The offensiveness thing is quite peculiar in terms of what is chosen to be edited out and what isn’t. You mention that some topics always get the same reaction on social media and one case I have seen often yet remains to be changed is the main picture of this Keith Haring mural:
Looking at censorship on TV, I’d say it’s a majority of countries in the world that consider that explicit sexual acts are worthy of some degree of censorship or watershed system. No denying that if they involve homosexuality, they are more likely to be censored further. So the entry above does make me question your theory that your submission might have been passed over as it is LGBT+ related.
But it also makes me wonder why AO would censor potentially sensitive topics related to other types of “offensivity” like ethnically-charged terms (so long as they are not being used with the derogatory connotations but rather in a historical or reappropriation context) yet leave the sexually-explicit picture above as the main one for the entry, seeing how there are a couple less explicit ones that still show the artwork for the celebration of diversity it is, and the standard reactions every time this place is shared on social media.
To add to the other feedback topics mentioned before, generally speaking, I would say there is a noticeable worsening of the editing process for new entries before they are published. I’ve noticed more typos, grammar and location issues in new places than at any other point since I started visiting the site regularly. If the edition duties have been assigned to a different group or department, I think they might be in need of some feedback.
@jonathancarey I know the standard response is “please inform us of place issues via email”, but if they appear more often, it doesn’t make much sense for me as a user to address them individually as it is most likely a trend that would be better dealt with internally as a whole than in parts.
Just for the sake of examples I would mention a recent place that misspelled “Massachusetts”,
the former version of this entry’s logline and title (which have already been edited as I emailed the Places team),
and both the location and translation here being either incorrect (not sure why the Spanish “meridiano” is used on the English version or why “cerro”/hill was not corrected to “cero”/zero) or outside AO’s own standards (this has city, island and country on the location, whereas most places will be either city and country or just country):