Posted by: pulse
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Date: December 03, 2004 05:05AM
It's a simple problem of logistics. As DarkKlown pointed out, we've got around 6.6 million image views and less than half a million votes. That means for every 15.4 image views, somebody casts a vote. How many do you think will even bother to do that if they have to select 2 options to do so? The classification system would have to go further than that though.
What about image comments? At the time of writing, there are 18,758 image comments on this site, as well as the 5,144 images and 650 forum posts. Just because a picture is rated "G" doesn't mean the comments under it are. So now, we need people to classify each comment as well as the image. That's over 24,000 things to classify RIGHT NOW. Tomorrow it'll be 24,500. And so on. It'd be hard enough to get people to vote on a classification for an image, let alone for every single image comment as well. Because the users aren't ever going to bother to classify things to that extent, the job falls back on us.
There are 3 people who run this site, and we probably spend similar amounts of time on it despite performing fairly different roles. I think every single one of us could say we've spent between 10 and 30 hours a week on it. That's on top of full time jobs. This is not our job, it's a hobby, we do not get paid for this. Currently this site costs in excess of $3000 USD a year to run, and that number is only rising. We can't put any more time or effort into the site than we already do, we do have lives, it's simply not practical.
This means we'd need to look at automated systems such as credit card verification. Such systems as I mentioned earlier run into several thousand dollars per year, and I pay enough to run the site as it is.
Are you going to spend the additional 30+ hours a week it'd require to classify everything on the site? Or donate to us a few thousand dollars to run it? For some reason, I doubt it. Quite simply, without some solid suggestions on how this might be achieved, it's not even an option we can consider.
What would Jesus do? Well, frankly that's his problem and not mine. Don't turn this into a religious debate, it just won't work.