I think that there could be a revision to the site rules regarding content in private threads.
I realize in the public domain the admins/moderators are trying to keep the site G Rated & for the most case that's quite a nice ideal seeing that Animal Crossing is a G Rated game.
However, I think that when two consenting parties or more agree to leave the public domain & take their conversation to the private threads ---in that case some self-responsibility should come into play in regards to site rules & content sharing.
I'm bringing this issue up because I was in a private thread (ironically created because the topics aren't allowed on the public thread) and then even there a video link was removed because the comments (not the video) under the video contained mature language.
Considering the nature of the private thread (a thread with people from 15-70) most people were over 18, many people in the AC community I've noted are teenagers & middle-aged women.
I could be wrong, but I'd like to see the demographics of the site checked & I wonder how many active members are truly under the age of 15?
And are these children under 13-15 really participating in private threads about hexual orientations & the emotional & social problems that can arise??
I think the report button should be left there as an emergency option in private threads is a good idea---in the case someone starts attacking you, or stalking you--and you have tried telling them nicely to leave you alone. It makes people feel safe if they truly are being attacked or harassed by someone-- it's like an emergency line. I'm happy to have that as an option.
However unless someone hits the report button in a PT, I think the Moderators don't really have a place in censoring PTs, and that it is truly going too far to try & control and censor content between consenting people in a PT. --This is a rule I think that needs to be revised--Should Private threads be automatically censored & edited with the same rules as the public forums IF the people involved in the conversation (non-mods) haven't hit the report button & are actually enjoying the conversation?
Especially if you have a conversation between two 20somethings or 30somethings or even more likely here 40+ somethings in a PT & the content is STILL subject to the general site rules....it's that a bit patronizing to grown adults who have chosen to speak to each other, and showing respect to the Public forums by not talking about things that are not "appropriate"*** on the general boards.
***(people automatically think seedy things here, but most of the "inappropriate" things can include mental health, medical issues or personal problems---not necessarily anything as bad as what people may think when i use the word "inappropriate"---mostly as innocent as two older people PTing each other to support each other with issues such as depression.)
In conclusion I think the issue of "Private" thread moderation needs to be discussed, and also a revision of the demographics---and see if these groups of small children inside private threads that we think we are protecting even exist at all... and maybe all the censorship is unnecessary & protecting phantom children.
Personally I haven't come across even one member under the age of 13... certainly not any under 15 that are going to be sending me complex PTs. (messages)
-Staff Post (9/26/2015 11:09:06 AM) This post violated the following rule: 1.16 Posting Account Status and Personal Information
Thank you for sharing your concern regarding the Site Rules and the Moderation of private threads.
The Site Rules & Policies are continuously being evaluated, changed and improved based on the changing times, old Modmins leaving the team and new Modmins joining, as well as the feedback we get from the members here on ACC. In fact, discussing the rules and possible changes takes up more of a Modmin's time than actually moderating the boards. We are lucky enough to have a community in which most members actually keep to the rules and most members only occasionally receive a notification of some sorts.
As for demographics and the age of members participating in private threads, you may be surprised at the reality. Over the past 30 days, approximately 400 unique members aged 13 or below have been active here on ACC. Many of these members actively participate on both public threads and in private ones. Personally, I am in a private thread where politics and other topicalities are being discussed and at least one of the other members in that private thread is 13 years old. You may not always notice it, but the younger members are here and are active. They are not the majority of the members, but that should never mean we, as Modmins, should forget about them.
"However unless someone hits the report button in a PT, I think the Moderators don't really have a place in censoring PTs, and that it is truly going too far to try & control and censor content between consenting people in a PT."
This is not something we do or have time to do. We quite often struggle to find enough time to patrol public boards, let alone private threads. That is why the button exists. It is there, so other members on ACC can help the Modmin team keep ACC family friendly and make sure everyone is keeping to the rules. While it is true that some rules are less strict in private threads than on public boards, that doesn't mean it is suddenly allowed to post links to websites which contain inappropriate content.
I hope this helps.
Sometimes it's the people no-one imagines anything of,
who do the things that no-one can imagine.
"***(people automatically think seedy things here, but most of the "inappropriate" things can include mental health, medical issues or personal problems---not necessarily anything as bad as what people may think when i use the word "inappropriate"---mostly as innocent as two older people PTing each other to support each other with issues such as depression.)"
You're allowed to discuss controversial topics, including religion, politics, and the ones you mentioned, in private threads, regardless of who's in the thread. Besides that, the rules for private threads are probably going to stay the way they are because of the reasons mentioned by Amrasje.