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Porn rules the Web

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:44 pm
by Deborah S.
A new study from [url= t=_self]Optenet[/url], shows that pornography makes up 37% of the total number of web pages online. Adult content as well as illegal content such as child pornography and illegal drug purchase has increased by 17% in Q1 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. This is significant growth, and as Steve Lightspeed's message in the [url= t=_self]WOT blog[/url] informs us, a big part of it comes from those with shady business practices.

The WOT community boosts trust across the whole web, mainstream and otherwise, and we play an increasingly influential role in helping to wipe out cyber-scams and rip-offs. Keep up the excellent work!

Please join the ongoing conversation about this subject on the [url= t=_self]WOT Facebook page[/url] , the blog or add your comments below.

Porn has a stigma

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:21 pm
by Guest
@ Deb,

We have a person who focuses on Canadian Pharmacies (g7w), and a person who focuses on Employment scams (Difrawi), and a person who focuses on Fake Brand Names (shazza), and I myself focus on exposing Rogues (though Frank J. does it more often on his Techjaws site), but I'm not so sure we'll ever have a person who will focus on porn sites.

My suspicion is that it is partly because nobody wants to be known as "the WOT person who focuses on Porn". (I know I myself would rather not have that reputation). Porn, no matter what the reason for visiting the sites, has a certain stigma associated with that word. To be the "WOT person who focuses on Porn" would likely get you viewed as a "pervert".

Granted, visiting those sites for purposes of rating, which has been done with lists by some members now and then, is certainly justified, but the unavoidable human nature response if someone focused on that would be "pervert".

Now I'm not saying anyone needs to focus on these things, and they do get "exposed" (geezzz, there's a pun) in lists every so often, but I really doubt we're ever going to have somebody in the community known as the "Porn King/Queen". (BTW, I haven't seen a "porn" list recently.)


Porn is a lot less fun when

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:41 pm
by ░▒▓█
Porn is a lot less fun when it is work! But porn sites are often very dangerous, though there are some that are very safe. A positive rating for a site's safety can be just as useful as a negative one for a bad site I think.


Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:48 pm
by giedrius
That reminds me of one guy that was hunting parasites for his testbeds in one security company... he had shown some things he is exposed to, like zoophilia ... A bit creepy.

Overall, I think it would be a good idea that WOT would import site's adult filter ratings into childhood safety field (i.e. would work like Cyber Nanny).

Oh, and also it would be great if WOT would write if the site Confirms to these adult markup standards.

"37% of the total number of web pages online"..?

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:56 pm
by phantazm
Good grief! I hadn't imagined the number was that high; more than 1/3..!

If that goes on I guess that "WWW" will soon be replaced by "XXX"... ;-)

Joke aside, I wonder how many of these sites are long lasting - versus the usual scam sites that may not even live a full week..?

EDIT: I just noticed that the OP mentioned "web pages", not "web sites". This difference may be unimportant though...


Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:11 am
by c۞g
on the [url= t=_self]Blog Topic[/url]

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Thank you all
- G7W

Thanks for the link

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:17 am
by phantazm
However, now I'm a bit confused:

The blog post starts like this: "Adult entertainment websites (often referred to as porn) account for 12% of the total number of web pages on the Internet "

While this threaf starts like this: "A new study from Optenet, shows that pornography makes up 37% of the total number of web pages online"

What's the real number: 12% or 37%..?

Confusing numbers

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:05 am
by Deborah S.
Yes, I know. The numbers are differing, but either way, it's still significant. If I find something more precise, I'll pass it on.

I would guess remaining 25%

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:02 pm
by giedrius
I would guess remaining 25% are adult content on non-adult entertainment websites.

number of porn sites

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:34 pm
by Deborah S.
I just read another statistic about the [url= t=_self] number of porn sites[/url] on the web, this one from Stuart Lawley, president of ICM Registry, as he was talking about the new .xxx domain controversy. He says according to his research, there are about 5 or 6 million adult sites on the Internet.