Basically mature themes are allowed to be linked to (such as with creative outlets such as fan fiction, and videos), but you MUST give a warning detailing exactly what that link contains. This doesn’t mean there aren’t limits to what can be said or linked to - if a moderator thinks it’s too inappropriate, we have the right to edit and censor your posts and/or remove the link in question.
I like the idea of “don’t say anything here you wouldn’t want to say in front of a 10-year-old”. I was going to suggest “13 year-olds”, but I know younger kids these days are a lot more exposed to adult material than I was at that same age, so that may not work. The spoiler tag idea doesn’t exactly work because anyone can see what’s under the spoiler tag, and they wouldn’t know whether it’s an actual spoiler or something more mature. If you have to put a spoiler tag over it, then it’s probably best to use alternative language instead, or not say it at all. I have to admit, I’ve been a bit guilty of pushing the limits lately as well, which doesn’t set a good example as a moderator. I attribute this to my ‘cheeky’ nature and Australia is a bit more liberal when it comes to naughty jokes, but maybe it’s just my sense of humour.
I understand that there’s a mix of kids, pre-teens, teens, and adults at Pixar Planet, so you have to be careful with what you say. It’s hard to know exactly what you mean, Dragon, and how much of an extended leash you want. One of the best things about Pixar Planet is that it’s a kid-friendly site and forum, where they won’t be exposed to anything too mature or anything that will be corruptive to them. At the end of the day Pixar does make movies for adults and kids, so to have a site where they are safe to browse, especially as there are plenty of sites that do have unsavoury content and language on them, ones that I wouldn’t my 11-year-old to browse, that’s all the more reason to preserve the safe haven here.
In a short answer, don’t use profanities or vulgar words. Use alternative language instead. It’s pretty amusing reading the creative alternatives people use for swear words, and there’s humour in that repressive sort of langauge in itself, such as “shiz” or “fudge”. There are plenty of mature jokes here that have toed the line, but we’ve left because they were done in a tasteful fashion, but it’s all in the delivery. Once again, if we feel anyone has gone too far we will have the right to and will edit their posts. But outright swearing is a big no-no.
We’re still in the process of writing up some rules for the forums, which will hopefully make things more clear, so hang tight.