Proposal: Sex and Intimacy

My assumption is that significant number of StackExchange users access the site during work hours. Is the site going to be safe for work? What if there is a need to post sketches/diagrams/images to explain certain concepts?

I would like to know if there is any policy decided on this, if not can we make one after considering all the aspects.

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This is really a discussion for the community who is actually going to build this site once it is created, but here's the gist of it —

If this site makes it to beta, it is reasonably safe to assume this site will contain frank discussions stemming from largely clinical questions involving sexual activities between consenting adults. If you are visiting this site from work, you should decide for yourself whether this site is "work appropriate" for your situation.

Essentially, a site about adult activities cannot reasonably be expected to distill all their discussions down to be appropriate for an eight-year-old. If there's the occasional "naughty bit" shown in a diagram somewhere, as long as it's not gratuitous, that should pretty much be expected on a site like this. If that's going to raise an eyebrow where you work, then don't visit this site from work.

I hope it's just that simple.

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    One would hope that the site would be... appropriately restricted in the hot questions. Its one thing for "How can I kill puppies without consequences?" from gaming.SE where one could look at it and go "ha ha"... its quite another where every title would be something that would hit the corporate "the page you requested contains terms matching anatomical descriptions - this has been logged" on the sidebar. With the puppies, you can click and say "see, its just someone being clever with a game - nothing to worry about"...
    – user6153
    Dec 22, 2014 at 4:38
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    ... with this site it would be something along the lines of "what is the safest way to sanitize butt plugs during an orgy" and you know that your boss will see "butt" or "orgy" on the side bar (your eyes are just drawn to it) and you know that there is no safe way to click it and say "ha ha, thats about a game" but instead would bring you to a page that likely doesn't have work safe images that you can't explain away easily.
    – user6153
    Dec 22, 2014 at 4:41
  • Good point. I made a note of it. Dec 22, 2014 at 15:42
  • @MichaelT I've never heard of an (toidi) that have made a filter matching words in body. It would be an absurd since even the most innocent sites contain porno ads. Jan 30, 2015 at 8:26
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    @Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt you haven't worked in education, the public sector, nor places with very restrictive filters (whitelist only). I've been in all three. I don't want stack overflow to be blocked there because of a hot question on the sidebar that I won't click but is there nonetheless and I can't filter hotlist questions to just technology sites (or a non logged in coworker goes to StackOverflow without a filter and gets it blocked). I realize this opens other worm cans. Innocent sites don't have porno ads (oracle docs, msdn forums, github repos, maven repo...) nor should SO.
    – user6153
    Jan 31, 2015 at 1:38
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    @Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt Which "innocent site" have porn ads? I can't recall any... Feb 3, 2015 at 21:29
  • @Carpetsmoker private technical blogs, or any sites with private free hosting... I don't know if you consider weather forecast and news portal 'innocent'. Feb 4, 2015 at 7:16
  • Browser Addons such as LeechBlock can be used on the user's side to block access from accidentally clicking through to NSFW websites from notifications. If a user is that worried about an accidental click, they should be using tools like this. I don't think we need a system-wide solution.
    – Robotnik
    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:39

We should assume that adult people should be able to suppress the urge to click on anything when they are at work.

We already have many technical blogs that people access at work, and that blogs use ads that are ofter porno, viarga and similar things. And there are many stack overflow scrappers that link to malware. So there are enough dangers outside, those who have survived it will also survive the new SE site.

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