[uf-discuss] PICS

Kevin Marks kmarks at technorati.com
Wed Oct 26 22:45:16 PDT 2005

On Oct 26, 2005, at 4:54 PM, Rohit Khare wrote:
> Moral: don't try to encode machine-readable (and machine-actionable)  
> moral judgments. hReview is much more innocuous because it's primarily  
> human-readable today, not the basis of a robot censor.

I wrote about why technology should be amoral yesterday:


Human readable is good.

On Oct 26, 2005, at 5:35 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
>> However, if the poster was actually asking
>> if there was a general-purpose term that might get widespread
>> adoption on the web, I think we need something more general.
> IMHO: Let folks tag things, and let the terms emerge (folksonomically),
> rather than diving into yet another top-down taxonomy rathole.

This makes sense, definitely.

>> My suspicion is that the RSS/Atom community will probably standardize
>> on something first
> Really?  Based on what experience?
>> (since they'll mirror the issues that led movies,
>> TV, and records to get ratings),
> Huh?
> Why would you choose those heavily regulated parallels as opposed to  
> say
> *internet* parallels like email, netnews, instant messaging, mp3s,  
> etc.,
> none of which have any kind of critical mass of official ratings.

Actually, the MPAA ratings are an example of an industry effort to head  
off regulation. See

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Production_Code and  

You can look at them as a converged tag system to some extent. Video  
game ratings are similar - fending off regulation by self-imposed  

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