Best f**king censorship ever

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  • James R. Twine 2008-04-28 10:02
    What message?
  • A Nonny Mouse 2008-04-28 10:03
    the real wt* is that the f-ck's seem to gather weighting the more times they are used :-\
  • NaN 2008-04-28 10:04
    So he really did sent an email with fuck, shit and bugger?

    Plus, if he typed the email out himself and sent it, there is no WTF with him being told which words to change, he can't be offended, he is the one that said it!
  • NaN 2008-04-28 10:05
    Edit: (Not Really) If the person he sent it to got an email with "Your not getting an email today because it said "fuck, shit and bugger", that would be a WTF.
  • NaN 2008-04-28 10:06
    NaN:
    Edit: (Not Really) If the person he sent it to got an email with "Your not getting an email today because it said "fuck, shit and bugger", that would be a WTF.


    Damnit, she did.
  • tray 2008-04-28 10:14
    Wow. Didn't know that an extensive f-ck* was worth 6 basic ones.
  • brazzy 2008-04-28 10:16
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".


  • drx 2008-04-28 10:17
    TRWTF is that you censored "fuck" and "shit" in an article bashing censorship. *palm to face*

    Swearword censorship is really fucking annoying.
  • Custodis 2008-04-28 10:24
    Another WTF is someone not realizing tongue in cheek humor.
  • BobB 2008-04-28 10:25
    Not sure this still holds true, but if you play WoW (and who doesn't? *twitch*), if you've the filter turned on it will catch the word Nigeria. I think the same holds true for HellGate as well. All this filtering gets annoying at times. One game I used to play would substitute common words. That was a hoot tho. Suddenly your barrage of poorly thought out insults becomes: You tentpole! I'm gonna duck you goat man!

    Captcha: verto - Patron Saint of Vertigo
  • rc_pinchey 2008-04-28 10:28
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".

    I hate to shatter your illusions, but she's based in the UK. It turns out stupidity is global...
  • shadowman 2008-04-28 10:29
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".




    What makes you think this happened in America? I'd be inclined to think it was somewhere else, since nobody thinks "bugger" is a curse word in the US.
  • JonC 2008-04-28 10:35
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".




    Most of my friends work email addresses have language based filtering here in the UK.
    I don't think this is a US specific thing.
  • NetIQ: Under 70 (Definite feeble-mindedness) 2008-04-28 10:36
    Corporate email protocol has changed so much over the last few years, and I would now never even think of using dubious language on the company network.

    However, about six or seven years ago, my large multinational company merged with our major competitor, and the DoJ lawyers came in to check for evidence of anticompetitive behavior. This included searching everyone's email for evidence of collusion or price-fixing, searching for incriminating phrases like "crush the competition" and "together we will rule the world, muhahaha".

    One of my staff had to install the text-mining software to perform these checks, and had to go through a fairly extensive process to ensure it was working correctly across all our email servers. After a couple of days, he gleefully reported back to me that the person that had used the word "f*ck" in emails more than anyone else in our 15,000 person company was, err, me.
  • Huh 2008-04-28 10:43
    This filter makes things worse. All you know is that somebody has possibly been insulting you heavily and then you have to call them up to beg for them to repeat the tirade again...
  • biziclop 2008-04-28 10:43
    There are three English football teams that always fall victim to overzealous censorship: Arsenal, Scunthorpe and Manchester Fucking United.
  • wund3rkind 2008-04-28 10:43
    This reminds me of the story where stocks of a German Company called "FAG Kugelfischer" could not be traded for a day at the NYSE after they turned on a swear word filter in their trading system.
    I don't know whether the use of "fag" as a swearword has increased at the NYSE since...
  • dag 2008-04-28 10:45
    Wrong! Have you ever heard of Scunthorpe? Did the wondrous wtf that the City Council stopped getting any email at all after installing a naughty word filter, completely pass you by?
  • FredSaw 2008-04-28 10:47
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".
    Meanwhile, the UKers still haven't figured out how to spell "booger".
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-28 10:47
    BobB:
    You tentpole! I'm gonna duck you goat man!
    That reminds me of Grillo's unpublished novel "Stick Your Swollen Business Card Into My Wet Thermostat!" His site's hosed, so I'll just reproduce it here. Or use archive.org.
    "He laughed at my Grillo cake and rubbed against my Sinatra. He told me to unbutton & unzip his ape suit. I did and pulled out his wallet as he instructed. It was as firm as a post office and hot as a jewel case.

    We sat in the mashed potatoes for a while, my hand stroking his accordion or rubbing my shoe polish under the table whichever he commanded. I grabbed his insurance policy as we headed for the elevators. He had a nice flintstone! His hands worked quickly unbuttoning my car and caressing my luggage. I felt his wheat gluten running down my birdcage as he rhythmically manipulated my civil rights. I felt as if my soybean would explode! He began to suck on my car keys and I watched his eyes roll up in his head as he reached Illinois. Within seconds, I was covered in binoculars."
  • pelle 2008-04-28 10:48
    And shouldn't you be reading the angry feedback you get from your customers anyway? It doesn't make things better to ignore them...
  • biziclop 2008-04-28 10:50
    dag:
    Wrong! Have you ever heard of Scunthorpe? Did the wondrous wtf that the City Council stopped getting any email at all after installing a naughty word filter, completely pass you by?


    That's a good one but why am I wrong?

    Anyway, there are many regexp-based "child protection" programs happily used by parents who are understandably worried but are absolutely clueless. Their children will never learn too much geography online, definitely not anything that relates to Essex, Sussex or extra-naughty Middlesex.
  • Former Jr. Programmer 2008-04-28 10:53
    You could always abuse the word "frack" like BSG appears to be doing this season.

    Seriously, what the frack was that whole dialogs, Kara?
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-28 11:01
    Former Jr. Programmer:
    You could always abuse the word "frack" like BSG appears to be doing this season.
    Or take advantage of the fact that many words remain instantly readable after randomly anagramming all but the first and last letters. See for yourself: G-FCUK
  • ricecake 2008-04-28 11:03
    On one forum I visit, they temporarily (no longer in place) replaced the word 'gay' with 'jovial', and 'fag' with 'delightful fellow'.
  • NaN 2008-04-28 11:07
    ricecake:
    On one forum I visit, they temporarily (no longer in place) replaced the word 'gay' with 'jovial', and 'fag' with 'delightful fellow'.


    That is all well and good, until you smoke the delightful fellow.

    (I'm British, fag isn't a swear word, it's just not PC to smoke anymore)
  • biziclop 2008-04-28 11:15
    Former Jr. Programmer:
    You could always abuse the word "frack" like BSG appears to be doing this season.

    Seriously, what the frack was that whole dialogs, Kara?


    http://www.engrish.com/detail.php?imagename=fack.jpg&category=buildings&date=2000-08-29
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  • Resolute 2008-04-28 11:26
    My company's spam filter has been the cause of epic failures for as long as I've been here.

    My personal favourite is that the word "canuck" would cause an email to bounce as it was considered "derogatory and bigoted slang." I've yet to meet a single Canadian who considers it derogatory... especially when I was referring to the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

  • ambrosen 2008-04-28 11:27
    FredSaw:
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".
    Meanwhile, the UKers still haven't figured out how to spell "booger".
    Who's confusing sodomy and nose-picking here?
  • T604 2008-04-28 11:30
    When I email my brother at his work (rural county ohio government job). I can't use his full name b/c it triggers the filter. Same problem won't let me sign up on facebook.
  • BobB 2008-04-28 11:36
    ambrosen:
    Who's confusing sodomy and nose-picking here?


    Yeah, one is vulgar and a disgusting abomination! The other is just getting nailed in the butt... *hide*
  • Scott 2008-04-28 11:37
    This filter makes things worse. All you know is that somebody has possibly been insulting you heavily and then you have to call them up to beg for them to repeat the tirade again...

    No, in the server message it states:

    Please reply with history to uspostmaster@[removed].com if you would like this message released.

    So all you would have to do is reply with history and then you get the message, no need to have your sender beat you down again with all those swears. :)
  • Nutmeg Programmer 2008-04-28 11:41
    If my wife mentions ANY product name in an email, it ends up in my Outlook Junk mail folder where I fail to notice it.
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-28 11:42
    T604:
    Same problem won't let me sign up on facebook.
    Facebook wouldn't let me sign up either, not until I sent them emails convincing them that this really is my name. It was annoying, sure, but after seeing all the users named Gothic Kitty, I can understand.
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-28 11:43
    Nutmeg Programmer:
    If my wife mentions ANY product name in an email, it ends up in my Outlook Junk mail folder where I fail to notice it.
    I used to hate Outlook, but now I'm not so sure. Anything that gives one a legitimate excuse to ignore one's wife can't be all that bad.
  • Matt 2008-04-28 11:45
    NaN:
    ricecake:
    On one forum I visit, they temporarily (no longer in place) replaced the word 'gay' with 'jovial', and 'fag' with 'delightful fellow'.


    That is all well and good, until you smoke the delightful fellow.

    (I'm British, fag isn't a swear word, it's just not PC to smoke anymore)


    If you were a fag you probably would like smoking a delightful fellow. (Oh no he di'int).
  • Martin 2008-04-28 11:45
    So, it is from a company in the UK. Obviously not Gordan Fucking Ramsay's.

  • bramster 2008-04-28 11:47
    Andy Goth:
    Former Jr. Programmer:
    You could always abuse the word "frack" like BSG appears to be doing this season.
    Or take advantage of the fact that many words remain instantly readable after randomly anagramming all but the first and last letters. See for yourself: G-FCUK


    And, being a Pitts Special, it can do it frontwards, upside down, and sideways. Whooohoooo
  • NaN 2008-04-28 11:51
    Andy Goth:
    Nutmeg Programmer:
    If my wife mentions ANY product name in an email, it ends up in my Outlook Junk mail folder where I fail to notice it.
    I used to hate Outlook, but now I'm not so sure. Anything that gives one a legitimate excuse to ignore one's wife can't be all that bad.


    Pls send codes
  • J 2008-04-28 11:53
    I worked with a client that hired an employee that had all of his emails blocked for some time b/c his name was Dick.
  • pwenzel 2008-04-28 11:54
    Back in the day, when I was a Eudora Mail user, I always injected foul language in my messages to boost my chili pepper rating (Moodwatch). Looking back, I kind of miss that feature. Good times.
  • Mosh 2008-04-28 12:00
    A friend of mine had a very similar system with his work's email. It didn't just list the words you'd used, but a variety that you could have. I don't have an exact quote, but it was along the lines of:

    "Your email contained on or more of the following words: c*nt, f*ck, cr*p, b*oo*cks, p*ssy, c*ck...." You get the idea. Only without the asterisks.

    They changed it when one of the staff members complained that his daughter had received the profane warning. His young daughter had emailed him to say that the cat was ill and that mummy was taking her to the vet.

    Only she didn't use the word "cat"...
  • Mosh 2008-04-28 12:02
    Oh, and there's a theme park in the UK called Lightwater Valley. One of the bulletin boards I posted on wouldn't let us organise a trip there as all our posts bounced until we started spelling it Light Water Valley.

    I'll leave it for the observant amongst you to figure out the problem. Took us a while.
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-28 12:04
    Mosh:
    "Your email contained on or more of the following words: c*nt, f*ck, cr*p, b*oo*cks, p*ssy, c*ck...." You get the idea. Only without the asterisks.
    Surely you mean b*ll*cks?
  • cellocgw 2008-04-28 12:11
    "...We were doing well until I made the mistake of referring to their center iceman as 'that Fucking Canuck.' A few minutes later (we're in the middle of a brawl,here) I was escorted off the ice for a 5-minute major penalty...."

    Name the narrator and/or the book :-)
  • Translation 2008-04-28 12:13
    Mosh:
    Oh, and there's a theme park in the UK called Lightwater Valley. One of the bulletin boards I posted on wouldn't let us organise a trip there as all our posts bounced until we started spelling it Light Water Valley.

    I'll leave it for the observant amongst you to figure out the problem. Took us a while.


    And for those not from the UK but may or may not be observant, he is referring to tw*t...
  • Alan 2008-04-28 12:15
    Andy Goth:
    Mosh:
    "Your email contained on or more of the following words: c*nt, f*ck, cr*p, b*oo*cks, p*ssy, c*ck...." You get the idea. Only without the asterisks.
    Surely you mean b*ll*cks?


    Well bloolcks to you.
  • TadGhostal 2008-04-28 12:18
    Bottom line - *Never* keep emails. Once you can convince the powers that be that nothing good can come of saving old emails, your corporate lives will be so much better.

    I got that bit of info from our corporate attorney. Luckily, our "powers that be" agree.

    Email is not a file system, or a personal storage bin. If you need to save attachments, save them. If you need contact info, extract it out into your address book. If there's anything else you need to save from an email, CUT IT OUT and save it somewhere else. But for your own sake, DON'T KEEP your corporate email.

    Its almost impossible to use it in defense, but using it for incrimination? That's simple.

  • dag 2008-04-28 12:21
    biziclop:

    That's a good one but why am I wrong?

    I have no idea why you are wrong, unless you have an alter-ego called brazzy, who posted Comment number 191830, in which case, you are wrong for claiming that
    "Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered...", as there are plenty of examples of non-US naughty-word filters, and I'm sure the child-protection programs you mention are readily employed by non-US users.
  • GettinSadda 2008-04-28 12:22
    Mosh:
    "Your email contained on or more of the following words: c*nt, f*ck, cr*p, b*oo*cks, p*ssy, c*ck...." You get the idea. Only without the asterisks.


    Removing the asterisks makes it less readable!

    Mosh:
    "Your email contained on or more of the following words: cnt, fck, crp, boocks, pssy, cck...." You get the idea.
  • Bobbo 2008-04-28 12:39
    ambrosen:
    Who's confusing sodomy and nose-picking here?


    Ahh, that's why my handkerchiefs take so long to get clean!
  • LEGO 2008-04-28 12:40
    T604:
    When I email my brother at his work (rural county ohio government job). I can't use his full name b/c it triggers the filter. Same problem won't let me sign up on facebook.


    Fucking Asshole, is that you? Long time no see. How is the rest of the Asshole family?
  • AMerrickanGirl 2008-04-28 12:43
    "Script Offensive Language (Basic) Triggered in Body"

    Seems like the profanity filter and the IT community agree that Basic is an offensive language.

    [grin, duck, run ...]
  • GettinSadda 2008-04-28 12:45
    Bobbo:
    ambrosen:
    Who's confusing sodomy and nose-picking here?


    Ahh, that's why my handkerchiefs take so long to get clean!

    OK, so you now owe me a new keyboard and a replacement cup of coffee!

    In future please warn readers not to have a mouthful of drink at the top of such LOL-inducing posts
  • akatherder 2008-04-28 12:46
    A friend of mine was trying to developer some forum software with a filter for long swearwords (i.e. someone typing fuuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkkkkk). He only succeeded in matching any sentence that had the 4 letters in order and telling you that you typed the f-word.

    Frankly, I don't understand canadian kids.
  • ERTW 2008-04-28 12:50
    Former Jr. Programmer:
    You could always abuse the word "frack" like BSG appears to be doing this season.

    Seriously, what the frack was that whole dialogs, Kara?


    They've been using it all series, not just this season

    It's the same as how Farscape would use "Frell" (which doesnt have quite the same oomph as Frack)
  • SomeCoder 2008-04-28 13:00
    akatherder:
    A friend of mine was trying to developer some forum software with a filter for long swearwords (i.e. someone typing fuuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkkkkk). He only succeeded in matching any sentence that had the 4 letters in order and telling you that you typed the f-word.

    Frankly, I don't understand canadian kids.


    For that limited example, couldn't you just say f+u+c+k+ (with regular expressions) ?
  • Andrew 2008-04-28 13:03
    assassinate

    Sweet Double Word Score!!!!!!!!!!
  • joutsa 2008-04-28 13:09
    Am I the only one who first read the whole thing as "fsck, fsck, shutdown, debugger"?
  • operagost 2008-04-28 13:10
    TadGhostal:
    Email is not a file system, or a personal storage bin. If you need to save attachments, save them. If you need contact info, extract it out into your address book. If there's anything else you need to save from an email, CUT IT OUT and save it somewhere else. But for your own sake, DON'T KEEP your corporate email.

    Its almost impossible to use it in defense, but using it for incrimination? That's simple.


    Obviously, it would be good to use for incriminating someone else, then--- wouldn't it?

    More to the point, my company had a client attempt to get out of paying a bill by complaining that service was not delivered adequately. Fortunately, the project manager had copied his superior on all emails sent to the customer; this was used to prove that the PM had delivered the product and received a signoff from he customer.

    It's extra important to note that the PM had copied his superior to help preserve the emails in this case. You see, the customer had learned that the PM was recently deceased and this may have emboldened them to make such a false claim.
  • Al 2008-04-28 13:11
    Andrew:
    assassinate

    Sweet Double Word Score!!!!!!!!!!


    Or if you were playing Scattergories:

    Assassinating Assassine
  • Teh Irish Gril Riot 2008-04-28 13:12
    Mosh:
    Oh, and there's a theme park in the UK called Lightwater Valley. One of the bulletin boards I posted on wouldn't let us organise a trip there as all our posts bounced until we started spelling it Light Water Valley.

    I'll leave it for the observant amongst you to figure out the problem. Took us a while.


    How long is "a while?" Like, 10 seconds?
  • Mithrandir 2008-04-28 13:12
    Mosh:
    A friend of mine had a very similar system with his work's email. It didn't just list the words you'd used, but a variety that you could have. I don't have an exact quote, but it was along the lines of:

    "Your email contained on or more of the following words: c*nt, f*ck, cr*p, b*oo*cks, p*ssy, c*ck...." You get the idea. Only without the asterisks.

    They changed it when one of the staff members complained that his daughter had received the profane warning. His young daughter had emailed him to say that the cat was ill and that mummy was taking her to the vet.

    Only she didn't use the word "cat"...


    They didn't mention semprini?
  • rd 2008-04-28 13:26
    Just curious - does rc_pinchey work for the office of the Ohio Attorney General?
  • APH 2008-04-28 13:33
    Translation:
    Mosh:
    Oh, and there's a theme park in the UK called Lightwater Valley. One of the bulletin boards I posted on wouldn't let us organise a trip there as all our posts bounced until we started spelling it Light Water Valley.

    I'll leave it for the observant amongst you to figure out the problem. Took us a while.


    And for those not from the UK but may or may not be observant, he is referring to tw*t...
    And since when is calling someone a "twit" such a bad thing?

    ... oh, wrong vowel.
  • akatherder 2008-04-28 13:51
    SomeCoder:
    akatherder:
    A friend of mine was trying to developer some forum software with a filter for long swearwords (i.e. someone typing fuuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkkkkk). He only succeeded in matching any sentence that had the 4 letters in order and telling you that you typed the f-word.

    Frankly, I don't understand canadian kids.


    For that limited example, couldn't you just say f+u+c+k+ (with regular expressions) ?


    I think that's how it started out, but then people started putting hyphens and spaces in between the letters.
  • Crabs 2008-04-28 14:17
    This is easy enough to do.
    Algorithm:
    Find all repeating letters, replace them with the singular letter.
    Find all characters " ", "-", etc. that follow "words" that are not in your dictionary, replace them with empty string ("sh " replaced with "sh").
    Search for words in your expletive dictionary.

    This should find most everything.
  • jon 2008-04-28 14:22
    Why the f*ck is this a posting? Who gives a sh*t a developer did a good and thorough job. There is no reason to send an e-mail with any utterance of f*ck outside of the pornography industry. Go f*ck yourself whoever submitted this piece of sh*t excuse for a WT*.
  • Straight 2008-04-28 14:38
    I almost registered realfagstudent@hotmail.com a few years ago, until I noticed that it had a completely different meaning in English :-)

    "Realfag" is what we Norwegians call subjects like science, math etc. Since I was studying computer science, I thought "realfagstudent" was a nice name to have...
  • Jon W 2008-04-28 14:42
    The real WTF is that the OP used such tired language in his communication.
  • Mr 2008-04-28 14:43
    I don't understand why you Americans are so afraid of curse words. It's not like writing f*ck will change the meaning of it.

    I guess it is only expected from a country where porno movies of horses f*cking women is legal, but saying a curse word can get you fired.
  • NaN 2008-04-28 15:03
    Mr:
    I don't understand why you Americans are so afraid of curse words. It's not like writing f*ck will change the meaning of it.

    I guess it is only expected from a country where porno movies of horses f*cking women is legal, but saying a curse word can get you fired.


    Bestiality isn't legal, the post is from the UK judging from the other comments, where bestiality also isn't legal.

    It makes sense to disallow swearing in corporate emails. You wouldn't do it in a letter.

    Dear Mrs Smith,
    Although I do sympathize with your complaint but unfortunately, your a cunt.
  • Global Warmer 2008-04-28 15:07
    Translation:
    Mosh:
    Oh, and there's a theme park in the UK called Lightwater Valley. One of the bulletin boards I posted on wouldn't let us organise a trip there as all our posts bounced until we started spelling it Light Water Valley.

    I'll leave it for the observant amongst you to figure out the problem. Took us a while.


    And for those not from the UK but may or may not be observant, he is referring to tw*t...


    Yes, we got that, we use the term in the U.S. too
  • Global Warmer 2008-04-28 15:17
    Andrew:
    assassinate

    Sweet Double Word Score!!!!!!!!!!


    My wifes maiden name is Asselstine. My work email use to filter her emails out all the time.
  • Global Warmer 2008-04-28 15:23
    NaN:
    Mr:
    I don't understand why you Americans are so afraid of curse words. It's not like writing f*ck will change the meaning of it.

    I guess it is only expected from a country where porno movies of horses f*cking women is legal, but saying a curse word can get you fired.


    Bestiality isn't legal, the post is from the UK judging from the other comments, where bestiality also isn't legal.

    It makes sense to disallow swearing in corporate emails. You wouldn't do it in a letter.

    Dear Mrs Smith,
    Although I do sympathize with your complaint but unfortunately, your a cunt.


    Ah yes but how meny times I would like to have wrote that.
  • jeremypnet 2008-04-28 15:26
    There are three English football teams that always fall victim to overzealous censorship: Arsenal, Scunthorpe and Manchester Fucking United.

    Funniest thing I've read today.
  • Andrew 2008-04-28 15:26
    I wonder what this filter does to the girl named Shithead (pronounced Sha-'teed major accent on 2nd syllable) that one of my friends taught in grade school.
  • Andrew 2008-04-28 15:28
    I wonder what this filter does to the girl named Sh!thead (pronounced Sha-'teed major accent on 2nd syllable) that one of my friends taught in grade school.
  • biziclop 2008-04-28 15:31
    Mithrandir:
    Mosh:
    A friend of mine had a very similar system with his work's email. It didn't just list the words you'd used, but a variety that you could have. I don't have an exact quote, but it was along the lines of:

    "Your email contained on or more of the following words: c*nt, f*ck, cr*p, b*oo*cks, p*ssy, c*ck...." You get the idea. Only without the asterisks.

    They changed it when one of the staff members complained that his daughter had received the profane warning. His young daughter had emailed him to say that the cat was ill and that mummy was taking her to the vet.

    Only she didn't use the word "cat"...


    They didn't mention semprini?


    The Daily WTF would like to apologize for the poor quality of the writing in the previous post It is not TDWTF policy to get easy laughs with words like bum, knickers, botty or wee-wees.
  • biziclop 2008-04-28 15:33
    Andrew:
    I wonder what this filter does to the girl named Shithead (pronounced Sha-'teed major accent on 2nd syllable) that one of my friends taught in grade school.


    I honestly doubt email filters are one of her major problems.
  • diaphanein 2008-04-28 15:36
    NaN:
    Mr:
    I don't understand why you Americans are so afraid of curse words. It's not like writing f*ck will change the meaning of it.

    I guess it is only expected from a country where porno movies of horses f*cking women is legal, but saying a curse word can get you fired.


    Bestiality isn't legal, the post is from the UK judging from the other comments, where bestiality also isn't legal.

    It makes sense to disallow swearing in corporate emails. You wouldn't do it in a letter.

    Dear Mrs Smith,
    Although I do sympathize with your complaint but unfortunately, your a cunt.


    Fuck you, I nearly did it in a letter to my Congressman. Well, not call him a cunt, but ask him to remove his head from his ass. Instead I chose to call his decision to vote in favor of a wasteful spending bill "assinine".
  • Anonymous Jedi 2008-04-28 15:54
    BobB:
    Not sure this still holds true, but if you play WoW (and who doesn't? *twitch*), if you've the filter turned on it will catch the word Nigeria. I think the same holds true for HellGate as well. All this filtering gets annoying at times. One game I used to play would substitute common words. That was a hoot tho. Suddenly your barrage of poorly thought out insults becomes: You tentpole! I'm gonna duck you goat man!

    Captcha: verto - Patron Saint of Vertigo


    Now that you mention the world of MMO stuff, I was playing the free 14-day trial of StarWars: Galaxies (after being told that after 3-4 years of muddling it's a completely different game than it was). Anyway, one of the words that the content filter catches is "crack" which is funny because the game itself features "crack shot troopers", which when you kill them say "@!$#! shot troopers" via the filter. I turned off the filter (thankfully it could be done) shortly after that.
  • shadowman 2008-04-28 15:56
    Andrew:
    I wonder what this filter does to the girl named Sh!thead (pronounced Sha-'teed major accent on 2nd syllable) that one of my friends taught in grade school.


    Oh yeah, Sha'-teed. I also heard she woke up one time in a bathtub full of ice with her kidney missing. From a friend I know, of course.
  • TadGhostal 2008-04-28 16:04
    operagost:
    TadGhostal:
    Email is not a file system, or a personal storage bin. If you need to save attachments, save them. If you need contact info, extract it out into your address book. If there's anything else you need to save from an email, CUT IT OUT and save it somewhere else. But for your own sake, DON'T KEEP your corporate email.

    Its almost impossible to use it in defense, but using it for incrimination? That's simple.


    Obviously, it would be good to use for incriminating someone else, then--- wouldn't it?

    More to the point, my company had a client attempt to get out of paying a bill by complaining that service was not delivered adequately. Fortunately, the project manager had copied his superior on all emails sent to the customer; this was used to prove that the PM had delivered the product and received a signoff from he customer.

    It's extra important to note that the PM had copied his superior to help preserve the emails in this case. You see, the customer had learned that the PM was recently deceased and this may have emboldened them to make such a false claim.


    Unfortunately, if some disgruntled employee causes your company's past saved emails to be subpoena'd for <insert any number of reasons here>, the likelihood of it turning out bad for the company is high enough to make them quickly forget the money they were able to make that client of yours pay. Whatever that amount was, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the amount your company will have to pay should someone who has it in for you push things.

    It doesn't even have to be much of anything - just get some attorneys working for someone who has it in for you and they'll find...something.

    As I said, this advise came from *our* corporate attorney, and we aren't even involved in anything remotely shady (and yes, I would know if we were).

    Just remember: If you have saved email - there's nothing you can do to keep it out of the hands of someone who's primary purpose is to use it to get you in trouble. On the other hand, if you don't save your old emails, you can't be held liable them - period.

    If the amount you got from your client justifies that risk of maintaining such a liability, then save the emails. Not being privy to the amount we're talking about or the percentage of your corporate earnings it represents, coupled with the fact that I'm not an attorney makes me extremely unqualified to say whether I'd agree with that decision.

    I could see where if you have a small number of clients who each contribute a healthy percentage to your corporate earnings it might be beneficial to save emails for reasons like you mentioned above - although if a customer wanted to say that they were treated unfairly or whatever (again - not a lawyer), and there were even a single email in your archives where someone mentioned that this guy was an *sshole, it could be problematic.

    On the other hand, in our particular case (huge customer volume where each individual customer's purchase is a negligible percentage of overall earnings), it just doesn't make sense to save our emails. If a customer makes too big a stink over not wanting to pay for services rendered, it's cheaper for us to just say "fine".

    If it were me, I'd find some other way of logging conversations rather than email - it's just too much of a liability these days, but that's just my introverted IT personality talking.

  • TadGhostal 2008-04-28 16:09
    NaN:
    ricecake:
    On one forum I visit, they temporarily (no longer in place) replaced the word 'gay' with 'jovial', and 'fag' with 'delightful fellow'.


    That is all well and good, until you smoke the delightful fellow.

    (I'm British, fag isn't a swear word, it's just not PC to smoke anymore)


    Are you British, or just jovial?
  • Anonymous Jedi 2008-04-28 16:13
    You know... I was just thinking. Aside from the content that it's targeting, how is this really different than the "helpful suggestions" filtering done by several applications (the most famous being MS Office).

    I'm sure we had this linked somewhere on thedailywtf, but I can't find it... so here's http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/16/excel_vanishing_dna/
  • TadGhostal 2008-04-28 16:29
    Nutmeg Programmer:
    If my wife mentions ANY product name in an email, it ends up in my Outlook Junk mail folder where I fail to notice it.


    Heck, if my wife emails me at work *period* it ends up in my Outlook Junk Email folder.

    We don't have any kind of filtering at work.

    That bitch.
  • Franz Kafka 2008-04-28 16:45
    akatherder:
    SomeCoder:
    akatherder:
    A friend of mine was trying to developer some forum software with a filter for long swearwords (i.e. someone typing fuuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkkkkk). He only succeeded in matching any sentence that had the 4 letters in order and telling you that you typed the f-word.

    Frankly, I don't understand canadian kids.


    For that limited example, couldn't you just say f+u+c+k+ (with regular expressions) ?


    I think that's how it started out, but then people started putting hyphens and spaces in between the letters.


    That's fairly easy - preprocess the content to reduce the search space:
    s/0/o/g, s/[1!]/i/g
    filter each word to only [a-z][A-Z]
    glom single char words together (or simply remove all spaces)
    add filters for some of the more common inversions, like 1324 and fvck.

    Find people who skirt those rules and shadowban them - add a thing to their profilethat says their posts are no longer visible (content, anyways), and be done with them. Unless filter dodging is the main point of the site, this is just fine.
  • real_aardvark 2008-04-28 16:55
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".


    Except if they're working for the government. Or a major investment bank. Or some two-bit, podunk, twiddly little organisation that has a lawyer attached.

    But, other than that, you've got a point there.
  • Tommy American 2008-04-28 17:25
    I think that vulgarity reflects poorly on the person using it.

    I really do, not trying to be funny.

    Certainly it has no place in a corporation or any business that wants to be taken seriously.

    Please feel free to respond with vulgarity - that would be so funny!
  • StupidPeopleTrick 2008-04-28 17:39
    They moved mail marshall dev from New Zealand to China recently. Looks like something got lost in translation.

    - SPT
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-28 17:42
    shadowman:
    Oh yeah, Sha'-teed. I also heard she woke up one time in a bathtub full of ice with her kidney missing. From a friend I know, of course.
    Seriously, I (me, myself!) did see the name "Justin Shitmatter" in a newsletter once. It was for Special Olympics. What an unfortunate family name.
  • rc_pinchey 2008-04-28 17:57
    Andy Goth:
    Seriously, I (me, myself!) did see the name "Justin Shitmatter" in a newsletter once. It was for Special Olympics. What an unfortunate family name.

    I remember a few years back, 192.com opened up their site for 3 days- full access to all the stored records. I spent quite a while searching for the funniest names in the country... and I, eventually, found them.

    The funniest woman's name in the UK is "Ivana Ramas".
    The funniest man's name in the UK is- no word of a lie- "Eckehard Fuck".

    I actually had that guy's address for a while...
  • Ozymandias 2008-04-28 18:24
    Only if you study music, art, or drama.
  • diaphanein 2008-04-28 18:29
    Tommy American:
    I think that vulgarity reflects poorly on the person using it.

    I really do, not trying to be funny.

    Certainly it has no place in a corporation or any business that wants to be taken seriously.

    Please feel free to respond with vulgarity - that would be so funny!

    Piss off, you wanker.

    If you work in finance, vulgarity is the norm. I've heard second hand of a trader yelling at his terminal, right next to the female trading assistant, "FUCK, why don't you just fucking cum on my face, you're raping me so bad.". Then again, he did just lose a few million...

    Some industries it just hapens to be the norm. So it goes.
  • Valacosa 2008-04-28 19:06
    wund3rkind:
    This reminds me of the story where stocks of a German Company called "FAG Kugelfischer" could not be traded for a day at the NYSE after they turned on a swear word filter in their trading system.
    I don't know whether the use of "fag" as a swearword has increased at the NYSE since...

    I think they have a subsidiary in Kitchener-Waterloo, and one of my friends had a co-op job there.

    I know he was issued a corporate ID with his picture, "FAG" in giant letters, and very little other information. He was less amused than I was.
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-28 19:29
    TadGhostal:
    Bottom line - *Never* keep emails.
    Read this.
    Subject: Re: Bad / Really Bad Attitude
    Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 11:42:04 -0700
    From: Sarah Clatterbuck <sclatter@netscape.com>
    To: jwz

    I now have an HP LaserJet 5si sitting in my cube printing like there was no tomorrow. I just loaded the second ream of paper. The stack of pages already printed is about 4" high.

    And I keep thinking to myself, Microsoft is going to pay some jackass lawyer $200 and hour to find out that we hate our cafeteria food, don't like the security posters, had a sucky newsfeed, and think ``Navigator'' was a cooler name than ``Communicator''.

    And I smile.
  • tin 2008-04-28 19:54
    This one isn't as good as the problem my employers swear filter caused.

    Imagine a good church going person in a Christian charity organisation trying to send an email to a large government department... And they are told they are swearing.
    Well, I spent an hour on the phone with a guy from that charity's IT department trying to figure it out. Turned out Outlook was including a rather uncommon header "charset" (perhaps because they use 2007). My lovely employers IT people had decided that the word "arse" was naughty (fair enough) but forgot that other words might include it.

    You'd think they'd have learned their lesson 6 months earlier with the "ass" incidents. Especially since this is a school email system so talk of "classes" is quite common.
  • sas 2008-04-28 20:26
    biziclop:
    There are three English football teams that always fall victim to overzealous censorship: Arsenal, Scunthorpe and Manchester Fucking United.

    You Brits are pretty sodding funny!!
  • chrismcb 2008-04-28 21:00
    fucking shit, I'm going to be scared for life. After reading the What the Fuck for today I say the offensive word, that wasn't censored "BUGGER"
  • FCB Man 2008-04-28 22:32
    At a bank that I worked for they had a lackey who actually read each and every out going email before approving them to go out. We actually had to yell at him on occasion to hurry up and approve an email while trying to solve an issue with a vendor app. And then complain to get the incoming one approved. If we accidentally sent an email without a subject line we would get back a warning email from him. As if virus writers had not conquered the old no subject line issue.
  • David 2008-04-28 23:00
    Bugger me, but that looks worse than shit. More points anyway.

    BTW, if we're going to write the fucking words, why mask out characters easy to recreate? Bugger the hyphens, full shit ahead!
  • Youngkiwi 2008-04-28 23:09

    I have run in the same thing in using corporate Web filters that have blocked Porn access.

    Looking up such dangerous sites as this : http://www.fiordland.org.nz/ (It's a tourist site)

    But it describes one of the locations in fiordland, MILFord Sound.
  • Teodore 2008-04-29 00:28
    And now for REAL wtf, is that this guy used swear words talking to female co-worker
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-29 00:42
    Check this out.
    *** Now talking in #christian
    
    -Word_of_God- Welcome Abstruse to #christian I am a Bible Bot. For more info type: /msg Word_of_God !info
    <Abstruse> !kjv numbers 22:21
    <Word_of_God> Numbers 22:21 -- And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. - (KJV)
    *** SageRider sets mode: +b *!*@c211-30-208-111.rivrw3.nsw.optusnet.com.au
    *** Word_of_God was kicked from #christian by SageRider (Please dont Swear)
    <Abstruse> I know I'm never going to be able to come back in this channel again after this, but damn was it worth it to see that...
  • Cetero Censeo 2008-04-29 01:44
    Reminds me of one case where some guy in a german chat tried to use his native language word for "thick" (s/th/d/) and wondered why the chat showed only **** ;-)
  • M.I.K.e 2008-04-29 01:50
    BobB:
    Not sure this still holds true, but if you play WoW (and who doesn't? *twitch*), if you've the filter turned on it will catch the word Nigeria. I think the same holds true for HellGate as well. All this filtering gets annoying at times.


    The filter in WoW is so stupid that I immediately turned it off. The comment of a horde character would probably be: KEK

    As for the mail. It's good that the sender didn't forget an "o" in "count", otherwise the MailMarshal might have resorted to drastic measures.
  • Khôi 2008-04-29 03:19
    This reminds me actually of one of my earlier employments at a mostly german speaking company...

    One day we wondered why our mail gateway started to filter out some of our german emails. Almost a month passed away until our sysadmin figured out that the newly installed profane language filter filtered out all emails containing the german word "weniger" (which means "less" in english).
  • Jasper 2008-04-29 03:22
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".

    Exactly. I would be highly annoyed if my employer would try to educate me on my language as if I'm a little child or a teenager.
  • lolwtf 2008-04-29 03:58
    Resolute:
    My personal favourite is that the word "canuck" would cause an email to bounce as it was considered "derogatory and bigoted slang." I've yet to meet a single Canadian who considers it derogatory... especially when I was referring to the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.
    I'm a canuck, and I've never seen anyone consider the term derogatory either.

    Crabs:
    This is easy enough to do.
    Algorithm:
    Find all repeating letters, replace them with the singular letter.
    Find all characters " ", "-", etc. that follow "words" that are not in your dictionary, replace them with empty string ("sh " replaced with "sh").
    Search for words in your expletive dictionary.

    This should find most everything.
    Eh, you can try all sorts of fancy sh&#105;t, but there are sofa king many ways to bypass filters, it's more a pain in the a[b][/b]ss than it's worth.

    (Not sure if the escape codes work here or not, but either way.)
  • dissss 2008-04-29 04:26
    Triggering the Webmarshall system at my workplace has become quite the sport.

    The most impressive scores generally come from browsing the Slashdot comments section on stories involving Apple
  • El Dorko 2008-04-29 04:30
    My wife works at a government agency of social studies. They discuss things related to sex, drugs and alcohol use all the time as part of their work.

    It's nearly impossible for them to communicate with other companies by email - and the same the other way around, because their spam filters have learned to accept all the "naughtyness" and stop quite unexpected things.
  • Ru 2008-04-29 05:11
    I've been particularly irritated by the profanity filters that Microsoft Research use since I started working with a guy there. Employees are not filtered, non-microsoftians like myself are.

    This means that if he uses a naughty word, I have to censor it myself when I reply and include the text of his original mail or my response will get bounced by the filter. Awesome stuff.
  • Paul 2008-04-29 05:13
    I almost imagined computers cursing like that. The program is running nicely, then the computer trips and falls, dropping the stack which is now all messed up. You check the debug log to find the following entry.....

    "Apr 29th, 11:12 AM - I fell. Fuck times two. Shit times one. Extensive fuck times one."
  • NAN 2008-04-29 05:17
    I used to play online gmaes with rc_pinchey. I also remember he had a site about people with no heads and things.

    Small world, eh?
  • Iru 2008-04-29 05:56
    Is this real? I didnt knew things were so thick there in the land of freedom ... my god, i can't believe it.
  • Arancaytar 2008-04-29 06:02
    Heh. So the censor filters everything except the swearwords. That's quite a feat. :P
  • Arancaytar 2008-04-29 06:06
    Khôi:
    This reminds me actually of one of my earlier employments at a mostly german speaking company...

    One day we wondered why our mail gateway started to filter out some of our german emails. Almost a month passed away until our sysadmin figured out that the newly installed profane language filter filtered out all emails containing the german word "weniger" (which means "less" in english).


    Leaving us to wonder what is offensive about "weniger"...
  • Arancaytar 2008-04-29 06:08
    Ru:
    I've been particularly irritated by the profanity filters that Microsoft Research use since I started working with a guy there. Employees are not filtered, non-microsoftians like myself are.


    Obviously the filter on employees was lifted when Ballmer complained.
  • Old Coder 2008-04-29 06:17
    FredSaw:
    brazzy:
    Another one to file under "those crazy Americans".

    Anyone outside the US would be laughed at if they suggested corporate email (or anything, really) be filtered for "unacceptable language".
    Meanwhile, the UKers still haven't figured out how to spell "booger".


    (ding) Wrong! US "booger" = UK "bogie". In the UK, buggering is what (male) homosexuals do to one another.

    Captcha="ingenium". What! Yet *another* new element?
  • biziclop 2008-04-29 06:26
    Arancaytar:
    Heh. So the censor filters everything except the swearwords. That's quite a feat. :P


    It must've been coded by Yossarian.
  • Cope with IT 2008-04-29 06:45
    joutsa:
    Am I the only one who first read the whole thing as "fsck, fsck, shutdown, debugger"?

    No, that came to my mind immediately.
  • PFP 2008-04-29 06:51
    NaN:

    It makes sense to disallow swearing in corporate emails. You wouldn't do it in a letter.


    The point is not whether you would do it in a letter. The point is whether you would have a bunch of secretaries reading all incoming mail to blacken the swear-words.
    If someone want to send me an e-mail with swear words, I am the one to decide if it is appropriate or not.
  • rc_pinchey 2008-04-29 07:06
    NAN:
    I used to play online gmaes with rc_pinchey. I also remember he had a site about people with no heads and things.

    Small world, eh?

    Yup, ironically I used to run an anti-censorship website. With hindsight, given the crazy shite that ended up being posted there, that may not have been the world's greatest plan. ;-)

    Online games... TFC?
  • Serpardum 2008-04-29 07:15
    BobB:
    Not sure this still holds true, but if you play WoW (and who doesn't? *twitch*), if you've the filter turned on it will catch the word Nigeria. I think the same holds true for HellGate as well. All this filtering gets annoying at times. One game I used to play would substitute common words. That was a hoot tho. Suddenly your barrage of poorly thought out insults becomes: You tentpole! I'm gonna duck you goat man!

    Captcha: verto - Patron Saint of Vertigo


    I used to play a small morpg called Hostile Space. One of drops was Jewelry. So of course people would need this item and try to sell it on the auction channel. Which they couldn't, because Jewelry was sensored.
  • Bob Holness 2008-04-29 07:34
    Yonks ago, circa 1999, there was a story about a UK town's football club being inconvenienced by such filters: Scunthorpe FC.
  • TInkerghost 2008-04-29 07:40
    EQ1 used to filter cockatrice.
    "You have killed a ****atrice."
    clbuttic
  • Eternal Density 2008-04-29 07:42
    The context sensitive ads are working... kinda:
    "Featured Non-WTF Job: .NET Developer at Ability Business (Manchester, OH)"
  • matt 2008-04-29 08:08
    Tommy American:
    I think that vulgarity reflects poorly on the person using it.

    I really do, not trying to be funny.

    Certainly it has no place in a corporation or any business that wants to be taken seriously.

    Please feel free to respond with vulgarity - that would be so funny!


    vulgarity
  • betlit 2008-04-29 08:14
    LEGO:


    Fucking Asshole, is that you? Long time no see. How is the rest of the Asshole family?


    as lord helmet said: "i'm surrounded by arseholes!"
  • betlit 2008-04-29 08:29
    and let's not forget bash.org quote #178890:

    *** Now talking in #christian
    -Word_of_God- Welcome Abstruse to #christian I am a Bible Bot. For more info type: /msg Word_of_God !info
    <Abstruse> !kjv numbers 22:21
    <Word_of_God> Numbers 22:21 -- And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. - (KJV)
    *** SageRider sets mode: +b *!*@c211-30-208-111.rivrw3.nsw.optusnet.com.au
    *** Word_of_God was kicked from #christian by SageRider (Please dont Swear)
    <Abstruse> I know I'm never going to be able to come back in this channel again after this, but damn was it worth it to see that...
  • Andy Goth 2008-04-29 09:43
    betlit:
    and let's not forget bash.org quote #178890:
    Um, we didn't. Try reading (or at least searching through) the comments before buttuming that you're the first one to think of something. (*cough*C Tictactoe*cough*)
  • Tommy American 2008-04-29 10:25
    matt:
    Tommy American:
    I think that vulgarity reflects poorly on the person using it.

    I really do, not trying to be funny.

    Certainly it has no place in a corporation or any business that wants to be taken seriously.

    Please feel free to respond with vulgarity - that would be so funny!


    vulgarity


    hmmmm...that WAS funny!
  • wolfman 2008-04-29 10:28
    Our company email does exactly the same thing, and it complains about the word "friggin" as well.

    Our office websurfing is censored as well. Any URL with the words "dating" or "facebook" anywhere in the entire URL are blocked. This kind of netnannyism lead to an unfortunate blocking of a google search for the word "debugger" (delete the "de" in that word and see why it was complaining at us).
  • Braechnov 2008-04-29 11:24
    I've experienced monitoring software which blocked emails containing the word 'sex' and immediately brought HR and various other departments grinding to a halt.

    Name:
    Age:
    Sex:
    .
    .
    .
  • Joe 2008-04-29 12:25
    NaN:
    Mr:
    I don't understand why you Americans are so afraid of curse words. It's not like writing f*ck will change the meaning of it.

    I guess it is only expected from a country where porno movies of horses f*cking women is legal, but saying a curse word can get you fired.


    Bestiality isn't legal, the post is from the UK judging from the other comments, where bestiality also isn't legal.

    It makes sense to disallow swearing in corporate emails. You wouldn't do it in a letter.

    Dear Mrs Smith,
    Although I do sympathize with your complaint but unfortunately, you're a cunt.


    Pedantic bastid ain't I?
  • thc4k 2008-04-29 12:55
    What the fuck is the idea behind censoring fuck as f-ck? Everyone just reads "fuck" nevertheless. Total failure in understanding censorship: You have to deny access to all information that could be used to reconstruct the original information to make censorship work ... At least replace everything you'd like to censor with a fixed string like '######'. For full censorship, throw the author and everyone who read it in jail too, but that may not yet be applicable in some countries.
  • Yoji 2008-04-29 13:30
    We had this problem awhile ago when the Cleveland Steel Erection Company apparently couldn't get confirmation emails sent to them.

  • Franz Kafka 2008-04-29 13:54
    lolwtf:
    Resolute:
    My personal favourite is that the word "canuck" would cause an email to bounce as it was considered "derogatory and bigoted slang." I've yet to meet a single Canadian who considers it derogatory... especially when I was referring to the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.
    I'm a canuck, and I've never seen anyone consider the term derogatory either.

    Crabs:
    This is easy enough to do.
    Algorithm:
    Find all repeating letters, replace them with the singular letter.
    Find all characters " ", "-", etc. that follow "words" that are not in your dictionary, replace them with empty string ("sh " replaced with "sh").
    Search for words in your expletive dictionary.

    This should find most everything.
    Eh, you can try all sorts of fancy sh&#105;t, but there are sofa king many ways to bypass filters, it's more a pain in the a[b][/b]ss than it's worth.

    (Not sure if the escape codes work here or not, but either way.)


    That's what bans are for. Congrats on your filterdodging, you win one banination. This is relevant for places that want to be readable at work, and antisocial douchebags are a social problem. The tech solution is just a friendly reminder.
  • woohoo 2008-04-29 14:37
    biziclop:
    There are three English football teams that always fall victim to overzealous censorship: Arsenal, Scunthorpe and Manchester Fucking United.


    hehehehehe - very good :o)
  • Krischan 2008-04-29 14:46
    That is why I f*cking encrypt my personal mails to my personal buddies :)
  • woohoo 2008-04-29 15:00
    Anonymous Jedi:
    You know... I was just thinking. Aside from the content that it's targeting, how is this really different than the "helpful suggestions" filtering done by several applications (the most famous being MS Office).

    I'm sure we had this linked somewhere on thedailywtf, but I can't find it... so here's http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/16/excel_vanishing_dna/


    oh well.. I suppose one really can't be feeling *too* sorry for seemingly bright people who actually use Excel (!) for processing their important data (or *any* data apart from shopping lists and housekeeping allowances, at that) and are then dumbfounded by such incidents...
  • methinks 2008-04-29 15:21
    Old Coder:
    In the UK, buggering is what (male) homosexuals do to one another.


    Hm. Methinks that outside the UK the passive partner does not have to be male for this sexual practice.
    Hence the active one does not really have to be homosexual. ;o)

    But I'm not a native speaker - perhaps the connotation is always pertaining to homosexual sex - or is it?
  • Lastchance 2008-04-29 16:42
    ERTW:
    Former Jr. Programmer:
    You could always abuse the word "frack" like BSG appears to be doing this season.

    Seriously, what the frack was that whole dialogs, Kara?


    They've been using it all series, not just this season

    It's the same as how Farscape would use "Frell" (which doesnt have quite the same oomph as Frack)

    The original series from the seventies had it as well, along with the colorful, "felgercarb".
  • JadedTool 2008-04-29 17:40
    A while back I did a post on a college professor review site. The professor I was commenting on is named Dr. Titsa (no joke she is Greek). Well the site would not let me post the review for Dr. ***sa. Alway thought it was great that one of the worst professors I ever had, has a censored name!
  • Another canuck 2008-04-29 18:00
    Wild guess (it's been years) ...
    King Leary?
  • Another canuck 2008-04-29 18:01
    cellocgw:
    "...We were doing well until I made the mistake of referring to their center iceman as 'that Fucking Canuck.' A few minutes later (we're in the middle of a brawl,here) I was escorted off the ice for a 5-minute major penalty...."

    Name the narrator and/or the book :-)


    Sorry, forgot the quote.
    Still guessing King Leary?
    (Quarrington's second best book, BTW).
  • Hero 2008-04-29 18:40
    We had the word "porn" removed from our filter list because one of the girls in our company is called Pornpid. LOL.
  • NightGod 2008-04-29 22:39
    TInkerghost:
    EQ1 used to filter cockatrice.
    "You have killed a ****atrice."
    clbuttic
    EQ2 STILL filters-makes auctioning a Golden Cockatrice Feather interesting...
  • david 2008-04-30 00:41
    Censored at a large international tobacco company. Our salesman was suggesting that they "do the right thing" and buy our software, but the mail never went through. Him and the customer eventually cut the otherwise innocuous mail message down to just this one phrase.

    Evidently large international tobacco companies get so much unsolicited mail urging them to "to the right thing" that the IT department had added it to the spam filter.
  • John 2008-04-30 10:22
    tray:
    Wow. Didn't know that an extensive f-ck* was worth 6 basic ones.


    The length of the f-ck* definitely matters. Extensive, intensive, bed squeaking f-ck*s are worth at least 6 basic ones.
  • Peter 2008-04-30 11:29
    We had a new filter that caught anyone using a Secuity Classification in teh text - Restricted, Confidential, Secret etc. They also decided to append to the bottom of everyoutgoing email a legal disclaimer - which started "This email is restriced to the intended recipient........".

    No work done by the whole company for two days.
  • jk 2008-04-30 16:42
    biziclop:
    There are three English football teams that always fall victim to overzealous censorship: Arsenal, Scunthorpe and Manchester Fucking United.


    best reply ever.
  • Mr 2008-04-30 20:20
    methinks:
    Old Coder:
    In the UK, buggering is what (male) homosexuals do to one another.


    But I'm not a native speaker - perhaps the connotation is always pertaining to homosexual sex - or is it?


    I'm not a native speaker either, but I think it's only used for homosexual sex.
  • Mirar 2008-05-01 02:41
    This kind of reminds me when I tried to mail someone about problems with a VIA Graphics adapter...
  • rc_pinchey 2008-05-01 05:30
    Mr:
    methinks:
    Old Coder:
    In the UK, buggering is what (male) homosexuals do to one another.


    But I'm not a native speaker - perhaps the connotation is always pertaining to homosexual sex - or is it?


    I'm not a native speaker either, but I think it's only used for homosexual sex.

    I AM a native speaker- it just means anal sex, no other connotations.
  • Loren Pechtel 2008-05-01 23:42
    Crabs:
    This is easy enough to do.
    Algorithm:
    Find all repeating letters, replace them with the singular letter.
    Find all characters " ", "-", etc. that follow "words" that are not in your dictionary, replace them with empty string ("sh " replaced with "sh").
    Search for words in your expletive dictionary.

    This should find most everything.


    What is this, the virgin algorithm? It will never find pussy nor ass!
  • Loren Pechtel 2008-05-01 23:56
    Peter:
    We had a new filter that caught anyone using a Secuity Classification in teh text - Restricted, Confidential, Secret etc. They also decided to append to the bottom of everyoutgoing email a legal disclaimer - which started "This email is restriced to the intended recipient........".

    No work done by the whole company for two days.


    Our company implemented one of those stupid disclaimers some time ago. I *STILL* haven't been able to get management to understand the problem: Something about that disclaimer triggers every generic spam filter (not the baynsean ones) I've ever seen look at one of the messages. Just because it never causes problems in-house (the company domain is whitelisted) doesn't mean it isn't going to cause messages to go missing dealing with customers.
  • Loren Pechtel 2008-05-02 00:00
    Americans should be embar***ed to filter such things while we have a Dick and a Bush in the White House!

    (And yes, I once had an aggressive profanity filter do that censored word.)
  • Name Withheld 2008-05-02 10:56
    After we started getting hit by a another companies filter I had a look down the first 20 or so names on our phone list (a-d) and found...
    man bra pleb die bitch heck hit bet dick,
    and worst of all:- aol
  • Tim 2008-05-06 05:40
    A bit like the problems the towns Scunthorpe and Penistone had in the UK - blocked by AOL and Google and others that were filtering on parts of words...
  • ekolis 2008-05-06 20:57
    Ah yes, reminds me of the web forum for a school recreational computing society I used to belong to... when I made one of those "clbuttic" mistakes (or maybe it was something about "buttbuttination" of some public figure or more likely "buttigning" a value to a variable), I decided to test the filter out and wound up with abominations like "Thingy Tracy" and "I thought I saw a girl thingycat"! (try figuring THAT one out! :P)
  • JustChris 2008-05-15 10:56
    My university's email filter system bounced back one of the professor's emails, whose last name is Porn. My boss was beginning to think she was unable to reply back as follow-ups to his faculty seminars.
  • Ben 2008-05-23 06:57
    wund3rkind:
    This reminds me of the story where stocks of a German Company called "FAG Kugelfischer" could not be traded for a day at the NYSE after they turned on a swear word filter in their trading system.


    Even better if you know that "Kugelfischer" could be translated as "balls fisherman", which sounds like a very creative slur.
  • Kawazoe 2008-06-13 18:02
    The stangest thing is not that f-ck* is both basic and extensive. It's that they weight does not match.
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