Member Rara Avis
A few people discovered the new Mature Content section on Christmas Eve (as noted in this thread), but as I explained then, their excitement was a little premature. I had hoped to officially open the section on Christmas, but the programming changes necessary to make everything work turned out to be more extensive than I imagined. Is a present a day late still a present?
Our original Adult forum has now become an Archive (of sorts). You won't find a "New Topic" icon to post new poetry, but the "Reply" icon is still very much alive. With over 4,000 poems and nearly 34,000 posts, it's certainly one of our largest archive forums and covers a VERY wide range of material.
The Mature Content section of pipTalk is starting out with three new poetry/prose forums and one new Discussion forum. The descriptions are pretty self-explanatory, I think, but I'll be more than happy to explain or expand as necessary (in the new Grok This discussion forum, I would suspect?). That same MC forum can be used if you'd like to discuss additional forums for the future.
It's hoped, of course, that MC will provide our Members additional freedoms to explore areas that have, in the past, been relegated to the original Adult forum. Although that forum has served us well in the past, it was both growing too full AND too disjointed, with far more mature themes than anyone anticipated four years ago. The new MC forums, I hope, will keep things better organized so that readers can find what they want.
It is also hoped (rather strongly) that the new forums will help maintain the family-oriented integrity of our other forums, especially Open Poetry. The border-line posts that weren't quite Adult but not really family-oriented will now have a home to welcome them, while still making sure those who don't wish to read mature content can browse freely with little danger of being surprised by themes or language they find distasteful. I hope all of our Members will respect the rights of those who still want a place where the whole family can gather.
Like our original Adult forum, the Mature Content forums can only be accessed by specific request. This makes sure no one "accidentally" explores material they didn't want to see. However, unlike the original Adult forum, that access no longer requires you to email Sharon or another Admin and wait for a response. There is now an option in the Member's Area to automate the process. If you already had access to Adult, you now also have access to all of the Mature Content forums.
I expect MC to become a very popular addition to pipTalk (especially, I think, the new Insights forum) and hope to see a lot of you there.