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No More Hanky-Panky at Goodreads

Goodreads is the largest bookish social network, with over 13 million users- and apparently some of those users have been using the site for something other than book reviewing: sexual roleplay. On Goodreads. Sexual roleplay…on Goodreads. Just marinate on that for a second. In response to the presence of some naughty-goings on, Goodreads has updated their guidelines and sent out a mass e-mail to the group mods. I found a copy on the Goodreads Feedback forum, and have been unable to resist a totally tongue-in-cheek GIF response.

From the e-mail:

Dear Group Moderator,

We wanted to give you a heads up on some updates to our policies for groups on Goodreads. Groups are an important part of our vibrant community and we appreciate and value all you do as a group moderator. For many of our members, groups are a highlight of the time they spend on Goodreads.

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As you may have already seen, we have made a few changes to how adults only (18+) groups work. As we have members who are age 13 to 17 on Goodreads, it’s important that we clarify how adults only (18+) groups should be operated on our site. We have therefore updated our guidelines for people creating and moderating groups on our site and you can view these here.

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The two key points are:

• Anyone who wants to be a member of an adults only (18+) group, must have provided their birth date, and must be age 18 or older.
Sexual role play is now not permitted in any group or any other part of the site.

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From the Updated Guidelines:

“Romance is permitted in role-play games, but pornographic content and explicitly sexual content or scenarios are not permitted. We’ve made the decision that this is not appropriate for our site.”

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So for those of you who were getting it on virtual style in some imaginative re-playing of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, you will, alas, have to take your shenanigans elsewhere. Like, oh, the rest of the entire internet.