Dear members, We would like to inform you all that the Code of Conduct has now added the following clause: As you will know, EC previously registered as a non-profit organisation, and one of our aims as we continue to grow is to make EC as inclusive to everybody as possible, including those who may be parents, friends and relatives of LGBT or questioning people. We noticed that it wasn't uncommon for the Gallery to publicly contain sexually suggestive images of members who were either shirtless or partially clothed in a way that did not conflict with our existing rules on picture uploads, and the staff felt that the aims of the organisation could become undermined if it was to allow members (including those who are underage) to upload partially-clothed pictures of themselves for anybody to see. After all, if a parent was to come here hoping to recommend this site to their son or daughter then they would likely have serious concerns if they came across images of young members who are only partially-clothed and posing in suggestive positions, which is why we've taken the decision to restrict such images to private viewing. Furthermore, these changes have also been implemented to give you additional safeguards over who can access your pictures. As you should be aware, the Gallery currently allows you to place pictures into a public or private album, and many members have previously opted for putting all their pictures in a public album for anybody to see, including pictures that would be deemed 'sexually suggestive'. This new clause offers a new safeguard for members who upload such pictures, as the only people who will be able to access these types of pictures are EC's staff members, and members who are on their 'friends' list. We understand that this may come as a surprise for those of you who regularly upload pictures to EC's gallery, but we have taken this decision as it highlighted an area of vulnerability for our security and also risked undermining our credibility as a non-profit organisation that is focused on improving the social welfare of members. Although we do everything feasibly possible to keep EC as safe as it can be, anybody with undesirable intentions can still register and immediately access any public album that members have uploaded to the site, and it is worryingly common for people to have their pictures downloaded and used elsewhere without their permission after they have uploaded it to a site, or for family members and/or friends to unexpectedly come across such images. As a result, we feel it would be more beneficial for everybody to limit such pictures to private albums to ensure that you have complete control over who is accessing it. After all, as EC strives to be a safe-haven then you shouldn't need to worry about strangers ogling at your pictures and even downloading them for whatever reason. As staff members we will do everything we can to avoid such situations occuring, but we also need your help in achieving that by you using this clause as a way of safeguarding your more personal content. It would be appreciated if anybody who has a sexually suggestive picture in a public album could move it to a private album. At this point we will be allowing members to make the changes themselves, but in the upcoming days we will be acting to ensure that all pictures comply with this clause. However, we also need to stress that this does not include any shirtless pictures that were not taken for sexually suggestive purposes. For example, if your parents took a picture of you sunbathing on holiday and you happen to be shirtless then this would be deemed acceptable for public viewing. If you have any questions regarding this new clause then please let us know. Thank you. From EC Staff.