Personally I am not much for censorship and I am sure that I would not choose any of the categories below. However, I propose this suggestion as a way for certain participants to protect themselves from material that they might find offensive while continuing to keep Gather as an open environment for artists. (I personally do find some material offensive, I just don't think I need someone be it Stephanie or Jake deciding what I should be protected from.)
So this proposal has two facets to make it work. The first is that authors tag their articles appropriately so that people who want to be sheltered from certain types of material may be. The second is that Gather adjusts its guarded viewing level to allow people choices about what they want to see. These should be choices where they reader can, for example, select numbers 2 and 4 if they choose.
Other categories to consider (and I say this only to allow certain people to protect themselves) might include: Sexual and Violent (as opposed to Sexual OR Violent), Gay or Homosexual, and Racial or Ethnic, but I'm not sure we have a demand for these categories.
Here are recommended levels selections for gather self censorship that the artist and the reader could choose:
- Guarded Viewing – All =>The most restrictive. Recommended for articles and images which might contain topics or language that could be disturbing to children.
- Guarded Viewing – Nudity => Recommended for articles and images which contain nudity or descriptions of nudity but not necessarily in a sexual context.
- Guarded Viewing – Sexual => Recommended for article or images that contain sexual explicit activity.
- Guarded Viewing – Violence => Recommended for articles or images which contain explicit depictions of violent behavior.
- Guarded Viewing – Religious => Recommended for articles or images which have themes of devil worship, or themes that are anti god or anti religion.