Hey everyone,
Just wanted to share a few new things on the site in case you haven't seen them yet:

  • Sensitive content checkbox
    We’ve added a checkbox in the right column of the submission form to mark if your submission contains sensitive or offensive material. This generally pertains to pornographic or adult, graphic violence, and hateful imagery. As this fairly subjective, we ask you to use your best judgement and be respectful of other contributors’ judgement. Please be clear about your decision in the submission notes. If you're not sure, feel free to ask us or discuss in the forum.
    Your settings will be ‘Safe Search’ by default, so if the sensitive content box is checked on a submission, the item won’t show up in your search results or on browse pages. The item will still be viewable if you go directly to the URL. You can turn off Safe Search on your Settings page.
    If you disagree with another contributor's decision to mark a submission as sensitive, ask for more details in the History comments section, or start a conversation in the forums. Please be polite and respectful even if you disagree with another contributor’s views.

  • Improved search dropdown
    The improved search dropdown shows you more details of possible matches, like images, and the page type (e.g. book, work, credit). Skip landing on a search results page and go straight to the item you’re looking for.

  • External links
    The 'Links' section in the submission form is to add information sources, like Wikipedia, as well as to link to Artist or Release pages on Discogs and other 'ogs sites (e.g. Filmogs, Comicogs, Posterogs). Please note that links to other marketplaces and online shops aren’t permitted in this section. There’s more on this in the guidelines.
    Another cool thing with the Links section - try adding a YouTube link! When you submit, the video will appear in the right column, like on Discogs. Think live readings of book excerpts, or lectures and talks about works.

  • Autosave on the Submission form
    Ever entered a whole form of data and accidentally closed the window or hit the Back button? We’ve added a safety-net. If this happens, just reopen the submission form and everything you previously added will be there. Please note this only applies to new submissions, not edits.

Thanks for all your submissions and for hanging out with us. More updates soon!

All good stuff, can we add youtube links to full audio books?
Great that we have autosave, I have lost a few long submission after accidentally clicking the page away. A save to draft feature would be even better though, but I am happy with this at the moment.

Sensitive content checkbox

Is this to apply only to imagery, or also to other content like the chapters list?

can we add youtube links to full audio books?

Yeah, I think as long as there are no copyright or embedding restrictions on them this is fine. You can usually find this info on the YouTube page.

A save to draft feature would be even better

It would! Hopefully we can do this in the future

Sensitive content checkbox - Is this to apply only to imagery, or also to other content like the chapters list?

Yep, that checkbox applies to all content on the page

Thanks for the clarification. :)

No problem, thanks for pointing that out

cool, nice work!

Has anyone used the sensitive/offensive checkbox on an entry yet?

Has anyone used the sensitive/offensive checkbox on an entry yet?

I'm curious about this too. Is there anything in the database that is that offensive?

Maybe the adult magazines as a start, only because they have nudity on the cover.

And, yeah, I understand that some my not find nudity offensive, but in the US they usually come in a plastic bag that shows only the title. And most parents wouldn't want their kids seeing the covers.

I understand using the checkbox for adult magazines. After all, those are pornography.

I guess I'm one of the people who don't find nudity in itself offensive, and don't really like the idea of using it as a criteria.

I used it last week when I subbed https://www.bookogs.com/book/481220-index. It’s Index by Peter Sotos. If your familiar with him then no description of what’s to be found inside is needed. If your not I mentioned in the release notes my reasoning.

But I will say that using a form of censorship even though it’s self-censorship was wholly disconcerting to me. I used it as I was trying to conform to the chosen order here though I disagreed with tagging it as such. The written content of the book is cursorily vile and even in a considered consumption at least disturbing.

I would happily agree that we shouldn’t be marking these books as such based off of the written content and maybe we should agree to explicit pornography/gore on the cover artwork to be something more reasonable to have a censor button for. At least that is something that someone might not want to stumble across while browsing. The thing is that as of now Staff has indicated they want us to use the button for content as well even though the content is not visible on the release page. The reasoning behind that I do not understand though.

After all, those are pornography.

Well, not per definition ;)

I don't have a problem if those magazines get checkboxed; although we're quite relaxed about nudity and images of it over here (including myself), I would always vote for "no adult material for children's eyes".
But we are not going to vote every glimpse of a nipple or images of special bodyparts (like on antique statues or paintings) as offensive!?

The thing is that as of now Staff has indicated they want us to use the button for content as well even though the content is not visible on the release page.

I didn't understand it that way. I would have never thought of using the button on content not visible / readable on the item's page.

Well, not per definition ;)

I thought adult magazines and porn magazines are the same thing? If not, then I stand corrected. :-)

But we are not going to vote every glimpse of a nipple or images of special bodyparts (like on antique statues or paintings) as offensive!?

Yeah, I hope not.

The thing is that as of now Staff has indicated they want us to use the button for content as well even though the content is not visible on the release page. The reasoning behind that I do not understand though.

Well, as it affects search results, I do understand the reasoning. It's not only the images that can be offensive, but the subject can be as well. Pornography is very visual but there are some less visual subjects that can be considered highly sensitive/offensive.

I thought adult magazines and porn magazines are the same thing?

I've found this definition of porn, that:would not fit to stuff like Playboy magazine (which I would classify as adult material without a doubt):
"Pornography is any sexual representation that drasticly directs, in a way inciting the sex drive, to degrade a person to the mere interchangeable object of sexual desire or activity of any kind. If, for example, an extreme focus of the camera on sexual acts as well as the sexual organs of the performers takes place and if this merely serves the sexual stimulation of the user, one speaks of pornography."

It seems to me that my understanding is possibly not what is desired by Staff/users here? I would prefer to uncheck that box on my submission. So is the "content" of the book not relevant to the decision but simply what appears on the submission page? If so then nothing on my submission is for example offensive and does not need that box checked, correct?

... to mark if your submission contains sensitive or offensive material. This generally pertains to pornographic or adult, graphic violence, and hateful imagery.

@JoshPeer:
If this would be my submission, I wouldn't use the checkbox on it, as it features no offensive material, neither in the text, nor in the pictures.
But this is just my personal opinion.

Has anyone used the sensitive/offensive checkbox on an entry yet?

There was a particular grindcore zine entry that we received a few tickets about which I've marked as sensitive/offensive. The image was an illustration but I definitely understand why some people found it uncomfortable.

I will say that using a form of censorship even though it’s self-censorship was wholly disconcerting to me.

I get that; that's why we've chosen this route rather than removing anything from the database as a sort of compromise.

Staff has indicated they want us to use the button for content as well even though the content is not visible on the release page.

It shouldn't apply to the content of the book or work that isn't shown in the submission, just whatever is visible on the page if it could be considered offensive. An example of this could be a chapter title that contains hate speech or slurs. In my opinion, that Peter Sotos submission doesn't need to be marked sensitive/offensive.

But we are not going to vote every glimpse of a nipple or images of special bodyparts (like on antique statues or paintings) as offensive!?

Noooo please no! While using an algorithm would be easier, they still kinda suck for things like that. Facebook and Instagram get it wrong all the time. Your best judgement on things like renaissance art vs. porn is appreciated!

I hope these clarifications help a little bit. We've intentionally avoided being too prescriptive as we don't want to tell you what's offensive and what's not, but sorry if it's a little vague. If it helps, we've been thinking of this checkbox as a NSFW setting - would you be comfortable viewing this page in front of your colleagues, or if it popped up on-screen during a presentation?

would you be comfortable viewing this page in front of your colleagues, or if it popped up on-screen during a presentation?

Well, if we pull the line THAT high, I'm definitely fine with it. ;)

Glad I got it wrong ;)
This makes much more sense, I incorrectly interpreted the "content" part initially when I read that.

Apologies that it wasn't clearer! Glad this helped clarify

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