The idea behind URL filter on canvas seems a bit confusing to me.
As far as I know, there are about five popular image hosting websites that many use, and they pretty much all let mature contents either due to flexible rules, lack of moderation or lack of a real way to report them when they are not listed public
Some people might use their own server/cloud to upload any content, mature or not due to many reasons:
- Easier to keep track of and organize.
- Ensures that they do not get deleted.
- Avoids terrible compressions
Because it is private, those who would want to use the whitelist-only filters are likely to never see them.
The URLs really don't have any correlations on what type of content is being hosted, with a small exception of those media hosting websites that specifically allow controversial contents. Those who host these contents on TU does not even know these specialized hosts.
The most controversial type of contents that player tend to discuss seems to be pornographic images involving hand-drawn underaged and fictional anthropomorphic animal characters.
Although some hosting websites like Imgur state it's against their community guidelines, because the images aren't exposed to public or individuals through browser, it cannot get reported and stay active.
I fear that some will definitely use the filter which it would also kill condos who creatively use them without hosting mature contents.
So other than journals (which most guests don't even bother to read), we wouldn't be able to notify them what type of content we host in our condos... unless you want to spam the chat, hoping they would read it, every time a visitor comes in.
We don't know what websites are blocked on their client, so we cannot use a trusted website to upload images to assure them what we have and what we don't.
They would just assume that we have what they don't like to see and miss their and the owner's chance to share condo experience.
Condo customization without canvases are, in my all honesty, terrible and doesn't provide much creativity. Some rooms I've designed look pretty awesome without them, but canvases do improve them or it usually just looks like yet another overused designs.
I just fear the URL filter would make innocent condos look awful with no way of really notifying visitors what we have and what we don't.
Imagine your guests just hopping on your condo with bunch of ugly "BLOCKED" messages all over your structures, cutouts, supposedly invisible canvases.
I just think it's a wrong way to tackle the problem.