We’ve recently changed the character limit of our First name, Last name and City fields in profile settings to 35 characters. The limit will be applied to any new profile changes. To make this new limit consistent across the whole platform, we will also be shortening any text on profiles that currently exceed this limit in these fields.
Why are we making this change?
We've researched and found only a few people in our community exceed these limits. Out of these, the majority are using these fields to enter misleading information in order to trick systems and show up higher in SoundCloud searches. Our Community Guidelines state SoundCloud is a platform built with creator needs in mind and we welcome the use of stage names or professional identities on SoundCloud. However, that doesn’t mean that you can impersonate another person, or post content that is intentionally misleading. As a rough guide, you mustn’t create profiles or post content that is intended to make people think you are someone else. You must not use someone else’s name or trademark without their permission, or pretend to be associated with someone you aren’t.
We’re hoping to minimise this misuse and ensure more integrity around what you find on Search. We believe that when you search for content, you should be able to find the creators you’re looking for and as a creator you deserve to be found!
We hope you can understand why we’re making this change.