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Adult Content?

Casted_Runes
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Mr Karswell
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I've been wondering lately what constitutes adult content on this site, or what warrants an adult rating. For example, I recently posted a poem which alludes to a homophobic slur (in the context of a poem about a problematic father figure). Would this count as "adult"?

I'm just curious because when the rating first came in it was in response to extreme sexual content, and I think that that's how it's still generally understood and applied.

Why do you use the rating, if at all?

Kou_Indigo
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Kara Lucielle Pythiana
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Myself, I use the Adult Content warning mostly in two specific cases:

1. When I make use of explicit sexual content (like as in some highly graphic stuff rather than PG-13 style or implied).
   Also, in cases where I am writing something heavily erotic or containing erotic themes (like about orgies, for example).
   In that case, while the content may not necessarily be graphic the subject matter may still be extremely adult in nature.

2. When I make use of extreme blood and gore of a sort that certain younger people might find disturbing.
   For example, the prolonged torture scene in my work "The Blood of Kalaborea: Part I", which was extremely graphic.

I look at it similarly to a movie rating system. If the imagery in something is more akin to a hard "R" rating, or if it might be more of a "mature audiences only" sort of thing, then the Adult Content warning is definitely needed, so I add it on. It need not be something strictly "pornographic" in nature per se to require the Adult Content label, so I just use a bit of good old fashioned common sense with it and try to consider the appropriate audience for the work I am putting up. Everyone's standards might be a little different, but that is how I tend to gauge my own when it comes to this stuff.

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MadameLavender
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Yes, some flag their work extreme, to get more reads, but us mods have to go through and check off on all the extreme content entries.  Sometimes we remove the warning if it looks like it was flagged to get reads and didn't really contain anything that  was truly questionable.

Basically if it has blood, sex, gore, profanity or anything that you wouldn't want young children reading, then it needs the flag.  Sometimes too, with very touchy or controversial topics, the warning could also be used as a "please know that this is a serious topic, read with that in mind , be respectful of it, etc,etc"  and not because it contains the stuff of porn and slasher films .

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I find 'Extreme content' expedient to use for poems of an explicitly sexual nature, although I recognise some people might connotate it with 'horrific'. It is rather like the traditional British x rating of movies.

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Mr Karswell
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MadameLavender said:Yes, some flag their work extreme, to get more reads, but us mods have to go through and check off on all the extreme content entries.  Sometimes we remove the warning if it looks like it was flagged to get reads and didn't really contain anything that  was truly questionable.

Basically if it has blood, sex, gore, profanity or anything that you wouldn't want young children reading, then it needs the flag.  Sometimes too, with very touchy or controversial topics, the warning could also be used as a "please know that this is a serious topic, read with that in mind , be respectful of it, etc,etc"  and not because it contains the stuff of porn and slasher films .


Thank you for this clarification, that’s actually extremely helpful.

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