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opt-in content filters

The more I think about it, the more I don't particularly care for opt-in content filters. So I removed my opt-in filter for poetry, which means anyone on my friends list can read my poetry postings (I haven't made any in a long time, though).

I don't really object to other people's having content filters, and I see why they might be necessary for work-unsafe postings. But when people on my friends list ask about opt-in content filters, I always respond to them by saying "please put me on all filters you're comfortable having me on."

And I sometimes feel an uncomfortable obligation to search out the opt-in content filter postings of all the folks on my friends list or else risk missing something I would enjoy reading (and possibly give someone the wrong idea because I happen to miss a day or two of their journal and miss their content-filter poll). However, I'm aware that this is my problem, not anyone else's.


Jul. 5th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
I use content filters (rarely) for one of two limited purposes:

* When I'm going to be making frequent long posts about something that I suspect would bore most of my friends, but be very interesting to a minority of them (my Theater Journal filter.) This is an opt-in filter
* When I want feedback/discussion from specific subsets of my friends, but not the world at large (polytalk/relationship filters, a local-friends-only filter). These are opt-out filters - I set them up with people I'd like to have read them, let them know about it and give them the chance to opt out if they'd prefer.

Otherwise, I figure people who've added me to their friends lists have already opted in to whatever I choose to blather about ...

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