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how do i voluntarily mark my site as adult content?
want to keep out the kids via content filters

 10:01 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have a forum that's been growing very nicely and become very successful but lately a lot of minors are showing up and just ruining the place. It's almost impossible to moderate them. They lie about age, register under nickname variations and post like it's an interactive chat rather than a forum.

The content is actually NOT adult in nature, I don't do websites like that. But it occurs to me that many of these kids are logging in from school and then unsupervised at home. There has to be net nanny software or something like that in those situations.

So my idea is to purposely flag my site as adult which will do half the work for me, or at least slow them down a little. I don't have any advertising on the site so I don't care how that affects me (ie. adsense doesn't allow placement on adult sites) I got the idea when someone complained they could read the text but not see the images on the site and it turned out to be their school firewall.

Is there meta data I can place on the pages or a registry somewhere that I can put in the domain name that will cause it to be blocked?

Thanks for any advice!



 10:11 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

There are the "document-rating" and "rating" meta tags but you might need to do a little research to find the right way to use them. I can't say I've ever seen a definitive standard.

Googles Webmaster guidelines pages might help?



 10:43 am on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)


ICRA - the basics

ICRA is about choice not censorship.

As a web author, we invite you to use our system to describe, that is, label, your online content in a way that can be processed by computers...


 12:01 pm on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the suggestions. If anyone is curious, here is the most severe rating from icra:

<meta http-equiv="pics-Label" content='(pics-1.1 "http://www.icra.org/pics/vocabularyv03/" l gen true for "http://example.com" r (n 2 s 2 v 3 l 2 oa 1 ob 1 oc 1 od 1 oe 2 of 1 og 1 oh 1 c 2) gen true for "http://www.example.com" r (n 2 s 2 v 3 l 2 oa 1 ob 1 oc 1 od 1 oe 2 of 1 og 1 oh 1 c 2))' />

Ha! That wouldn't even be tolerable for sane adults.
If filters don't block that, they aren't doing their job.
This should be interesting.


 1:31 pm on Jul 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Aren't you losing some of your adult visitors that way as well? I'm thinking about people who browse from work - most work places seem to have stringent adult filters as well.


 3:45 am on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hopefully the filters do it on a per page basis.
I have other sections of the site like a news page that I won't censor.
If their workplace blocks the forum, I guess I can live with that as long as they can still read the news if they want to. Not exactly hurting for active members.

[edited by: amznVibe at 3:46 am (utc) on July 15, 2007]


 3:49 am on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hopefully the filters do it on a per page basis.
I have other sections of the site like a news page that I won't censor.

I have a friend whose whole site was accidentally filtered out because of one page on his site. He couldn't figure out why his site was "banned" from Google, which it wasn't. It got "unfiltered" when he removed that page.

[edited by: Marcia at 3:53 am (utc) on July 15, 2007]


 4:15 am on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

ICRA: How to label a website [icra.org]

Deciding what label(s) you need

Have a quick look at the ICRA vocabulary (see Next Steps below). Decide whether your website can be described by a single label or whether you wish to apply different labels to different sections of your site. If you have a guestbook or message board, for example, you may want to label that section separately as containing user-generated content rather than applying a single description to the whole site. The ICRA system makes this easy to do.

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