As I only recently found out, once a story is rated as mature it has to be republished to be able to switch it off of mature.
At the time of choosing this rating, I simply wasn’t sure if I might end up writing something that was considered a mature scene. I later realized my content was not mature and I wouldn’t be writing mature scenes. I think this has happened to a few people, at least others who realized their content wasn’t actually mature.
When choosing the mature rating I did read the mature rating guidelines article and text on the story details page, but none of that mentioned how difficult it would be to change this decision later on.
Some recommendations that I think could help this problem:
- Adding some type of warning, at the very least as a popup, when someone toggles the mature option on the story details page. This warning notifies them that once it is selected and published as mature, it has to be republished to switch it to not mature.
- Making the information about the repercussions of switching to mature easier to access/find as well as stating the process to switch it back from mature.
- Making it easier, in general, to switch back from mature without having to republish your entire story.