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Over all, I would say the site is excellent across the board. While the site has some adult content, mostly written, whenever I have attempted to open any of these without signing in first, numerous clear warnings are offered that the material contains adult content. Additionally, the site maintains easily accessible tags, warnings, and filters that warn of such content even after the file has been open. A child would deliberately have to choose to ignore the warnings to view the materials, but it still could happen.
greenmage128Sat Jan 17 1970
The site is great and trustworthy, probably one of the safest sites of its kind thanks to a complete lack of outside advertisers, but some of the content is definitely geared more towards adults. Most of it is marked and tagged appropriately, with warnings when an unregistered user clicks on it before proceeding to the content, but there's no verification to keep children out of it.
This is a great site with a great community. If you love fanfiction of all sorts, this is the place to go. But how it got an "excellent" child safety rating is absolutely beyond me. While it's far from the only thing around, this is a place where people go to write/read the sexual pairings that popular fiction would never be allowed to give them. Sometimes in great detail. Sure, there are simple "I am willing to view this content" confirmations on things that are flagged adult, but that doesn't make the content on the other side any more child safe.
This is a good site overall but is NOT child safe. A lot of VERY erotic content here. Warnings mean nothing if there is no registration requirement for passwords.
SchuldigSchwarzSat Jan 17 1970
Sehr gute Seite. Wenig Werbung. Man muß zwar bestätigen mindestens 18 zu sein, kann aber ansonsten jede Art von Inhalt lesen.
Just like other sites, this is good its just that it is not suitable for children .
sicilian22Sat Jan 17 1970
Довольно интересный сайт, советую пользоваться, можно доверять.
There is a lot of adult content with no age verification.
Also known as AO3, this fan fiction site is run by the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), which promotes radical copyright reform like Pirate Parties do. Although based in the USA, the site will NOT respond to DMCA takedown claims for unlicensed derivative works which are "transformative" (their own definition) or contain quotes from other works (See paragraph IV-D of its Terms of Service). So if you're a content owner and you don't want to see stories of your characters in compromising positions, then good luck having them taken down. AO3 has a LEGAL OBLIGATION under federal law (DMCA) to take down unwanted fanfic. If OTW doesn't like it, then they should move the server to a foreign country such as Taiwan, which is not a signatory of the Berne Convention. Note that other fanfic sites such as FanFiction.Net and MediaMiner will acknowledge requests and even blacklist fanfic based on works by authors and publishers with a track record of taking down fanfic, hence I will not give those sites the "Potentially illegal" mark like I did with AO3. This site also allows adult content to be posted, but it has warning and filtering features that you can use to avoid it.
I'm impressed with the Archive crew's commitment to user safety and privacy. Some of the content might be considered unsuitable to minors, but this is clearly marked and warned for (it requires an extra click-through for non-members).

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Trustworthiness

93 / 100

Child Safety

75 / 100