Earlier today, I was visiting the I’d Rather Be Killing Monsters blog and noticed a text widget depicitng a movie-like rating for the blog. Intrigued, I clicked the rating box and, after declining a request to visit the dating site which created the rating code, submitted my own URL for evaluation.
Apparenty, the script associated with submitting the URL scans the subject blog for specific words, then assigns a rating based upon the prevalence of those words. As you can tell from the widget in the upper right corner of your screen, this blog was rated G, indicating appropriateness for all ages, based upon the word “kill” appearing only five times in my 175 posts.
This struck me as funny. While every effort has been made to keep profanity, gratuitous sexuality and graphic violence from appearing on the site, many of the topics, particularly the Crime Scene Sunday feature I used to run, wouldn’t necessarily qualify for that rating. For the record, this blog has posted on genocide, fraud, racketeering, sabotage, poisoning, arson, forgery, murder, hostage taking, robbery, smuggling and conspiracy, as well as describing methods for interrogating prisoners and adapting real-world small unit combat tactics for in-game use.
I recognize that the widget was intended as a fun quiz to drive traffic to a dating site, and my guess is that the keywords used to assign ratings probably included profanity, words related to reproductive or excretory processes, slang and other types of language typically avoided here. Apparently, the only offensive word I used from their list was “kill,” thereby earning myself the same rating as Sesame Street.
I’m tempted to write a stream of profanity now, just to skew the numbers.
In any event, I’d be interested to see how other RPG blogs fare with this rating system. If you have the time and inclination, please click on the black and white “G” Rating box in the upper right corner, submit your URL and let me know if they accurately rate your blog in a comment to this post.