I'd like to suggest that the guidelines for posting items in the Up To the Minute forum be made a little clearer. Obviously everyone's definition of "appropriate" varies and the rules over there are a little too gray to know what is and is not okay.
Since the degree of graphic content varies for every story posted, we are not formulating detailed guidelines of what's okay to post / display, but rather leave it up to Roo's discretion to determine what's fine and what's not.
I think it's impossible to make an absolute rule . . . each photo/video needs to be evaluated individually and it's all subjective. What I deem offensive or disturbing Roo or Vlad may not. There can't be an absolute due to the endless range of news possibilities IMO.
It is not easy to place a specific rule on what can and can not be discussed or shown in up to the minute. As we found more graphic content, we added the true crimes. But some stories are not about murder, rather injuries, etc.
Like Swanky said, what one of us may find way too graphic another may not mind. I think it is great to lead into a thread with a warning, and if one of the mods/admin deems it too graphic, we will just remove it. It is nothing personal, PROMISE! We just try to keep too intense of images off the board. Granted they are always only a click away
^^I included two warnings before I posted the actual photo. I'm not mad about the photo being removed - if someone was freaked out by it then by all means they shouldn't have to look at it. What confused me was the reasoning for removal was that children read the forum. If that's the case then I believe some sort of guidelines for video and photo (such as no one who is dead, dying, or about to die?) are needed.
I'm not trying to argue with a moderator here and I understand that they remove items at their discretion. But if children are browsing the forums (which is weird to me) then it seems like everything should be kept at a PG level.