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Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 12th Sep '06 9:59 PM


Can someone explain to me where the line is regarding issues of sex, drugs, etc.? Are we allowed to mention them at all, and if so, how?

Kaufman  (Level: 254.3 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 12th Sep '06 11:15 PM

A basic rule of thumb is that if you wouldn't mind showing it to your father or your daughter, it's probably ok. I'm pretty sure whe've had quizzes on such matters, but those things were presented in a factual, not prurient manner. Heck, I've even done a quiz involving the insertion of a foreign object into the digestive egress, but that's another story.

Sploofus Editor
Wed, 13th Sep '06 7:53 AM

Sometimes a quiz comes in on a topic that could potentially cross a line and I have to check it very carefully (e.g. aphrodisiacs). A rule of thumb I use when dealing with an iffy topic is, "How would this subject be treated on the evening news?" The news often has to report on subjects that have to do with sex, drugs, etc. but they are careful and professional in the terminology used and don't try to advocate any particular stance (well, they try!). I think that's a good approach.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Wed, 13th Sep '06 1:35 PM

Darn! I'll have to scrap my quiz about my adventures on internet dating.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 15th Nov '06 9:13 AM

Could you be more specific? I don't want to waste my time on quizzes that won't be accepted. I have watched the news a couple of times on accident, and really don't remember them saying much about sex. I remember them talking about it a little. Privately, I also got the suggestion from an editor that if I can say it at my Grandmas house, or at Church at a sunday dinner, then I can say it on sploofus. My Grandfather watches porn when I come over. Not helpful. I went to a Sunday Church dinner once, saw everybody was over 40, and left. My pastor makes sex jokes. At the coffee time after church service, I remember some guys my age talking about animal porn, which I'm sure wouldn't make it onto this site (Thank God). At the Church I go to, the only time we can't talk about sex is when particular people are around. But when they are around, we can't talk about it all! We have to hide it all together. And supposedly we can talk about this stuff here. I'm obviously clueless, and would like more detail if you could give it.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Wed, 15th Nov '06 6:36 PM

The quiz writing guide (SQAG - says this:

Quiz name can not contain expletives or offensive content.
Image can not contain obscene or offensive content.
Questions and answers can not contain expletives or offensive content.

That seems pretty clear to me. But everyone has there own opinions on what is offensive. If you think it's iffy, don't do it. Justin takes pride in the fact that this site remains "family friendly": the kind of site that Good Housekeeping would approve of, that Reader's Digest would endorse, that you can let your kids play on without worry.

Think about the movie business and keep it PG rated.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 16th Nov '06 2:41 AM

I guess I'll just try some and see. Thanks for the effort though.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 16th Nov '06 1:33 PM

Hey editors, Baggiob is a journalist, and he's helping me out with some specifics. Props to Baggiob. Some of your suggestions were pretty good, and I guess my questions weren't specific enough for you to give me the insight I wanted.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 17th Nov '06 3:34 PM

Hey SYL, the editors have given you the best advice you are gonna get: they are the ones who will be dealing with any quizzes you write.
If you write one that is kinda iffy, then it will just get sent back again and again till it is acceptable for a family-based site...OR it will get rejected entirely, and never be released.
So why bother pushing the profanity-buttons? Write a quiz that is on an acceptable topic from the onset.

Cheers, Bev

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 17th Nov '06 6:47 PM

Bushyfox, I don't see any mention from stoutyoungladd about profanity whatsoever, he asked what the stance on subjects like sex and drugs are.

I also don't see a direct answer to any of those.

As you said the editors would edit it and like the previous editor said they would check it with a fine toothbrush until it was acceptable.

But again I did not see a reference to writing a quiz with profanities in it>

Surreyman  (Level: 257.4 - Posts: 2766)
Sat, 18th Nov '06 6:06 AM

Re all this, why even write an 'iffy' or 'dodgy' quiz?
There's the whole wide world out there on which to base quizzes.
Why not just avoid the borderline (or worse) subjects?

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 18th Nov '06 2:38 PM

I couldn't tell if that was a rhetorical question, or one you wanted answered, so I'll answer, if it was rhetorical I suppose you can disregard this response Surryeman. I don't want to push anybody's buttons, I'm just a college student who for me those topics are a part of my daily existence. If I'm not hearing about it on songs on the radio, then my friends are involved with them somehow. My rhetorical question is why avoid a subject that is such a big part of life? I don't really think there is anything particularly "dodgy" about sex, for example, it seems to me it can be dodgy or sublime. I know there are a lot of other topics out there, which is why I can think of 1000 quizzes to write on other subjects, and only one or two that even "touch" on the subject at all. Honestly, I think the quizzes I have in mind are primarely about something else. I have no desire for profanity in front of children on this site, or to expose any of your children to things they aren't ready for, which is why we have editors in the first place. But I'm a human, it's for me a big part of life, and see no reason to avoid it. I know children that read the Bible, that book doesn't take the route of "avoiding" it, and neither does the media. Can you actually even turn on the public radio and not hear about it, at least in a song? I don't have children, and my goal, is not to avoid the subjects when they enter a quiz, but handle them in a way that everyone will be happy with. I just want help with it, so no one leaves sploofus, and no one feels betrayed by me when it does come up. I hope that answers your question, Surreyman. I am not trying to be confrontational, I just want to be a responsible user when I write about subjects that interest me, that RARELY have anything to do with "iffy" topics.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 19th Nov '06 10:34 AM

Trying to hash it out here without any specific examples does not seem to be very productive. If the SQAG does not tell you what you want to know then you should simply write the quizzes you want to write and don't worry about it - until one gets returned to you!

You could try a trivia search on the word "sex" or "drugs" and see what sort of quizzes have been accepted (remembering that quizzes written before September '05 were not submitted through the editors).

Ummagumma  (Level: 67.4 - Posts: 186)
Sun, 19th Nov '06 10:53 AM

Stout - Think about it this way - My 14 year old daughter Sploof's, are you writing quizzes for her abou "sex" or "drugs"?

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 19th Nov '06 1:43 PM

Thanks editor, I'll try that.

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