[uf-discuss] rel="nsfw"

Frances Berriman fberriman at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 04:37:55 PST 2006

On 30/12/06, Colin Barrett <timber at lava.net> wrote:

> This is just silly. The microformat spec wouldn't specify what things
> are suitable for work. I could see Chinese-language or Arabic-language
> developing their own informal sense of what rel=nsfw means. It's a
> tool for content authors to use, nothing more. There's no codifying of
> anything.
> -Colin

I think that's the key to this. "NSFW" just happens to be a really
good marker.  So what if some people don't know what it actually
stands for?

Does everyone who uses RSS or those who look out for the orange
chicklet know what "RSS" stands for, or what the little lines in the
icon are representing?  No. Probably not.  I know my mother doesn't.
She just sees it and knows it means she can click it and it'll give
her a way to get updates about that page.  It's not important what the
"marker" is so long as everyone gets what it does.

"NSFW" appears to be turning out to be the marker for this particular need.

Frances Berriman

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