18+ Filter on Culture Colony
3rd May 2012
The 18+ filter has now been applied to the Culture Colony web site. Members can now mark a photo / video as 18+ content if necessary. Any member who either hasn't entered their date of birth into their profile, or if they are not old enough, they will not be able to view the content. You will now notice that a new information window has appeared on members 'edit profile' where the date of birth can be entered. We strongly recommend that you go to your 'edit profile' settings and enter your date of birth. Rest assured, this information will not appear on your profile for others to see and work out how old you really are, nor will the information be sold on to third parties only interested in sending you spam about wrinkle cream (like other well known blog and networking sites that I need not mention here).
We do not wish to censor our members content, Culture Colony strongly supports the right for any member to upload the content that they feel satisfactorily represents their work. As life itself isn't always pretty we don't expect artists to upload uniformly beautiful content. However, Culture Colony Administrator will remove material that is insulting, encourages hate or infringes our rules specified in Culture Colony's terms & conditions. The Administrator will also retrospectively apply the 18+ filter on content already uploaded to Culture Colony and we will also apply the 18+ filter on recently uploaded content where the uploader has not applied the filter themselves but Culture Colony Administrator decides that the filter is necessary.
The 18+ filter has now opened up the potential for schools and other art classes to benefit from most of the content uploaded to Culture Colony by its membership.
We hope to facilitate this by creating a new initiative called 'Engage - Add to Education, Atodi at Addysg'.
Culture Colony has already been approached by art teachers who have identified the great diversity of creative content on Culture Colony as a potential teaching aid that can be used in the classroom.
Building on the informal discussions with a number of teachers from around Wales we will now develop 'Engage'. We hope that this initiative will also bring opportunities for practising artists who are subscribing members of Culture Colony. The idea that is emerging is to invite members to put themselves forward as 'virtual artists in residence'. This 'residency' could involve interaction between artists and pupils studying art in secondary schools around Wales through the Culture Colony web site.
Culture Colony is actively looking for sponsors to help fund the 'Engage' initiative. However, if you are a member of Culture Colony and a practising artist with an interest in this idea, we would like to encourage you to contact us by messaging Culture Colony through the internal messaging system on the web site and help us develop this project for schools. Indeed, if you are a potential sponsor then we are very interested in discussing your involvement.
There will be news about 'Engage' as the ideas develop into proposals and you can follow it here on Culture Colony or through the bi-weekly Colony Newsletter - The Pioneer.