[bksvol-discuss] Re: adult content?

  • From: "Sarah Van Oosterwijck" <curiousentity@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 11:34:39 -0500

Yes, that may be official policy, but in actual fact, there are a very large
number of books that are not rated as adult in the collection that probably
should have been.  I wonder if people uncheck the checkbox sometimes.

I have a question.  when a review is written, does it appear on the download
page for the book, or do you have to follow a link to read it?

Sarah Van Oosterwijck
curious entity at earthlink dot net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Scialli" <Peter.s@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 8:10 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: adult content?

>     I'm joining this thread late, but below is our official statement on
> Adult Content issue.
>  At Bookshare.org, we know that the definition of so-called adult content
> subjective.  We try to be flexible in terms of working with individual
> and the parents of our minor subscribers in delivering open access to
> while not exposing anyone to material which might be deemed offensive or
> inappropriate.
>  Every book in the Bookshare.org collection is processed through an
> automated tool which assesses the content for the prescence of language
> which is customarily thought to be violent, profain, explicitly sexual or
> otherwise objectionable to a significant number of people.  When our
> volunteers review books for publication on the Bookshare.org site, they
> asked to agree or disagree with the automated assessment.  If they
> the book is more carefully reviewed by a member of the Bookshare.org staff
> to help in providing the rating.  Children or adults requesting shielding
> from adult content will not normally have access to books which carry the
> Adult rating.
>  While the system may not be perfect, we have found it to be very
> in limiting the delivered material to the standards of most people who
> subscribe to Bookshare.org.  Of course, there are times when a book may be
> rated as having Adult content contrary to the opinion of most.  Less
> a book which may have some objectionable material may make it past the
> screening process.  In either case, we are able to take action to assist
> individual user in getting only the material that he or she wants.
>  Adults may request access to adult material at any time.  Those under
> eighteen years of age may provide a signed request from a parent or
> asking for access to an individual title or to adult content in general.
> the latter case, the child will be classified by the system as being over
> eighteen and the parent has agreed to be responsible for the material
> requested by the child memb er.
>  If you have any questions about the process or about access to a
> book, please feel free to contact us by writing to
> support@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> ________________________
> Peter M. Scialli, Ph.D.
> Associate, Technical Projects, Bookshare.org
> www.bookshare.org
> A Project of The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving Humanity
> peter @benetech.org
> www.benetech.org
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sarah Van Oosterwijck" <curiousentity@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 9:07 AM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: adult content?
> > I too vote for the same notation as the library of congress listings.
> They
> > are far more accurate and informative than the adult content check, and
> > there aren't any judgement calls, or distortions to the true meaning of
> the
> > word adult.  Adult really doesn't have anything to do with the issue as
> far
> > as I am concerned.
> >
> > I don't object to the blocking of books containing adult content,
> I
> > don't see how not allowing people under 18 to read those books could
> really
> > hurt them, and parents can tell bookshare to override that setting for
> their
> > children if they can think of a reason for doing so, but I also think
> people
> > under 18 can learn to make their own choices, and obey their parents
> wishes
> > without a programmed inforcer.  Calling that content adult is just a way
> to
> > make it sound more appealing to kids wanting to be adults.  It is also
> > insult to adults who don't want to read that stuff.
> >
> > Sarah Van Oosterwijck
> > curious entity at earthlink dot net
> >
> >

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