Pioneer says weblogs need content warnings for the dumb

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Tuesday, 10 April 2007


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Cyberspace - (Ass Mess): Websites are being advised by web pioneer Tim O'Reilly to organise their contents so that even the dumbest, most assinine and easily offended wingnut browsers can easily recognise the possibility that some blogs "may contain crude language".

O'Reilly says that a draft blogging code of conduct is needed because not everybody recognises threats and perceived harassment as blogosphere excrescence.

In his advice to commercial sponsors of internet chatrooms O'Reilly says that open and uncensored sites need big visual signs like "You Are Entering a No Holds Barred Domain" in case they are mistaken for a Mary Poppins type of site.

But critics have panned this as a psychotic Nanny State stance:

"Sure you could put up any number of visuals warning of colorful language, insults, random acts of abusive commentary and other lowlife behavior," one moderator of a popular US political site said today.

"But in the end it's all down to taste.

"For instance, in my experience 99% of women find Britney vagina blogs deeply offensive, sexist, abusive, derogatory, puerile, sadistic, crude, and tasteless.

"But only a woman moderator would warn you about."

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