Apparently a couple of things on our forum got flagged as adult content on Proboards, which is against their TOS. I got a message saying that we have to remove all adult content within 48 hours, including the Sex & Romance board.
Moving forward, we have to abide by proboards rules, which include:
Infringes the rights, including without limitation the copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights, of any third party, or violates any agreement between you and a current or former employers concerning the intellectual property you create or created during your employment;
Is libelous or defamatory, or violates the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
Consists of or contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, malicious code or other harmful or destructive content;
Is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or pornographic, that may constitute child pornography, or that may solicit personal information from or exploit in a sexual or violent manner anyone under the age of 18;
Depicts excessive violence, contains comments or images that are offensive, abusive, threatening, harassing or menacing, or that incites, encourages or threatens physical harm against another;
Promotes or glorifies racial intolerance, uses hate and/or racist terms, or signifies hate towards any person or group of people;
Advocates the violent overthrow of the government of the United States or other conduct that could constitute a fraud or other criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or foreign law or regulation;
Glamorizes the use of illegal substances and drugs; Promotes gambling or casinos;
Promotes the buying, selling, or trading of firearms or weapons;
Violates in any way applicable laws or regulations, including without limitation laws designed to regulate unsolicited email or other electronic advertising, in any jurisdiction where the Website or Services are marketed or provided;
Violates any provision of this Agreement or any other ProBoards agreement or policy;
Has a detrimental effect to the goodwill and good standing of ProBoards or any of its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, contractors or representatives; or Is generally offensive or in bad taste, as determined by ProBoards.
Post by lyssbobiss, Command, B613 on May 19, 2012 13:50:14 GMT -5
Sex and Romance is lewd and lascivious? Granted I haven't been there in a while, but every other post over there when I used to go was written by some girl who was a virgin on her wedding night and didn't understand why her first time wasn't all fireworks. I guess I need more clarification on what constitutes lewd. Questions about anal sex?
Post by chilerellanos on May 19, 2012 13:51:44 GMT -5
The drinking while parenting site had links to hard core porn videos. That's what got them flagged. As the site was reviewing the board they noticed the (pretty much dead) S&R board and ask that it be removed.
Post by lyssbobiss, Command, B613 on May 19, 2012 13:56:02 GMT -5
If we accidentally post something that's over the line without realizing it, or a spammer comes in and posts a link to porn and a mod doesn't catch it right away, will we get a warning, or will they shut us down?
Post by UMaineTeach on May 19, 2012 14:03:36 GMT -5
honestly, the one that concerns me the most is no encouraging people to buy guns. If I can tell them to buy a KA mixer I should be able to recommend an M&P, as long as I don't cross the line of starting a militia board to over-through the government and promote domestic terrorism
I feel like the no casino line might be to prevent spammy internet gambling sites, but at the same time I would like to be able to discuss vacation plans to Vegas or the politics of casinos in ME.
Is there someone we or a moderator can ask? Are we totally not allowed to discuss sex?
This would be a huge issue. I mean it is not like all we do is talk about sex, but we should be able to talk about it if we want to. As long as it does not cross the line, I don't understand what the big deal is.
Post by keylimepie on May 19, 2012 14:05:45 GMT -5
Interesting. I used to post on a Proboards forum that included some semi-adult content (a lot of talk about fetishes, etc.), but nothing really lewd. One day, it just disappeared. No warning to the moderators or administrator, apparently. Whoever's in charge of Proboards must have been offended by something, I guess.
However, the thread in question on DWP contained no images, just links. So we can't link to outside websites that contain information that violates ProBoards' standards?
Would a PCE thread not be allowed to link to a website that contains racist commentary, promoted guns, excessive violence, or the violent overthrow of the government? That has some serious implications for the ability to discuss current events.
Does it, though, according to ProBoards? Their guidelines don't seem to imply that context matters.
And really, how much should the context matter? Is it okay to violate their terms when the topic of discussion is more "worthy" than double penetration? Who decides that?
My thinking is based on the assumption that the thread was deleted because of the links. If it was deleted because of the discussion itself, well, I find it a little ironic that minus the links, that thread would have barely raised an eyebrow on The Bump (where most of those posters were from).