Thursday, August 18, 2005

Wave The Flag

Blogger have just added a new feature, which I'm not sure I like. See up in the top right hand corner of the page there... go on, I'll wait... see the new FLAG? button. (PS. Why the question mark? Not sure if it's a flag or not?)

If you hit that, and please don't until you're off my site, it lodges the site as having 'Questionable Content' with Blogger. Now, when I played Blogger Roulette a while back I ended up on some weird sites, some I really didn't like, and a couple that were thinly disquised commercial 'blogs'... but I'm not sure I like the idea of people in effect labelling other people's blogs as 'questionable'.

Who administers this at Blogger? Who decides if the blog is bona fide 'questionable', and on what criteria? If you don't like gay people/haikus/Outback House/overuse of italics could you label my blog as 'questionable'? So many questions!

Perhaps this was prompted by hate blogs, or by people posting sexually explicit pictures without appropriate warning pages. Maybe there are instances when this could be genuinely handy, but right now the idea makes me uncomfortable.


Bodhi said...

I can't even think straight
Italics are quite sexy
Gay Dan is so cute

Bodhi :-)
Sydney, Australia

The Other Andrew said...


Workin' in a bunch of my favourites right there, well done.

harry said...

Christ! Talk about pandering to the Moral Outraged Crusader types.

What a complete waste of time.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

I thought places like blogger were beyond this sort of cr@p. really! I only noticed it cos Ducky mentioned it.


*insert attitude and head-wobbles here*