Re: What's with the mature content?
I do think it's wise to have an option on the Chumby Website, for new members to input an age... and if they're under 13, to only display a select set of widgets, versus if they're older than 13. 2 distinct user-pools, problem is solved.
Please don't display "Mature Content" messages, or any of that crap, however. Parents like that stuff, educators like that stuff, and single/creative grownups DETEST that stuff.
iBrent's point *is* valid however, in that Chumby as a device marketed to adults... is a great market in California and maybe NYC (domestically), but not really anywhere else. California's Web 2.0 bubble is hugely deceiving with regards to market potential elsewhere in the United States. I'm a designer in San Francisco, and loooove Hello Kitty, and am 33... and among my peers, I'm normal. Anywhere else in the country, and I'm a weirdo. This is a huge blind-spot with many Web 2.0 companies, and I hope a blind-spot that Chumby Industries doesn't fall victim to... but conversely, also doesn't over-compensate for.
If it's done intelligently, pooling widget-content seperately for kids and grownups could be done very simply from the end of Chumby Industries. I used to work for 2 of the hyooooge internet giants, and they did the most convoluded/over-intricate jobs of managing "family friendliness" with their site access. Totally over the top and not necessary. Do it please, but Keep It Simple Stupid.