Sandlot Community, We revised our policies regarding the posting of Photos, Videos, and YouTube Channels. The existing threads were locked and removed from public view. Effective immediately, no photos or YouTube channels may be published on The Sandlot. Videos must conform to the requirements at the bottom of this post. We discussed this issue among the Moderator Staff for an extended time. We believe that these are the best decisions for our community. Following are some of our reasons for these decisions. Personal Photos: These are photos which show the real-life human behind the keyboard, as well as pets, gardens, cars, art projects, etc. Our reasons for prohibiting these photos relate to hazards associated with social media. The Sandlot forums are a type of social media. Additionally, we believe that providing a repository of player photos is incompatible with our online safety ethos. We have no way to know if parents approve of these photos or their public posting, and we do not want to create a mechanism for parental approval. Some photos included images of other people, who might not consent to having their photos posted. Posting one's image online can be a safety concern. We must screen photos to ensure they have no personally identifiable information, and this process adds work for staff. Some players, especially adolescents, compare themselves to others, and such comparisons can contribute to lower self-esteem. Getting feedback, in the form of "likes" or comments on social media, is known to produce a burst of dopamine in the brain. This chemical reward can lead some people to crave the attention and become addicted to social media. Seeing others doing fun things can create a "fear of missing out" (FOMO) and lead to feelings of depression. YouTube Channels and Videos: Staff do not have time to continuously screen YouTube channels to ensure the content meets our standards of propriety. Players can post inappropriate content on their channel at any moment. Even if we screen a channel, the content can change within minutes of our screening and we would not know. Players can post personally identifying information in their channel page or within videos, which violates Sandlot policies regarding information sharing. Acceptable Videos: The only videos that may be posted on The Sandlot must be of Minecraft gameplay only and recorded in Singleplayer Minecraft or on The Sandlot. Any posted videos must conform to all rules of The Sandlot. Videos must be embedded into a forum post using the Media button. This button is located at the top of the post, between the Image and Insert buttons. The icon looks like two pieces of film. Links to external videos may not be posted anywhere on The Sandlot, including in conversations.