The recent Google incident caused us to look around to see what they were talking about in surprise. We had thought we had been working hard to make a clean site where we could talk about the ingredients of storytelling in an entertaining way.
It turns out that some of the articles had edged over into subject areas we do not need to discuss in order to understand how tropes are used to tell stories, and some were about stories we don't need to expose the innocent to, for any reason.
We are not going to host that sort of material anymore. It needs to be purged from the wiki, and we all need to be vigilant in keeping it from reappearing. We're retiring our old rule about our article, as long it is not porn-y itself, can be about something porn-y. We do not need porn to do what we want to do here. We don't need to describe it or recommend it. We don't need to describe porn's tropes. This goes for hentai, western porn, fanfics, web originals... the whole magilla.
Next comes the thorny question of how to identify the material we don't want. You can't make up hard and fast rules. "So many square inches of skin allowed and no more." "A scene becomes 'explicit' when gonads are mentioned or shown," and so on.
The Supreme Court of the United State's best attempt to identify porn came down to "You know it when you see it." Since we know that there are people who are completely blind to it, we need to find some individuals who we know have porn vision, people who can spot it.
The mods have nominated a certain number of people who we think can be the arbiters, people who can say "That's porn" and "that's not porn." We will be announcing this council's makeup after we have had a chance to offer them the position and get their agreement to serve.
They will be our judicial on this matter. What they say goes.
There will be people who feel it necessary to discuss certain works in order to understand some genre or the other. Well, we are about stories, not genres. Defining genres is not our mission. The only thing they have to do with us is that are convenient ways to organize lists of works. Some less publicly accessible forum will have to be used to further define them.
I know this will cause some tropers to throw up their hands, shout about censorship, and eventually stalk off for good. Sorry for that, but this is the way it has to be.
edited 14th Apr '12 7:18:10 AM by FastEddie