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The Priggishness of the AutoCensor


misswonderly3
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Ok, this is ridiculous.

i was writing in the "Maleficent" thread about folk tales and the  o r a l tradition, and lo, when I saw the final post, I saw that they'd xxx'd out the word "o r a l". Even now I have to write it with a space between each letter.

Whoever programmed this thing? They have a prurient mind. I can't believe they set it to bleep out the word o r a l, a perfectly legitimate word.

Clearly, the first thing the autocensor and its creator think of when they hear that word is  o r a l sex, which is not the very first thing I think of when I hear that word (unless of course I'm watching my weekly dose of hard core porn, that's different.)

 

This thing xxx's out so many innocuous words, it makes me feel like I'm in Grade 7 and the teacher's watching all us kids to make sure we don't defile our minds and our co-horts' minds (not to mention the desks and the washroom walls) with filth.

 

Come on, AutoCensor and your creator, relax. It's just silly, is what it is.

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Btw, lemme try somethin' here...

 

Has anyone around here ever been to Intercourse, Pennsylvania?

 

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Hmmm...well THAT worked.

 

(...I guess Sister Mary Ellen has been there)

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It won't allow the word h e i f e r, which I was trying to use in a pm the other day.

 

I think you can slip that word past the word filter before noon, Lorna.

 

(...oh...wait...you said "in A pm" didn't ya...NOT, 'in THE pm"...sorry...never mind)

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This reminds me of the swear words you can't say on tv (like v a g i n a and "****") versus what you can like "a s s " or "b i t c h." 

 

Okay, hepclassic! Seein' as how you started it, let's hear the REST of Carlin's old routine, OKAY???!!! ;)

 

(...my personal favorite part of it was always: "You can p r i c k your finger, but ya CAN'T finger your p r i c k!")

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It is, indeed, ridiculous. I wonder if we could compose a list, and ask TCM to remove them from the list?

 

 

 

Okay, here's MY list then, VX...

 

****

****

************* (yeah, that's a long one, huh!)

*****

***

*****

..and..

 

*****

(...now get right on this Sister Mary Ellen...and DROP that freakin' RULER TOO, you *****!!!)

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My first post on these forums was about Manhattan Melodrama, and in it made reference to Clark Gable's character (B lackie).  This is one of only three online forums in which I participate, so I was unfamiliar with the software's filters and thus rather confused to see my post show up with asterisks were his name was supposed to be.  Since then, it has become something of a parlor game to look for such things.

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It is, indeed, ridiculous. I wonder if we could compose a list, and ask TCM to remove them from the list?

 

They should just turn the damn thing off.

 

Adults can report something if they find it offensive - there's no need for auto-program censorship.

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Okay, Dargo. Now why don't you redo your list, with any word that really shouldn't be censored spaced so we can see it?

 

WHAT?! And take the all the FUN out of it?!

 

(...I purposely typed all those asterisks for effect, VX) ;)

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This is meant to test a few words to see if they will be bleeped.

It is not meant to offend:

 

****

****

fluffer

****

suck

 

Fluffer? Fluffer?

Well, I had fun trying to figure out what that might be. I thought I was pretty familiar with raunchy language, and code-words for uh, certain things, but I'd never heard that one before. 

All I could think of was fluffer-nutter, an egregious combination of marshmallow and peanut butter in a jar.

 

So I looked it up. Turns out it isn't all that shocking; also, that it has something to do with movie-making (of sorts.)

 

According to wikipaedia, this is a fluffer:

 

"fluffer is a person employed to keep a male adult film star aroused on the set.[1]These duties, which do not necessarily involve touching the actors, are considered part of the makeup department. After setting up the desired angle, the director asks the actors to hold position and calls for the fluffer to "fluff" the actors for the shot. Fluffing could also entail sexual acts such as"

 

Ok, that's enough.

 

Thanks, Holden, for making me aware of a new word. One should always look to increase one's vocabulary. Like those "word a day" calendars...are they still around? Wonder if any of them include the word "fluffer"?

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Whoever programmed this thing? They have a prurient mind.

 

 

I can not speak of this software expressly but I have been told that many providers of forum software include in new installations a list composed of all words which have been banned by moderators on all forums which use their software.

 

It is my understanding that this is so that forum moderators do not have to spend time removing objectionable words when exist more important user issues of new software.

 

I know that some words which were not allowed during the first few days have been removed from the list. I meant to try to post movie titles so that I could see in: Preview mode which words were not allowed. It was time-consuming and not enlightening and so I lost interest after testing perhaps first two-fifteenths of the list of movie titles which I have available.

 

Please excuse this test:
Моє судно на повітряній подушці наповнене вуграми
 
I should have no problems! :)
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I just encountered another example of the Autocensor's squeamishness. (I like to capitalize "autocensor" because it lends a certain creepy quality to it that way, like it's an Authority of some kind...)

 

I was reading a post in another thread which referred to the 50s pop /r & b style of music known as

"doo w o p".

The "w o p" part was xxx'd out.

 

This is why humans are better than machines. A human would have realized that the "w" "o" "p" was just the second syllable of this musical term, "doo w o p"/

But the machine, just being programmed to delete those letters, accordingly deleted them.

 

I assume it was programmed thusly to avoid the generally regarded as offensive slang term for Italian immigrants (the one that's used liberally in many movies about Italian-American gangsters, not that that makes it ok.)

 

But I suppose a human would not have the time to just sit and monitor every single word and slang term that gets written and posted on a website. 

 

Funny thing is how people can always figure out fairly easily how to get around this kind of thing, simply by typing spaces between the letters, and other ways as well.

 

Still, after all the above, dammit, ( or should I say, "d a m m i t" ), I just wanted to read the word for the 50s r and b musical style known as " doo w o p."  !

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Please excuse this test:

Моє судно на повітряній подушці наповнене вуграми

 

I should have no problems! :)

 

I once put my "entire French section" on display in one of my book shop's windows. The titles were "****!"  and "**** Encore!"

 

So does the autocensor speakka da snail?  Let's see.

 

(Curses, foiled again!  Or as the French might say, "M e r d e  encore!")

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Thanks, Holden, for making me aware of a new word. One should always look to increase one's vocabulary. Like those "word a day" calendars...are they still around? Wonder if any of them include the word "fluffer"?

You're quite welcome, misswonderly.

 

Knowledge is power.

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They should just turn the damn thing off.

 

Adults can report something if they find it offensive - there's no need for auto-program censorship.

Wow. "Damn" is ok, but p a c k e r  isn't?  I forget where I tried to use it and was very surprised when it got ***ed out. 

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