About InkBunny. Lately, a lot more has been made about the website's percentage of cub-porn submissions and the flaws in the tagging system, and I thought I'd just throw my opinion out there.
Firstly, let me state that I'm perfectly aware the vast majority of my submissions are erotic "cub" stories. So I obviously don't hate the idea of adult "cub" submissions, but I absolutely detest other themes, such as, no offense, baby-fur, scat, watersports, and cross-dressing (to list just a few) and I've employed the tagging system to block those things.
This system works fine for me, and the only problem I've run into is when it blocks a submission because it's in a multi-submission where only one of the images included contains something on the blocklist.
The big complaint people seem to have is that, despite using the tags, images they don't want to see are slipping through, especially on the Popular page. First and foremost, almost no other site has a tagging/filtering system like InkBunny, so I question just how many of these "unwanted" images you must, gasp, behold the thumbnail of and ignore. In the overall scheme of things, what with adult "cub" submissions comprising so little of overall submissions, I find it hard to believe you're seeing an overwhelming amount on this site in general. More will be getting tagged and blocked than will not be.
Secondly, don't use the Popular/New page. I don't, I've navigated to the front page literally only fifteen times or so in my two years of using InkBunny. Find submissions you like, then follow the breadcrumbs back to the artists/commissioners who are creating the work you like. There's never, ever any point in assuming what the furry community rates as "popular" to also be good.
This was also true with FA and SoFurry for me too; there's never any point at looking on the front page for the "recent" and "popular" submissions. Mostly, they're utter garbage. Not always, sometimes you'll find a new artist to tickle your fancy, but I find a more active approach to searching for good submissions is necessary on art websites, as well as taking the good with the bad. I recommend going over the Popular and New section only if you need a good laugh or are desperate for new artists.
Thirdly, going over every "cub" related submission I've seen in months, I find they are all perfectly tagged as "adult" and "cub." How many artists/posters are fucking around with the tags when the site specifically states "keywords and tags are especially important to the InkBunny community, no joke keywords please"? What's wrong with you guys? If these people would stop being lax with their tagging (and to be fair, I don't actually know any artists that are, I'm just accepting the words of whiners that they exist) then this entire issue would quietly fade away like it deserves to.
Who cares if InkBunny is predominantly hosting cub artwork when you can block it? The viewer has to put three letters in his kill-list; artists just need to put them in the keywords list. Is that so damn hard?
However, as I said, the vast majority of cub submissions that I have seen are correctly tagged. Maybe I'm just watching the right artists.
I have opinions on the majority of cub artwork in the furry community. To be blunt, most of it is garbage, and despite my favorites gallery, it's not necessarily my favorite thing. If you want to block it, that's absolutely fine by me. If you feel the need to abandon this website because of the apparent proliferation of such artwork on this site and the block system doesn't work, that's your prerogative.
But the problem is clear: those who post potentially charged and upsetting material must tag it correctly. It's just bad manners to neglect this stage.
I.E... you're being a dick, stop it.
6 years, 6 months ago
13 Jun 2012 04:17 CEST