Ok, so back in August I saw an entry in a public nethack highscores file that listed "choked on an attempt at self-fellatio" as the reason of death. I've asked a question about this here, which was then promptly deleted for being too adult-themed.

I've also received a nice email by Juan Manuel about this in which he linked to the meta discussion about adult-themed gaming. Since nethack isn't an adult-themed game by any stretch, I'm not sure whether that discussion applies. I do see his point though - the question was kind of adult-themedish.

Juan also suggested I ask a question on meta if I disagree with his decision. But since I didn't feel too strongly about it at the time, I just left it alone.

However I've since found the answer to my question - it isn't anything dirty and I think it's actually quite clever. I figure it's a shame that I can't post this answer for posterity.

So now I'm taking Juan up on his offer after all and open this up for discussion: Should the question have been deleted?

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    I would just provide the link for 10k users, but that's just tzenes for now. Instead, I will note that the content of the question is just noting the information from the first sentence here, and asking how it was done. [ninja star]: cleansed link slug
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 18:48
  • @Grace You left out that that was the title of the question as well, based on the link there.
    – C. Ross
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 19:23
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    @C. Ross I kinda guessed it was implicit, but yes, the title is "How can I" said act.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 19:25
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    I do write the most beautiful e-mails
    – juan
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 21:12
  • @Grace Note -- Hey now, I'm almost up there too! :( Commented Oct 16, 2010 at 16:14
  • That's quite the link
    – tzenes
    Commented Oct 16, 2010 at 16:36

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  • No policy has been violated. Let's quote them policies:

    Sexually Explicit Material. Accounts that use Stack Exchange to post sexually explicit or pornographic material, or links to it, will be suspended. source

    Including adult links, or even mentioning adult sites by name, is explicitly not allowed. source

    • The term used there is scientific, not sexually explicit or pornographic. Besides, if the term is the problem, it should simply have been edited out.
    • The question does not link to adult sites.

    • The game is not adult in nature.

  • Next user with this question will ask the question again. By deleting the question, nothing has really been solved.
  • Corporate filters will block the site anyway (reason: gaming).
  • Bold titles help the site gain popularity -- see How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat?

The question is fine in my eyes, sorry.

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    So for our non-English speaking residence the term "sexually explicit" means words or images which expresses, demonstrates, describes or shows, an act of sex. Discussing someone's death by using the terms self fDIRTYWORDHERE falls into that definition. Now I don't mean to suggest any recourse for this question, merely point out that it was Sexually Explicit in nature.
    – tzenes
    Commented Oct 16, 2010 at 16:40
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    i was under the impression fellatio was the technical term for it, not a dirty word. It's about as medical sounding as you can get. Googling it leads directly to wikipedia where the kids can learn that it's just a new word for something they already known to them as ***********. Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 12:38

As Grace Note states here, questions should be closed based on their own merits, not based on their (possible) answers.

Based on that, I would say a question that seems to clearly reference adult content should be closed, even if it turns out the answer is not "adult".

  • That is a good point, but even without knowing the answer I found it incredibly hard to believe that nethack (which really is a pretty family friendly game) would contain anything sexually explicit.
    – sepp2k
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 19:39
  • @sepp2k The nurse dance is kind of ... weird.
    – C. Ross
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 19:41
  • @CRoss: The nurse needs you to strip down so she can properly examine you. It's only dirty if your mind is :p
    – sepp2k
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 19:42
  • @sepp And what about certain demons?
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 19:49
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    @grace: Ok, fine, I give up, you guys win. Nethack is pornographic, I admit it. But to be fair: the message only says "You and the succubus lie in each other's arms. You feel exhausted.".
    – sepp2k
    Commented Oct 15, 2010 at 19:52
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    @Sepp on an unrelated note I think I found your answer
    – tzenes
    Commented Oct 16, 2010 at 16:47
  • @sepp True. That is more of a "sexually implicit" description.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Oct 18, 2010 at 13:04

Yes, it should have been deleted.

For multiple reasons including.

  • That sort of thing might get the site blocked by filters (corporate and otherwise).
  • There are kids about.
  • It's the policy.

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