Re: Rating System for WWW Pages

David Koblas (
Fri, 2 Dec 1994 09:54:23 -0800 (PST)

The core, in my opionion, to make any system useful and support the things
that I think most of us want to promote on the WWW.

* This is not about how to restrict, but how to advise.

Schools could "subscribe" to an approval service so that their clients
would first check the "rating" from a central repository before accessing
the page. It is easier to spend an additional $500/year and not have to
worry about, or showing up on
their Elementrary school terminals. At some level such an review board
is going to have a nitch in this system.

What I want to make sure is that we can make that nitch as small as
possible. I don't want to have to pay an entity to review my content
before releasing to a "wide" audiance. If at the very least we set up
a standard guidline system and can make it work, we might avoid the
need for the above entity.

Bottom line:
When MCI ships you your copy of Netscape to run on your home PC,
how can we insure that our information is accessable. Without
going to a central guildline repository.

We need also to insure that it is difficult to get around this system,
yes if somebody can download and install a client, connect it to the
net, they get what they ask for. At the same time when Dad does it
and sets it into advisory mode, we want to make sure _he_ feels safe.