pecinko Wrote:Why are you affraid of profiles? Using those your kid wouldn't even know there's Aliens movie in your library. Furthermore, what happens if you have per item lock and your kid select Alien movie? How kids friendly would it be to find him/herself in "enter your pin" dialog. It would be hit and miss scenario - is this mine to watch? No. This one? No. Finally found it this one!
Because profiles don't fit well for this particular usage. Profiles answer the problems of different skins or preferences. But this question is not about either of those. This is about being able to put a restriction on content based on information stored within the video database.
As it is I have a very convoluted means of managing family content versus all content. But even using profiles, this needs a better implementation. If each profile had ratings to be set for it, it would still be a vast improvement over the current setup. We have locks on sources requiring a password. How is that so significantly different than locking by MPAA rating or certification (select ... from movies where c12 not like 'Rated R%' and c12 not like 'Rated TV-MA%')? One new screen for the selection of controlled ratings (you could even pull the list from the db by selecting distinct values for the first two words) and a new predicate for queries as above. The only slightly irritating thing is dealing with PG and PG-13 based on syntax.