The site has slight tolerance for mature questions, but sometimes you don't have a way.

Should we have a special tag for such questions and clicking such questions should ask whether users are 18+ or not?

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    Nothing keeps kids away from bad things as well as a popup asking them if they're really over 18.
    – phantom42
    Mar 10 '15 at 12:06
  • @phantom42 Still, that's how laws deal with it. Right? At least, parents can take care from there (there are softwares to monitor such 18+ warning pages).
    – user931
    Mar 10 '15 at 12:08
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    "sometimes you don't have a way" Don't ask questions unsuitable for a 13+ audience on a site that has a 13+ audience. Ask them somewhere else. There's your way.
    – alexwlchan
    Mar 10 '15 at 12:40
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    Part of the problem here is that in all of the discussions about "adult material" we've had, nobody has ever stepped forward to try to define it. The closest we've had was categorizing bestiality as an adult-only topic.
    – phantom42
    Mar 10 '15 at 13:08
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    @phantom42 I'm sortof ok with that; I would hate to have a list of pre-defined "definitely too racy" topics because context is everything. I assume anything that's explicitly illegal in the jurisdiction where StackExchange is hosted would be automatically off-topic, which would cover bestiality and child porn.
    – KutuluMike
    Mar 10 '15 at 13:16
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    @MichaelEdenfield I am too. The whole concept of "mature" and "adult" subjects is too subjective, IMO. Also consider the fact that movies are now rated R for containing smoking and cursing.
    – phantom42
    Mar 10 '15 at 13:19
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    Additional related discussion: Should questions about sex and other adult activities be off-topic?
    – phantom42
    Mar 10 '15 at 13:20
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    @phantom42 (To your first comment) "What do you call this?" CAPTCHA with an image of a cassette! ;)
    – Izkata
    Mar 11 '15 at 0:18
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    I totally misread the title of your question. I thought you were asking about a special tag for questions about written fiction as opposed to comic books, games, movies and TV shows.
    – user14111
    Mar 11 '15 at 10:25

There are three major problems with your proposal:

First, and most importantly, you're making a broad assumption that such questions are welcome here by the community. As near as I can tell, that is not the case. The target audience (13+ users) is inclusive because that's what we want, not because we can't figure out how to target a different audience. As @alexwlchan says, there are other places where such questions would be perfectly at-home, just not here. (Try reddit?)

Second, we would be relying on the person asking the question, plus every subsequent high-rep user with edit privileges, to know whether their question was "bad enough" to warrant the tag; people under-tagging would negate the point, and people over-tagging would likely hide perfectly good questions where lots of people won't see them.

Finally, assuming there was consensus that your idea was a good one, we would be asking the developers of the Stack Exchange software to make a significant change to the way the site runs, specifically to allow a question that most of the community thinks is terrible. I don't see much likelihood of that proposal getting pushed through anytime soon.


So far as a new tag is concerned: No.

Because: Tags should be used to attract answers, not to deter readers.

As to whether any special treatment is necessary: Use >! blocks if you want.

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