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11th Dec '17 1:28:50 PM Necrodomo
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* The profanity filter for ''VideoGame/Webkinz'' is particularly strict for the few chat platforms that exist in this very, very child-targeted game. One particularly egregious example: Presumably to keep people from asking "how old are you?" the word "old" is censored. If the animal you have chosen to be your PlayerCharacter is an ''Old'' English Sheepdog, you can't even say what kind of animal you are without getting bleeped out.

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* The profanity filter for ''VideoGame/Webkinz'' ''VideoGame/{{Webkinz}}'' is particularly strict for the few chat platforms that exist in this very, very child-targeted game. One particularly egregious example: Presumably to keep people from asking "how old are you?" the word "old" is censored. If the animal you have chosen to be your PlayerCharacter is an ''Old'' English Sheepdog, you can't even say what kind of animal you are without getting bleeped out.
11th Dec '17 1:26:24 PM Necrodomo
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* The profanity filter for ''Videogame/Webkinz'' is particularly strict for the few chat platforms that exist in this very, very child-targeted game. One particularly egregious example: Presumably to keep people from asking "how old are you?" the word "old" is censored. If the animal you have chosen to be your PlayerCharacter is an ''Old'' English Sheepdog, you can't even say what kind of animal you are without getting bleeped out.

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* The profanity filter for ''Videogame/Webkinz'' ''VideoGame/Webkinz'' is particularly strict for the few chat platforms that exist in this very, very child-targeted game. One particularly egregious example: Presumably to keep people from asking "how old are you?" the word "old" is censored. If the animal you have chosen to be your PlayerCharacter is an ''Old'' English Sheepdog, you can't even say what kind of animal you are without getting bleeped out.
11th Dec '17 1:25:47 PM Necrodomo
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* The profanity filter for ''Videogame/Webkinz'' is particularly strict for the few chat platforms that exist in this very, very child-targeted game. One particularly egregious example: Presumably to keep people from asking "how old are you?" the word "old" is censored. If the animal you have chosen to be your PlayerCharacter is an ''Old'' English Sheepdog, you can't even say what kind of animal you are without getting bleeped out.
10th Dec '17 6:55:50 PM LouThunders
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***This is possibly due to how British post codes are a combination of letter and numbers (and as Jagex is a British company), this might be to discourage players sharing their locations through post code.
10th Dec '17 8:45:59 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** They censor the term "homo". You'd expect ''Homo Sapiens'', ''Homo [[InherentlyFunnyWords Erectus]]'' and ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Homo Superior]]'' to be blocked thanks to the space, but ''[[NotHelpingYourCase H**ophobe]]''?

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*** They censor the term "homo". You'd expect ''Homo Sapiens'', ''Homo [[InherentlyFunnyWords Erectus]]'' and ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ''[[ComicBook/XMen Homo Superior]]'' to be blocked thanks to the space, but ''[[NotHelpingYourCase H**ophobe]]''?



* Marvel.com censors the word "homo", despite the name of the mutant race in their very popular ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics being "Homo Superior", or Namor belonging to the species "Homo mermanus".

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* Marvel.com censors the word "homo", despite the name of the mutant race in their very popular ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics being "Homo Superior", or Namor belonging to the species "Homo mermanus".
9th Nov '17 1:29:11 AM EbrithilBowser
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* The online trading for ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' had a filter to prevent Mons with dirty nicknames. The problem is, that also vetoed any Nosep''ass'' and Co''fag''rigus that didn't have a nickname from being traded.

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* The online trading for ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' had a filter to prevent Mons with dirty nicknames. The problem is, that also vetoed any Nosep''ass'' Nosep''ass'', Shar''pedo'' and Co''fag''rigus that didn't have a nickname from being traded.
29th Oct '17 10:47:46 AM igordebraga
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* The online trading for ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' had a filter to prevent Mons with dirty nicknames. The problem is, that also vetoed any Nosep''ass'' and Co''fag''rigus that didn't have a nickname from being traded.
7th Oct '17 3:52:59 PM nombretomado
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* The DDRFreak forums have always had a swear filter. Yes, it's been known to catch a few innocent words at times. Notably there is a DDR song called Little ''Bitch''. It got censored to Little ''Fish'' on the old forums, and on the newer ones it was Little ''Doggy''. However, bypassing the filter with html markup not only worked fine, but is actually allowed, even if the profanity is intentional. The admins just think people getting censored when they are angry is funny, and then getting even angrier when other people cuss just fine is even funnier.

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* The DDRFreak [=DDRFreak=] forums have always had a swear filter. Yes, it's been known to catch a few innocent words at times. Notably there is a DDR song called Little ''Bitch''. It got censored to Little ''Fish'' on the old forums, and on the newer ones it was Little ''Doggy''. However, bypassing the filter with html markup not only worked fine, but is actually allowed, even if the profanity is intentional. The admins just think people getting censored when they are angry is funny, and then getting even angrier when other people cuss just fine is even funnier.



* ESPN.com's filters apply only to the user comments, not to the writers themselves, so you could be directly quoting the article on which you're commenting and end up getting censored. (This was particularly bad when "Boobie" Gibson was involved; thankfully, the nickname seems to have passed and all references to him use his actual first name.) Oddly enough, "eff" is considered out of the question, which is unfortunate considering that BillSimmons was the one who popularized the idea of the [[RubberbandAI "No Effing Way Game"]].

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* ESPN.com's filters apply only to the user comments, not to the writers themselves, so you could be directly quoting the article on which you're commenting and end up getting censored. (This was particularly bad when "Boobie" Gibson was involved; thankfully, the nickname seems to have passed and all references to him use his actual first name.) Oddly enough, "eff" is considered out of the question, which is unfortunate considering that BillSimmons Creator/BillSimmons was the one who popularized the idea of the [[RubberbandAI "No Effing Way Game"]].
6th Oct '17 8:04:50 AM Kapow
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And of course when anyone reads some bizarrely censored text, they are absolutely going to assume that you swore like a drunken sailor at them, with either terrible or hilarious results.



And of course when anyone reads some bizarrely censored text, they are absolutely going to assume that you swore like a drunken sailor at them, with either terrible or hilarious results.
6th Oct '17 8:04:14 AM Kapow
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This is known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe_Problem Scunthorpe Problem]], after an incident in 1996 when AOL's rather simple-minded dirty-word filter prevented residents of several English towns and counties -- among them S''cunt''horpe, ''Penis''tone, Ligh''twat''er and Middle''sex'' -- from creating accounts with AOL because it matched strings within the town names to "banned" words. Since it also checked the town names against the postal codes, users from these towns could not get around it by entering modified versions of the names -- they were [[GoshDarnItToHeck darned if they did]], [[MortonsFork darned if they didn't]]. It's also known as the "clbuttic mistake". The ubiquity of the trope suggests that the profanity filter industry employs a lot of [[DarthWiki/IdiotProgramming very lazy programmers]]. [[http://www.grymoire.com/Unix/Sed.html#uh-1 Read this]] to see what they likely have to wrestle with.

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This is known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe_Problem Scunthorpe Problem]], after an incident in 1996 when AOL's rather simple-minded dirty-word filter prevented residents of several English towns and counties -- among them S''cunt''horpe, ''Penis''tone, Ligh''twat''er and Middle''sex'' -- from creating accounts with AOL because it matched strings within the town names to "banned" words. Since it also checked the town names against the postal codes, users from these towns could not get around it by entering modified versions of the names -- they were [[GoshDarnItToHeck darned if they did]], [[MortonsFork darned if they didn't]]. It's also known as the "clbuttic mistake". The ubiquity of the trope suggests that the profanity filter industry employs a lot of [[DarthWiki/IdiotProgramming very lazy programmers]]. [[http://www.grymoire.com/Unix/Sed.html#uh-1 Read this]] to see what they likely have to wrestle with.
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While most filters will remove offending words, a few have attempted to ''replace'' the words with less offensive alternatives, resulting in a rare variant of this trope known as the "clbuttic mistake". [[https://newstechnica.com/2008/10/12/universal-internet-filter-plans-detailed/ Examples]] include "buttembly", "consbreastution", "loveual harbuttment", and "buttbuttinate".
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