Ask and ye shall receive...Hey Twyrch,
As for an 18+ subforum, I'm against such. I see lots of room for abuse, flame wars, hurt feelings, etc. I'm sure it would be due to someone saying something they found amusing that someone else becomes truly offended by. I have a very dark sense of humor, so needless to say, most of the things I find comical I don't dare post. Though, with a solid enough argument, I may be swayed.
That's actually a pretty good idea (sorry Twyrch, gonna make more work for ya ). If you want an 18+ subforum, go ahead and write up an arguement and stick it in the suggestions forum. I'd be curious as to what people thought of it.
As most of you know, there is a subforum called Sages and Crones for those members who are 50 and over to discuss things which they are interested in (and we would presumably find boring). In 20 more years, I'll be able to join that forum too.
The moderators here are working on a new User Agreement which includes this rule:
Now, my suggestion for a Mature Adults Subforum is not to flout this rule, but offer some flexability to those types of more, shall we say, mature posts, pictures, jokes and conversations which might be inappropriate to the younger generation.1. Not to post or send by Private Message any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, intended to provoke an inappropriate reaction, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, spamming, racist, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually provocative, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or in violation of any applicable laws. Any such posts will be deleted or edited immediately. Failure to comply with these rules may result in your immediate suspension or permanent ban (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions.
For example... I have a joke called the Texas Chili Taster which is hilarious, but filled with foul language. This is certainly in violation of the user agreement, but posting it in a mature adult area with a disclaimer (Contains vulgar discourse) or something to that effect would be able to be monitored, rather than sharing it via e-mail or PM where it could potentionally reach young members.
We used to have a joke thread for 13 and over, but there is no way to police what people are viewing that thread... creating a forum which allows people access based on age would help to better control things like that.
This can be used for more than jokes, too... sometimes, conversations or images may not be appropriate for younger members, but could be easily skipped with proper disclaimers.
There would have to be rules to specifically govern this area, however, to keep flame wars and such from starting. Respect for each other would be imperitive and appropriate disclaimers added to posts to avoid inadvertant offense...
The rule bans "material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, intended to provoke an inappropriate reaction, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, spamming, racist, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually provocative, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or in violation of any applicable laws" as well it should.... but these items all fall under showing respect to your other forum members.
Sometimes, posts with adult language, adult humour or adult content in general can still be non-attacking, non-threatening and can still show respect, especially with proper disclaimers in the thread title, so no one is offended or caught off-guard.
Anyway, I thought I would toss this idea out and see what everyone (especially the staff) thinks of this suggestion.