Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kapuskasing Ontario Canada
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Not suitable/safe for work (NSFW) is typically used in E-mail, movies (such as videos uploaded on YouTube) and on interactive discussion areas (such as Internet forums, blogs and community websites) to mark URLs or hyperlinks which may be sexually explicit or include audio containing profanity, helping the reader avoid potentially objectionable content.
NSFW has particular relevance for individuals making personal use of the Internet at workplaces or schools which have policies prohibiting (even inadvertent) access to sexually explicit content. Companies and schools frequently adopt such policies because they regard the presence of sexually explicit content as a misuse of company property (or education resources) and, potentially, a violation of sexual harassment policy.
Determining a site to be NSFW is invariably subjective. The less frequently used warnings PNSFW (Probably/Possibly Not Safe for Work), LSFW (Less Safe for Work), TSFW (Technically Safe for Work), and PNFO (Probably Not for the Office) are sometimes used to indicate content possibly considered salacious (lustful) by certain censors, such as images of underwear or swimwear models, or a news story about sexual issues that does not contain explicit images. NSFW is also sometimes used to refer to any media that produces sound, such as a game or video file; the implication being that the noises may alert others in the vicinity that the user is taking a break with entertainment materials instead of working.
NSFW can be used flippantly under the same circumstances, to mean "Now Show Friends and Workmates".