User:IMWT127/Not safe for work

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"Not safe for work" is a warning in modern times that, if people view something at office when their boss or co-worker sees it, they will get fired. Currently, 382 people in the world have been fired from their job for viewing things marked as "Not safe for work" at their office.

edit Origin

On July 14 1998, when a man was reading his office e-mail, he found a spam e-mail from a random e-mail address in his Inbox with almost ∞ pictures of nude people. He replied to the e-mail saying "Spammer, this is NOT SAFE FOR WORK and you sent it to my office e-mail address." and deleted the spam, although his boss saw him looking at it and responding to it. His boss then posted this term publicly meaning "If you view this at office when someone else sees it, you will get fired.", and this term became famous. Ever since then, people were getting fired from their work when viewing content marked as "Not safe for work" and their boss or co-worker saw them.

edit Outbreak

People then became worried about all the majority of pornography that took up much of the Internet not tagged as "Not safe for work" yet and people looking at it in office after the "Not safe for work" warning was passed and then getting fired when their boss or co-workers see it but not knowing that it was because they were looking at pornography in office. Immediately, people tried to urge the owners of websites to tag links to pornographic websites as "(not safe for work)".

edit Expansion of "Not safe for work" categories

In early 2000, many people said that the should-tag-as-NSFW list should be expanded to more than just nudity because they hated to see people laughing at some other annoying content they found at the Internet at office, such as violence. People were also trying to call for a "no tagging as 'not safe for work' = no viewing at all" law, which actually passed in 2003. After 2003, when anyone posted anything like nudity or violence on the internet, they had to tag it as "not safe for work" or it would get censored in most countries.

edit What should be tagged as "Not safe for work" today (or else it will be censored)

  • Nudity, pictures of fat people, Boobage, etc. (sometimes also should be tagged as "Adult content")
  • Violence (in fact, their boss or co-workers might kill them for viewing it at office)
  • Pictures of animals most people hate (which is silly)

edit Pre-SOPA temporary ban of content

In October 2011, when the ultimately censoring Stop Online Piracy Act was being planned by the U. S. government, they secretly told every ISP to censor anything that should be tagged as NSFW whether it is tagged "(not safe for work)" or not. People were wondering why the big blackout of anything NSFW was building up. However, in November 2011, the Stop Online Piracy Act was revealed, noticable for too much censorship[1], and people also noticed about the NSFW blackout being per the act that even ruined the concept of the Internet. The major SOPA events actually happened in January 2012, but in February 2012, after it calmed down, the ban of "Not safe for work" content was lifted.

edit References

  1. How SOPA could actually break the Internet (December 2011)
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