Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blogger Policy Crap Answers (?)

I'd rather be doing other stuff. I have a lot on my plate right now and I really don't have much time to deal with this too....

I found the Blogger forums and tried to read through some of the posts but the discussions are rather messy as moderators move comments and end up repeating the same things over and over. If you want to see the forums you can use this link.

I'm pasting my question below and you can check the responses here.
I would suggest that if you have questions of your own you post them there. Don't add to my question as they will just move you.
Now it's a waiting game to see if anyone answers.

My question:

My blog is

I am a member of what people might consider the "erotica" blogsphere. I am obviously not alone when I say I am confused. I have tried to wade through the posts on the forum even but with little results. I have one question that I haven't seen addressed yet (though I didn't read everything) so I will post it here.

What constitutes "artistic or educational" for pictures and who makes that decision? How are we to know what Blogger/Google might consider artistic? Something that is explicit for one person might well be educational for another and what is considered "artistic" is also purely subjective. I don't think cutting cows in half is art, but it's prized as art in galleries who exhibit Damien Hirst.

I understand that the policy is "fuzzy" as I have read over and over again in the forum but they will at some point have to reach a conclusion to be able to make the incriminating blogs private. So I assume that someone, somewhere knows the answer to these questions.

Being somewhat connected to others like me in the "sexually explicit" blogsphere I know that many are backing up their blogs, exporting and looking for alternative sites. I will likely do the same.

I appreciate that the moderators here are in great difficulty with this (and I imagine other) situation and I suggest you band together and complain to Blogger that it is unacceptable. If you as moderators don't start speaking up about the "fuzzy" policies then the situation won't likely get any better.



Cande said...

This made me say "holy fuck" out loud.... IT's a moderator answering a question about pictures of Sistine Chapel nudity.

nitecruzrTop Contributor1,000 Best Answers
Feb 24 (5 hours ago)

We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.

Most images of the Sistine Chapel will have artistic context. If that's all that your blog contains in "nudity", it probably won't be made private - though it may end up behind a Content Warning.

Seriously?! Michelangelo's painted nudes may end up behind content warning? do kids have to sign documents before they go to a museum these days because they might catch a glimpse of a PAINTED breast?!

Advizor54 said...

At least we have well educated (not), open-minded (not) and sensible people (not not not) making decisions.

If all it involved was "going private" it might just do that and then publicize my blog via Tumblr or twitter to get new interest, but i'm predicting that it's going to get worse and eventually end up in an outright ban.

thanks for doing some of the homework for the rest of us, as you said, i have NO time for this right now.