Well, now I feel stupid. Amanda, I tl;dr’d your comment, and then proceeded to misread it.
I see your point.
The problem is, with the acceptance of that point of view. We’re back to square-one. What do we do? If we don’t spoiler the images, then what? I know you see the site as purely academic but Joe Schmoe might decide to upload very suggestive material, and there is nothing we can (feasibly, and over the long run) do about it.
tl;dr 1 Amanda, what do you suppose we do (I’m not being sarcastic nor snarky)?
(Time to play Devil’s advocate)
The whole clopping thing is a legitimate, even if not glamorous, part of the community, and thus, the sub-culture. If you want to keep the site site “academic”, wouldn’t that imply a lack of bias? And to remove said bias, wouldn’t that imply the removal of censorship? (IE If you really want the site to be a true learning tool, you can’t only decide to teach what you want to teach. Do people go to Wikipedia for facts or opinionated facts?)
tl;dr 2 If we start censoring things to our opinions, the site loses it’s academic value, which we so desperately strive to uphold.
The whole clopper thing, even if ugly, can’t just be swept under the rug (at-least without becoming hypocritical of your very own stance). The MLP R34 community is practically a subculture of its own. I don’t think the generic idea of R34 holds up in this case (IE your toothbrush example. That was made as a joke (as most R34 is) but the MLP R34 community is all too serious.)
(BTW I’m not advocating anything, I’m just trying to remain unbiased and see this situation from all standing-points. Confound this INTJ mind, it drives me to think and judge things from a universal standpoint.)
tl;dr 3 The R34 situation with ponies is unique; hence, we haven’t solved it yet and it deserves special treatment (Ergo, the creation of this thread.)
From the R34 community’s standpoint, making them just go away is unacceptable. From a academic’s standpoint, you can both argue for, and against R34 even being here at all. From the standpoint of a brony neutral to the matter (me personally), I don’t hate nor like the R34, yet I feel, to give bronies an overall better name, it probably is best to kinda “keep it hidden” from “casuals” (this is why I felt the spoiler idea was the most fair and best choice overall).
Finally, I want to point out that, even if graphic, some of the most creative and well done things to ever come out of the brony community are of explicit nature. Explicit nature aside (not just sexually explicit, but explicit for all reasons and rationals), It would be terribly unfair to those artists to pretend their work didn’t exist (I’ve seen some great stuff (from an art critique point of view) come out of the “Princess Molestia” blog)
*It should be noted that the MLP gallery has become not just a place for people to learn what a meme is (like other galleries) but has become a place to post and discus art from all over the fandom (IE the gallery has to be treated differently from other galleries)
tl;dr 4 Though I don’t advocate coming to KYM to fap, completely removing the explicit material from the MLP gallery would be like removing Michelangelo’s “David” from the Florence Cathedral because it’s too “uncouth”. Even if explicit, it’s a masterpiece and a perfect example of the pinnacle of art from it’s time.
Final verdict A lot of the R34 pieces are good enough to deserve to be documented, regardless of what anybody personally feels about them. Though, with that said, I still believe that it is for the best that it be spoiler-ed, or somehow hidden. People (regardless of their preference to R34) still won’t come to KYM to fap, but (if they are into that stuff) will use KYM as a place to find sources and learn (as as they currently do and regardless of what they want to learn about).
To conclude, I stand by RandomMan’s idea of spoilers
/ginormous wall of text
If you haven’t figured this out by now about me, I love to debate. I do so in an odd way though. Because I try to see things objectively, I’ll sometimes argue multiple (and sometimes even clashing) points at the same time (this being very obvious in my posts and how many of these “( )” I use all over the place). In reality, this is actually really effective in making sure you do the “correct” thing. But the side effect is that I have a tendency of driving everyone (including myself) mad. I probably sound like Willy Wonka when I’m talking, crazy (yet knowledgeable)
I also relish any chance I get to take advantage of my expansive vocabulary. I’m sorry if for some reason it may bother people, but you can’t imagine how it feels to have an IQ of 138 and be surrounded by ignoramuses constantly screaming “LOL
UR MOM LOL
I LE TRoll u XDXD
!!!!11!!!1!!”. It pains me greatly (Ergo, I don’t have a Facebook).
The fact that you read this much flatters me. It also shows a certain level of caring in your nature. here:
you deserve a gold star. It’s people like you who give me faith in humanity. (or you were just bored)