When is a nipple not a nipple?
Have you seen Denise Paolucci's default icon?
According to LJA-Erin in the news community Denise's icon is just fine because it's covered with material, and not nude.
"The very definition of nude implies that a portion of the body is not covered up. [info]rahaeli's default icon that you link to clearly shows a sports bra.
"How can something be nude and in clothing at the same time? "
Well, according to Denise herself, it's NOT okay, which really is logical, because the whole point of wet t-shirt contests is that you can see a lot through the right kind of fabric.
In an email to me, wherein I asked some specific questions about exactly what is considered "nudity," she told me, "If the nipple or areola are visible -- such as in userpics where the breasts are covered but the fabric is sheer enough -- then it is also not permitted for use as a default userpic."
That is a DIRECT QUOTE from Denise Paolucci. Pity the rules don't apply to important people like her.
For those who can't see the nipple, I've added an arrow.
Breastfeeding default icons showing less nipple than this have been ruled inappropriate. Denise herself said that if the fabric is sheer enough to show any nipple the picture is not permitted for use as a default userpic. Except hers. It's just a few darkened pixels after all!
Abuse team members still can't agree on what the rules are, so it's not a surprise that other LJ support volunteers don't know how things work. One supporter said that instead of contacting LJ Abuse to complain about their ruling that breastfeeding icons showing areola were inappropriate as default userpics, people should have posted disputing the policy at the Suggestions community. Most users didn't realize that community covered policy disputes, but one user took up the suggestion and posted there.
The post was rejected by the moderator on the grounds that "The FAQ reflects current policy. If you have concerns about an Abuse policy,please contact the Abuse Team following the instructions in http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=105"
No wonder it takes 1500 emails to get their attention!
LJA-shamanix thinks some of us are fanning the flames because we have an axe to grind. I think my axe is sharp enough without any more grinding thanks!
LJA-shamanix also doesn't want people to have any help figuring out they can email him by putting his username in front of @livejournal.com (No one of course has answered Christine's question).
The Petition has over 500 signatures.
Tags: livejournal, lj abuse, customer service, breastfeeding, denise paolucci