I recall that there has been some recent discussion about the future development and management of IFDB. I’d like to suggest that some consideration is given to content warning for some of the material to be found on there.
I’ve raised this before, via the email address provided on the IFDB site, but received no reply (maybe it got missed) so I’m raising it again here. My issue originally was with this entry which popped up as a new listing on the homepage, where it was visible to all comers. Now, to be clear, I’m no prude and I’m not at all against pornography (go ahead and play it, if that’s your thing - you’ll have a whale of a time) but I’m also the father of an 8-year-old child who has (a probably transient) interest in text games and may find his way to IFDB. Do you really want minors to be exposed to that without any kind of warning or verification step? I realise that there is a ‘pornographic’ tag on the entry, but that’s all there is and anyone can read the (pretty explicit and, to some, offensive) synopsis. Perhaps an ‘explicit content – confirm that you are over 18 [or whatever it is in your region]’ obscuring tick box could be added to an entry like this, to at least warn off minors (notwithstanding that, human psychology being what it is, such a warning will probably make them more likely to view it – but at least the effort will have been made).
I’d be interested to hear others’ view on this. Perhaps this kind of censorship is frowned upon and it is accepted that the IF scene is an adult-only space (I’m sure that 99.99% of players are indeed adults, probably falling within a predictable age bracket) but if that is the case then that needs to be made explicit at the front of this most-used of resources.
I’d also point out that the current IFDB Terms of Service says the following:
You will not upload anything that infringes any copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights, anything that’s defamatory or libelous, anything that harasses anyone, anything pornographic, obscene, or indecent, or anything illegal.
(Personally, I think that those terms need to be reviewed as they are probably too wide-ranging and general to enforce rigorously in any case, but that’s by the by – if those are the published terms then some sort of show of enforcing them needs to be made, otherwise they are meaningless)
And finally, there is currently, as far as I’m aware, no dedicated way of reporting inappropriate content on IFDB (on this page you can report errors in game listings, broken download links and technical problems, but not inappropriate content).
What do people think?