We should allow questions about “Adult Only” or adult-themed games on Arqade, as long as the posts do not contain any sexually explicit or pornographic content.
As you may be aware, we currently prohibit questions about “Adult Only” or adult-themed games. These are games with sexually explicit content that are meant for an adult audience. On Steam, these games are categorized as “Adult Only” (NSFW link). This does not apply to games that have some sexually explicit content but are not considered adult-themed or categorized as “Adult Only”, such as The Witcher or the GTA series; questions about them have always been welcome on Arqade.
This policy was established in 2010, based on this meta discussion: Are questions about adult-themed games allowed? and reaffirmed in 2019, based on this meta discussion: What is Arqade's current stance on adult games? Both discussions refer to the SE policy at that time, and the 2019 discussion also quotes Grace Note, who was a community manager.
However, I believe that this policy is too restrictive and outdated, especially in light of the new AUP. I suggest that we revise our policy to allow questions about adult-themed games, as long as the posts do not include sexually explicit or pornographic material in any form. Sexually explicit text descriptions, images, videos, or other media should not be allowed in any posts. Links to sexually explicit content are to be allowed, provided that it is made clear in the link that it leads to sexually explicit or NSFW content. This would also apply to games that are categorized as “Mature” by Steam, such as The Witcher games or the GTA series, which contain sexually explicit content but are not mainly about it.
By doing this, we would follow the AUP’s rule of allowing sexually explicit content that fits within a reasonable interpretation of a Network site’s scope and purpose. We would also respect the preferences and sensitivities of our users, who would not have to encounter pornography or other sexually explicit content while browsing Arqade. At the same time, we would help users who have valid questions about adult games to ask and get answers to those questions.
Science Fiction & Fantasy SE has been accepting questions about adult-oriented works (even identification questions) for a while now. Movies & TV SE also accepts questions about adult-oriented works. If they can handle it without any issues, I don’t see why we can’t do the same.