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LJ's flagging tools: what they are and how they will impact this journal

By now you've probably read about LiveJournal's new content flagging options, announced yesterday in a news post and elaborated upon in lj_biz. I'm not going to regurgitate the contents of those posts - if you'd like more information, feel free to check out this post in lj_biz. I just wanted to draw your attention to two pertinent definitions, and to explain how the new flagging system will be applied on my journal, since I do indeed write explicit content on occasion.

There are two main definitions LJ is working with for this new policy. They are as follows:

Adult Concepts: Content that is not explicitly graphic, but may contain mature themes that could be inappropriate for anyone under the age of 14.

Explicit Adult Content: Content that is graphic and explicit (depicting nudity, sexuality, or violence) that is appropriate only for adults and is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This label does not imply that the content is considered obscene, just that it is not appropriate for minors.

I haven't had this independently confirmed by a member of the LJ staff, but it would seem to me that Adult Concepts would refer to materials rated PG-13, while Explicit Adult Content is for fics, icons or other graphics rated R or NC-17. Content that is flagged as being Explicit will be inaccessible to those 18 years of age and under. Content that is flagged as being Adult Concepts will be inaccessible to those 13 years of age and under. All Explicit content will also be placed behind an LJ cut if it is flagged as being Explicit.

What that means for this journal is that from now on, ALL content rated R or NC-17 will be marked Explicit. This will include some - but NOT all - chapters of To Ignite the Stars and eventually, Desert Rose. It will also include one-shot fics that fall into those rating categories. Content rated PG-13 will be marked as having Adult Concepts, but if you are 14 and over you will still be able to view it.

If you read my fics on a regular basis but do not have a LiveJournal account, don't worry. They will still be accessible to you. Here's the procedure:

1) Click on the link to the fic.

2) A page will come up stating that the content of the post has been flagged as being Explicit. You will be asked to verify that you are 18 or over and click the OK button.

3) The fic will come up.

Screenshots to further illustrate the process:

Step 1: Click the LJ-cut

Step 2: Verify your age

Step 3: Read the explicit post

If you would prefer not to go through this process, my fics are also accessible through the Creative Jedi Forum, which is an offsite board I created to archive my writing. You don't even need to sign up for an account (although I'd obviously love it if you did XD).

Remember, the above procedure I outlined is ONLY for those of you who DO NOT have an LJ account.

I'm going to see how this works for a few weeks, anyway, and make an evaluation after that point. The actual labeling of the content as Explicit is voluntary unless LJ Abuse flags it as such. So we'll start this off as a trial procedure and go from there.
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