I don't know how I had imagined that the thing would work, but I had lived under some illusion that LJ's new system of warning for adult material would be sensible and nice and not-at-all-annoying. I was proven wrong a few minutes ago when I happened to pop by this journal while I wasn't signed in.Regarding Adult Material in This Journal
Can we all say 'redundant' and 'bloody silly'? Good.
So, I switched it off. I'm expecting to be struck down (or at least severely poked) by the Almighty Goat any minute now.
Instead of using LJ's very own warning system, I will continue to do what I have always done, all through this time, ever since I first walked into fandom - that is, using warnings and trusting in the readers' common sense. So, I issue the following notice:
This journal does contain some material that is not suitable for children (or, rarely, minors [under 18] at all).
That said, I have always - even before this LJ's panic seizure - used a self-censoring system of warnings for unsuitable material (and so, I expect people to use their own self-control, common sense and reading skills in approaching this journal). All possibly unsuitable content is always behind a cut, so read the post "labels". Stories that contain adult material are rated with the MPAA system as either NC-17 (hardcore, explicit, not for anyone under 18), or R (kind of naughty or violent, mostly suggestive but adult themes still clearly there, suitable for mature teens). Sometimes I rate such stories with something like Suitable for Mature Teenagers, meaning that adult topics are discussed and some explicit adult material might be present, or Adults Only, meaning the bleedin' obvious. Ratings PG and PG-13 mean, respectively, Parental Guidance Suggested and Parents Strongly Cautioned*, or in plain English, some harsher topics or language might be present, but no explicit sexual or violent content. G is suitable for all ages.
Icon and other pic posts might contain swearing, but are otherwise always safe.
So: Read the labels. Use your own common sense. Enjoy.
*As defined by MPAA. By the way, I have always found the names of these labels unintentionally funny because they make it sound like the material is unsuitable for the parents instead of the children. Which in most cases might actually be the true case.