Informed Consent (website)

Informed Consent (website)

Informed Consent or IC is a prominent UK-based website aimed at the BDSM and Fetish scenes in the UK, located at []

IC was started by Tanos at the end of 1997"Informed Consent: An interview with Tanos", "Midlands Fetish Scene", May 2005, pp18-19] ,originally as UKBDSM and then changing its name to Informed Consent in the spring of 1998. During 1998, IC's main content was the events list which Tanos maintained for the uk.people.bdsm newsgroup, and a directory of UK BDSM websites and shops. In late 1999, IC moved to a portal format, with free memberships which allowed users to maintain entries in the listings and display a profile and personal ad. [ IC: Ten Years On.] Retrieved 2008-09-09]

IC experimented with various mailing lists and web board formats during 1998-2000, but during 2001-2005, the main place for members' writing was a weblogs system, supplemented by mailing lists.

At the start of 2005, IC relaunched with a new page design, and a total rewrite of the underlying software. The new 'IC.2' system included web boards, an option to have discussions following weblog posts, and the ability to search the personal ads and listings via UK postcode and distance. A social networking feature was also added, which allowed members to list people they know, and this provided a quick way of assessing someone's area of involvement in the scene, and to discover mutual friends that might be able to vouch for the member. At the end of 2005, instant messages and chat rooms were added, using an AJAX-based system developed specifically for IC.

By mid-2008, the site had reached over 125,000 members [ [ Statistics on main page.] Retrieved 2008-09-09.] .

In October 2007, a National Fetish Day was proposed [ [ National Fetish Day discussion] Retrieved on 2008-9-9] and organised via the site's BDSM Activism web board. The event took place on 21 January 2008and was widely publicised in the UK news media.

On 1st April 2008, over 100,000 pictures on the site were temporarily replaced by a photograph of
Gordon Brown as a protest against the UK's extreme pornography bill [ [ "Extreme porn bill gets final reading"] , The Register, 8th May 2008] .


External links

* [ Informed Consent website]

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