Community guidelines

This page describes what kind of videos we as a community want to curate at GoodDocus. Our site is strictly for documentaries and below you will find guidelines for how to decide if a new video should be added to GoodDocus or not.

Minimum requirements

  • Video provides knowledge, can lead to reflection or even action.
  • Video provides a factual report on a particular subject.
  • Goes in-depth and presents multiple viewpoints.
  • Atleast 5 minutes long, English speaking narrator or english texting.
  • Overall good quality.
  • Relevant for an international audience, even 2 years from now.

Videos that do not fit our vision

  • To-do videos.
  • Plain interview(s).
  • A presentation of everyday life.
  • Conspiracy theories based on unreliable sources.
  • Talkshows, panel debates, news announcements.
  • Films not based on significant research or planning.
  • Videos made to promote some agenda, product/service etc.
  • Incomplete or outdated videos.
  • Duplicate videos.
  • Old archived video footage and raw material.
  • Animal/wildlife films etc. without any societal connection.

Documenary quality criteria

Videos scoring too low on these criteria will be marked as 'Not Accepted' and will not show up in our lists. You can still find your video on your profile page where you will be able to delete it and add a replacement.

1. Presentation quality

The quality of the story telling.


  1. Focus and treatment of the topic.
  2. Creativity and clarity of the script.
  3. Original material, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate.
  4. Creates a high level of interest and engagement.
  5. Narrator/presenter connection with the audience. Clear and polished interpretation. Good projection. Expressive tone. Excellent pronunciation. No grammar errors.
  6. The narrative/story telling flows seamlessly. Consistent pace. Well-structured sentences.
  7. Strong coherent thesis or argument.

2. Production quality

Technical execution such as camera/sound/lighting/editing/graphics/transitions.


  1. Creative production design.
  2. Behind the scenes organization and planning.
  3. Coherent style/design supporting theme.
  4. Use of editing, visual images and effects. Cinematography.
  5. Mix of text, voice and soundtrack.
  6. Appropriate choice of props, costumes, make-up, sets and locations.
  7. Filming in difficult locations or conditions.

3. Reseach quality

Refers to the research and analysis of the topic.


  1. The information is accurate, valid, reliable, trustworthy, complete and authentic.
  2. Objective without cultural, political, ideological or commercial bias.
  3. Has been reviewed, edited, improved, corrected and verified.
  4. Scientific consensus. Experts agree on the information provided.
  5. Strength and diversity of research and sources.
  6. Resource demanding investigation was carried out.
  7. High expertise/reputation/qualifications of source/author/producer.
  8. Provides sources/references to verify statements.
  9. Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions.
  10. Shows analysis and interpretation.
  11. Topic is placed into historical context (intellectual, political, social, cultural setting).
  12. Cause and effects are highlighted.
  13. Multiple viewpoints or perspectives are presented.
  14. Includes primary sources.

4. Video quality

The quality of the video file/stream delivered in your browser.


  1. Available in sharp HD quality.
  2. Delivered with high quality sound in sync with video.
  3. Available in multiple video resolutions.
  4. Not overlayed with watermarks etc.
  5. Video starts instantly when clicking play. Video does not hang.
  6. No cropping. Correct video aspect ratio.
  7. Entire documentary running length available.
  8. Minus for annoying embedded ads.
  9. Minus for embedded toolbars from video provider.