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Friday, December 03, 2004

Spaces Censors

Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin decided to test out lots of profane blog titles. Turns out MSN Spaces censors certain blog titles. The seven dirty words are out, as are most other similar words (anything you'd hear on NYPD Blue), except for one. On the other hand, "Pornography", "Whore" and "Lolita" are out. Weird. I guess you can't have a porno theme for your blog. You can say whatever you want, but MSN is trying to censor blog titles (your focus) and post titles (your discussion). Guess we'll see a lot of |337 speak blog titles.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their conclusion was: "A mixed bag of results that manages to do what most attempts to automate censorship do -- make fools of the censors."

Eh, I'd say it did a lot better job of making fool of a person who admittedly sat around feeling proud of himself for coming up with blogs like "World of Poop" and "Butt Sex Is Awesome." I prolly woulda been pretty entertained by that in elementary school, but I figure that the author's well past that age.

11:32 AM  
Blogger mvaneerde said...

Can't put Lolita in the title? Guess that knocks out everyone named Lolita from having a blog. Admittedly probably not a lot of people.

I seem to recall there was a feature film made based on the book (not the Stanley Kubrick one, after that) which was then dropped by the studio as too racy. So the makers took it direct to TV. I think it's still in the Guiness Book of World Records as the most expensive direct-to-TV movie.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Nathan Weinberg said...

Well, remember that "World of Poop" and "Butt Sex Is Awesome" were tried after the 7 dirty words, so I imagine he tried "C***sucking is for **gs", "How Can I F*** Up N***ers", and "****** **** ********** ***** Barbara Streisand" (sorry, South Park joke).

As for being named Lolita, yeah its ridiculous that they blocked a name because of its common usage by pedophiles. As you can see in the article, Dick wasn't blocked.

12:40 PM  

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