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  1. Started blog October. Gained at least 1 follower per day till mid December. Gained at least 2 or 3 likes per day till mid December. Then suddenly the last 5 weeks not a single follower and only 3 or 4 likes in total. Also at least one follower has stated he can no longer post comments.

    How do I figure out if there is a problem? And what it is? and why?

    The blog I need help with is gistofthegrist.wordpress.com.

  2. What is the URL starting with http:// for the site to which you refer please?

  3. Whoops! Don't post the URL as I see a mature content tag in the sidebar. I tagged this thread for Staff help. Subscribe to the thread so your are notified when they respond.

  4. Thanks I only put 'mature content' as I can only think that stats broken, mature content, or blocked would be the reasons for such a dramatic change in followers/likes. I don't believe there is any mature content but then I don't know how these things are decided?

  5. Hi there,
    Only Staff can tell you if the blog is marked mature or not.

    re: mature content read > http://en.support.wordpress.com/mature-content/

    "Adult" or mature content blogs are allowed but pornography is not allowed.
    From the TOS http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    Please don’t:
    •Post explicit sexual materials that can be considered pornographic, such as explicit images or video of sexual acts or close-up images of genitalia;
    •Post links or banner ads to adult-oriented affiliate networks, such as pornography site signups;
    •Post links, text, or images promoting or advertising escort services;
    •Post images of extreme violence or gore without associated context or commentary;
    •Post images of child pornography;
    •Post content that promotes pedophilia, such as blogs with galleries of images of children where the images, content surrounding the images, or the intent of the blog is sexually suggestive.

    This reply by Markel who is on the TOS Staff at WordPress.com may also give you some insights. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/what-exactly-are-the-porn-standards?replies=9#post-840974

  6. Thanks. None of the above. Though there is one post with an image of the famous painting 'origin of the world' which has rather abstract looking female pubic hair and a video of famous performance artist marina abramovich - surely that can't be the problem?

    "considered pornographic" by whom?

  7. Staff make such calls and they will assist you when they can by telling you whether or not the blog is currently marked mature or not. Subscribe to the thread so your are notified when they respond knowing that there are others who posted before you did who are also waiting for Staff help.

  8. Hi there gist,

    It looks like another user marked your blog as mature, specifically because of the post you mention from Dec. 13. Because of our mature content documentation:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/mature-content/ (also provided by timethief)
    we specifically prohibit close up images of genitalia. It doesn't matter in this case if it's a painting or a photograph when it's so realistic.

    If you would like your blog marked unmature (and I don't see any other entry that would prevent that), would you please remove that image?

    Cheers!

  9. ^^ But would that prevent likes and comments?

    I understand it would keep it out of the Reader, but would it prevent an existing follower or direct visitor from liking or commenting as indicated by the OP?

    Also at least one follower has stated he can no longer post comments.

  10. gistofthegrist
    Member

    So you are saying that any ONE person can effectively censure anyone's blog? Even if no one else has any problems? The image in question has no close up of genitalia only pubic hair - better go tell the world famous gallery to remove the 140 year old pornography from their walls - very sad WordPress is so 'immature'.

    I assume the censoring is now good enough to remove the mature block? If not please let me know ...

  11. Anyone that is logged in can flag a blog for attention by the Terms of Service group - the TOS group then look at the blog and why it was flagged and take appropriate action - in some cases nothing is done in extreme cases the blog is suspended - or in your case your blog was marked as mature

  12. If any one person flags material that constitutes Mature when reviewed by staff, then yes.

  13. Yes, anyone can rate a blog as mature from the Reader. A rule of thumb a lot of people use is "Would I want this post showing up on my screen with my children in the room?" Not everyone, of course, but that's a bar that you can keep in mind if you so choose.

    The mature rating removes the blog from the Reader. This is specifically what becomes restricted to a Mature blog:
    *It is not eligible to be featured in Freshly Pressed on the front page of WordPress.com
    *It will not appear in global tag listings
    *It will not appear in Top Blogs listings, recent posts, or related posts listings on other blogs
    *The blog’s users cannot use that URL as a link in their WordPress.com Forums profile

    I tested commenting on your blog from a regular user account and I was able to comment just fine. I then trashed the comment, so if you see it in the trash, that's what happened. So none of your users should have a problem commenting. If they are having an issue commenting, they may want to clear their cache and try again.

    The entire image would need to be removed to remove the mature rating. I have asked several people if they consider the image abstract and no one considers it to be anything other than extremely realistic.

  14. gistofthegrist
    Member

    "Would I want this post showing up on my screen with my children in the room?" Given the number of blogs/posts with guns etc in, that is rather sad if anyone is offended by an image of where we all came from. [and if anyone thinks that the painted image is anything other than 'abstract' then I'm not sure what kind of women they are looking at? I assume the image as now could not in anyway offend anyone surely?

    So clearing browser cache should solve commenting problem for user?

  15. I've asked for a review by the internal Terms of Service team.

    Clearing the cache should work for your user having issues commenting, yes.

  16. Hi there again Gist,

    We discussed this internally, and decided to remove your Mature rating - thank you for working with us on this.

    If you're interested in restoring your image, you may want to include a "more" link on the post in question, so that the entire post doesn't appear on your blog timeline (and therefore wouldn't show in the Reader), and then move the image further down in the post so that it's behind the jump. Which also might be something to keep in mind if you want to include other images that may walk close to the "mature" line.

    Thanks again!

  17. gistofthegrist
    Member

    Thank you

    Is it permissible to add a comment under the image saying if you want to view the uncensored version please visit the Musée d'Orsay, and then add a link into the image - to open in another tab/window?

  18. Yes, I think that's fine in this case.

  19. How can I find out whether my blog was marked as "mature"? It could be because of a photo of Michelangelo's David which has been on my blog for a couple of years, but recently I said that I thought his genitals were "too exposed". (I do not like Michelangelo, but greatly admire him, and I thought there had to be a way of dealing with that "aspect").

  20. Hi there,

    Unless you have another blog under a different username, you don't have a mature blog (I just checked for this user name).

    One way you can check is to see if your posts appear in the Reader (you would need to follow your own blog for this).

    I hope that helps!

  21. Hi may I join this thread, as I did not get a reply to a separate post yesterday?
    My stats in the last few days have dropped 70-80%. This is dramatic and there has to be a reason. It's starting to concern me.

    I also have an image of Michelangelo's David in one post (in this very serious academic blog!!). Can mine also have been marked as mature?

  22. @ Zandyring
    Thank you very much. This kept me awake until way into the night, because it is basic. My English blog is read by "kids", but certainly not by little kids. The American word "kid" is not well defined.

  23. "Davidderrick"
    I do not think that the picture itself would get the "mature" rating. That post of mine is 3 or 4 years old, but it was only recently that I decided to say something. I think now I will delete the remark as out of place.

    I spend all my time writing, but 80% of my hits come from pictures. When Google changes its pictures around, I gain or lose hits. I have just had a look at your blog....... you ever looked at your search keys?

    Let's say you have a post on the death of Socrates and begin to get hits. You might find that people have been looking for "pic of poison tea" :-)

  24. Thanks. I know what you mean, but the hits that come from pictures do still seem to be coming, just in dramatically smaller numbers. Like with you, 80% of my traffic is from pictures.

    I'd love it if staff could assure me that there is no block or restriction that I am unaware of -- because an 80% drop does not look like a blip.

  25. And yes, the google pic rearrangement thing can be a factor periodically.

  26. David,

    None of your blogs are marked mature. Since this is a significantly different question (Stats), could you go back to your original post and mark "modlook" in the tag area in the right-hand sidebar?

    Cheers!

  27. Will do and hope to learn more. Thank you.

  28. Will do and hope to learn more. Thank you.

  29. Cheers!

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