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.

 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



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



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.