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ADMIN NOTE - October 26, 2017 - WARNING LABELS - What They Are And When To Use Them (A useful guide)

WARNING LABELS - What They Are And When To Use Them (A useful guide)
Labeling is intended to warn a reader that there may be a specific type of *offensive* material included. This is far from the “ultimate” guideline in warning labels, but should help keep us all on the same page.

BASHING
<insensitive to ***>
Humor derived from making fun of a group or type of person, usually due to a physical reason, i.e. handicaps, mental status, height/weight, etc.

<stereotyping *** >
Bashing habits or traits *attributed* to a particular group of people - blondes, Jews, Mexicans, gays, women/men, etc.

<*** profiling>
Bashing a group of people based on their *actual* nationality, culture, religion, demographics, etc.. Prefaced with "racial", "religious", etc.

RELIGION
<religiously offensive>
Bashing a religious group or making any religious belief the butt of the joke. Can be prefaced with “possibly”

<blasphemous>
Sacrilegious against God or sacred items.

SEXUAL
<adult> -
Actually describing sexual activity and/or body parts

<adultish> -
Implied sexual/adult activity and/or body parts.

EVERYTHING ELSE
<language>
Profanity - actual or implied. Can be prefaced with “mild”.

<long>
Might tend to have the reader falling asleep before completely reading.

<political>
ALL political posts. A lot of people are totally burned out on anything or anyone related to politics, funny or not!

<satire>
May be prefaced with "political", "religious" or "news". People can be really ignorant and believe anything in print unless pre-warned!

IF NEEDED - DON'T EVEN BOTHER SENDING!
<opinion column>
Most "opinion" columns are not written with humor as their intent.

<slanderous>
a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or post.

NOTES:

Labeling can be a matter of personal discretion and interpretation. However, no one will ever question the use of too many warnings though - just absent, misleading, vague, or overly creative warnings.

Unfortunately, when posting a collection of several jokes - if one joke qualifies for a warning, the whole post needs to have labeling in the Subject Line. Consider sending the one requiring a warning separately.

There are times when a post justifies more than one warning being used <political/language>.

Rarely are <oldie> or <groaner alert> posts considered offensive. However, if the post requires other warnings, then use them instead.

A trick I see being used is to use the “Subject Line” to actually describe the content, as long as there's absolutely no question what the post will include. George's post, "Pre-marriage counselling by Rabbi" is a great example - obviously about "marriage activities" and religion.


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UPDATED: 12/31/17