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October 22, 2004

Hey! I Can't Comment Due to "Questionable Content"

I think I know how these filters work-- they look for words similar to banned words (usually those used by spamming companies), and then they bounce any comment that contains a permutation of them.

I was just disallowed from posting a comment about The Office due, the software said, to the banned phrase "me.com." Well, I didn't have "me.com" in my comment, but I did use the word "comedies" a couple of times. When I replaced that word with "shows," I was able to post.

Not the word I wanted, but the only word I was allowed.

I apologize for this snag, which I know has hit people from time to time. It's a feature of Moveable Type, and it sometimes doesn't work quite right. I know it's frustrating to have an unobjectionable comment banned for some stupid reason, but I don't think there's any way to turn it off-- and if it were turned off, the comments would be filled with spam about rape porn and casino gambling.


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