[uf-discuss] rel="nsfw"

Frances Berriman fberriman at gmail.com
Fri Dec 29 05:58:20 PST 2006

On 29/12/06, Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
> In message <BC9F5796-2C67-462D-B48A-9FE6DB056554 at randomchaos.com>, Scott
> Reynen <scott at randomchaos.com> writes
> >many  people are publishing "NSFW" warnings.  So vague as it may be,
> >it's  apparently communicating something useful on the live web today.
> That's "something useful in a large judeo-christian western democracy",
> then...
> What's "safe for work" in China, or Iran?
> Is a nude picture of a 17-year old safe for work in Holland? Or the UK?

This is exactly the issue we came up with when we started discussing a
content-rating format a few months back, and previous again to that

It's very difficult to come up with a universal standard for
describing content and it's "safety".  However, "NSFW" is a term
starting to be used as commonly as other "web speak" terms such as
"LOL" or "RTFM" (poor examples, but the point is - not everyone who
uses that necessarily knows what it means or where it originates).

The concept of being able to mark something as unsafe, mature, NSFW,
etc. *does* keep cropping back up though - so this may point to either
the need to explain and introduce/encourage people to use the
resolution suggested previously (i.e. using rel), or thinking again
about something a little more solid.


Frances Berriman

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