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Minecraft skins: A way to be unique, or a tool for in-game abuse?

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Everyone can remember their first day playing Minecraft. Walking around, building your house, and most importantly, starting out by wearing the default "Steve" skin.
Of course, after a couple days you would find a skin that you liked, and replace the default skin with the skin of your choice. But does that option cause problems?

Skins can be used to show off your personality, such as what movie or show like, or maybe if you're an adventurer, or someone who just likes walking around and exploring. But skins can also be used for much darker reasons, such as skins that show off male and female body parts, and skins that can be used to roleplay inappropriately, such as a skin of a girl in a skimpy stripper skin. This can be especially troubling for parents of younger players, who might see these inappropriate skins and start asking questions, or might even get a inappropriate skin themselves.

Minecraft started letting players change their skins as of the Alpha 1.2.2 update. Of course, not long after, the stream of inappropriate skins soon followed. Planet Minecraft seems to be good at upholding their policy of, "No inappropriate skins allowed.", but other skin websites, such as Skindex isn't as efficient at upholding this rule. This means that anyone, whether a 20 year old man, or a 10 year old girl, can wear any skin they want, which also includes the inappropriate ones.

Of course, not everyone chooses to wear these skins. Most players are happy with the skins they make, or the skins they find on any old skin website. But still, as a player, you had to have seen at least a couple of inappropriate skins in your time. This is why some players decide to just keep the default skin. Also, most servers have a strict rule on these kind of skins. But there are servers that don't even pay attention to what skins people wear, so not all server owners don't put effort to keep racist or naked skins off of Minecraft multiplayer.

There are some ways, at least I think, we can do to lower the amount of these skins.
If you are a plugin maker, you could possibly make a plugin where a server can turn certain player(s) skins on/off. This can be so players can't wear skins that could potentially be inappropriate. Another thing you could do is if you do see a skin that is posted on a website, or a skin worn on a server that is inappropriate, then let the website moderators/server staff know so they can deal with it properly.

With your help, we can make the Minecraft community cleaner, and safer for players both young and old.
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04/25/2016 1:11 pm
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JonNotJon
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the nude stuff i couldn't care less about but racist skins are NO
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08/07/2013 2:35 pm
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omgitsmaddie
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Nice blog, haters gonna hate, potaters gonna potate right? I agree, I went on this great server but in one corner of the lobby... wanna guess? A stripping pole .... I left and never went back, after seeing like 20 million naked skins. NOOOPE.
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07/31/2013 5:24 pm
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warcraftIII
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nice, i agree
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07/27/2013 9:10 pm
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AJEDWA
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:D
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07/27/2013 9:17 pm
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DerpyKat
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:D ?
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08/14/2013 6:32 am
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AJEDWA
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:D :D :D :D :D :D I AGREE
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08/02/2013 3:16 pm
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Back_In_Five
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:D !
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08/07/2013 2:36 pm
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omgitsmaddie
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:D !?!?!?!??!?!??!
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07/27/2013 12:53 am
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basicbrick
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Why do people hate this blog, it well written :L
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07/27/2013 9:18 pm
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DerpyKat
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* le shrug *
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