HerculesHeavens Posted September 4, 2019 Share Posted September 4, 2019 (edited) Hello everyone, I want to discuss some gray areas that seem to exist in the guidelines for the maturity ratings. This is not just another one of those topics though. It is rather specific in nature and focuses on defining each individual example of a gray area I set forth. It also explains a little bit about myself and some problems that these guidelines are causing me that i'm having trouble sorting out. I'm frustrated and I have moved several times spending hundreds of thousands of lindens on mainland running into one problem after another. I feel that I'm close to a resolution but there are some things that still bother me. These things have to do with interpreting maturity rating guidelines. Please make sure your posts have references to Linden labs official guidelines if your trying to interpret what is allowed and what is not. Please don't just spout off your views and opinions without doing some research. This is not really meant to be a debate even though it might turn into that because of the lack of clarity in Linden Labs guidelines... However it's my hope that we can actually come out of this conversation with some sort of resolution to my concerns that is backed up with linden references for peace of mind. So here we go. Below I will post some of the most confusing gray areas I have ran into when trying to determining what is allowed in moderate mainland. Gray Area Examples: 1) A nude drawing of a woman posing with her back facing the viewer but with her arms tied up. For this example this image is located inside someones private home, on a moderate sim, behind visual barriers, with no public access, & avatar visibility disabled. This is clearly a bondage related image. However there is no exposed genitalia and there is no other person in the image interacting with her. This is a gray area to me because what is posted on the official wiki seems to contradict both sides of the argument. Would simply adding rope to the image make it "sexually explicit"? The wiki says that nude images of women posing is not considered adult and can reside in moderate regions rather than adult. Would this be okay as long as there is no sexual interaction between two individuals with their genitalia taking place? I think this really means that simply saying adult content is allowed as long as its not publicly promoted cant really apply to all situations because there are other official guidelines that exist posted by linden lab... I really wish it was that simple to know what is okay and what is not okay. Someone once said that just behaving like you would in RL in public and what you do in your own home in private is a good example to follow. But... is it really that easy? My references are below... My reference is located under "Is simple nudity without sex Adult?" on this page: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Adult_Content_FAQ 2) A room full of bondage furniture with whips, canes, & chains hanging from the wall. For this example this room is located inside someones private home, on a moderate sim, behind visual barriers, with no public access, & avatar visibility disabled. The official wiki states that "The maturity ratings distinguish between publicly-promoted adult content, required to be on Adult regions, and non-public adult content, such as private homes with a sex bed, that can be located on Moderate land." Why am I confused? Because it says "such as". That could be interpreted as any furniture is allowed as long as it's not publicly promoted. My references are below... My reference is located under "What does advertises or publicly promotes mean?" on this page: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Adult_Content_FAQ 3) But there is more... The last example all of a sudden becomes another gray area automatically. Why? Because almost every single person in the moderate mainland has some sort of sex furniture located outside. The reference goes on to explain the "Behind closed doors" rule and seems like that too can also be interpreted in different ways because it lists examples of what "behind closed doors" means without actually saying that you must follow all three examples of behind closed doors at once. Can you just pick one example that it gives and just turn off visibility? And before you say anything the section above that says "These restrictions apply regardless of whether the parcel has hidden avatars" is in another section referring to the topic of publicly promoted or not... so really even that can be interpreted in different ways. My references are below... My reference is located under ""What does behind closed doors mean?" on this page: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Adult_Content_FAQ My feelings on all this: The truth is moderate mainland is utterly confusing when trying to determine what is allowed and what is not. Achieving this goal feels impossible. I cant seem to rest assured that my moderate land investment was a safe investment.... and I spent allot of money on it so I could live near the blake sea and have a broad range of activities in private and in peace without having to worry about living next to a brothel or look outside and see porn all over the place. I'm bothered by the lack of clarity and I worry that some of my hard work will be returned because of gray areas in the official maturity guidelines... I cant relax and enjoy my second life with all this uncertainty. But I am trying very hard to follow the rules and have peace of mind. Maybe some of you can help put my mind at ease so that I can relax and enjoy my second life. Edited September 4, 2019 by HerculesHeavens Any edits were to fix minor typos that I missed before posting. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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