Before you think you discovered something held back by me, I did this particular change, but
- it's by no means the first time sex was mentioned in the room description,
- this room's description is changed rather regularly in that room, and
- I think it became a kind of a meme doing so and picking somewhat snide and controversial phrases for it.
A few hours after that, someone here on meta complained about the room description. The question was at https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/86686/133368, but unless you're one of the 0.x meta users with >10k rep, don't bother going there, all you find is the waffle iron. So it seems the question was closed and deleted while I was sleeping.
As much as I find the whole issue ridiculous and agree with closing that hilarious question, I now have no idea why this question was closed. Is it because those voting for closed agreed with my comment that the complaint is ridiculous? Is it because it turned into a flame war while I wasn't looking? Is it because the issue was "solved" anyway (one of the owners changed the description to something that, IMO, is even more controversial on a programmer's site, but is not mentioning sex) and the policy here recently seems to have changed to sweeping controversial topics under the carpet?
In short: Is it considered Ok to use the word sex in a room description and an affront to complain about it or is it the other way around?
I might add that I totally disagree with the manipulation of history that seems to be so common here. Those who wipe out discussions they would rather have not taken place are bound to see them repeated.
Unfortunately, I don't have the time tonight to reply to all the answers and comments made so far, but it seems that my question was giving the wrong impression, and I'd really like to try to fix that before I have to go again:
When I said we were "talking about sex", I was not implying we were talking about positions or anything like that. In fact a lot of the discussion actually evolved around the question whether it is Ok to talk about sex in the SO chat. Other than that, we were mainly discussing how downloaded porn clogs the Internet, wastes bandwidth, and considerably contributes to global warming.
Since Adam found it important to post examples here, I will try to at least put them into their context:
Yes, there was more to it than this, many users had fun about the subject, but I feel like this resembles the core of the discussion more than ironic remarks like "pr0n is what makes up the internetz... lulz", "if the Internet didn't contain any sex, how would young people learn about it?", "But then where would poor malware authors release their work", and "there's nothing wrong with downloading some sex movies", although I freely admit that we LOL'ed about them.
These quotes now are not taken out of context anymore, because context matters, and we all know that there really is only one reason for quoting out of context. I also linked all messages, and this was the joke which started all this. So if you want you can attempt to follow the thread as it loosely splices through several other discussion threads, sub-threads, and sub-sub-threads, some of which spun off this one, some not.
I stand to what I said about this: "To me this seems to be a subject that one ought to be allowed to discuss in a programmer's chat." However, note that this remark was only added after there seemed to be a misunderstanding about what "talking about sex" meant. As such, it is not really related to what my question was actually about.
And one more thought before I, regrettably, have to leave: I find the allusion to the minimum age of Stack Overflow users, and the legal implications, highly hypocritical.
Nobody here ever objected to a discussion about alcohol, when the subject came up, even though alcohol is very likely prohibited for 13 year olds in any country that has any age restrictions on alcohol, and it might well be that there are countries where the discussion of alcohol is prohibited in the presence of 13 year olds. There's countries where women aren't allowed to visit soccer games, yet nobody here would object to discussing sports in the presence of women. There's cultures where eating is prohibited during the day four weeks a year, yet nobody objects to talk about food all day all year round. There's several cultures where pork is banned, and nobody would even mention the C++ room discussing pork.
This is a highly international forum, where users from all kinds of cultures participate. If you bring cultural prejudices here, be prepared for surprises. And as strange as this might seem for you (singular "you"), this is also true for the prejudices you grew up with.