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Content Rating and ICRA

From: Haravikk <me@haravikk.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:30:45 +0000
Message-Id: <14C7C48B-5972-46C4-BA8C-2819FAAFFA72@haravikk.com>
To: public-powderwg@w3.org
I recently discovered POWDER after looking for the best way to rate the content on my site. I was interested to see the POWDER specification as a way to globally define ratings without the need to fool around with metadata.

However, the current recommendation for applying content ratings for profanity, nudity etc. no longer appears to be valid, as ICRA appears to now be discontinued, alongside PICS labels, although the few sites and browsers that bother to support ratings still seem to use PICS anyway.

I'm at a loss as to what I should do though; does this mean that POWDER is currently unable to define any kind of useful ratings for my site? I do have some old PICS labels on my site that should probably be removed or updated, but I was kind of hoping there would be a more active standard for ratings.

Is this something that W3 will take on board in future? It seems like W3 is best situated to actually define a new ratings standard and keep it alive for a change.

Received on Monday, 11 March 2013 12:32:24 UTC

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