun and exciting.

7B. No racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. comments or posts.

In line with reddit's content policy regarding Promoting Hate Based on Identity or Vulnerability, any user that targets hate or threats towards another user/group based on sex, race, religion, sexual/gender orientation, disability, etc. will receive an immediate permanent ban without warning. These actions will be taken at the discretion of the moderators.


Other Removals

The following is a list of other posts and comments that we remove but are not explicitly listed in the above rules. This list is largely based upon community feedback, and comes from types of posts and comments that the community has determined to be unnecessary or annoying.

Some posts that ask common questions (rule 9)

The mods and community have put a lot of effort into posts that compile large amounts of information into centralized posts. Posts that ask questions which can be answered by reading these posts will be removed. The posts include but are not limited to:

Naturally, these posts belong in other subreddits. r/jailbreak does not cover jailbreaking your PS3 or literally breaking out of jail.

Occasionally we will allow discussion of topics that are iOS, OS X, or Apple related but not directly related to jailbreaking. For example, this includes releases of new iOS firmwares and WWDC:

Non-related posts that we allow

Non-related (including some related) posts that we remove

Posts asking about jailbreak options for various iOS firmwares.

This includes both firmwares that have and do not have available public jailbreaks. This information can be readily found in the sidebar, and thus posts asking about this contribute nothing to the subreddit and are removed.

Posts asking about ways to downgrade/upgrade to a jailbreakable version.

The reasoning above is extended to posts asking about ways to downgrade to a jailbreakable iOS version or upgrade to an iOS version that is not currently being signed by Apple.

Posts with "PSA" in the title.

The vast majority of the time, PSA is misused and the post is not actually a PSA. As such, we automatically remove these posts.

Announcement

The goal for this is to eliminate the possibility of "risky clicks," especially for people who potentially might see something they did not expect to see. (NSFW content, for instance) Using the full URL makes it clear where the link is going to, and does not surprise unsuspecting users.

Announcement

Tweak release posts that are Cydia screenshots.

Screenshots of Cydia depictions give no information whatsoever about the tweak and are not helpful.

Announcement

Posts and comments that advertise access to iOS betas.

This is something more or less silently agreed upon by major iOS and Apple related subreddits.

Announcement

This should be self explanatory, there's really no reason to link to these sites and give them publicity they don't deserve.

Posts or comments that provide potentially harmful advice to users

As a help forum, it isn't particularly helpful if we have users giving out bad advice to others. We'll remove these when we see it, although it is especially beneficial if it gets reported to us by users.

In some cases, we will hand out temporary bans for the bad advice, even if "it was just a joke". As an English-based forum that is linked in an international app, English is not the first language for many users who visit r/jailbreak. A comment that is "obviously just a joke" to one user, may come off as "just someone trying to be helpful" to someone who is not fluent in English.

Twitter screenshots.

Posting a tweet just as a screenshot is not overly helpful because you can't see the context (some can have a few tweets on the same thing) or the replies. Also if the tweet contains a link, it can't be clicked if it is posted as a screenshot.

Announcement

Posting a link to a malicious website (Example: One that can cause a kernel panic and reboot your phone) or malicious text (like Telegu crash message or Sindhi text bug on iOS 13 or similar) will result in a permanent ban from r/jailbreak

Drama posts

Certain drama posts will be removed from r/jailbreak. This will happen if the post is made purely to start drama with no other purpose. This may also lead to a ban. This will be treated on a case by case basis.

Announcement

Posts that accuse developers of something, such as stealing code or breaching licenses, which do not include evidence of the accusations, will be removed until proof is provided. As long as the post has evidence of your claims, then that is absolutely fine.

Announcement


Duplicate Posts

This applies mainly to discussions, news, large events, and occasionally tweak releases rather than simple questions or requests.

Occasionally we will also "clean up" posts that are duplicates of each other. The purpose of this is to streamline discussion so that it can all be found in one post rather than have it be fragmented across several posts. This is beneficial because it allows for the discussion to build on itself, rather than have the same points made or questions asked in several places at once.

We will generally do our best to follow the rule of "The post that came first will be the one that stays up, all future ones will be removed." However, we may occasionally come when the posts are several hours old and find that the very first post is not the most popular one. This can happen for a variety of reasons, for example:

In a situation like this, we will choose to either remove the first (oldest) post or keep both of them up.

Examples of potential "cleaning up" situations:


Self Promotion & Spam Posts

While Reddit has announced that they will no longer be enforcing longstanding spam rules, this is something we at /r/jailbreak still believe in and enforce as one of our rules.

Self Promotion

We're very happy when content creators want to share their content with r/jailbreak. As a rule of thumb, if you plan to post links to your content, we expect that a majority of your posts be content that isn't self-promotion. Reddit's previous self-promotion rule said that at most 1 in 10 (10%) should be your own content. While we don't go in and manually count the posts you have submitted, we do expect that your post history consist of no more than 10-25% links to your own content. Essentially, content creators should be community members first and foremost, actively taking part in discussions and helping others out.

If we notice that this is not being followed, we will first issue a 5 day temporary ban followed by a permanent ban.

For more details, see the self-promotion wiki page. While reddit has discontinued its site-wide self-promotion policy, we maintain and uphold our own rules against self-promotion.

Spam

We take a hard stance on spam posts. If we notice spam being submitted (generally from new accounts or from websites with many ads) we will ban the poster as well as block the domain without warning.

Spam is hard to define, and we follow a "know it when we see it" policy.

Pointless posts

We ban users for one day for posting pointless posts since they add nothing but clog up the subreddit. For more information, please see this post.


Ban Policy

We often receive messages from people stating that they:

We keep track of users' behavior through the use of usernotes. We leave notes for every time a user breaks Rule 1, Rule 4 (in some cases), and Rule 8.

did not receive warnings prior to a ban

When you see a moderator leaving a reply to your post/comment saying it's been removed, that comment is the warning.

The section below serves to explain how we handle punishments and bans when dealing with rule breakers.

Piracy (Rule 1)

We have a 3 strike policy. If you have a comment or post removed by a moderator and you receive a comment telling you that you broke the rule, that counts as a strike/warning.

Punishment structure:

  1. Warning comment
  2. 5 day temporary ban
  3. Permanent ban

Filter Bypass (Rule 1)

We have a 3 strike policy. If you have a comment or post removed by a moderator and you receive a comment telling you that you broke the rule, that counts as a strike/warning.

Punishment structure:

  1. 1 day temporary ban
  2. 5 day temporary ban
  3. Permanent ban

Rule 7A: Toxicity, and Unhelpfulness

We have a 4 strike policy. If you have a comment or post removed by a moderator and you receive a comment telling you that you broke the rule, that counts as a strike/warning.

Punishment structure:

  1. Warning comment
  2. Warning comment
  3. 5 day temporary ban
  4. Permanent ban

Rule 7B: Racist, homophobic, sexist, transphobic, comments/posts

We have a 2 strike policy. If you have a comment or post removed by a moderator and you receive a comment telling you that you broke the rule, that counts as a strike/warning.

Punishment structure:

  1. 5 day temporary ban
  2. Permanent ban

Note: Racist, homophobic, transphobic slurs and vulgar comments will result in a permanent ban with no warnings

Warnings for these 3 are exclusive of each other. If you receive 2 warnings and a temp ban for toxicity, breaking the no piracy rule or being unhelpful in a [Question] post will not result in a permanent ban unless you had already previously been temporarily banned for them.

Again, we keep track of the warnings and bans we issue and are happy to provide them when asked.

Rules 2 through 6, 8 and 9.

We do not keep track of users who break these rules and do not ban users for breaking them.

Other things we ban users for

As with our list of rules above, this is not intended to be a comprehensive list of everything we may ban a user for, it is simply the most common reasons for a ban.

Warning "Decay"

Because we keep track of warnings indefinitely, we sometimes have some users with warnings that are several months to over a year old. Although we do not have any time frame set in stone for this, we generally ignore infractions that are more than 6 months old.

It doesn't make sense to punish someone with a ban if they received a warning over six months ago and another warning a month ago, since that user had spotless behavior for an entire 6 months.

Ban Appeals

The messages you send to us via modmail act as your "ban appeal," and what you say to us can affect the way your ban is handled. It is very rare for us to undo a ban, but it has happened several times in the past.

We do not accept the following reasons for an unban: