09 April 2005

Video Blog searchers: How will content be rated and screened in XML search platforms?

Ant is like an aggregator-bot for video blogs.

One question that's come up that I can't answer is: "Is there a way to screen content based on key words, content, and exclude certain videos because of inappropriate content?"

There are tags to find content, but I find nothing specific about screening out content based on some sort of rating system.

In other words, does ANT have a system that is like the MPAA movie ratings; and do the XML search platforms support watchlists and prospective searches tailored to specific content types, while excluding inappropriate content?

It doesn't appear as though either feature currently exists. Which is another way of asking, "Despite all the many other user-feature-requests, is a videoblogging content-screener something that's ready to get launched, or has it not been given serious discussion?"

Discussions

User ratings exist, but unclear how these ratings are indexed, then formally searched by an XML feed, nor how the outputs are screened to keep out inappropriate content.

Workaround

Until a single one-step platform exists, one approach is to create a prospective search subscription, but then exclude certain terms. Ideally, it would be nice to have a "list of terms" one wants to apply to a search [to exclude them], and have this "do not include list" on another page, list, or feed that was integrated with the original search request for the video blog.

This approach would entail having a list of personal-banned words that could be injected into a feed, then spliced with an existing video blog search request.

The alternative is to simply search and exclude terms on a find-and-exclude basis. This approach is less than ideal and could turn into either an online tool that automatically scrapes the words and integrates them into the subscription request.
Ant is like an aggregator-bot for video blogs.

One question that's come up that I can't answer is: "Is there a way to screen content based on key words, content, and exclude certain videos because of inappropriate content?"

There are tags to find content, but I find nothing specific about screening out content based on some sort of rating system.

In other words, does ANT have a system that is like the MPAA movie ratings; and do the XML search platforms support watchlists and prospective searches tailored to specific content types, while excluding inappropriate content?

It doesn't appear as though either feature currently exists. Which is another way of asking, "Despite all the many other user-feature-requests, is a videoblogging content-screener something that's ready to get launched, or has it not been given serious discussion?"

Discussions

User ratings exist, but unclear how these ratings are indexed, then formally searched by an XML feed, nor how the outputs are screened to keep out inappropriate content.

Workaround

Until a single one-step platform exists, one approach is to create a prospective search subscription, but then exclude certain terms. Ideally, it would be nice to have a "list of terms" one wants to apply to a search [to exclude them], and have this "do not include list" on another page, list, or feed that was integrated with the original search request for the video blog.

This approach would entail having a list of personal-banned words that could be injected into a feed, then spliced with an existing video blog search request.

The alternative is to simply search and exclude terms on a find-and-exclude basis. This approach is less than ideal and could turn into either an online tool that automatically scrapes the words and integrates them into the subscription request.
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