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twix reblogged princeofdoom
An Anonymous user asked:

Isn't that a bit extreme though? Like under those criteria, there's a LOT of art that needs to be tagged NSFW. Seems unfair.

thelldev -

This is probably going to be of a length where it should PROBABLY be readmore'd but I'm not going to because I need people to read and understand this because it is VERY important.

First, statistics. As of writing this line, there are 28,495 users registered, of whom 18,409 the database reports as over 18. I didn't use a very elegant query for it, so give or take 10% as a margin of error. This means that somewhere around 1/3 of our users are somewhere between 13 and 17, inclusive. A total of 8,037 users have the option to view NSFW content turned on.

With that context provided, there are four main points as to why NSFW is a mandatory tag, and why we're using the proper definition of it rather than just "has their tits out".

Content Curation

Whether or not someone is at work, some folks just might not want to see it. There is functionally zero difference between a picture of a naked girl with her legs akimbo, and a picture of a naked girl with her legs akimbo but her arms hiding her nipples and the other fun bits. On Twitter and Tumblr that passes the NSFW checks because they just go off porn, but we go off the full definition. "Not Safe For Work". It does NOT mean "sexual content". Art like that is very much not suitable for a work environment, and I don't want someone to get fired because they were checking Waterfall on their phone in the lunch room and a coworker saw it.

As mentioned, of those who are adults on the site, less than half have opted in to viewing NSFW content for whatever reason they choose not to view it. It is a simple, basic courtesy to appropriately tag stuff so that they don't have to see it.

Minors

As mentioned, about a third of our users are minors. I suspect part of the resistance to using the NSFW tag is the belief that their work will reach less people. That's an inherent part of drawing NSFW stuff - you don't really get to go "ah, but it's not SUPER NSFW so I'm saying kids are allowed to see it" - no, it doesn't work like that. Your next line will likely be something along the lines of "but kids look at porn anyway", to which my response is yes, but they shouldn't, and it doesn't mean we have to make it easy for them. It IS illegal for minors to access porn even if it is an open secret that they do it. It is vastly, VASTLY more illegal for us to knowingly allow minors to access it. That's why minors caught lying about their age get permanently banned, they have demonstrated they cannot be trusted to protect themselves or other users.

And this IS about protecting them - I know some people are going to run off and scream about how the staff are moral crusaders or whatever after this post, but letting kids access porn does fuck up your preconceptions about stuff. I know first hand on that, since I found porn at a pretty young age and it definitely made me think some stuff I shouldn't have thought. You'll now be going "ah see you're talking about porn, this was meant to be NSFW stuff in general" - yes, I'm making a point. The same point extends to other NSFW stuff, gore, etc etc. Just because it's easy to access, doesn't mean we should just shrug and not do our part.

The two points above can be condensed into one or two sentences really, and those are: It is everyone's responsibility to make sure those who don't want to or shouldn't be able to see something don't see it.

The Online Harms Whitepaper

Waterfall is based in the UK, meaning that The Online Harms Whitepaper is a big concern for us. It, essentially, calls for the creation of a regulatory body to define what kinds of content are allowed on social media and how they're dealt with. One of the exact reasons this is being considered is because of the easy, unfiltered access by minors to NSFW content online. There is a very good reason why people keep praising Waterfall's NSFW content filtering system, and that reason is because we actually HAVE one. The easiest way to show the government that a regulatory body is not needed - thus reducing freedoms on ALL social media sites, because they will operate in the UK and thus be subject to the regulatory body's rules and decisions - is to simply follow a simple etiquette, and tag your damn NSFW.

I responded to the consultation on behalf of Waterfall, meaning that we can't rule out that it's possible that we are being monitored as a case study to see whether the site staff are capable of maintaining order, and whether the users can, as a whole, be trusted to self-police.

Moderation

Not tagging stuff NSFW, even if it wasn't a rule, results in moderation workload because people will report it thinking it should be tagged. That, in turn, means we spend less time working on the site, and are more likely to miss something that DOES need removing either through fatigue, closing the wrong report because of the increased number making it harder to keep track, or just human error. While yes, it's our job, the less of it the better.

I'm leaving this open to you guys to respond to if you want to argue alternative points of view, but the rule is in place for a reason.


An Anonymous user asked:

Isn't that a bit extreme though? Like under those criteria, there's a LOT of art that needs to be tagged NSFW. Seems unfair.

thelldev -

This is probably going to be of a length where it should PROBABLY be readmore'd but I'm not going to because I need people to read and understand this because it is VERY important.

First, statistics. As of writing this line, there are 28,495 users registered, of whom 18,409 the database reports as over 18. I didn't use a very elegant query for it, so give or take 10% as a margin of error. This means that somewhere around 1/3 of our users are somewhere between 13 and 17, inclusive. A total of 8,037 users have the option to view NSFW content turned on.

With that context provided, there are four main points as to why NSFW is a mandatory tag, and why we're using the proper definition of it rather than just "has their tits out".

Content Curation

Whether or not someone is at work, some folks just might not want to see it. There is functionally zero difference between a picture of a naked girl with her legs akimbo, and a picture of a naked girl with her legs akimbo but her arms hiding her nipples and the other fun bits. On Twitter and Tumblr that passes the NSFW checks because they just go off porn, but we go off the full definition. "Not Safe For Work". It does NOT mean "sexual content". Art like that is very much not suitable for a work environment, and I don't want someone to get fired because they were checking Waterfall on their phone in the lunch room and a coworker saw it.

As mentioned, of those who are adults on the site, less than half have opted in to viewing NSFW content for whatever reason they choose not to view it. It is a simple, basic courtesy to appropriately tag stuff so that they don't have to see it.

Minors

As mentioned, about a third of our users are minors. I suspect part of the resistance to using the NSFW tag is the belief that their work will reach less people. That's an inherent part of drawing NSFW stuff - you don't really get to go "ah, but it's not SUPER NSFW so I'm saying kids are allowed to see it" - no, it doesn't work like that. Your next line will likely be something along the lines of "but kids look at porn anyway", to which my response is yes, but they shouldn't, and it doesn't mean we have to make it easy for them. It IS illegal for minors to access porn even if it is an open secret that they do it. It is vastly, VASTLY more illegal for us to knowingly allow minors to access it. That's why minors caught lying about their age get permanently banned, they have demonstrated they cannot be trusted to protect themselves or other users.

And this IS about protecting them - I know some people are going to run off and scream about how the staff are moral crusaders or whatever after this post, but letting kids access porn does fuck up your preconceptions about stuff. I know first hand on that, since I found porn at a pretty young age and it definitely made me think some stuff I shouldn't have thought. You'll now be going "ah see you're talking about porn, this was meant to be NSFW stuff in general" - yes, I'm making a point. The same point extends to other NSFW stuff, gore, etc etc. Just because it's easy to access, doesn't mean we should just shrug and not do our part.

The two points above can be condensed into one or two sentences really, and those are: It is everyone's responsibility to make sure those who don't want to or shouldn't be able to see something don't see it.

The Online Harms Whitepaper

Waterfall is based in the UK, meaning that The Online Harms Whitepaper is a big concern for us. It, essentially, calls for the creation of a regulatory body to define what kinds of content are allowed on social media and how they're dealt with. One of the exact reasons this is being considered is because of the easy, unfiltered access by minors to NSFW content online. There is a very good reason why people keep praising Waterfall's NSFW content filtering system, and that reason is because we actually HAVE one. The easiest way to show the government that a regulatory body is not needed - thus reducing freedoms on ALL social media sites, because they will operate in the UK and thus be subject to the regulatory body's rules and decisions - is to simply follow a simple etiquette, and tag your damn NSFW.

I responded to the consultation on behalf of Waterfall, meaning that we can't rule out that it's possible that we are being monitored as a case study to see whether the site staff are capable of maintaining order, and whether the users can, as a whole, be trusted to self-police.

Moderation

Not tagging stuff NSFW, even if it wasn't a rule, results in moderation workload because people will report it thinking it should be tagged. That, in turn, means we spend less time working on the site, and are more likely to miss something that DOES need removing either through fatigue, closing the wrong report because of the increased number making it harder to keep track, or just human error. While yes, it's our job, the less of it the better.

I'm leaving this open to you guys to respond to if you want to argue alternative points of view, but the rule is in place for a reason.


fungus reblogged gloatbee
autiestella -

stella.. always feel sad when ppl ask how stop selves stim esp if tell selves, need stop stim so get work done

should ask instead

  • is work make anxious? do stim help ease?

  • do stim help focus? or is disrupt?

  • if stim disrupt, why? how can replace?

  • & is brain stuck on decision?

say stella makes loudnoise, but loudnoise makes hard focus on words. so maybe stella start hum quiet, or put spinner in hand, bc both noise but not so loud. or say stella need both hands for type, which means no tangle. so stella might chew gum, or wiggle foot around - both motion!

plus, stella find if stuck on decision (like where do work, what work start 1st, etc) can make even MORE stim, bc stuckness = anxious since "need do, need do, need do" but just can't! so if slow down & ask what decision maybe need make, might also make less need for stim

obv stella not able make all suggest, bc depend on workspace & own needs but still question should not, "how do stop stim?" but "how do work w stim?"


Why I No Longer Stream Anymore?

Sorry guys, I won't be streaming picarto/mixer anymore until I become a popular artist in the future. Whenever I was stream, I was waiting and waiting and WAITING for people to come to my stream, but nobody comes. It was because my art are not good enough.

So I was thinking I'll have to wait until I get enough fanbase while I'll keep on drawing and more practice until I get enough fanbase before I start getting back to livestream sooner. Whose knows, maybe might I will.

Also I had to keep less fanarts and more of my OCs.


Why I No Longer Stream Anymore?

Sorry guys, I won't be streaming picarto/mixer anymore until I become a popular artist in the future. Whenever I was stream, I was waiting and waiting and WAITING for people to come to my stream, but nobody comes. It was because my art are not good enough.

So I was thinking I'll have to wait until I get enough fanbase while I'll keep on drawing and more practice until I get enough fanbase before I start getting back to livestream sooner. Whose knows, maybe might I will.

Also I had to keep less fanarts and more of my OCs.


autiestella -

stella.. always feel sad when ppl ask how stop selves stim esp if tell selves, need stop stim so get work done

should ask instead

  • is work make anxious? do stim help ease?

  • do stim help focus? or is disrupt?

  • if stim disrupt, why? how can replace?

  • & is brain stuck on decision?

say stella makes loudnoise, but loudnoise makes hard focus on words. so maybe stella start hum quiet, or put spinner in hand, bc both noise but not so loud. or say stella need both hands for type, which means no tangle. so stella might chew gum, or wiggle foot around - both motion!

plus, stella find if stuck on decision (like where do work, what work start 1st, etc) can make even MORE stim, bc stuckness = anxious since "need do, need do, need do" but just can't! so if slow down & ask what decision maybe need make, might also make less need for stim

obv stella not able make all suggest, bc depend on workspace & own needs but still question should not, "how do stop stim?" but "how do work w stim?"


hey yall i need some help if you can give it please

emlynlua -

details below the cut but tl;dr universal credit fucked up and now me and bf arent getting a payment for this month and theres bills to pay and we need to eat and im really scared so

here's my ko-fi if you wanna donate i would really appreciate it honestly im so lost please reblog if you can

and if you cant donate but you wanna help i would really love to get a wholesome ask or some poetry recs or smthn idk

  • so im living with bf which is great

  • except

  • we tried adding me onto his benefits claim last night which went through fine

  • so this morning we went in person to talk to them and then we found out

  • that bc i dont have my id check done he isnt gonna get his january payment which he was supposed to get on the 11th

  • and they also decided that he needs more verification? that he didnt need before but apparently now its enough to withhold payment

  • and uh we dont have a lot of food and im not gonna be able to get my id check done in the next couple of weeks

  • and we're literally at the point of trying to get a loan but we're an 18yo and a 19yo with little credit history and no stability so

  • ive been having a breakdown like every fucking hour bc i dont know what to do i dont know

  • im so sorry to do this i hate doing this but we're fucked


huh reblogged babushka

Click here to support disabled & nearly homeless organized by Jack Amaryllis Stagi

Jack Amaryllis Stagi disabled & nearly homeless hello yet again internet! first i'd like to say victoria is my dead name, working on changing it, please call

pls help part two electric boogaloo

my bro peach is again in a bad sitch after being denied disability as well as things that have been piling up! if u got spare dollars pls help, if you dont pls share


spacesapphic reblogged staff
staff -

If you're British, tomorrow is what might be the most important election of our generation, so please remember to vote!

If you're not sure where your local polling station is, click here to get your nearest, and the times they're open.

If you want to help kick the Tories out and make sure they can't do any more damage, this tactical voting guide will show you where your vote is best placed to ensure the NHS isn't sold off to American companies, a second referendum is held on leaving the EU, and to make sure energy and social care gets the funding it deserves.


mooboop reblogged staff
staff -

If you're British, tomorrow is what might be the most important election of our generation, so please remember to vote!

If you're not sure where your local polling station is, click here to get your nearest, and the times they're open.

If you want to help kick the Tories out and make sure they can't do any more damage, this tactical voting guide will show you where your vote is best placed to ensure the NHS isn't sold off to American companies, a second referendum is held on leaving the EU, and to make sure energy and social care gets the funding it deserves.


To people who are desperately asking for fundz/donations on wf/tumblr...

kidd -

use these reddit subs instead!!

Hate Reddit if you want, but using these subs are your best chance. People gather in these subs because they have charity to spare: /r/Assistance /r/legaladvice /r/RandomKindness /r/Charity /r/care /r/Random_Acts_Of_Pizza /r/Food_Pantry https://www.reddit.com/r/RandomActsOfPetFood/ https://www.reddit.com/r/RandomActsOfChristmas/ https://www.reddit.com/r/almosthomeless/ https://www.reddit.com/r/homeless

/r/freelance /r/povertyfinance /r/thrifty /r/borrow /r/gofundme

/r/depression /r/familysupport /r/transitions

I never see anyone actually getting any significant donations on tumblr/wf and to be honest, tumblr/wf is the worst place to ask for assistance. people beg for help, reblog the same post over and over, the same types of posts over and over, to no avail, when people are waiting to help you on a different part of the web.

go to where the help is


princeofdoom -

Its been mentioned on the tumblr version of this, but a lot of these are either giving general tips about how to save money, only donate money for specific things, or require that you have a certain number of postsor been on reddit a certain length of time. Still might be helpful for some folks tho! especially if you're already active on Reddit.


heros-shade -

Since Thanksgiving is around the corner I would like to call for non-native people in America to think critically about Thanksgiving and to consider exactly what you are celebrating. The colonization of America was not as harmonious as the thanksgiving fable of pilgrims and indians suggests. Throughout American history native tribes have been purposefully eradicated to make way for white colonists. We were viewed as heathens that were less than human, inferior to whites, and our deaths were a victory to be celebrated. Thanksgiving is yet another way our genocide is erased, to see it celebrated widely and proudly is a yearly reminder of how little regard and knowledge people have of our history. So this Thursday I encourage you to learn more about the atrocities Native Americans have faced and continue to face at the hands of colonialism. And if you can, consider donating one of the following charities or elsewise supporting native communities-


heros-shade -

Since Thanksgiving is around the corner I would like to call for non-native people in America to think critically about Thanksgiving and to consider exactly what you are celebrating. The colonization of America was not as harmonious as the thanksgiving fable of pilgrims and indians suggests. Throughout American history native tribes have been purposefully eradicated to make way for white colonists. We were viewed as heathens that were less than human, inferior to whites, and our deaths were a victory to be celebrated. Thanksgiving is yet another way our genocide is erased, to see it celebrated widely and proudly is a yearly reminder of how little regard and knowledge people have of our history. So this Thursday I encourage you to learn more about the atrocities Native Americans have faced and continue to face at the hands of colonialism. And if you can, consider donating one of the following charities or elsewise supporting native communities-


huh reblogged persephone
heros-shade -

Since Thanksgiving is around the corner I would like to call for non-native people in America to think critically about Thanksgiving and to consider exactly what you are celebrating. The colonization of America was not as harmonious as the thanksgiving fable of pilgrims and indians suggests. Throughout American history native tribes have been purposefully eradicated to make way for white colonists. We were viewed as heathens that were less than human, inferior to whites, and our deaths were a victory to be celebrated. Thanksgiving is yet another way our genocide is erased, to see it celebrated widely and proudly is a yearly reminder of how little regard and knowledge people have of our history. So this Thursday I encourage you to learn more about the atrocities Native Americans have faced and continue to face at the hands of colonialism. And if you can, consider donating one of the following charities or elsewise supporting native communities-


heros-shade -

Since Thanksgiving is around the corner I would like to call for non-native people in America to think critically about Thanksgiving and to consider exactly what you are celebrating. The colonization of America was not as harmonious as the thanksgiving fable of pilgrims and indians suggests. Throughout American history native tribes have been purposefully eradicated to make way for white colonists. We were viewed as heathens that were less than human, inferior to whites, and our deaths were a victory to be celebrated. Thanksgiving is yet another way our genocide is erased, to see it celebrated widely and proudly is a yearly reminder of how little regard and knowledge people have of our history. So this Thursday I encourage you to learn more about the atrocities Native Americans have faced and continue to face at the hands of colonialism. And if you can, consider donating one of the following charities or elsewise supporting native communities-


eevee-star reblogged tiddywife
heros-shade -

Since Thanksgiving is around the corner I would like to call for non-native people in America to think critically about Thanksgiving and to consider exactly what you are celebrating. The colonization of America was not as harmonious as the thanksgiving fable of pilgrims and indians suggests. Throughout American history native tribes have been purposefully eradicated to make way for white colonists. We were viewed as heathens that were less than human, inferior to whites, and our deaths were a victory to be celebrated. Thanksgiving is yet another way our genocide is erased, to see it celebrated widely and proudly is a yearly reminder of how little regard and knowledge people have of our history. So this Thursday I encourage you to learn more about the atrocities Native Americans have faced and continue to face at the hands of colonialism. And if you can, consider donating one of the following charities or elsewise supporting native communities-


heros-shade -

Since Thanksgiving is around the corner I would like to call for non-native people in America to think critically about Thanksgiving and to consider exactly what you are celebrating. The colonization of America was not as harmonious as the thanksgiving fable of pilgrims and indians suggests. Throughout American history native tribes have been purposefully eradicated to make way for white colonists. We were viewed as heathens that were less than human, inferior to whites, and our deaths were a victory to be celebrated. Thanksgiving is yet another way our genocide is erased, to see it celebrated widely and proudly is a yearly reminder of how little regard and knowledge people have of our history. So this Thursday I encourage you to learn more about the atrocities Native Americans have faced and continue to face at the hands of colonialism. And if you can, consider donating one of the following charities or elsewise supporting native communities-


eevee-star reblogged babushka
nightstorm -

*inhales*

so im in a tough situation right now with college, hospital bills, and some other stuff, and. uh. i could really use a few extra bucks if you have some to spare.

you can commission me (stripe, zelle, or paypal accepted) or donate to my ko-fi or paypal.

if you want more info on the situation, feel free to contact me on discord (starks#5642) or send me a quick ask here

UPDATE (19/11/2019): contingency plans are in place, and while theres still a bit of a Situation, its not urgent (it's going to be a problem in the future, just not, like, tomorrow-future). thank you to those who shared, it was genuinely appreciated.


eevee-star reblogged babushka
thelldev -

The hashtag "Why Men Need A Break" is trending on Twitter, so I opened it and the entire thing is just. Men trying to raise awareness for mental health issues, and then women slagging men off.

Nice job folks, really evokes a spirit of understanding and equality.

Happy Men's Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Month.


babushka -

give 👏🏻men 👏🏻a 👏🏻break (Thell this includes you)

men aren't supposed to pass out at work in order to be a "real man" who can "provide the status" for the family. men aren't supposed to be seen as weak for trying to get help for their mental health issues. men aren't supposed to be "able to handle everything since they're stronger anyway" and drink everything away. men aren't supposed to die from heart attacks earlier than women.

give men a break. you can call them out on their sexism when they're on break if you want to. just don't watch them overwork themselves to death in order to prove that thay're worth something.


babushka reblogged 80roxy08

I was thinking about how to put on a pull when wings get in the way, and somehow it developed as clothes world building (is this even a thing?)


violet-fae -

I encourage everyone to take the time to be a person without social media! It's much too easy to get wrapped up in how you present yourself to others and how well that presentation is accepted.

I'm not saying delete all your accounts. I'm saying you should have hobbies and interests that cannot be summarized with a few #tags. Let yourself exist happily without the ownership and upkeep of a digital persona!


violet-fae -

I hope autumn is treating everyone well! I know it can be a stressful time of the year due to school, family obligations, money, seasonal depression, and other holiday stressors, but just know that a few months of the year are not definitive of who you are, and things can be made better even if they are can't be the best right now. I believe in you~


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