Are questions related to adult-themed video games allowed on Arqade? I've posted a related question at here.
See Jeff's answer to this question on the web applications meta:
No, I don't think we want this, as it would cause us to get globally banned from web filtering software.
So including adult links, or even mentioning adult sites by name, is explicitly not allowed.
Also Joel's answer to this other question (with the link changed to point to this site's content policy):
Our Content Policy reads:
Sexually Explicit Material. Accounts that use Stack Exchange to post sexually explicit or pornographic material, or links to it, will be suspended.
My first reaction was that these should be considered on-topic, within the scope of offensiveness and safe-for-work guidelines.
The more I typed, the more I realized that this just won't be possible. I just blew away three paragraphs and a list trying to come up with guidelines that would work for such topics, and it's primarily because:
- Many users will find the subject matter offensive no matter what. Sorry, but that's true. These are likely to garner offensive flags left and right.
- Regardless of that fact, can most gameplay questions about games of the "adult" nature (oh, how I hate that term; that's a rant for another day) really be answered in a work-safe, non-graphic way?
- Regarding the specific question, even my initial defense of the topic granted that that one should be closed, as a list-of-X question. I still maintain that, but now believe (having thought it through in great detail) that anything of "that" nature should simply be closed as off-topic.
Now this is liable to start a flame war. I am not personally opposed to anything; I do believe in freedom of speech and your right as a gamer to enjoy what you enjoy. I got in very heated debates with Stack Overflow's management over "curse" words, despite the fact that I rarely (if ever) use them on these sites.
I understand the oddity of having a site devoted to gaming (where there's plenty of violence to be found) try and set up guidelines about (or removing entirely) content of the "adult" (presumably sexual or pornographic) nature.
I get it.
But I'm being pragmatic here. The pragmatic response is that, while those questions will probably be very rare to begin with, they will likely create friction and problems for the community, the mods, the Stack Overflow staff itself, and ultimately the question poster (who, given enough flags, is subject to a -100 rep hit).
The thing is though, can we discuss games of that nature without links? At the very least being to ask for help on how to install it and get it working may be beneficial. Another thing to take into account, this is an internet site that doesn't cater directly the United States. There are many places where it isn't as "taboo" as it is in the US.
Are we going to deny this because a couple people could be upset?
Maybe there could be a special tag created for it,
[adult], and you would be required to use that tag for anything of the type. There could also be an option for the user on whether to display questions tagged as
[adult] so they wouldn't see them at all if it was off.
Sadly, though, it really does come down to "if it offends you, don't click the link". People need to understand that things aren't always going to be perfect for them.