Excuse Me?

I just got an email a bit ago from EP telling me that a story I was following had a new reply posted to it. (Never mind that I didn't check any box asking to be notified on such new replies.)  Rather than sign in, I simply clicked on the link provided in the email, my browser opened, and took me to the story in question.  Almost immediately, my screen was covered with a gray "fog", and, after scrolling up to the top of the story, I found a white box with the message "This story may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by Experience Project's user community." in it.  This was followed by a request to either log in to verify that I "may view mature content" or to sign up for EP.

Excuse me, but if I'm following the story in the first place, why is it necessary to tell me that it may contain inappropriate content? (The story in question is political in nature, so maybe that in itself makes it inappropriate, but that's neither here nor there.)

In other words, EP, you sent me an email that I didn't even request, and now you're telling me I can't view the story or the new comments you're telling me about unless I log in or join EP.  And never mind that I can still read the story and the comments through this gray "fog" you deemed necessary to cover my screen with...

I repeat:  Excuse me????
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2 Responses Aug 6, 2012

A political story getting that warning sounds to me like abusive flagging has been afoot.

Sorry for the frustration. We'll work with our developers to improve this process for you. In the end we want to protect our members since they each have different account settings and preferences. Logging in helps us make sure we're filtering content correctly. If you are however accessing content from a link within your email, such as a notification we'll discuss with our ways, possibly displaying the content without having to force you to re-log in.

A political story getting that warning sounds to me like abusive flagging has been afoot.