When did the function of Gather become that of a hosting service for pornographic pictures?
Recently, I have seen females masturbating, naked females with their feet wrapped around anonymous male appendages, lesbian scenes, women oohing and ahhing over male appendages, etc.
Is this what we want Gather to be?
It is one thing to leave your mature content flags off so that you are exposed to the widest variety of written content. It is quite another to have pornographic pictures flashed in your face. At least with a written article, you have to make a choice to read something marked as having mature content. The pictures, on the other hand, repeat with every single comment someone makes so they show up over and over and over again on the comment listings. You CAN'T avoid them by choosing not to look at them.
That is completely unfair to those of us who just want to read things on the site or who have children leaning over our shoulders when we open up the comment page.
I think that the image replication needs to be removed from the comments page. Let the words show up - leave the pictures on the image page so that we can avoid them if we choose. Perhaps, all images with the mature filters enabled should go in a special section.
This forced viewing of pornography that is, for the most part, foisted on us by two relatively new members needs to stop. I don't want the pictures banned if another way can be found to protect the unsuspecting viewer. I just want those of us who prefer to avoid this form of "artistic" expression to be protected without forcing us to give up the things we want to read.