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NSFW Guidelines (Updated 2/21/13)

Last posted Jun 29, 2014 at 06:43PM EDT. Added Nov 27, 2012 at 12:52PM EST
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edit 2/21/13: I was just comparing the previous iteration of these guidelines with the ones we have in our staff documents and realized the ones here were outdated. So here is the updated version. Questions/comments, PM/IRC is fastest, in the thread is slowest.

There’s also some other commentary that has been left by mods that we haven’t fully incorporated into the rules yet, but we still have everything saved in the doc.


NC (not cool) content: images, videos, forum posts and comments that should be removed from the site:

  • pornography, photographed or illustrated (ex: pubes, sexual fluids, genitalia)
  • violent, gore and shock images, censored or uncensored
  • unwarranted obscenity (racist, sexist, or homophobic content) (ex: posting “blackface” image in MLP photo)

HOWEVER, in the extreme case where it is absolutely necessary for documentation (ie: Daily Dose/Piccolo Dick), please contact an admin with the photo and we can decide the correct course of action. Please do not upload an x-rated image without admin consultation.

NSFW (not safe for work) content images containing partial or censored nudity, miscellaneous shock content, special cases of cyberbullying and other content deemed inappropriate by the editor or community manager. Content that falls within these areas needs to be properly tagged in order for it to be allowed.

Examples of NSFW that is allowed:

  • partial or censored nudity / sufficiently obscured (example / example #2)
  • sexually explicit language, gestures, expressions (example / example #2)
  • racist, sexist or homophobic content only if it is essential
  • fetish, gross or shock imageries that aren’t porny, violent or gory (example)
  • extreme cyberbullying: personally identifiable information or defamation of minor subjects (example / example #2 / example #3)
  • When it comes to nudity, images are OK as long as it’s something that can be seen on a summer’s day. Images that include bathing suits, side boob, cleavage, but would still be okay to walk around with outside in public during the summer are ok and just need a NSFW tag. This still means no genitals and no sexual activities

SFW exemptions:

  • Nude art, such as figure paintings

Procedure:

Mods can mark individual images as NSFW and Admins have the ability to mark entire entry galleries as NSFW. When a gallery is marked NSFW, there will be no images and instead some text explaining that the gallery is considered NSFW and a button to view the gallery. The actual gallery page itself would remain the same and images would still need to be marked as NSFW individually when necessary.

In cases where it applies to a select few images in a gallery, mark individually
In cases where it applies to the majority in a gallery, an admin will mark gallery as NSFW
In special cases, display ads will be removed from NSFW galleries & images.


Arbitration:

Should a disagreement arise over NSFW marking of an image, it will be settled by the Know Your Meme Editor and Cheezburger’s Community Manager.


Contact:

Any questions can be directed here or to me personally via PM/email.

Last edited Apr 06, 2014 at 07:32PM EDT
Nov 27, 2012 at 12:52PM EST
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Dac wrote:

Is mayonnaise NSFW?

Depends on the context in which you apply it.

Nov 27, 2012 at 04:49PM EST
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RandomMan wrote:

Depends on the context in which you apply it.

Umm…

Nov 27, 2012 at 07:06PM EST
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Dac wrote:

Umm…

Allow me to demonstrate.

Nov 27, 2012 at 07:18PM EST
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RandomMan wrote:

Depends on the context in which you apply it.

RandomMan, how many GIFs of handsome winking men do you have?

Nov 27, 2012 at 08:00PM EST
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Crimson Locks wrote:

RandomMan, how many GIFs of handsome winking men do you have?

He gets them from here:

Nov 27, 2012 at 09:24PM EST
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I have a question: Is there any difference between what goes behind the blue NSFW thumbnail and what goes behind the red?

Nov 28, 2012 at 12:20PM EST
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Crimson Locks wrote:

I have a question: Is there any difference between what goes behind the blue NSFW thumbnail and what goes behind the red?

Sure isn’t.

I think there might be plans in the works to make them mean something, but as of now, they mean nothing.

Nov 28, 2012 at 03:12PM EST
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RandomMan wrote:

Allow me to demonstrate.

My reaction to the joke:

Don’t every change

@amanda b.
I think these are great guidelines which have been created and taken into effect. I hope they serve this site and does not decrease its quality of content.
If we had any quality content to begin with
Last edited Nov 28, 2012 at 04:21PM EST
Nov 28, 2012 at 04:17PM EST
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Crimson Locks wrote:

I have a question: Is there any difference between what goes behind the blue NSFW thumbnail and what goes behind the red?

blue = even image numbers

red = odd image numbers

Nov 28, 2012 at 04:19PM EST
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amanda b. wrote:

blue = even image numbers

red = odd image numbers

Why not Green for squared image numbers?

Nov 28, 2012 at 04:28PM EST
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#uselessposting

Surely I can’t be the only user here whose curiosity isn’t piqued whenever I see an image labeled with a NSFW tag. So I click on them every time.

Dec 20, 2012 at 09:23PM EST
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Evan Hechenbach wrote:

#uselessposting

Surely I can’t be the only user here whose curiosity isn’t piqued whenever I see an image labeled with a NSFW tag. So I click on them every time.

Some people don’t like to see porn stare them in the face whenever they look at a certain gallery. Tagging helps prevent weird feelings, so it’s definitely not “useless.”

Dec 20, 2012 at 10:32PM EST
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Fridge Logic wrote:

Some people don’t like to see porn stare them in the face whenever they look at a certain gallery. Tagging helps prevent weird feelings, so it’s definitely not “useless.”

I believe you may have misunderstood. I was saying that my bump was essentially to state a popular opinion, and thus ineffectual. You know…pleasantry.

Also, I’m saving that image. Thank you.

Dec 20, 2012 at 10:40PM EST
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Infinite source of Pootis wrote:

Does kissing count?

From what we’ve discussed and from what I read, kissing on the lips isn’t X-rated.

An open mouth kiss probably wouldn’t be NSFW, but if there are saliva trails coming from the tongues and lips with a lot of “hot and heavy” groping, then I’d say that’s NSFW. NSFW is defined here as something that shouldn’t be viewed openly.

I would not think that a cute picture of kissing is NSFW, but I read a heated makeout session as being NSFW. Neither would be X-rated by itself.

Feb 08, 2013 at 02:42PM EST
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unwarranted obscenity (racist, sexist, or homophobic content) (ex: posting “blackface” image in MLP photo)

Last edited Mar 10, 2013 at 05:35AM EDT
Mar 10, 2013 at 05:27AM EDT
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Ooh! Speaking of Bump Girl, I noticed that there was a lot of hardcore pornography within the gallery. Like, at least a dozen photos. I can get why the Daily Dose page has the thing in the gallery, since it’s what started the whole shebang, but do we really need to have bucketloads of images of anthropomorphized internet posts fucking on this site? Not that there’s anything intrinsically wrong with that…

Last edited Mar 20, 2013 at 12:27AM EDT
Mar 20, 2013 at 12:25AM EDT
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amanda b. wrote:

The entries are already marked NSFW though

I think he’s saying that the gallery should be marked NSFW instead of almost every gosh-darned picture in the gallery. Like I said, there are some images in there that need the tag regardless (presuming we’re keeping the hardcore porn), but most of them are sorta SFW.

Mar 20, 2013 at 07:22PM EDT
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Why is blackface not allowed? Is anyone really taking this seriously nowdays?

By the way, should NSFW be tested in real environment to see which images will cause you more trouble when viewing them at work compared to other images?

Last edited Jun 06, 2013 at 08:14AM EDT
Jun 06, 2013 at 08:12AM EDT
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Evilthing wrote:

Why is blackface not allowed? Is anyone really taking this seriously nowdays?

By the way, should NSFW be tested in real environment to see which images will cause you more trouble when viewing them at work compared to other images?

Certainly. Admittedly, most people in Web Culture would shrug off blackface. But I believe that KYM appeals to more than people who are in “Web Culture” (not to forget to mention that “Web Culture” is expanding and mixing in with other cultures that aren’t necessarily known for being involved with the World Wide Web but have a presence online anyway.)

With that in mind, most people would be offended by a blackface image unless it was crucial to proper documentation. That’s why you don’t see blackface on US television, even as a joke. It’s quite touchy.
 
As for testing it in a real environment, you’d first have to get a representative sample of all people online (or at least a representative sample of those who visit KYM, but that’s not looking towards the future of the site.) And then you’d have to have someone (likely KYM staff or Cheezburger) to run the survey. KYM staff doesn’t have time for it, and Cheezburger probably sent down the rules themselves based on their own judgement (it’s my guess that no Cheezburger site allows blackface in their rules.)
 
And then on a personal opinion level, if I saw a person chuckling at a blackface image at work, then I’d make a mental note of who that person was, at the very least. : ) For my own well-being.

Last edited Jun 06, 2013 at 12:01PM EDT
Jun 06, 2013 at 11:59AM EDT
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Where was the thread about an option to disable NSFW thumbnails so if you’ll have at least some warning before the image is revealed at full size?

Last edited Jun 06, 2013 at 12:43PM EDT
Jun 06, 2013 at 12:43PM EDT
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Evilthing wrote:

Where was the thread about an option to disable NSFW thumbnails so if you’ll have at least some warning before the image is revealed at full size?

I’m not sure if I understand the question:

  • “Is there a thread suggesting NSFW thumbnails be disabled?”
  • Or “Is there a thread suggesting that NSFW thumbnails be expanded so you’ll have to confirm that you want to see the image?” (From what I understand, if you hit “Next” or “Previous” while browsing an image gallery, then you don’t get any warning about the next or previous image being NSFW, and the buttons don’t skip images.)

As the sentence reads, it sounds like one part would contradict the other…

Jun 06, 2013 at 04:46PM EDT
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I meant option to disable NSFW thumbnails or an option so they’re removed after hovering over thumbnail.

Jun 06, 2013 at 04:55PM EDT
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Evilthing wrote:

I meant option to disable NSFW thumbnails or an option so they’re removed after hovering over thumbnail.

I would probably take that to the NSFW Image Uploading thread.

Currently, it’s featured, so it won’t be locked, and some conversation about that suggestion (i.e., being able to disable the NSFW thumbnails) had been going on before it went inactive.
 
I think it’s a good idea to make an toggled option so that users can never see NSFW content, see it as is (i.e., see the NSFW thumbnail in a stream or gallery, but only after clicking on the thumbnail), or to simply turn off the spoiler thumbnail altogether. That would require work from James, but I think it’s a fine suggestion.

Jun 06, 2013 at 06:23PM EDT
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These seem okay. The rules could be adjusted, but they’re are pretty solid.

Nov 29, 2013 at 02:08AM EST
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I actually know a number of galleries that contain like all these porn images that the mods haven’t really seen yet (They’re not NSFW tagged so the preview image is there) so like if we had some way of deleting them (or if there is one, I’d like to know)

Dec 01, 2013 at 07:00AM EST
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Does Hitler count? Because Hitler is pretty cool guy you know.

Dec 01, 2013 at 09:25AM EST

Sweatie Killer wrote:

Does Hitler count? Because Hitler is pretty cool guy you know.

He singlehandedly killed one of the worst dictators in human history. Hitler was an hero.

Dec 05, 2013 at 02:25PM EST
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Rukario McFly wrote:

I actually know a number of galleries that contain like all these porn images that the mods haven’t really seen yet (They’re not NSFW tagged so the preview image is there) so like if we had some way of deleting them (or if there is one, I’d like to know)

Being a Scrapbooker, you should have the ability to add the NSFW spoiler yourself.

If it’s like actual porn that warrants deletion, either shoot one of us a PM or make a post in the Image Cleaning thread. Whatever works best for you.

Dec 05, 2013 at 07:15PM EST
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I would respectfully like to make a suggestion regarding NSFW tiles. I think we should install a button that allows users to set NSFW tiles to off. I’ve been on the internet long enough to not be bothered by anything a safe for work site can throw at me, I can’t suppress my curiosity to look at them, and I find it frustrating that i need to wait for each individual image to load before I can see them. When I look at the gallery in an open view, it’s only after something catches my eye that I choose to open an image and wait for it to load so that i can upvote/downvote and comment. That extra time of opening the mystery image and waiting for it to load can be very irritating to me, especially when my internet is lagging. This is why I would like to suggest a button to turn off NSFW tiles, similar to the “Show fewer ponies” button. I would love to hear what other people think of this, and any suggestions and/or critiques will be appreciated.

Last edited Dec 19, 2013 at 06:57PM EST
Dec 19, 2013 at 06:56PM EST
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Verbose wrote:

Sure isn’t.

I think there might be plans in the works to make them mean something, but as of now, they mean nothing.

Heads up: Blue is now used for Spoilers and Red for NSFW.

There’s also a special combined spoiler, but that one is easy to differentiate from the rest.

Jan 06, 2014 at 04:35AM EST
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Kebab Removal Unit wrote:

Wait.
There is a “Show fewer ponies” button?

Yes, there is.

Jan 06, 2014 at 05:49AM EST
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Got sent here for posting an Octodad image I was going to remove that had nipples. I came here to read the rules, not to cry (referencing the first example of the cyberbullying bullet point).

Feb 20, 2014 at 04:55PM EST
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-Edit: Never mind. Question is in wrong spot. Resume dirty jokes and lulz.

Last edited Mar 04, 2014 at 02:46AM EST
Mar 04, 2014 at 02:38AM EST
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Just because I want to be 100% clear, and because I didn’t see it explicitly stated it in the thread: What is the ruling about female nipples that are “covered” but are functionally as visible/nearly so as they would be without clothing? Does this vary if the image as a whole is obviously meant as fanservice, compared to when it’s present but the image isn’t inherently meant as fanservice or is barely noticeable?

I know that when it is important for documentation certain things an be kinda iffy, but this is more for subjective galleries with +1,000 images. In some conversations I’ve had with mods in the past, there has been slightly differences of opinions on it. Either way, I know it should generally have at least a NSFW tag, but at what point does is it needing removal?

Last edited Jun 07, 2014 at 05:29PM EDT
Jun 07, 2014 at 05:23PM EDT
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Now New Members Will Stop, Posting (NUDE) Pictures
Thanks, Mods!

Jun 29, 2014 at 06:43PM EDT
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