Proposal: Sex and Intimacy
Is it possible to limit the viewers of this site to 18 only when it comes to public beta? Or should we limit it now? There are many topics there that is not suitable for minor users.
What do you think?
We thought about this the first time the topic came up (and went to private beta). This isn't the first time we've examined the idea of a site primarily focused on sex, intimacy and sexuality. While it is textual Q&A, pictures and stuff do make for easier explanation, so it was a concern that several raised, and that was raised internally, long ago.
If we do anything, it's very likely to be along the lines of making sure folks know that there might be something ahead that they don't wish to see, or read. This would apply to kids just as equally as it would someone that was made uncomfortable by the topic or easily offended. It would stop nagging you once you dismissed it. I don't know if we'd consider that again, I think we'd have to wait and see how the new community set itself up before considering what might be necessary.
Ultimately, it's the parent's responsibility to monitor what their children do on the Internet. Our main concern needs to be making sure that we (1) don't have a site that embarrasses us, beyond the subject turning some faces red and (2) that it's making the Internet better, not worse. That's a burden that falls flat on the shoulders of the initial core community, so I think we should just wait and see what they come up with, and what we might be able to do in order to help them make it easier.
Both answers so far tackle the practical matter of things, I'll give my two cents why it shouldn't be limited: Underage people do practice sex. Even if they don't, there's nothing wrong with learning how bodies work; I can hardly think of something that is inappropriate for a minor in that regard - we don't publish pornography.
I understand though that some kids are indeed too young to be exposed to certain material. I think if they're old enough to be curious and seek information on sex, they're old enough to learn about it. If some parents disagree it's up to them to raise a parental firewall - and if some people (adults) are offended, well, there's always the browser "Back" button.
I think that we could make all the images links instead of pictures, the links would go to a new tab and show just the picture.
this would be an extra step that someone would have to take in order to see anything that is not PG-13 and it would also solve the issue of being
Safe For Work (as far as pictures go, textual content could still be NSFW)
Every link could start or end with
NSFW so that the person clicking the link would know that it wasn't something they should be looking at, at work. or even an ending like
Adult Image so that if a child wanders onto the page they would know that this is not a safe site.
there are also plenty of DNS that actively block Adult sites, we may want to let them know that this sub-domain will be hosting Adult Data, and then it could be blocked by net nanny applications and such.