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Swatcher

Tags, please!

I know I joined Inkbunny despite its reputation as being the CUB SMUT CAPITAL of the internet, but I'm still not really a fan of looking at it. It's cool that it exists and all, it's not hurting anyone, but it squicks me out like crazy. I would have just keyword blocked it and been done with it (and I have keyword blocked it!) but more often than not people just don't tag it properly at all and I still get an eyeful of furry toddler peen whenever I visit the front page. Going to peoples' submission pages to comment, telling artists to tag it properly, kind of defeats the whole "if you don't like it, don't look at it" philosophy, and plus I don't want to have to engage in that sort of vigilante justice bullshit.

People don't really tag their submissions with the idea that one of those tags is probably on someone's block list. We think tags are the way people are going to FIND our stuff, not what makes it impossible to find! But it's essential that we keep that in mind. People's squicks are just as weird as their turnons, right?

So can we all just take a vow to properly tag all of our stuff here? For humility's sake, I'm not really in a position to judge, with my own stuff being kind of squicky as it is, but like, can we just make sure we're aware of what squicks people so that we can preserve each others' good times? And cub porn is a pretty obvious one. It's not too much to ask, I don't think.
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Added: 7 years, 11 months ago
 
starling
7 years, 11 months ago
Community tagging is coming soon, so anyone can tag and the artist can accept or reject tags as they wish. Anyone abusing that system gets the banhammer. We'll probably also make tags compulsory but we can't mandate what people assign to their own images. In some cases assigning "cub" on a site full of cuddy cute things having sex is such a grey area it can only ever be the artist's decision to classify it as such.

But I think 99% of the problem is just people being lazy when they upload (which I think you suggest is the case!), not debating what the tags should be. :P
Swatcher
7 years, 11 months ago
I love community tagging. As much as e621 is a pretty unsympathetic community as far as I'm concerned, their tagging system is great, with their equivalencies and implications and such. A lot of what I draw involves transformation, and so every time I tag with "transformation" I have to be aware that someone might just be searching for "tf". Also, some people like transformation but don't like inanimate transformation. It's weird.
Sanne
7 years, 11 months ago
Oh I'm really glad to hear this!

I like IB and its policy, artists can upload whatever kinky fetish pictures they want and I have no problem with it, but I think it's a respectful thing to properly tag something properly. Especially when it's mature or adult. I label all my herm pictures as such for that reason.

The keyword system is effective, but if artists fail to tag then it's useless.

Is there some way to perhaps enforce tagging too? Like a minimum of 1 tag? I've no idea how you guys think in regards to such an 'enforcement', but perhaps it will make people take a second look at what they're submitting and tagging it properly.

(Sorry if I ramble, it's late...)
Swatcher
7 years, 11 months ago
Also I guess there's a lot of cases where a person might have a character that's, I dunno, thousands of years old, but they look essentially like a kid. You know, they don't want to tag it "cub" because the character is of age, according to their backstory, but seeing the thumbnail on the front page still has pretty much the same effect. That's a situation I have no idea how to deal with. I don't really enjoy coming across it, but I have no logical moral reason to be upset. I wish I could just keyword block it and be done with it but there's no keyword for "something that looks like a child but is actually just a cute and cuddly midget adult".
starling
7 years, 11 months ago
Hopefully those cases will be rare! :o But it is the problem with a fandom full of cute cuddly furry things having sex. When do they look "adult" enough? Where is the "cub" line? I'd sure hate to be having to decide.
Sanne
7 years, 11 months ago
If I could fave a journal, I'd hit this one hard.
mendes
7 years, 11 months ago
100% in agreement, man.
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