Are all posts about sex inherently age-rated?

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I'm adapting a lot of my old blog posts to for the Narrative platform. The one I just queued up with from a conference session I liveblogged back in 2010 entitled "Bringing Sex Out of the Closet." There's nothing explicit in it, but I don't want to be penalized for not rating it if that's what the community deems necessary. 

If anyone wants to give the original version (before updating for content and formatting) a once-over for me, let me know if you think it should be adult-only reading.

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Hi Christina,

I get confused when it comes to age ratings - so I might not be much help.  I tend to think that trying to meet the lowest common denominator in terms of sensitivity to adult themes, out of an excess of caution, might be a good thing. I'd say your post is adult themed, even though it is not at all explicit.

I guess it depends on how much you want to deal with the odd complaint here and there, from overly puritanical people?  If you don't want to deal with that sort of thing, use the rating.  At the end of the day, I think I would, for that reason.

In thinking about your question again, it seems to indicate a problem with the rather punitive nature of the Narrative system.  You are worried about doing the wrong thing because you might get penalized.

I think this may have a stifling affect on the platform.  

I actually like the way Facebook handles this.  

I participate in an erectile dysfunction discussion group on Facebook.  Someone asked a question about penile implants.  Without really thinking about it, I shared several "before and after" videos that a well-known surgeon had posted on Facebook.  Apparently, someone complained, and Facebook determined that those videos violated their Terms of Use.

What Facebook did was entirely measured and appropriate.  They deleted my posts, and sent me a message informing me that repeated violations could result in my account being terminated.  They included a link to the rules dealing with explicit content.

No "punishment" - just an explanation and a warning.

 

@Robert Nicholson You nailed down the part I hadn't consciously recognized. That checkbox reminds you that you'll be penalized if you don't choose check the box when you should have. I do have a teenager who I wouldn't want reading anything his mother posts about sex, but I also don't feel this particular piece is inappropriate for minors either. But someone far more conservative than I am may disagree, and if it comes to a vote that decides it needs to be age-rated, I wouldn't have a problem with its rating to be changed - but there's no clear-cut guideline for what is or isn't mature content, so I would be upset if I took a reputation hit for it.

Christina Gleason posted:

@Robert Nicholson You nailed down the part I hadn't consciously recognized. That checkbox reminds you that you'll be penalized if you don't choose check the box when you should have. I do have a teenager who I wouldn't want reading anything his mother posts about sex, but I also don't feel this particular piece is inappropriate for minors either. But someone far more conservative than I am may disagree, and if it comes to a vote that decides it needs to be age-rated, I wouldn't have a problem with its rating to be changed - but there's no clear-cut guideline for what is or isn't mature content, so I would be upset if I took a reputation hit for it.

I have said it before...and i will say it over and over again until it becomes transparent from the @Narrative team. The reputation system needs to be explained, with clear guidelines. Asking us to punch around in the dark while loosing our reputation if we guess wrong, while Narrative figures out if it is working, or keeping it secret from competitors,  will have a diminishing effect on community member's enjoyment of the platform, every time they get deducted reputation and feel powerless to understand why.

 

Robert Nicholson posted:

In thinking about your question again, it seems to indicate a problem with the rather punitive nature of the Narrative system.  You are worried about doing the wrong thing because you might get penalized.

I think this may have a stifling affect on the platform.  

I actually like the way Facebook handles this.  

I participate in an erectile dysfunction discussion group on Facebook.  Someone asked a question about penile implants.  Without really thinking about it, I shared several "before and after" videos that a well-known surgeon had posted on Facebook.  Apparently, someone complained, and Facebook determined that those videos violated their Terms of Use.

What Facebook did was entirely measured and appropriate.  They deleted my posts, and sent me a message informing me that repeated violations could result in my account being terminated.  They included a link to the rules dealing with explicit content.

No "punishment" - just an explanation and a warning.

 

That'd be about how I would handle it. I would give the content creator a chance to fix the issue before penalizing him or her, and then only take further action if they tell me to shove off or ignore me completely. That way, new content creators get a chance to get a good feel for how the system works and they don't feel like they're going to be punished if they make what might have been an innocent mistake or just forgetfulness.

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