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Old 5 Feb 2016, 02:26 AM   #1
janusz
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Blacklisted words

I wanted to post information about a site whose URL contains the string secure-my-email (without hyphens). This got displayed as secure*********

Edwin, our absentee landlord, has a list of words/strings he censors out here, which contains much more than good Anglo-Saxon swear words. The list is kept top secret (I'm sure it's PGP-encrypted and stored on a server in Switzerland), created some 15 years ago and unchanged since.

So we end up with a ridiculous situation that 'secure my email' is a banned expression in an email discussion forum, if the three words are concatenated.
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Old 5 Feb 2016, 02:51 AM   #2
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Things ain't gonna change, j.

Just be creative.
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Old 5 Feb 2016, 03:00 AM   #3
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Just be creative.
Do something like French Connection UK have done
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Old 6 Feb 2016, 06:43 AM   #4
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They're blacklisted for a reason. In the case of URLs, it's because people associated with the service spammed the forums.

And the blacklist lasts forever. That's my last word on the subject of censorship and blacklists. Please don't try and circumvent the ban or the filters. Thanks.

However, in this specific instance I have tweaked the filter so that securemyemail.com should now appear since the service that was banned wasn't that one, but one of a similar name.
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