I feel guilty making this a "support request," but I've searched the website for general "feedback" contact info -- to no avail. So here I go...
Many of us bloggers mark our sites as "adult/mature" because we use foul language -- in my case, the reason I've marked it "adult" is primarily so my children (and any children) won't be able to access the site on computers with adequate parental controls. This just seems the appropriate thing to do. Of course, we do this knowing full well that this most likely precludes us from being "Freshly Pressed" per your "How to" guide to getting Freshly Pressed (http://en.support.wordpress.com/five-ways-to-get-featured-on-freshly-pressed/).
In this post, your support team indicates that rule #1 is "Write unique content that’s free of bad stuff," adding "Each post that makes it to Freshly Pressed contains original content created by the user. Bad stuff includes (but isn’t limited to) plagiarism, hate speech, fear-mongering, adult/mature content [emphasis added], copyrighted images that belong to someone else, spam or content that’s primarily advertorial in nature."
I would argue that "adult/mature content" that is simply not excessive foul language should NOT be excluded from Freshly Pressed consideration. Of course porn or sexual discussions should...but swearing is not exactly "bad stuff" to most bloggers. Yet WordPress groups that in. Or at least I thought it did.
So you can imagine my surprise -- and probably hear the collective gasps of all blogger/readers -- when we read this today in a post titled "On gaining and losing friends":
"Then I realized that [removed] and has been hurting and re-hurting me for the past 18 months."
This is so discouraging. Clearly this blog has not identified itself as "adult/mature," despite the BOLD (yelling) of extremely foul language. Is someone on your team screening for this type of content?
I just wish WordPress provided a level playing field with fair opportunities for Freshly Pressed exposure. Either make it so that foul language can't be Freshly Pressed...or make "foul language" an exception to the "free of bad stuff" rule. And really, today's post pretty much contains the foulest of foul language. I'm a woman who sometimes swears like a drunken sailor, yet I would never use this language...
Can you provide any clarification about this? And if I choose to "unmark" my blog as adult/mature -- is that even possible? Because yes, I swear...but not even CLOSE to the level of foul language that this blogger wrote in today's Freshly Pressed post. Perhaps I need to reconsider.
Thank you in advance for your time and help.
The blog I need help with is mikaleebyerman.wordpress.com.