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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Some Blog Owners Should Accept A Content Warning

Not all blog owners are willing to accept their blog being accessed behind a reader applied Content Warning.

We see occasional signs of lack of understanding, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
Why is my blog blocked, by Google? It is a legitimate blog, with a serious subject!!
This blog owner considers the needs of his blog above the general Blogger reader population.

For best results, the desire to display, without the warning, needs to be accompanied by a willingness to remove content, when necessary. Right now, the readers have spoken.

Sometimes, blog owners will get advice, that they don't want to accept, about unacceptable content.

Blogger Support simply refers us to the Blogger Content Policy.

Knowing that the blog has already been declared unacceptable for public visibility, Blogger Support will simply quote Blogger Content policy.
If your blog contains adult content, please mark it as 'adult' in your Blogger settings. We may also mark blogs with adult content where the owners have not. All blogs marked as 'adult' will be placed behind an 'adult content' warning interstitial.
The interstitial is there, for everybody's protection.


"Some readers of this blog have contacted Google because they believe this blog's content is objectionable."


The Content Warning is a good compromise, when content can't be removed.

When a blog is in clear violation of content policy, selective removal of unnecessary content should be better than putting it behind a Content Warning - but some owners refuse to accept content removal suggestions, and demand that the blog be reviewed, as is.

If your blog is unfairly blocked, you are entitled to politely request review. It is to your advantage to remove all controversial content, before doing this - and diligently try to get the blog successfully reviewed.

The people advising you would like to see you satisfied - and the people advising you have pretty good judgement, as to what blog content may prevent you from being satisfied.

Consider what content is necessary, to the subject of the blog.

If you have a serious blog, consider carefully the value of "cheesecake" - content designed to titillate, but which distracts from the serious issues raised in the blog. In many cases, this will be why the blog is behind a Content Warning.

If you must include unnecessary content, accept the Content Warning.

If you feel obliged to include cheesecake, plan to leave the blog behind the warning. Select the voluntary warning, even.

Just don't abuse Blogger, for wanting to keep their service readable by everybody - including people who may not appreciate unnecessary accessories and decorations.

Alternately, make a second blog, with the controversial content.

You can always make a second blog - and only advertise the second blog where you know it will be appreciated. Then, make a cluster with both blogs.

Or, you can make a blog within a blog - maybe even with the controversial content behind your own Content Warning.

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