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Cleaning Up Ep: Hundreds of Groups/Members Violating TOS Removed

Recently some of you expressed concern that posts and members that violated EP Terms of Service were becoming more commonplace.  We took your concerns seriously and over the last couple of weeks implemented major changes to our existing flagging tools and automatic filters.  (A lot of which was possible because of the new profile page-beta which let's us better tack and remove content.)

We also did a major clean-up of the site (the largest clean-up in the site's history) deleting hundreds of groups and members in violation of EP terms, while posting thorough messaging across the site informing everyone involved that any attempt to recreate these illegal groups or content would be dealt with swiftly. 

While Experience Project is open to the experiences that impact all lives, including those that involve sexuality, Experience Project is NOT a place for fantasy, titillation, ***********, sexual harassment, or sexual solicitation. Advocating sexual behavior towards minors, promoting behavior generally considered illegal in the United States, such as immediate family ****** or advocating abuse or lascivious behavior with animals will not be tolerated.

Review your updated and more stringent TOS here:  EP Link

EP actively works with the FBI, local police, and international police to report content and individuals that violate the law though with the many improvements we've made across the site we expect to see less of these instances popping up.  

While cleaning up the site also introduced a regularly requested feature from the community to help give you more control over your account and who fans you.  We introduced the option to block all 'adult/mature' members who belong to explicit groups from fanning you.  This option can be turn on/off by visiting 'account settings' off your profile page. 

We've already seen a significant drop in inappropriate post and are confident that these changes have made EP a safer and more positive space.  Of course our job is never done and finding more clever ways to catch members who violate EP terms is a never ending battle and one we always have on our mind.  We'll keep working on it-you've got our word but this major clean-up which we were able to accomplish in such a short time is something we should all be proud of. 






EPArsineh EPArsineh 26-30, F 166 Responses Oct 13, 2010

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Thanks EP. Much appreciated.

I'm glad you've instituted boundaries. I'm sure we had all seen groups previously which had no place on EP. At the same time, sexuality is also part of the human experience. So there should be a place for those who wish to share that type of story. As long as we can opt out of viewing what we don't choose to see, I think it's a fair compromise for all.

Thank you!<br />
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chipperchick ;)

great job =) its always awsome to see the owners of a website will get ride of people who go against the rules and not just give them chance after chance just because they want more people on there site. go EP =).

As a reguar user of ep; Not shure what your complaint is!<br />
Allways thought this was a place for "FREE" ex<x>pression& comunication of whatever folks wished to talk about!<br />
Be careful about trying to Limit others free speech as yours might be the next to be limited!<br />
Living by the "Standard" of Let them live in freedom as long as they live like me Is not a good thing!<br />
Isn't that how things work in Iran??

Yipppeee

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well done EP! I personally know of lots of members who have been frustrated and disgusted by the deluge of inappropriate content posted here in the last few months. Given there are over six million stories, it must have been an exhausting process, but definitely worthwhile. Thank You.

Cheers, Arsineh! Do tell everybody we said thanks!!!

Awesome!!! Thank you for listening to us on this matter. I have many young friends and my niece was thinking about joining this site as well. I feel better knowing they are safe on this site. *applauds*

I am very glad you guys have started cleaning up the site. <br />
Maybe some of the people who have left will return.<br />
Good job.

Sigh<br />
xW

<b>@PTMan, I suspect that the statement that EP "isn't a place for fantasy" was included as a reason they can use to get rid of the "I Have a Rape Fantasy" group. It's been a long standing target of certain factions on EP.<br />
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I would be watchful if I were you. The way these new rules are written, much of your playful fun is now prohibited. Should someone find your content ob<x>jectionable and flag it, the vague new rules about no titillation or fantasy could easily be used as justification for deleting your groups and your account.

We should clear that up, good point. "Fantasy" with respect to the guidelines refers to making up fake experiences without noting them as such (e.g., fantasizing you're a doctor and running around EP dispensing medical advice, or pretending you're the president), as well as fantasizing illegal actions (an example is not really necessary here) . It does NOT mean that you suddenly won't be able to post a story fantasizing about having a boyfriend or girlfriend, dancing with a dragon, etc. But fantasizing about abducting a child, that's out of bounds. <br />
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You'd be hard pressed to make an argument that EP is, ever has been, or ever would be, a place of censorship. We fully recognize different strokes for different folks, and we in general remove ourselves from value judgments. What we are saying is that there are hard and fast boundaries (predominantly defined by our state and federal government(s)) that we now have better tools to enforce more quickly. I agree that the sentence is vague, so we will definitely tighten that up to make sure we're not leaving confusion in our wake.

Thanks, Arsineh! Best news I've had in a while. I was beginning to get discouraged ! Yay!!!

Thanks, Arsineh! Best news I've had in a while. I was beginning to get discouraged ! Yay!!!

Hip, hip, hooray.

This is wonderful news. I love EP, and am very happy and encouraged by such efforts to make it a pleasant site for everyone.

Excellent news! Thanks for listening and taking action!

May i say!!, yay!!!! what great news, :-) Thank you Arsineh, the Ep support team and the powers that be, for all the hard and marvulous work in cleaning up this, wonderful site, <br />
I am also thrilled to learn of the FBI, international police and the local police looking in, it makes me feel a whole lot safer,. Again, thank you! for all you have done!!!

Here Here I new EP would pick up the ball, thank you EP Team.

Yay!! Thank you for making EP an enjoyable place again!

@ kitten, once again, you nailed it! :)

Thank you; this is hard work; and it is appreciated;<br />
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I am so grateful

thanks for this.<br />
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You guys rock. Peace to Experience Project. Peace to good E.P. members. Peace to my circle of friends. Please don't leave now E.P staff has cleaning up things.

Thanks EP :) it's good to know you guys still have our backs :) i hope you continue to stay on top of this issue and not let it get out of hand as it previously did. this is definitely encouraging news! :)

Unfortunately, this week the flagging of inappropriate images is not working. They have not been removed after several days from the time of flagging. I am talking about photos of sex acts and graphic nudity in public places on the site.<br />
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This is disappointing.

Indeed. I expressed this in a blog recently. It doesn't seem as though the changes are working or in effect. :-(

Hallelujah !!!!!!<br />
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Appreciate the effort - It was really getting sicker and sicker...