Being put on the “mature” blog list seems to have several effects on a blog. Not only are you no longer a featured blog/post (I thought that was all that happened), readers can’t find you through tags, and they can’t find you through search engines either. That’s brutal. Basicly no new readership for the average Joe.
To make WordPress a more fair and friendly place for mature blogs I suggest the following:
Make it like over at YouTube where they have a page pop up warning of “mature” content, and if you’re still interested, they sign up and say “let me in” and boom, you’re in there.
make it a toggle switch in the dashboard, kind of like what Google has. If you don’t want your results to be filtered, you turn the filter off. It’s as easy as that.
Thank you for your time, and I hope your cooperation.
What you say about Featured Blogs/Posts is correct, as is what you say about tag/category searches. When you say, however, that you are no longer visible to search engines you are incorrect. You do lose googlejuice because you’re not on the tag pages anymore, but there is no interference with search engines as far as I know.
Basically, getting your blog rated Mature means you’re on a par with the visibility of a Blogger blog, and better than a Tumblr blog.
Also: In future, please refrain from spamming blogs with the contents of your posts in the forum.
I can’t find any of my newer posts via search engine @ http://hateandanger.wordpress.com but I can find older posts. Just saying it like I see it happening. Looking for a good fix for everyone, bloggers and readers. And putting out a real message, with real meaning isn’t SPAM.
I agree with rcwats: since “adult” content can mean a lot of things besides pornography, I wouldn’t want to see serious blogs with stuff to say censored in any way. I would like to be able to warn people that there may be content not intended for children, without limiting the ability of genuinely interested adult readers to find or access the blog.
So far as I know nothing offensive or disreputable has appeared on my blog, but somebody might randomly disagree and then I’d be losing readers…
Having read rcwats blog, there is nothing I find on his Hate and Anger site that I consider too mature for my 12 and 11 yr old to read… that is my opinion, and I realize there are some who would disagree. It is not right that someone who labels themself as the “moral police” are making that decision for me.
I agree, with you rcwats, and I hope WordPress can find a fix for this as well.
Mature or not isn’t the issue, it’s equal access to all blogs on WordPress, but thank you for your support dutchkids. ;)
At the top of the left sidebar it says
This blog is rated NC-17
Now given the blogger has written that, and that those words effectively mean ‘Mature’ how am I supposed to act? Do I disagree?
And I’m not the moral police – I’m the person that receives all the complaints and from those makes a decision. It’s not like I go hunting for them.
If you can write a definition of Mature that is perfectly usable, we’ll use it. But seeing as I haven’t found anything on any site that does not have a subjective element then we are stuck with what we have.
And, raincoaster, forgive me if I didn’t get all of the facts 100% correct. I’m sure you still wouldn’t want to get wacked with the “mature” label. Who want’s depleated googlejuice anyway. :P
A Mature blog is NOT blocked from search engines.
It’s only effect is to remove links to it from the tags system.
mark, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, even if the cover says XXX, but in my case you probably can, but still, there’s got to be a better way. Some good suggestions were made above. Let’s see if we can’t do something about it that everyone (or most) can agree on.
it still makes it harder to find the posts with the search engines, REALLY HARD!!! But I did check (cause I gotta know for myself) and you’re absolutely right.
I would gladly put the “mature” label on myself if I knew readers who wanted to could still find me.
I’m sure other’s would as well.
If you want to discuss matters on your blog and do so in what some would call a ‘robust manner’ then fine, and your content really is not that bad, that’s okay – get rid of that logo :)
It’s there for CYA purposes. I wouldn’t want kids reading some of it, even if it only gets PG-13. I’d rather keep the “mature” label, and my sweet logo ;) Can’t WordPress come up with some kind of adult/mature filter? That would make the world a better place for bloggers and readers alike.
Mark, please get the above suggestions to the right person.
I am Dr. Ovais Malik – and I am a forum spammer.
[Minor edits – Mark]
Hey raincoaster, that’s spam! ^^^
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