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Choosing a new default icon
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bohemiancoast
OK, I'd like your help. I've nicked the idea from Good/Bad Delphic polling. You might find that FAQ 111 helps, or the additional explanation from my email that "In particular, images of the female breast that depict the nipple or areola regions are inappropriate for use as a default userpic." I'm very grateful for that clear delineation; it's so helpful to have an absolute hard and fast rule.

With that in mind, which of the following would be an acceptable LiveJournal default icon?

Poll #745962 Choosing a New Default Icon

An abstract picture of circles?

Acceptable!
26(72.2%)
Unacceptable!
10(27.8%)

An ascii art representation of naked breasts?

Acceptable!
35(94.6%)
Unacceptable!
2(5.4%)

A man breastfeeding?

Acceptable!
35(94.6%)
Unacceptable!
2(5.4%)

A slightly risqué bit of artwork?

Acceptable!
9(25.0%)
Unacceptable!
27(75.0%)

A protester wearing body paint?

Acceptable!
18(50.0%)
Unacceptable!
18(50.0%)

A recoloured version of that abstract collection of ellipses?

Acceptable!
30(85.7%)
Unacceptable!
5(14.3%)

A cute furry skunk by Taral Wayne

Acceptable!
13(36.1%)
Unacceptable!
23(63.9%)

A picture of a jug?

Acceptable!
34(91.9%)
Unacceptable!
3(8.1%)

A keyboard nipple?

Acceptable!
36(97.3%)
Unacceptable!
1(2.7%)

A doodle of a stylised breast?

Acceptable!
10(28.6%)
Unacceptable!
25(71.4%)

Breastfeeding baby?

Acceptable!
27(81.8%)
Unacceptable!
6(18.2%)

Xylocampa Areola?

Acceptable!
37(100.0%)
Unacceptable!
0(0.0%)

Man boobs?

Acceptable!
22(61.1%)
Unacceptable!
14(38.9%)

Love is... violating FAQ 111?

Acceptable!
25(67.6%)
Unacceptable!
12(32.4%)

Actual lactation photo?

Acceptable!
34(91.9%)
Unacceptable!
3(8.1%)

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I absolutely LOVE the ascii one! Please don't use the man boobs - I fel sick :-)

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No, no, suspend common standards of decency; we're talking LJ FAQ 111 here. The greatest works of classical art are liable to deprave and corrupt, remember.

Acceptable to me? All of them. ;)

Nope. Acceptable to LiveJournal as default icons is the test. Didn't I make that clear?

Actually can I nick the ascii breasts?

Only if you're very unluckly with the razor.

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Wonderful poll! Love the ASCII one!

The man boobs one is unacceptable for a variety of reasons (shudders!) and while it might be acceptable under current LJ guidelines LJ abuse would probably slap you anyway. After all, it might just be a very muscular woman and you haven't got text saying "Man-tits" written over it after all. i thought long and hard about the green circles one and evben though I voted 'acceptable' i think LJ Abuse could nail you for that one too if they felt like it.

I didn't answer on the one labeled 'breastfeeding baby' because I couldn't get it to resolve to anything I would call an image; I'm guessing it's animated, but I spent too much time staring at screens yesterday and am not turning animation on right now. So that's an "insufficient data" rather than the opinion that it's borderline.

Took me a while too but the splodge you think is a nipple is really the eye of the piglet who is suckling at what I sincerely hope is a sow (bottom right).

You could try this one - no baby, no nipples or aureolae, but...

I didn't fill in the poll as I don't consider rationality necessarily applies. In particular, given what I read about LJ abuse, I think they could well decide to make negative interpretations of icons from people they think are deliberately trying to test the rules. So they may ban the abstract circles coming from you, who is clearly engaged in the debate about this topic, but not ban the same icon from someone who's not involved in it. Sadly, that means they could potentially come after any of the icons you suggest, not because it violates the original rule but because they think you're testing them.

I think the current LJ abuse position is absurd, but I'd note that at the end of the day they're human beings who have got themselves into a corner and are taking criticism from many sides. That's a recipe for a cornered reaction.

And the abuse team don't get paid to take this criticism either. it interests me at a professional level as someone who's recently been investigating ISP abuse teams - a strange and murky area..

I wonder what they'd think of this as a default.

What you need is a picture of Tubs (from League of Gentlemen) breastfeeding the piglet. That made even me sqirm.

FF

There is picture of Tori Amos doing that on the sleve of Boys For pele (I Think)

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