For awhile i've been feeling that the way the forums are separated between "normal" VNs, and 18+ VNs are somewhat lackluster.
For one, the regular forums are all at the top, and there are quite a few of these sub forums, all dealing with different aspects of only all-ages VN creation. However all games that contain adult material of any kind, are squished into the 3 sub-forums, of the 'hentai' category at the very bottom of the board. Typically these boards are hidden away from sight, hardly acknowledged, and given the terrible moniker "hentai". I tend to look with skepticism whenever the word "hentai" is mentioned, as this word is almost never used in Japanese, and often only refers to video movies if anything at all.
The erotic content of a VN varies from game to game. It can be as hardcore and fetish driven as you want, or as tame as you want. Given that this is a VN community. It should go without saying that the board should adopt the term "Eroge". Eroge is a very broad term, and can encompass BL, Yuri, etc, all the way to tentacles and guro. Already there is a tagging system in place used by forum goers such as [BL]. Allowing you to get an idea of what game someone is making, when it's tagged [R-18G][BL] (R-18G being a common distinction meaning R-18 guro) not that i'm suggesting mods suddenly adopt guro, just as an example.
Reasonably as is the current rules, any VN featuring any sexual content for any reason, classifies as "hentai". when the prevailing misconception of westerners is that hentai translates to porn. That one forum is 'white', and the other is 'black'. This leads to ostracizing the community away from 'pornographic' boards, and forcing them to make non-ero content in order to have a successful project. This is partly a fault of layout, and a fault of user misconceptions. Some users might read erotica or slash fiction themselves, but shun the concept of "hentai games" as the most obscene fapping games. Leaving such forums barren and dead wastelands. Devoid of interest and creative inflow.
It's my suggestion that the Hentai forums get redesigned to be the Eroge sub-category, and moved with the all-ages category. Then allow both boards the use of Creative Corner using [18+] tags to differentiate themselves. Which would allow for threads for discussing nudity or erotic tutorials. Things that are woefully lacking currently.
I have been a member here for nearly a year. And prior to making this post I had my own development thread moved to the Hentai thread. Which was perfectly with the boundary of the rules for why it was moved. But before and after, I noticed the way in which this sub-forum was treated as an unwanted black sheep. How after making my thread, with updated visuals for my currently In-Development game Dizzy Hearts. Interest rose in the game not barely, but drastically From a blog that barely got 10-20 unique hits a day, I was getting hundreds. And people began to actually follow the game. After it was moved, the interest died. The thread died. The views died, and only the followers I had made then remained.
It can be for this reason, that the current Hentai forums are a killing blow to games that have erotic content in them of any kind. And had I not had to deal with this lack of interest for a year now. Experiencing that could have nearly killed development of my game there. I personally think it is crucial for all forms of VN to not just tolerated, but for forum-wide misconceptions to be clarified and people given the capability to create their project how they envisioned it. and not have to censor it in order to gain any following at all. Because it is the wish of any creator to have his work seen.