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  1. Rand Linden

    Adult content FAQ

    Overview Frequently asked questions What does "advertises or publicly promotes" mean? Parcels that are not entirely Adult Is simple nudity without sex Adult? Strip clubs What words are filtered in search? Are child avatars allowed on Adult regions? Overview This article provides clarifications to the basic information on adult content provided in the SL Knowledge Base: Maturity ratings Accessing Adult land and content Age verification parcel and estate management features Maturity ratings and search Frequently asked questions What does "advertises or publicly promotes" mean? The maturity ratings distinguish between publicly-promoted adult content, that is required to be on Adult regions, and implicitly non-public adult content, such as private homes with a sex bed, that can be located on Moderate land. Adult activities cannot be advertised or publicly promoted on moderate land. Such activity can be done privately, behind closed doors on Moderate land, and is forbidden on General land. Advertising for SL search using adult words clearly requires being on Adult land. Other ways to advertise or promote include renting signs inworld, listing on events, buying ads in newspapers, distributing flyers or notecards to passersby, and so on. Private invitations to friends are not considered advertising or promoting. Inviting everyone on a small private group that you control would probably not be considered advertising. However, inviting everyone on a public group would most likely be considered a promotional effort. For example, if someone whats to have a swinger party and invite some friends, there is no problem with that. As long as they don't advertise it, who is going to know what is happening in their own home? Parcels that are not entirely Adult There are several ways a parcel can be not entirely adult: Mixed content in a public area, for example a store that sells a variety of items, some of which are adult in nature, but those are not advertised explicitly or provided for public adult usage. This would require a moderate rating. Mixed public and private use of a parcel, for example a store at ground level which only sells non-adult items, and a skybox above, which is residential, and contains sex furniture. The landing point is at the store only. This would require a moderate rating. Mixed use by time. For example a parcel that is normally a private residence, but occasionally advertises an adult event. This would require an adult rating. On moderate land, the event must not be advertised and must be kept behind closed doors. Is simple nudity without sex Adult? Depending on context, nudity may not necessarily require an Adult rating. For example all of the following could be rated Moderate: A nude beach without sexual activity. Skin vendors showing a nude skin to display the product, without specifically sexual content. Nude art that is not sexual. Strip clubs that do not use adult words in search or host sex furniture . Non-erect genitalia may not be considered Adult, depending on the context. For example: Hanging out at a nude beach would be fine. Walking around pants-less on the mainland just to expose yourself to others would be inappropriate. Non-sexualized depictions of nudity (basically, the images most skin-makers tend to use) are Moderate NOT Adult. References: SL forums archive, Blondin Linden, 04-22-2009 11:18. SL forums archive, Blondin Linden, 03-13-2009 12:59 simple nudity, with explicitly depicted but non-erect genitals, is not automatically "adult". Strip clubs Strip clubs in general are Moderate. Strip clubs that use adult keywords in listings and in search are Adult. Strip clubs with sex balls and back room sex areas are Adult. Reference: SL forums archive, Blondin Linden, 04-22-2009 11:23. What words are filtered in search? A full list of filtered words is not provided to prevent "gaming" of search. Nonetheless, anyone can test individual words on the Second Life Search page or with inworld search. Seven words are known to be filtered always, no matter what settings are used, and an additional 65 are known to be filtered when the adult checkbox is not selected. Are child avatars allowed on Adult regions? Yes, child avatars (having been verified as being operated by adults in real life) are allowed in adult regions, but the existing rules prohibiting sexual ageplay or proximity to sexual content still apply. Since Adult regions by design will often contain sexual content, child avatars should use caution in visiting those areas.
  2. Jeremy Linden

    Maturity ratings

    Maturity ratings overview What are maturity ratings? General Moderate Adult Setting your maturity preferences Maturity ratings and media access Voice and maturity ratings Gestures, sounds, and maturity ratings Examples Parcel media and maturity ratings Maturity ratings and search Web Search Second Life Search Classifieds Marketplace Viewer Search General Content Moderate Content Adult Content Classifieds, Events, Land Sales, Places People tab Groups tab FAQs I can't access all of the content checkboxes. Why are they unavailable? I'm getting an error and can only access General content. What do I do? How do I ensure my objects show up in search with the correct maturity rating? I don't see the Adult option in my Preferences. How do I activate it? In other languages: Deutsch Español Français Português Italiano 日本語 Русский Türkçe Maturity ratings overview Important: The Second Life maturity ratings are: General ("PG" in previous Viewers) Moderate ("Mature" in previous Viewers) Adult What are maturity ratings? Maturity ratings designate the type of content and behavior allowed in a region and affect search results. There are three maturity ratings in Second Life: General, Moderate, and Adult. To access Adult search results and regions, you must be at least 18 years old. For more information on how to access adult content, see Accessing Adult land and content. Note: Regardless of maturity rating, all content in Second Life must abide by our content guidelines. For the official content guidelines, including examples of prohibited content, please see Content Guidelines. General A region designated General is not allowed to advertise or make available content or activity that is sexually explicit, violent, or depicts nudity. Sexually-oriented objects such as "sex beds" or poseballs may not be located or sold in General regions. General regions are areas where you should feel free to say and do things that you would be comfortable saying and doing in front of your grandmother or a grade school class. Institutions such as universities, conference organizers, and real world businesses may wish to designate their regions as General. Likewise their users (and others) may wish to employ Second Life's General search setting to focus and filter search results appropriately. Some landowners and Residents desire a Second Life experience distinct from the activity that occurs in Moderate and Adult regions. Region owners who wish to host this sort of Second Life experience can (but need not) designate their regions as General. If you are a region owner and you feel there is some ambiguity as to whether your content and activities are allowed in General regions, it's probably best to designate your region as Moderate. Tip: Bookmark Community Standards and Terms of Service so you have the overall rules handy! Moderate Second Life's Moderate designation accommodates most of the non-adult activities common in Second Life. Dance clubs, bars, stores and malls, galleries, music venues, beaches, parks, and other spaces for socializing, creating, and learning all support a Moderate designation so long as they do not host publicly promoted adult activities or content and do not use adult search tags. Groups, events and classifieds that relate to this broad range of activities and themes generally should also be designated as Moderate. Residents in these spaces should therefore expect to see a variety of themes and content. Stores that sell a range of content that includes some "sexy" clothing or objects can generally reside in Moderate rather than Adult regions. Dance clubs that feature "burlesque" acts can also generally reside in Moderate regions as long as they don't promote sexual conduct, for instance through pose balls (whether in "backrooms" or more visible spaces). However if any of these businesses uses adult-oriented search tags, the region may be categorized as Adult and blocked from appearing in non-Adult search. Adult The Adult designation applies to Second Life regions that host, conduct, or display content that is sexually explicit, intensely violent, or depicts illicit drug use. A region must be designated Adult if it hosts, advertises, or publicly promotes: Representations of intensely violent acts, for example depicting death, torture, dismemberment or other severe bodily harm, whether or not photo-realistic (meaning that images either are or cannot be distinguished from a photograph). Photo-realistic nudity. Expressly sexually themed content, spaces or activities, whether or not photo-realistic. We broadly define what is "sexually themed" to include any sexually oriented activities and conduct. Groups, event listings and classified ads that reference these themes or content must also be designated Adult. Linden Lab will enforce these rules but cannot monitor all ephemeral content and conduct within Second Life. Therefore: Regions, groups, and event or classified ad listings that employ search tags plainly suggestive of adult behavior or content require the Adult designation, and will be viewable only by Residents that are at least 18 years old. Linden Lab will conduct proactive monitoring and rely on abuse reports that identify adult content or conduct that is promoted or advertised publicly. Where adult content or conduct on a region is publicly advertised or promoted, that region must be designated as Adult (or such content must be removed). We will re-designate such regions if adult content is not removed. Linden Lab may take into account whether apparent or reported adult content or conduct in a particular region serves only an extremely limited or passive function, or an important educational or cultural function, and therefore would be appropriate for all Second Life audiences. As with all reported activity in violation of our policies, we will actively review all reports of adult conduct and provide Residents with a channel for rebuttal. Parcels that host adult activities or contain adult content must be on: The adult mainland continent, Zindra. A private region that has been designated by its owner as Adult. Region owners are responsible for designating a region's maturity level. Occupants of regions will be expected to locate in a region suitable to each occupant's content and conduct. For more information on what qualifies as adult content, see Adult Content FAQ. Setting your maturity preferences Choose Me > Preferences and click on the General tab to choose the maturity rating of content you want to see. For more information, see Accessing Adult land and content. Maturity ratings and media access Your own maturity setting, as well as the maturity setting of land parcels near you, can affect your ability to hear sounds and voices. Voice and maturity ratings Regions that use the Adult maturity rating use a separate estate channel for voice communication. This means that if you are in an Adult region, you can only speak with other Residents who are also in nearby Adult regions. If you are in an Adult region and you stand near the border of a General or Moderate region, Residents in the other region cannot hear you speak, and you will be unable to hear them speak. Text chat crosses region borders normally, regardless of maturity ratings. Note: Group and private voice chats are not affected by region maturity ratings, and always function the same way regardless of your location. Gestures, sounds, and maturity ratings Gestures and other sounds played in Second Life are handled differently than voice chat; your personal maturity rating determines whether or not you are able to hear sounds originating from a Moderate or Adult region. Your personal maturity rating must meet or exceed the maturity rating on the region you wish to hear sounds from. Examples If your rating is set to General, you can only hear sounds and gestures that originate from a region that is also rated General. If your rating is set to Moderate, you can hear sounds and gestures that originate from regions that are rated General or Moderate. If you are at least 18 years old and your maturity rating is set to Adult, you can hear sounds and gestures originating from any nearby region, including Adult regions. Parcel media and maturity ratings By definition, Land parcel media is confined to the parcel for which it is set. If your avatar is not authorized to enter a land parcel, you cannot view or hear streaming media playing on that parcel. Maturity ratings and search The Second Life Viewer filters search results based upon your current maturity preferences and the maturity ratings of the discovered content, while the Second Life website shows only results with a General rating. Web Search You can locate content in Second Life from these web pages: Second Life Search - returns only General results Classifieds - returns only General results Marketplace - returns results based on your chosen maturity level if you are at least 18 years old. By default, all results returned on these web pages are for General maturity. Second Life Search Go to search.secondlife.com or click the Search button on the Second Life website to search for: People Places Events Groups Information on the Second Life Wiki Information on Secondlife.com After executing a search, choose a category tab on the left side of the page to filter results. Select Everything to search all categories. Results are ranked on both relevance to your search terms and on popularity of the item. While logged into the Second Life website, you can filter search results for General, Moderate,and Adult content by checking the respective boxes under the search field. Classifieds Log into the Second Life website and choose Community > Classifieds to browse the Community Classified ad listings. To narrow results: Click + More Options. Select a category from the dropdown. Select a maturity rating. By default this selection will match your preference in the Viewer. Click Submit. Only General classified ads are shown on the website; use the Viewer to browse Moderate or Adult listings if you are at least 18 years old. Marketplace When you search for product listings in the Second Life Marketplace, you can set a maturity level to restrict results. For more information, see Shopping in the Marketplace. Viewer Search Click the Search button on the toolbar to open the Second Life Search window. Enter a search term and click Search. The window has seven filters both on the left and in the dropdown menu, as shown below: By default, results for Everything are shown, drawing from People, Places, and Groups. Click on the other tabs to show only results of that type: Classifieds, Events, Destination Guide, Groups, Land & Rentals, People, and Places. Results are ranked according to relevance to the keyword and the popularity of the item. If you are at least 18 years old, you can also search for Adult content in addition to General and Moderate content by checking the appropriate Maturity box at the top left of the Second Life Search window. General Content If your preferences are set for General and Moderate or General, Moderate, Adult, you can still filter your search for General-only results. Check the General box on the search window. Type your search into the search field and click the Search button. General content includes listings on a General region that do not contain adult keywords. Moderate Content To include Moderate content in your search results, check the Moderate box in the search window. Moderate search results includes listings in a Moderate region that do not contain adult keywords. Adult Content To include adult content in your search results, check the Adult box in the search window. Anything on an Adult region is adult content. You must be at least 18 years old in order to search for adult content. You can help us refine our adult content filtering by submitting a support request if your listing is being blocked or showing up incorrectly. If you find search results listing objects that do not match General or Moderate search filters, please submit an Abuse Report. If you have objects on General or Moderate land that use adult keywords, those objects should not be shown in search, or they may have Abuse Reports filed against them. Classifieds, Events, Land Sales, Places Adult content search is available on these tabs when: You are at least 18 years old. You have enabled your adult preferences. You have checked the Adult content box in the search window. If you enter an adult term in search without having met the above three criteria, the search system filters this term from the search query and provides results using the remaining terms entered. Classifieds and Events Tabs New classifieds and events are filtered for maturity content. If you attempt to create a classified or event using adult terms on non-adult land, you will receive an error message. If you find a classified or event listing in an inappropriate maturity category through search, please file an abuse report. Land & Rentals and Places Tabs On these tabs: Check the General box to show only search results in General regions. Check the Moderate box to show search results in Moderate regions. Check the Adult box to show search results in Adult regions. People tab The search system does not filter keywords when you search for avatar names or profiles. Information in Resident profiles should be General. Please refer to our Community Standards for details. Groups tab The search system filters searches in the Groups tab the same way as in an Everything search. Groups can be marked as Moderate or left unchecked for non-Moderate groups. If a group's name or Group Charter uses adult keywords, the group appears only in Adult searches. FAQs I can't access all of the content checkboxes. Why are they unavailable? By default, each Resident account has access to General and Moderate content. If you are at least 18 years old, set your preferences to view content with the Adult designation. I'm getting an error and can only access General content. What do I do? If you're seeing the word "Error" on the Second Life Search page next to the maturity checkboxes and only the General checkbox is enabled, your Viewer may not have sent the correct authorization token. To reset your authorization, close the Viewer and log back in. If you continue to receive the error, make sure you're using the latest version of the Second Life Viewer before filing a support request. Note: Third-party viewers may not support Moderate and Adult searching. For best results, use the official Second Life Viewer published by Linden Lab. How do I ensure my objects show up in search with the correct maturity rating? Tip: If your land appears in search results at a higher maturity level than you expected, it may be a sign that your content is inappropriate to the maturity rating of your region. Using language that is inappropriate to your region's maturity rating is against Second Life's Terms of Service and can result in disciplinary action. Information about the region you're in, including region name, coordinates, maturity, and parcel name are located at the top of your Viewer. If your region is listed as General, make sure any objects you set to show in search are also General. If your region is listed as Moderate and you would like to show Moderate objects in search, check the Moderate Content box in the ABOUT LAND window's OPTIONS tab. I don't see the Adult option in my Preferences. How do I activate it? You must be at least 18 years old to access the Adult setting.
  3. Jeremy Linden

    Accessing Adult land and content

    How to change your preferences to view adult content Getting payment information on file In other languages: Deutsch Español Français Italiano 日本語 Português Pусский Türkçe Land and other content in Second Life is rated General, Moderate, or Adult. By default, new Residents aged 18 or older have access to General and Moderate content, and Residents aged 16 or 17 have access to General content. See Maturity ratings for more information about Second Life's rating system. If you are 18 years or older, you may access adult content after enabling it in your viewer preferences. How to change your preferences to view adult content Even if you are 18 or older, you still need to opt in to view adult content. You also need to use Viewer version 1.23 or later to access the maturity preferences. Download the latest Viewer. Tip: At the top of your Viewer, you can choose Help > About Second Life to check your Viewer version. Log into Second Life, then follow these steps in the Viewer to set your maturity preferences: Choose Me > Preferences (or Ctrl-P) and click the General tab. Choose General, Moderate, Adult from the I want to access content rated: dropdown menu. Click OK. Congratulations! You may now visit any publicly accessible land in Second Life, regardless of its maturity rating. Note: If your preferences are not set to allow adult content and you attempt to enter an adult-rated parcel or region, you receive a prompt allowing you to either cancel the teleport or instantly update your access preferences to General, Moderate, Adult. Getting Payment Information on File Landowners may also restrict access to their land to those with payment information on file with Linden Lab. If you have purchased Linden dollars (L$) or bought something on the Marketplace, you already have payment information on file. If you do not currently have payment information on file, or if you are unsure: Log in to your Account page on the Second Life website. Select Billing Information under the Account section on the left side of the page. Select Add a Credit Card, Add a PayPal account, or Add a Skrill account. Enter either a credit card number, a Skrill account, or a verified PayPal account. Setting up a payment relationship with Linden Lab does not constitute a purchase; you will not be charged for placing your information on file with us. Note: Linden Lab only accepts PayPal payments through Verified PayPal accounts. Please check your PayPal Account Overview page or review the PayPal support documentation to ensure your account is a Verified PayPal account.
  4. Jeremy Linden

    Age-restricted content

    Accessing adult content Limiting land access by age In other languages: Deutsch Español Français Português Italiano 日本語 Русский Türkçe When you register for Second Life, you provide your birth date, because you are required to be at least 16 years old. If you are 13-15 years old, you may be allowed if you are restricted to the estate of a sponsoring organization. For more information, see Teens in Second Life. To access adult content, you must be at least 18 years old. Accessing adult content To visit Adult-designated regions in Second Life or view Adult-rated search results, you must: Be 18 years or older. We determine your age based on the birthdate you provide when you set up your Second Life account. Set your Viewer preferences to view adult content. See Accessing Adult land and content for instructions. For information on what constitues adult content, see Maturity ratings. Limiting land access by age Estate and parcel owners of adult-rated regions must limit access to Residents who are 18 years of age or older. Underage Residents are blocked from entry and receive a notification to this effect. For instructions on how to restrict land access, see Age restriction parcel and estate management features.
  5. Bea Linden

    Accessing adult and moderate content in the Marketplace

    If you are 18 or older and would like to be able to view and search for moderate or adult content in the Marketplace, you must have your date of birth in your profile. If you do not have a date of birth set, please create a new support case: Log in to the Support Portal and Submit a case. Under What type of problem are you having?, select Marketplace from the dropdown menu. A new dropdown menu appears under the title Marketplace. Under Marketplace, select General Marketplace Issues. Enter your request to add your date of birth to your account. example: "I would like to add my date of birth to my account so I can access adult content." Click the Submit button at the bottom. The support team can now help you get your date of birth on file.