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Work safe

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:03 pm UTC
by UltramaticOrange
At the risk of a flood of people saying, "well, just read it at home, then." I thought I'd suggest a "work.xkcd.com" sub-domain (and/or SSL) for those of use who read XKCD at work and don't want to get XKCD blocked by a corporate firewall only to find themselves facing management answering questions like, "What, exactly, are those stick figures doing?" shortly after said blocking occurs.

Re: Work safe

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:21 pm UTC
by MFHodge
So you would like someone to reveiw all xkcd content, determine what portion of the content is safe for your particular work place, and set it up on a different sub domain? I guess all the comics that say "fuck" would be out, but what about the ones that say "ass". What if a comic features a non-sexual nude stick figure? Is that safe? Do you want the forums on work.xkcd.com, or just the comic?

In summary:
  • Creating a new sub-domain would be a lot of effort for a small audience.
  • Tagging some things as work-safe implies that there is a universal standard, which there isn't.
  • If you work somewhere that would be offended by a drawing of two stick figures in bed, you shouldn't be on the internet at work.
  • No.

Re: Work safe

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:24 pm UTC
by hyperion
Well, just read it at home, then.

Are you seriously asking for a work safe version of every comic? This would sound ludicrous with any webcomic, but this one?

Re: Work safe

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
by UltramaticOrange
MFHodge wrote:So you would like someone to reveiw all xkcd content, determine what portion of the content is safe for your particular work place, and set it up on a different sub domain? I guess all the comics that say "fuck" would be out, but what about the ones that say "ass". What if a comic features a non-sexual nude stick figure? Is that safe? Do you want the forums on work.xkcd.com, or just the comic?

In summary:
  • Creating a new sub-domain would be a lot of effort for a small audience.
  • Tagging some things as work-safe implies that there is a universal standard, which there isn't.
  • If you work somewhere that would be offended by a drawing of two stick figures in bed, you shouldn't be on the internet at work.
  • No.


Yea, I hadn't thought of all the work involved with creating data for the backlog of comics. Good point.

Re: Work safe

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:37 am UTC
by mosc
a work friendly version would have no banner at the top (XKCD picture) and no avatars. Just saying...

also putting all images in some kind of expandable tags rather than just shown would also be more work friendly

Re: Work safe

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:32 am UTC
by MFHodge
All of those could be accomplished with a phpBB style. If you find one that you think would be a good addition to the boards, give us a link and we will have a look.

Re: Work safe

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:10 am UTC
by jyripyy
mosc wrote:a work friendly version would have no banner at the top (XKCD picture) and no avatars. Just saying...

also putting all images in some kind of expandable tags rather than just shown would also be more work friendly

Most of that could be done with the UCP (Board Preferences->Display options). I just tested setting "Display images within posts" to "No". It replaces images with links, which isn't exactly what you wanted, but still something. I think that the other settings are self-explanatory.
The xkcd logo can't be removed using the user control panel, though.

Re: Work safe

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:16 pm UTC
by mosc
of course I don't ONLY view from work though so It'd be nice if it were easy to switch back and forth IE: a style.