Normally, I dislike it. If I'm going to join a site, then I want to see the way people write on it. But as I'm getting older, I've become increasingly uncomfortable with having my site's IC stuff right out there in the open for any old guest to see. I've been giving some serious thought to hiding the IC forums because we're rated 3-3-3 and limited to adult players because I just don't feel 100 percent comfortable with having kids on board or reading our stuff. Some of it is really adult oriented! And I realize that it's out in the open and that despite all the warnings in the world, kids are going to stumble across the site at some point and read what's there. I've seen other adult oriented sites do the same and it's common practice in places like LJ but people in the forum world say junk like "I won't even JOIN a site if I can't read the IC areas!" That doesn't really matter to me anyway because I've become increasingly picky about who I want on my forums lately. (So many flakes, I'm so freaking tired of them...) I'm already turning away people who don't like this or that: we're RL faces, so anime people won't join, we don't have an app process, so app lovers won't join, we don't have a word count so word counters won't join, etc. So to me, it's more about what I want than who I'm turning out. People who are more like me will be more apt to join and those are the people I want to write with. Regardless of input, I've already chosen to limit my IC forums to members only (along with blogs and the cbox, which also contains adult content....) I was also very curious about how legal it is to have the content viewable to minors. I knew that I was fine with having the content with my host and we're on SMF, which has a couple of topics discussing adult content (it's allowed) so I'm all covered there. But as I was advising somebody else with an adult content matter, I realized that although I did warn in several places that the site was 16+, it wasn't going to stop minors from reading some of the violent and sexually graphic material on the site... All my current members are 18+ but one of them JUST turned 18 and that was fine for me at the time because the site was 16+. However, after reading about how the age considered adult in California (where I live and where my server is located) is 18, I upped the age limit. (Lucky for that player that just turned 18, I didn't have to kick her off--and no, I knew her age before the decision, so I'm fairly sure she's not cheating. Anyway, I read several conflicting matters on it all over the net when somebody suggested a website where you can ask lawyers yourself over the internet. Here were the answers I got: HERE. My ToS already stated members had to be 16+ but I've since edited it for 18+ so I think I'm covered there. I'm also planning on speaking directly with a lawyer (was unable to over the holidays) for more answers. To me, it's not just a matter of not breaking the law--although I don't want to be fined or arrested for my HOBBY, so I'm not going to play games there. It's also the fact that I myself am just not comfortable with the idea of RPing with kids. I like to write very dark things, it's how I explore fears of my own, my own version of exposure therapy. I also dislike being censored, so to me, it just seemed smarter to close off IC content and require registration. My butt's covered and as far as I know, the people I'm writing with are all adults. Of course, I can't check everybody's background and it's possible for kids to still slip through but it's not on my ass if they do. What do you think when it comes to hiding IC content? Of course, if you're a PG-13 game, then it wouldn't matter but I mean when it comes to sites with adult content, do you take steps to keep kids from looking at the darker or sexual content? I was curious and looked around at sites with the 18+ label slapped on them and I didn't see many that hide their content, so I was wondering why they bother with the labels if they're still going to offer the material. Maybe they just didn't think about it--I know I didn't until recently. Or maybe they feel they gave the warnings and that's enough. But for most adult content, such as videos, there are birthdate inputs or a splash page forcing you to admit you're older than 18 to make sure there's a step in between kids and the adult material. With threads, not so much.