..and people complain about our swear filter...

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..and people complain about our swear filter...

Post by Rizzo » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:04 pm

The American Family Association gave a new twist to its Olympic coverage thanks to its strict policy to always replace the word “gay” with “homosexual” on the website of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow.

The group’s automated system ran a story about Tyson Gay qualifying for the Olympics, but as it changed the forbidden word, wound up publishing a story about “Tyson Homosexual”.

Fred Jackson, news director of OneNewsNow, said his organisation has now changed the software.

“We took the filter out for that word,” he said, without uttering the “G” word.

“We don’t object to the word ‘gay,’” Jackson explained, except “when it refers to people who practice a homosexual lifestyle.”

And the “G” word, he says, has “been co-opted by a particular group of people.” (People who are g-a-y.)

Tyson finished fourth in the 100m final last night behind Olympic record holder Usain Bolt.

The OneNewsNow site also worked its magic in a story about NBA player Rudy Gay: “Memphis Grizzlies backers hit the hay hoping that Kevin Love would open things up for Rudy Homosexual in the frontcourt.”
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Re: ..and people complain about our swear filter...

Post by Brianf » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:42 am

...I would respond to this...However, I fear that the swear filter would go into overdrive! Long live the land of the free!!!

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Post by cornish tigress » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:13 am

That's brilliant! Very funny.
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Post by fleabane » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:49 pm

I have a colleague who lives in Scunthorpe who has great difficulty getting past some filters when typing in his address, particularly when buying online from American based or owned businesses.
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Post by Kinoulton » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:01 pm

It's another example of people who are there to do a job, not doing it. If your job is to broadcast to millions of people by some media then get it right and don't trust a computer.

Few people outside of dressage have noticed, but one of the British medalists was repeatedly depicted across newspapers and TV screens with the wrong photograph.
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Post by Hull Fan » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:08 pm

Kinoulton wrote:It's another example of people who are there to do a job, not doing it. If your job is to broadcast to millions of people by some media then get it right and don't trust a computer.

Few people outside of dressage have noticed, but one of the British medalists was repeatedly depicted across newspapers and TV screens with the wrong photograph.
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Post by Kinoulton » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:21 pm

Oooo no. She's a lovely girl!

But swear filters are pointless.

I could (but I won't) write an extraordinarily pornographic story on here without using ant swear words or asterisks. And the swear filter wouldn't catch it.

Obnoxious human posters should be banned by moderators.

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Post by Bill W (2) » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:02 pm

Kinoulton wrote:If I get told off by Rizzo then it stings like a thousand bees. .
A firkin of bees even, or maybe hornets!!

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Post by Kinoulton » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:35 am

It's got to that stupid point where an email has gone furiously viral because it has a picture of Tyson Gay crossing the finishing line with his arms outstretched and the word "Gay" showing proudly on his running vest.

For Heaven's sake, it's just a word.
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Post by Bill W (2) » Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:54 pm

I am reminded of the film "An officer and a gentleman" where the phrase "steers and queers" was subtituted by "strays and gays".

Why was one acceptable and the other not?
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Post by Kinoulton » Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:37 pm

I was humbled to be taught English by a very good author called Stanley Middleton and he was furious (this was in the 60s) that he was told to change Shakespeare's "where the bee sucks, there suck I" to "where the bee lurks there lurk I".

Do these people think we're all giggling simpletons?
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Post by DickyP » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:45 am

Swear filters are much better than a few years back when my daughter couldn't look up where she was born as the school's filters wouldn't allow the name 'Scunthorpe'!
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Post by BJ. » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:18 pm

Earlier today I posted a comment on the Derby Telegraph site and used the word 'encumbrance'. It came back as en***brance! I then tried cucumber and Scunthorpe and it accepted both of them!

Here's a link to it.
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Re: ..and people complain about our swear filter...

Post by Rizzo » Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:48 pm

Set up in an odd way, BJ - most local paper sites are set up a bit strangely in my opinion!

My daughter's friend was looking for a copy of a narrative poem by Shakespeare for study. Several places prevented her asking for a copy of "The Rape of Lucrece".
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Re: ..and people complain about our swear filter...

Post by CJ » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:58 pm

I remember an environmental report for a county council in the east of England which was 'undeliverable', to the Director of Environment, blocked by their filter. No-one could work out why for ages but eventually we realised it mentioned blue tits.

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