I recently asked the question Discovering groupings of descriptive tags from porn in a way that I felt avoided being overly explicit. I chose to mention that the question is about the analysis descriptive tags on porn media, rather than leave it open-ended about any generic variables.
But I am also curious about what rules, best practices, norms, and guidelines exist (or should be discussed here) for asking about the analysis of sexually explicit data. This seems relevant to me at least because I might like to ask more questions, but I don't want overstep on a topic that can inadvertently make people feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.
Some basics I guidelines I followed in making the above post:
- No sexually-explicit images
- No links to explicit media (e.g. images, videos, audio)
- No disclosure of private information
- No sexually-explicit language
- No discriminatory language
- No jokes or sarcasm
Avoiding sexually-explicit language is perhaps the most difficult to decisively draw the line on. I imagine that medical terminology might be fine if carefully introduced. Another approach might be to abstract the details of the language (e.g. Suppose $X_1$ and $X_2$ are descriptive tags on images of porn, then how can I quantify their statistical dependence?). I imagine the guideline of avoiding jokes or sarcasm may not have complete agreement from SE users, but I made that choice to help prevent the question's earnestness or respectfulness from being doubted.
Your thoughts and guidance are appreciated.