rĀthe® Content Ratings

rĀthe Content Ratings are chosen at the discretion of the writer but may be changed by rĀthe.  These descriptions are meant to help the Author choose the appropriate rating. Content ratings are meant as guidelines and it will be up to the discretion of the Reader to determine the appropriateness for reading.

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All Ages 

No purposefully intended offensive or insensitive material (e.g., Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar)

May Contain:

  • Infrequent or mild violence
  • Infrequent and mild profanity or suggestive humor
  • Infrequent or mild medical or treatment-focused content
  • Infrequent and mild references to alcohol, tobacco, or drug use
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Young Adult – 14+ 

Contains some adult material (e.g., The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

May Contain:

  • Mild references to alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or drug use
  • Infrequent or mild sexual content or nudity
  • Frequent and/or intense medical or treatment-focused content
  • Frequent or intense crude and suggesting humor
  • Frequent, but moderate profanity
  • Frequent or intense horror or fear themed content
  • Frequent, but not intense violence
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Adult – 17+ 

Clearly adult, not for minors (e.g. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)

May Contain:

  • Frequent or intense profanity or crude humor
  • Frequent and/or intense mature or suggestive content
  • Frequent and/or intense references to alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or drug use
  • Frequent and/or intense sexual content or nudity
  • Frequent and/or intense violence

Is there content that is not allowed on rĀthe? 


  • Speech not protected by the First Amendment of the United States including, but not limited to:
    • Purposefully and willfully inciting violence against a group or person
    • Purposefully and willfully supporting terrorist groups
    • Purposeful and willful defamation of a private citizen
    • Purposeful and willful release of private information not related to the Author
    • Purposefully and willfully publishing intellectual property not belonging to the Author
    • True threats to public officials
  • Fictional and non-fictional depictions of child pornography
  • Clear acts of bullying against a private citizen

Those who do not comply will have their work deleted from rĀthe and will have their phone identification permanently banned from rĀthe®.