Welcome to the ninth dA Life blog, a series created to help you enjoy your time on dA and use it's many tools for sharing your art, appreciating other people's art and taking part in the wonderful community that we have here.
Because deviantART is home to people aged 13-18 as well as adults, we have a Mature Content filter. These FAQ entries explain what the filter is, what it does and how if effects your browsing experience.
You may tag your submission as Mature Content at the time of submission or at a later date by using the Edit function. By doing so your deviation will be concealed behind a special warning thumbnail for anyone who has the Hide Mature Content checkbox selected in their Settings.
If you choose to tag one or more of your deviations as Mature Content you will have a choice between two levels; Strict or aWarning.
The Strict setting of mature content will limit viewing to those members who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. This setting is provided only for the comfort of the submitting artist who wishes to block viewing by members under the age of eighteen (18)- it does not represent an option to submit content which is prohibited under the deviantART terms of service.
The Warning setting will allow viewing by members age thirteen (13) and older through use of a click-through warning screen.
The Mature Content option hides or shows deviations that contain potentially offensive material such as nudity and violence.Enabling or disabling this option on your Settings page, in the Browsing section, will reveal or conceal all submissions currently tagged as Mature Content.Mature Content is automatically concealed from any visitor who is not currently logged into a deviantART account.
If you choose to enable the Mature Content filter in your dA account settings, it will effect the way you are able to view deviations when browsing the site. In some areas, images with Mature Content will be completely hidden and in some areas they will show simply as grey boxes, so you can see that the deviation is there but you won't be able to view it. These screengrabs show what it's like to browse various areas of dA with your Mature Content filter enabled.
The effects apply to thumbnails AND big thumbnails (when you use the :bigthumb######: code instead of the regular one), as well as when deviations are shown full-size in journals and articles with custom CSS. Prints with Mature Content are ONLY viewable by deviants who are registered with the site and logged in with their Mature Content filter disabled. To logged-in members with their Mature Content filter enabled, they have similar click-through warnings (where relevant) to regular deviations.
Individual and Group Galleries
Here, you can see that images which are tagged as having Mature Content show up as grey boxes. You can see that they exist, you can see where the artist or group has placed them within the gallery but you can't see the actual deviation itself.
Individual and Group Favourites and Collections
Again, the Mature Content deviations show up as grey boxes. You'll notice that when Collection preview images (on the left) have a Mature Content thumb appearing in them, it will also show up as a grey square.
Deviations with Optional Filter
When an artist has chosen to set the Mature Content tag as optional on one of their deviations, this is what the deviation page will look like. You'll see that there's a warning that the deviation has Mature Content, the nature of the content (in this case it's violence/gore) and that you can click a button to choose whether or not you'd like to look at the deviation anyway. You'll also see the Mature Content tag at the right hand side below where the deviation would be if you chose to view it.
Deviation with Strict Filter
When an artist chooses to set their Mature Content tag as Strict for a deviation, it means that ONLY deviants who are over 18 will be have to option to see it. It will still be hidden until you choose to click the button to view it, IF you're over 18. If you're under 18, you won't have that option at all. The same goes for people who are viewing dA without being logged in.
Deviation Side Panel
If a deviation with Mature Content appears in the side panel of the deviation page (where you can add a deviation to your Favourites, view it's print and see other work from the artist's gallery) it will show up as a grey square.
Browsing the categories on dA
If you have your Mature Content filter on, you won't be able to see any deviations with Mature Content when you're browsing the categories. If you visit a gallery which automatically adds Mature Content tags to all it's deviation, like Photography > People & Portraits > Artistic Nude, you'll see a short piece of text explaining that all the results on the page have been hidden because of your Mature Content filter settings.
The Daily Deviations section in the dA footer
In the section of the footer (the bit at the bottom of the page in the main areas of the site) which shows examples of that day's Daily Deviations, the thumbnails of any pieces of art with Mature Content will only show as a grey box.
The Daily Deviations page
On the Daily Deviations page, any deviation with Mature Content will show as a grey box so you can see that it's there but you won't be able to see the art itself.
In the forums, thumbnails of deviations with Mature Content show only as grey boxes if you have your Mature Content filter enabled.
In individual and group journals, Mature Content deviations show as grey boxes for deviants with their Mature Content filter enabled.
If someone sends you a note with a thumbnail of a deviation that contains Mature Content, it will show only as a grey box if you have your Mature Content filter enabled.
Please be aware that this journal exists simply to show how the browsing experience on dA is effected by the Mature Content filter and a follow-up article about Mature Content in general is in the works. I'd like to politely request that you please don't use the comments section here as a platform to complain or debate about Mature Content or dA's content guidelines - these issues have nothing to do with how the site is viewed with the Mature Content filter enabled and are separate things entirely, which will be addressed at a later date. Thanks!