Ratings/Advisories Change

by abhorsen. at 20 May 2018 07:12 AM  

We'd like to announce two ratings/advisories changes.


First, the 'Hate Speech' advisory has been broken down into two advisories: 'Derogatory Language' and 'Hate Speech.' The 'Hate Speech' advisory continues to require an M rating but is now reserved for only the most egregious and socially unacceptable uses of slurs. The new 'Derogatory Language' advisory captures other usage of slurs, and can apply to both T-rated and M-rated stories.


Second, the 'Sexual Assault' advisory has also been broken down into two advisories: 'Consent Issues (Mild/Moderate)' and 'Consent Issues (Severe).' The 'Consent Issues (Mild/Moderate)' advisory can be apply to both T-rated and M-rated stories, and indicates that a story includes some relatively non-invasive unwanted touching, non-detailed reference to sexual assault of adults, and dubious consent situations. The 'Consent Issues (Severe)' advisory requires an M rating and applies to detailed depiction of sexual assault or reference to the sexual assault of children.


To ensure that nothing requiring the stronger advisory ended up inadequately warning readers, we added new advisories for less severe advisories. With these revised rules, your story may be okay at the less severe advisories; please feel free to adjust ratings/advisories accordingly, and contact us with any questions!


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