Regarding NSFW

Hello friends. Let's discuss the issue of NSFW content as it pertains to Oppositelock.

By that I mean posts that are simply pictures of people in various stages of undress, even if they're interspersed with pictures of cars, an article on cars or whatetver. If it's germane content that happens to have language, nudity, or violence, etc? That's different, and up to you if it's fit to share or not.

Nudes for the sake of nudes are the real issue, and we ask that you stop posting them to Oppositelock as of now.

True, NSFW posts have been a regular fixture within Oppositelock since inception. But in the early days, Oppo was a much smaller and insulated place, and Gawker's platform was much less able to distribute the content found within. Fast forward to today, and Oppo has grown exponentially, thanks to Jalopnik frontpage exposure, countless Membership Drives and Kinja's built-in sharing features.

Through this, Oppositelock has been a community primarily directed by the community, and there are no plans for that to cease. The handful of active moderators have put forth a straightforward, common-sense list of guidelines, and only act against users who choose to go against them in the most blatant of ways. We are not the thought police, or even the regular police - just < 10 people who, on a volunteer basis, can grant or limit your ability to post here.

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This change is not made lightly and was debated long and hard. Some moderators supported this outright, others were indifferent and a few were opposed. This conclusion was reached collectively and we believe this reflects a good cross section of Oppositelock's opinions and furthers Oppo's perception to the increasingly public eye.

Pun intended.

"But," you might be asking, "why?"

There are several reasons. One of which can be summed up nicely by Google search results:

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As it sits now, this is the 8th result on that page, and at other times has been higher and at other times has bled through to organic search results. We do not want to be known as a NSFW depository, and this will transcend the simple "if you don't like it, just don't click" argument EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Some people are unable to read Oppo at all because the NSFW tag is right there for content filters to see. If it continues, we'll see wider blocking of the site. I don't think anybody really wants that, especially not those who Risk It All™ to browse during work or school hours (nationalanthem.mp3).

Additionally, NSFW posts are not always welcomed by everybody on the site. And sometimes those people will click on a NSFW post to voice their displeasure with the person or persons who posted it, which historically has not really gone very well for either side and reflects poorly on the community as a whole. This also creates more work for the moderators.

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We've outgrown these posts as a community, and the overwhelming majority of it serves no purpose other than to show pictures of naked humans. A pro tip I will share with everybody is that pictures of naked humans can easily be found elsewhere on the web, frequently on websites that feature that content in MUCH higher concentration and do not clutter the page with posts about Miatas or the merits of a manual transmission.

In fact, you can even stay within the Kinjaverse to find such content, as the people who manage the Cigar Lounge have volunteered to host what you're used to seeing in Oppositelock. You might say that NSFW isn't banned here, just moved to a better more receptive home.

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Questions on any of this?
Email us: oppomoderator at gmail dot com

TL:DR - No more NSFW posts in Oppo. Please do that in the Cigar Lounge instead.

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