Terms of Service modification proposal regarding NSFW contents and duplicate accounts

We got some feedback about the NFSW content policy in content standard section of the Terms of Service. The feedback was that it is a bit broad and not specific. So we have taken some inspiration from other social media websites (mastodon.art in particular) to get a good worded rule for NSFW. it doesn’t change anything but makes existing rule more clear.

The existing sentences which talk about NSFW are:

  1. While submitting painting, drawing or sketches, it should not in any way depict child pornography, child abuse or underage characters in erotic pose. Fan-art of characters which are perceived or are under the age of 18 will be considered illegal and deleted even if they are depicted as adults. This forum does not in any way tolerate child abuse or child pornography, hence if the imagery shows such actions your posts will be deleted without any explanation at the discretion of the moderators and administrators.

  2. Paintings / images which show genitalia, private parts or subject in erotic pose should be marked nsfw by using the nsfw tag while posting. While showing the genitalia or private parts is okay as long as the image is just a study of anatomy or a tasteful painting. But we do not allow images with pornographic content or depictions of sexual activities. Such images will be evaluated by the moderators and will be hidden or removed at their discretion.

We are proposing the following:


  • Sexual depictions of minors, real or fictional and Loli/shotacon, cub porn is not allowed. Fan-art of characters which are perceived or are under the age of 18 will be considered illegal and deleted even if they are depicted as adults. This forum does not in any way tolerate child abuse or child pornography, hence if the imagery shows such actions your posts and account will be deleted without any explanation at the discretion of the moderators and administrators.

  • Illustrative nudity, body/anatomy studies, and titillating imagery intended for mature audiences (eg. “pin-ups”) are allowed, but only if tagged appropriately with #nsfw tag.

    • If you’re unsure whether to mark a work as sensitive or post it under a details tag, consider the following hypothetical questions: Is it something you’d be comfortable viewing in your work environment? Is it something you’d be comfortable being viewed by a minor? Would you happily show it to your parents? A no to any of these questions may require it being tagged as NSFW. If you’re still unsure, marking it as NSFW it is a good bet.
    • Another way to decide whether to mark a work as sensitive or post it under a #nsfw tag is to remember the Three B’s: If your work features any Boobs, Butts, or Bits (genitals), hide the artwork.
    • Currently the NSFW tag marks the entire thread and blurs all images in it, If you have a sketchbook thread and want to mark only one artwork as NSFW consider using the details tag.
  • Nude sketches / paintings are only allowed if done in an artistic spirit — however, it still needs to be tagged under #nsfw tag. Erotic drawings, paintings, photography, pornography, or photography or painting that puts too much emphasis on the genitals or has sexually explicit poses or hints a sexual act is not allowed, even if marked with NSFW tag.
  • We understand that these things are subjective, but final interpretation of these rules are up to our moderation team. If in doubt, consider whether Krita-artists.org is the right place for this kind of sexual/explicit work.
  • Gore, vore, and blood violence must also be placed under NSFW tag or marked sensitive.
  • Works depicting suicide should also be marked as NSFW.

In addition to this there is one more proposal to discourage duplicate and multiple accounts, as these can be used to vote manipulation and other mischiefs. This line will be added under acceptable use section


  1. You may not open multiple or duplicate accounts to manipulate a debate or vote or for any reason. If you open duplicate accounts by mistake please reach out to the admins, we will help you merge accounts. If you find difficult to access your account mail us on raghu@krita-artists.org so that we can help you in any way we can to get access to your account.

Please let us know if you have feedback on these changes and if you have any suggestion to add or remove anything.

Thank you

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Currently the mechanism to blur the nsfw image is also kind of hack, I am also looking at how to solve this problem within the facility provided by discourse software to us.

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Is there any feedback? I see that people are liking it but If there is any suggestion for improvement then comments are welcome. :slight_smile:

@raghukamath: I wanted to write today, after I saw it for the first time, that I like this new version very much and that I agree and am 100% satisfied with it. But since this is not a post that adds something to the topic or represents another point of view, respectively another opinion, I had refrained from it. Because in my opinion, this change is perfect.
That’s why I liked it, and I’m for it, it is perfect in my eyes.

Michelist

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Thanks, michelist. I should have clarified I am asking other members who have not read or probably read and not reacted since this is a change which matter all who will post here.

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For me that’s Ok.
Just liked because I don’t have any suggestion to add :slight_smile:

Grum999

So I will update this text in the website’s CoC after a weeks time.

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“Works depicting suicide should also be marked as NSFW.”

Does this apply even when dealing with humorous works? I was thinking about the case of “Bunny suicides” (an example here).

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Do you think it will disturb someone or invoke suicidal thoughts in someone? If yes then please mark it NSFW if you do not think that way then don’t mark it. As it is said these things are subjective :frowning: The image you linked doesn’t disturb me personally I think it should be okay. Let us here what others say.

Also just like you seem doubtful about it here, in such scenario it is best to mark it nsfw.

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I didn’t notice anything wrong when I read it.

The only thing that’s come up for me personally before now is thinking; If I mark something as NSFW then I’m effectively limiting the potential exposure, and it wont get featured.

That’s fair enough - the site needs boundaries on content. It’s just raised a question mark for me with a couple of unfinished pieces due to partial nudity or gore factor.

I supposed at least with more detailed guidelines it helps to clarify what’s acceptable.

I wonder if it might help to say - if you’re unsure then tag it NSFW and ask moderators to review it? :thinking:

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Yeah that would be good too. But I think that would flood our message box down the line. Not today but when the site grows more. I also think the artist themselves also needs to think if it is acceptable in a workplace or in front of children. Obviously gore and other stuff showing naked body or private parts need to be behind nsfw tag.do

The suicide part was added because there were one or two artwork submitted here which were dark and showed a person hanging. Some members suggested that it would have been nice to have behind NSFW tag as they were a bit depressed by the image.

In any case I am confident that our members here will surely tag an artwork of someone who forgot to tag it under NSFW. If the person feel that it should not be NSFW then they can discuss it we will surely review it. For example some people don’t find nude classical painting to be NSFW but some do.

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Concerning NSFW images involving gore/death, there might be a need for multiple NSFW tags.
NSFW-Nudity
NSFW-Gore
NSFW-death/suicide.
It’s a bit much, but for the people sensitive to gore/death but aren’t bothered by nudity could appreciate this.
Either that, or we could encourage a warning in the title.

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What do you people think of dedicated NSFW sub-category in the artwork category? Then the tags can be Gore, Nude etc. This category can be restricted to certain group which will be only accessed by people who are okay with nsfw and who are above certain age (as per them)

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It would mean that people who didn’t want to see them would have ‘advance warning’ and be able to make a decision to ignore them.
As for the tags, they may be useful for people who have objections to different types of content.
So, a useful feature overall.

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I like this idea.

Okay I have made the #artwork:nsfw category, I have also added a requirement of atleast one tag from NSFW tag group that is #gore #blood #self-harm #nude in addition to the #nsfw tag. So now people who do not wish to see the nsfw artwork have a choice not to visit this category and the issue of blur not working won’t be there.

I am keeping the blur because other tags are allowed in that category and when it has common tags like #sketch along with nsfw tag then on the sketch tag page the artwork will be visible.

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I’ve just added a ‘self-harm’ tag to one of them.
Maybe volunteers could go through them adding suitable specific tags?
I might do a few more later.

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Thank you everyone :pray:t3:

I have updated our terms of service to include the above changes.

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You’re welcome! I do believe we still need a death/suicide tag, though. :)))