[uf-discuss] like that in xFolk?
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
drernie at opendarwin.org
Wed Oct 26 17:53:20 PDT 2005
On Oct 26, 2005, at 5:35 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
>> My suspicion is that the RSS/Atom community will probably standardize
>> on something first
> Really? Based on what experience?
Because I strongly suspect that existing video content owners (people
who own movies and TVs) will start using RSS and/or Atom to publish
their data, and will naturally look for ways to encode that rating
information (which is a valuable marketing tool).
>> (since they'll mirror the issues that led movies, TV, and records
>> to get ratings),
> Why would you choose those heavily regulated parallels as opposed
> to say
> *internet* parallels like email, netnews, instant messaging, mp3s,
> none of which have any kind of critical mass of official ratings.
I'm not saying we *have* to use them. I'm saying that people who
care will *want* to use something, and these will at least provide a
specific well-defined standard that gives people some baseline.
Look, I'm not trying to force anybody to do anything. However, I do
believe there are content creators -- and aggregators -- who *would*
like some simple way to tag content to enable and ease *consumer*
level filtering. Because of that, I think the first large, credible
group to come up with a reasonably useful rating scheme will be
Given that US TV shows are the first to be sold on the Internet, I'd
be willing to bet a meal -- well, lunch :-) -- that those ratings
will become the de facto standard for rating online content -- for
those who care:
Perhaps most content creators won't, but I suspect many popular
aggregators will require some such ratings, and it will be simpler to
just standardize on something like this.
-- Ernie P.
Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D. <drernie at opendarwin.org>
Ex-Physicist, Marketing Weenie, and Dilettante Hacker
Probe-Hacker blog: http://www.opendarwin.org/~drernie/
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