[bksvol-discuss] Re: I have a question please and thank you.

When it comes to these warnings of sex, violence and strong language I 
wonder if it might be more appropriate to write a review and include them 
there. 
That is where opinions belong and these warnings really are a matter of 
opinion, especially the ones about strong language. As I said, I have read NLS 
books that were labeled as containing explicit descriptions of sex and 
strong language. When finished I found myself asking two questions. There were 
descriptions of sex, but how was it explicit? The second one was where was the 
strong language at all?

                                                                          
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I do exactly what you suggest. Unfortunately since there isn't, or wasn't 
when there  was a 250 limit in the short synopsis I put such a warning in the
long synopsis.

Cindy

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From: Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I have a question please and thank you.
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 10:49 AM

Jackie, I so get what you are saying (and I'm so sorry about your 
daughter!).  It isn't a case of censorship.  It's a case of wanting to be able 
to 
appropriately
choose what to read.  I've lost one third of my entire family in the last 
few years in not one, but two separate car accidents, one that was so 
horrific
it was reported in photos and TV news across the Midwest.  I don't want to 
just open a book that involves anything graphic regarding car accidents, 
because
of that.  It's still too raw, and I don't want to be 'surprised' by it when 
I am reading or proofreading something.

The NLS system does seem better than the bookshare way of marking things as 
adult or not adult, because it at least helps raise a flag to help people 
decide
what to read before they come across things they don't want to read.

Judy s.

Jackie McBride wrote:
> Perhaps to put this in a bit of context:
> a) I have had books that were *obviously* meant for children marked as
> adult lol! but
> b) Rather than adult or not, I do wish that bookshare would do what
> the NLS does & put stuff like explicit descriptions of sex, violence,
> strong language, etc., in the summary. That way, folks who aren't
> particularly interested in reading that stuff know what they're
> getting *b4* they come across it.
> 
> I'll give an example, &, though it's probably a poor 1, may hopefully
> serve to illustrate the point.
> 
> My daughter was very brutally murdered in 2007. I was deeply affected
> by the event, having nightmares for many months in vivid technicolor
> of the descriptions I had been given of the scene by the police. I
> hadn't dreamed in color for many years, but it certainly let me know I
> could do that. I decided as a diversion to proof a book for bookshare.
> I downloaded it, & the 1st chapter contained a rather graphic scene of
> a native American being tortured. Let's just say I did not fare well
> (the understatement of the century) & leave it at that. I'm certain
> some of the volunteers on the list at that time remember the incident
> as a few gave me some counseling regarding my conflict as a new
> volunteer between finishing what I started but feeling unable to
> continue, which, was, btw, appreciated. Had I known the book contained
> graphic violence, I obviously never would have downloaded it. Perhaps
> this is extreme, but I do think that we should have some way of
> knowing that books we're thinking about contain these things in case
> we don't want to read about them, or, in the case of parents, in case
> we don't want our children reading them.
> 
> So perhaps there should be checkmarks for things like violence,
> language, & sex. Just my $02, as opposed to simply being rated adult.
> 
> On 9/9/09, Chela Robles <
cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx
> wrote:
>> Gwinn, everyone has different tastes, for instance, I don't like the way
>> Kenny G plays his saxophone, circular breathing, that is how Rafael 
Mendez,
>> a trumpeter died, did something to his lungs and decreased velocity, I 
don't
>> like Rick Braun, a trumpeter, his style is not my favorite, I like to
>> broaden my horizon when it comes to books, but again, if I don't feel
>> comfortable about reading a book say about gays and lesbians, for 
example,
>> then I'd just delete it no harm will come to me anyway, it just depends 
on
>> your preference, like if you like only vanilla, to me, I have to have
>> something other than vanilla ice cream because it is just blah to me, 
get
>> what I trying to say here? I have to agree with Roger, Cindy, and 
everyone
>> else here. Don't take this personally though, guys, can we stop this
>> discussion, please and go on with our lives, because it is ultimately up 
to
>> the person whether they choose what to read or not, end of discussion, 
thank
>> you!
>> Chela Robles jazz trumpeter/enthusiast/almost LMT
>>   ----- Original Message -----
>>   From: gwen tweedy
>>   To: 
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>>   Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 5:22 AM
>>   Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I have a question please and thank you.
>> 
>> 
>>   It's not so much uncomfortable as
>>   lots of those books they have  loads of it I have one grown daughter, 
so
>> I'm not as prudish as you might imagine.  But when you have  just pages 
and
>> pages of  discriptions which really add nothing to a story I guess I 
just
>> don't need to read about it and my nieces and nephes if they had to be 
here,
>> don't need to read about it either and if it's marked as no adult 
content,
>> that would say to me that anyone could read it.
>>   I don't care what people read but there is plenty of books out there I
>> have seen even in here, that doesn't have that stuff and it's perfectly
>> enjoyable.
>>   A person does it in the privacy of their bedrooms I don't care if it 
sales
>> or not for me it doesn't sell. And I as a reader have just as much right 
to
>> read the tamer stuff and can have  the right to have that choice without
>> worrying if I'm gonna stumble on what I determine as sorry but for me
>> personally it is smut.
>>   For you it's fine reading yea that is good but I should be able to go 
into
>> one of these departments and be free from that if I so choose.
>>   I pick out what I want at the grocery store so I should be able to do 
the
>> same here. Supposing my niece had been looking over my shoulder I didn't
>> know about this particular book and opened it
>>   sorry but thanks, but no thanks my niece and I shouldn't accidentally
>> stumble upon this in trying to find a book.
>>   I know I'm wierd. I except that.
>> 
>>     ----- Original Message -----
>>     From: 
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>>     Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 11:43 PM
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>> 
>> 
>>     Indeed, it is up to the person with tender sensibilities to find
>> something they can enjoy rather than ask someone else to cater to those
>> sensibilities, but frankly, I don't see how they can do it. I have 
noticed
>> that the most popular topic of small talk wherever you go, beating out 
even
>> the weather, is sex. If I were going to avoid the topic of sex I think I
>> would just have to quit reading and having conversations. So, not only 
is it
>> an almost impossible topic to avoid, it is also a topic that I can't see 
how
>> it could make anyone uncomfortable. That is like being offended by 
someone
>> saying that they went to the grocery store yesterday. I would think that
>> maintaining such an attitude toward sex would be a lot more stressful 
than
>> actually being exposed to it if one does have that attitude.
>> 
>>                                                                      
"The
>> end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies 
the
>> end.
>>     " Leon Trotsky
>> 
>>                  The Militant: 
http://www.themilitant.com
 Pathfinder Press:
>> 
http://www.pathfinderpress.com
>>     Granma International: 
http://granma.cu/ingles/index.html
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>>     Once more I am in agreement with Roger.  If your sensibilities are
>>     that tender it should be up to you to take whatever steps you 
require
>>     to find something you can enjoy.  Asking others to cater to you at
>>     that level is simply too much.
>> 
>>     On 9/8/09, 
Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx
 <Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx
> wrote:
>>     > Some time ago I recall Pavi saying that the dictionary that 
algorithm
>> uses
>>     > was reviewed and that it was laughable when they saw some of the 
words
>> that
>>     > were in it. Supposedly that was corrected, but I very much suspect
>> that I
>>     > would still consider it laughable. Honestly, I was once telling
>> someone
>>     > something another person said. I mentioned that the person had 
said
>> that
>>     > another
>>     > person was pissed off. I do not ordinarily use that phrase myself, 
but
>> since
>>     > I was relating what someone else said I did that time. I was 
angrily
>> accused
>>     > of being obscene. It never even occurred to me in my wildest
>> speculations
>>     > that anyone would consider that to be obscene and if I had found 
it in
>> that
>>     > dictionary of prohibited words and phrases I would have found that
>>     > laughable.
>>     > Nevertheless, someone did consider it obscene. That is why I tend 
to
>> think
>>     > that the person who is offended by so-called "adult" words has the
>> problem,
>>     > not the one who utters them.
>>     >
>>     >
>>     > "The end may justify the means as long as there is something that
>> justifies
>>     > the end.
>>     > " Leon Trotsky
>>     >
>>     >                  The Militant: 
http://www.themilitant.com
 Pathfinder
>> Press:
>>     > 
http://www..pathfinderpress.com
>>     > Granma International: 
http://granma.cu/ingles/index.html
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>>     > Evan, I've wondered about how that algorithm works too, because
>>     > of the children's books I've proofed that were erroneously marked
>>     > as adult by the algorithm.  I'd bet part of it is based on
>>     > Bookshare useing a dictionary of words that can be considered
>>     > adult (with some contexting built in, I'd guess).  The final
>>     > designation of adult comes about by using a weighting of the
>>     > number of times words/terms/phrases appear factored against the
>>     > total number of words in a book.  So if you have a children's
>>     > book with very few words, and one of the 'suspect' words appears,
>>     > although it could be in a totally innocent context, bam! The
>>     > children's book is going to get rated as adult.  I had that
>>     > happen a few months ago with a board book I was proofreading!
>>     >
>>     > Just guessing here, of course. smile.
>>     >
>>     > Judy s.
>>     >
>>     > EVAN REESE wrote:
>>     >> What determines adult content is ultimately the proofreader.
>> Bookshare's
>>     >> computer can mark a book either Adult or not, using some secret
>>     >> algorithm that staff refuses to divulge to us, but the 
proofreader
>> can
>>     >> change the Bookshare computer's choice if he/she feels that a 
change
>> is
>>     >> justified. It used to be either the submitter and/or the 
proofreader,
>>     >> but Bookshare took that choice away from submitters and seems to 
have
>> no
>>     >> inclination to give it back.
>>     >
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