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Policies & Practices > Are there rules about nudity/pornography?/Is this a book?

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message 1: by Angie (last edited Jan 24, 2020 10:11AM) (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments 555 Hot Uncensored Erotic Adult Sex Pictures: Full nudity pics of horny MILF women striptease & nude pussy close up photo book of mature girls w/ big boobs

I’m not sure what the community guidelines are as far as pornographic content are concerned. I came across one of these “books” as a suggestion when I was looking at a completely non-pornographic book. All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw. I’m not quite sure that the pornographic book, is actually a book, but if it is: is it allowed? I think it oughtn’t to come up out of the blue as a suggestion for someone like me, who was not looking for that type of content. After all, there are kids on here. I am registered as a librarian, but don’t know how to handle this situation. Or even whether something should be done. I love goodreads, and would just as soon not be surprised by sexual nudes, but I also don’t believe in banning books (if this is a book).


message 2: by Scott (new)

Scott | 17185 comments It has a Kindle ASIN, so yes, it is a book.

I've edited out the keyword stuff from the title.


message 3: by Angie (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments Scott wrote: "It has a Kindle ASIN, so yes, it is a book.

I've edited out the keyword stuff from the title."

So that should make it less likely to come up as a suggestion?


message 4: by Angie (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments About the basic question, “are sexual nude photos allowed?”
I’m trying to find an answer, and there is this in the terms of use:
“You are solely responsible for your User Content. You agree not to post User Content that is illegal, obscene...”

But what does obscene really mean?


message 5: by Angie (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments This is in the Community Guidelines:
“You are welcome to post images, but images containing nudity, sexually-explicit content, or graphic violence are not allowed.”


message 6: by Angie (last edited Jan 24, 2020 11:56AM) (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments I think based on that guideline the whole series by Perfect Photography Content should be deleted.

[edit] ... or at least all their covers


message 7: by Scott (new)

Scott | 17185 comments Angie wrote: "Scott wrote: "I've edited out the keyword stuff from the title."

So that should make it less likely to come up as a suggestion?"


I took it out because it shouldn't be there according to policy. But I suppose that'd be a desirable side effect.


message 8: by Emily (last edited Jan 24, 2020 10:30AM) (new)

Emily | 13164 comments Those guidelines are for users that post images on their profile or in comments/reviews. If you would like to ask someone about the guidelines for book records I would contact Support through the link in the description of this group. They may want to look at whatever algorithm suggested the book to you based on the search you did.
(I did not look at the particular book in question.)


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Angie (just-me) | 54 comments Emily wrote: "Those guidelines are for users that post images on their profile or in comments/reviews. If you would like to ask someone about the guidelines for book records I would contact Support through the l..."
Sounds like a good idea, thanks.


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy | 10 comments I agree that if it has a ASIN number, than it is a book and needs to be left alone. It is not up to us to censor books otherwise Laurell K. Hamilton and Anne Rice's Beauty Series will be gone too.


message 11: by Angie (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments I’m not for censorship, but sexual nude photography really ought to have some separation from children’s books. If there is going to be adult content on the site, then some sort of opt-ins or opt-outs might be a good idea. You can opt-out of adult content in your google searches, why can’t you in Goodreads?


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily | 13164 comments Angie wrote: "You can opt-out of adult content in your google searches, why can’t you in Goodreads?"

This group is for editing book records, so you will want to voice these suggestions elsewhere.


message 13: by Angie (last edited Jan 24, 2020 11:04AM) (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments Amy wrote: "I agree that if it has a ASIN number, than it is a book and needs to be left alone. It is not up to us to censor books otherwise Laurell K. Hamilton and Anne Rice's Beauty Series will be gone too."
I looked up the books you list and they don’t have sexual nude photographs on the covers, nor sexually explicit language as their titles.


message 14: by Angie (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments Emily wrote: "This group is for editing book records, so you will want to voice these suggestions elsewhere."

🤷‍♀️ Where?


message 16: by Angie (new)

Angie (just-me) | 54 comments Scott wrote: "https://www.goodreads.com/about/conta..."

Thanks Scott, I did that after Emily suggested it :)


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