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The photoSIG content advisory categories have specific meanings because of the way in which the user's content filter setting affects the content ratings of the pages that the user visits.

All pages served by photosSIG carry a PICS content rating label. A PICS label simply specifies the content rating system that is being used and the content rating within that system that applies to the current page. The content rating system used by photoSIG was created by Internet Content Rating Association and rates pages based on specific types of potentially objectionable content that may be found on the pages.

When the user sets the content filter to either X (may be inappropriate for children) or R (parental supervision suggested), photoSIG changes the PICS labels sent to the user to reflect the potentially objectionable content that may be seen. Therefore, users must always select the correct content advisory category for each of their submissions that matches the content of that submission.

If a photo contains any of the following, then it must be categorized as X (may be inappropriate for children):

  • Erections or female genitals in detail
  • Male genitals
  • Female genitals
  • Full frontal nudity
  • Explicit sex
  • Obscured or implied sex
  • Visible sexual touching
  • Passionate kissing
  • Sexual violence/rape
  • Blood and gore, human beings
  • Blood and gore, animals
  • Killing of human beings
  • Killing of animals
  • Deliberate injury to human beings
  • Deliberate injury to animals
  • Promotion of discrimination or harm against people
  • Material that might disturb young children

If a photo contains none of the above, but does contain any of the following, then it must be categorized as R (parental supervision suggested):

  • Bare female breasts
  • Bare buttocks
  • Situations that are sexually suggestive
  • Blood and gore, fantasy characters
  • Killing of fantasy characters
  • Deliberate injury to fantasy characters
  • Deliberate damage to objects
  • Promotion of tobacco, alcohol, or drug use
  • Gambling
  • Promotion of weapon use
  • Promotion of discrimination or harm against people
  • Material that might be perceived as setting a bad example for young children

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