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January 10th, 2008

1:17 AM

Under-18 Only, Please

I'm slow, I know, but I just only realized how many romance-related sites out there have a gateway page telling people to bug off to Google or something if they are under 18.

I know some websites put up such pages to cover their rear ends, but I also know that were I under 18, that kind of warning page is not going to stop me from clicking on the "enter" link. Won't it be better to get some kind of rating from ICRA or something because I understand such a certification will ensure that the filters in schools, et cetera, will act accordingly and make sure no kiddies will read the charming sex scenes written by someone who may very well be their mother or teacher? That is the purpose of those gateway pages, right?

And while I'm at it, what is the purpose of slapping a picture of a half-naked couple in torrid embrace on a gateway page designed to warn kiddies away from the website? That kind of picture acts as an enticement to click enter, don't you think, and therefore defeats the purpose of such a page?

Before you ask, no, I'm not putting a "Get lost, kiddies!" page on any part of my website. I did it the last time but that's because my web hosting provider insisted, heh, and my current one hasn't asked me to. After all, I'm not going to waste my time. Kiddies ain't stopping even if I tell them to.

3 comment(s).

Posted by Shiloh Walker:

Mainly because I never thought of it. I have a 'warning' up, only recently added a warning page, though. Now I'm going to have to check out the rating thing.
January 10th, 2008 @ 6:01 AM

Posted by Jules Jones:

My gateway page is there so that people who don't want to look at pages with naughty stuff can click away before they see anything more exciting than the thumbnails of my latest cover art (and my cover art is mostly not that exciting at thumbnail size). But I was thinking of adults as much as the kiddies. Som eof the people who regularly read my site on their home computer might not want to read it at work. :-)
January 10th, 2008 @ 7:38 PM

Posted by sallahdog:

ok, this is a teeny bit off topic but since you have mentioned you like reading LKHs blogs (because of their general bugnutness)...she has posted that she has named the next Merry book.... Get ready.... Swallowing Darkness....

I figure it won't be long till she names a book, " Going down on Kitto."

and to bring it on topic, the books will sell in plain brown wrappers with over 18 only signs on them....
January 11th, 2008 @ 2:00 AM