censor, vt: to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable ; also : to suppress or delete as objectionable .
OK, over and out.
And it's not at all like the same 17 year old walking into a bookstore and choosing something to read. A writer and an editor form a relationship. Any reasonable parent would see that as potentially a recruitment strategy. Unlikely they'd see it the same way if they caught their kid reading an Anne Rice novel.
I haven't backed away from anything.
Depending on the content of that conversation, a law may have already been broken.
with the intent or for the purpose of seducing a minor
all the four-color jpegs I could find depicting nasty acts
Others, however... how can I put this? I don't think they're bad people, I don't think they're trying to make MetaFilter a worser place, but they have such a high opinion of their own ideas and reasoning and such a low opinion of most other people (and such a low boiling point) that they deliberately use "shocking" analogies or turns of phrase, confident that everyone with any sense will see their point and chuckle at their daring; then when they're called on it (usually with more outrage than is really sensible, given that this is MetaFilter and not the Oxford Union) they in turn get outraged and defensive and start accusing people of all manner of misfeasance. They can't just let it go. It doesn't do any good to tell them that being flip about rape, mutilation, &c. is a bad idea—it just makes them feel like Socrates being hemlocked for an opinion. There is no solution. But these MeTa threads are a hoot.
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