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Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 11:03:31 MST Print View

fe·ces is profanity? (your auto censor wouldn't publish a post with this word in it). Not according to my dictionary.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 11:13:47 MST Print View

One word for the moderators: silly.

But the English language is rich. Try using scat or dung instead.

Edited by ben2world on 12/28/2008 11:14:29 MST.

Blue _
(lrmblue) - MLife

Locale: Northeast (New England)
Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 12:13:48 MST Print View

Good point, Ben. Maybe there's a need for a wiki-type thesaurus page for people who need to look up precise/useful synonyms for banned words. I've noticed that "frig," "friggin'," and "frigging" all get through--but "fe*es" won't. Sometimes the best response to excessive censorship is to circumvent the ignorant censor ;-}.

LIBERTAS+PAX PACIS

Edited by lrmblue on 12/28/2008 12:31:43 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 12:39:44 MST Print View

Gear whor and gear sluut are both precise terms frequently used on backpacking forums -- but can't be used here. Methinks the immature moderators still haven't outgrown their hangup's from childhood.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 13:39:29 MST Print View

Hey guys, it's not my doing!

As far as I know, the system simply uses a filter package which came with the system software. No custom dictionaries used, no human intervention, at all.

Low on the list of priorities right now however ...

Cheers

Blue _
(lrmblue) - MLife

Locale: Northeast (New England)
Re: Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 14:17:33 MST Print View

Benjamin T Wrote: “Gear whor and gear sluut are both precise terms frequently used on backpacking forums -- but can't be used here. Methinks the immature moderators still haven't outgrown their hangup's from childhood.”

Personally, I guess, I find some of the terms such as “gear whor” and “gear sluut” a bit disconcerting, largely because of their connotative associations with sexist valuations and posturings. As a writer, I would be the last to suggest that words are inherently neutral. Nevertheless, I also find it disturbing that some people imagine that words have almost magical powers to create realities. I found it outrageously funny when a (very linguistically conservative) buddy of mine told me he had spent all afternoon “frigging around with his gear.” Granted, the word has been slowly drifting from its original meaning for the last few decades—but, as an intensifier, the word frig is still much closer to its original meaning than a word like “f**k”. What really bothers me, though, is when ignorant programmers fashion silly programs that inhibit the free and accurate sharing of information. Two years ago I taught at a religiously conservative college that wouldn’t allow me to search the internet for “Wessex Anglo Saxon Manuscripts”. Of course, "Wessex" was one of the problems—but it turned out that the other problem was “manuscripts”.

Roger C. Wrote: “As far as I know, the system simply uses a filter package which came with the system software. No custom dictionaries used, no human intervention, at all.”
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It never occurred to me that you would personally be the censor, Roger--in fact, it is kind of amusing to imagine you scouring the site for dirty words :-0. Still, it would ideal if SOMEDAY the profanity filters could be more liberalized, the BPL definition of profanity clearly and obviously stated, and then perhaps people could simply report posts that seem to stray “too far” from the site’s rules of civility.

OK. Enough of this. My shift is about to end, and I’ve got to get home and figure out why my #@!!*+$ sewing machine keeps snarling up in spite of all attempts to adjust it.

LIBERTAS+PAX PACIS

Edited by lrmblue on 12/28/2008 14:20:11 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 14:28:37 MST Print View

Roger:

No, I did not assume it was your doing. But I did assume an automatic filter that is also customizable. I find it hard to believe that BPL's program filter isn't customizable.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 16:21:29 MST Print View

Hi
I got by using SOB - Son of Balrog? and had a lot of fun with that.

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
gotta "B" kiddin' on 12/28/2008 16:30:32 MST Print View

I couldn't write POOOP (with two O's)

I use the term POO-POO now, and I feel content...

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/28/2008 19:11:36 MST Print View

Hey Bill this is Balrog you can't pin it on me I barely knew the girl. As for beating the censors how 'bout Phil Ratio? Or is that going to far.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/30/2008 14:58:34 MST Print View

no human intervention, at all.

A recent scientific test (the G-Carlinean phenomenum) indicated that if there is in fact no human intervention then there is strong evidence that there are acts of God to maintain forum cleanliness.

Amen!

: )

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/30/2008 20:23:30 MST Print View

no human intervention, at all

Well, 'no human intervention' managed to take down my SNAFU post. That was silly.

You think these BPL folks can make themselves just a bit more useful by answering my question HERE instead?

Edited by ben2world on 12/30/2008 20:27:56 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Re: You've got to be kidding! on 12/31/2008 00:02:40 MST Print View

Ben

John Shannon answered your question days ago. Scroll up in the other thread and see what he wrote.

Cheers