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Method for Collaborative Image Rating System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000168616D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Mar-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Assuming a header-based image rating format exists, it is difficult to proliferate such a standard to all images on the internet from a central source. Solutions exist today to combat search engine results of porn images. We are not suggesting results returned not include porn images but rather that the browser doesn't display images based on the safety level set on the users profile. In short peer to peer file sharing programs currently exist. Additionally, peer rating and sharing systems are beginning to thrive. Sites such as YouTube are excellent examples of how a picture peer review system could thrive. It is important to note that we are doing more than just suggesting a peer review system for displaying images. We are taking it a step further to help to take some of the pressure off of parents when it comes to inappropriate contact for their children. Disclosed is a system that allows for peer-to-peer voting to take place in order to rate an image. A user can voluntarily submit a rating for an image they encounter on the internet. The actual ratings reside on a server other than the web server hosting the page with the image.

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Method for Collaborative Image Rating System

To illustrates how the system works consider a scenario where Alice is the parent of Janet, who is 10 years old, and Bob is the web administrator of an art website. Some of the images on Bob's website are inappropriate for minors.

Alice is browsing and comes upon the website that has a nude painting at the URL As the page is rendered, the web browser goes to a central ratings repository (which is on a different server from Bob's site) and looks for rating information using the complete image URL as a key. No rating information is found, so as a secondary source of rating information, the browser inspects the image header of the PNG file looking for rating information. It finds that it has been marked for the general public. Thus, when the page is rendered, Alice sees a little green G at the bottom right of the image indicating that the image is rated for the general public. Alice does not agree with this rating, so she clicks on the little icon and selects "submit rating." She votes for an R rating which is sent to the central server.

Upon receiving Alice's vote, the central server sends Bob an email with instructions on how to update his image with the appropriate rating. Bob receives this email which contains a link to an ATOM feed. He configures his web server to connect to this feed to receive updates. The information in the feed instruc...