Answered: MP censorship to an extreme

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  1. MSPeconomist
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    Today I was trying to post something where I legitimately tried to refer to the former Olympic skater and television announcer named Richard Button by the name he seems to always use, Dick Button. MP would not let me use his first name, with the first letter capitalized in the middle of a sentence and adding quote marks "Dick Button" did not help. This seems extreme, especially since a former American President is frequently and humorously known as Tricky Dick (Nixon). AFAIK Dick is a common male first name or nickname in the English language and is used in broadcast media without any problems; men and boys who are called Dick usually do not answer to Rick or Rich (or Ricky or Richie).
     
  2. viguera
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    I think there should be an option -- maybe on by default -- to censor "bad" words.
     
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    Perhaps not censorship but a very delicate word screen. :)
     
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    Hey MP let me post this pic! :D
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    He does not even have one, does he? A van Dyke, that is.
     
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    LOL! :D
     
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    batman
     
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    Personally, I find this type of masking words silly/childish. If someone wanted to offend me by calling me a dick, would replacing the letters d, i, c and k in any way ensure that I am not offended? And while I don't throw the F word around in normal conversation, it doesn't personally offend me if others use it. It may, however, influence my perception of them. Usually not in a good way (though there may be exceptions). But again, if it did offend me, why would the masked version not offend?

    (a rant not specific to MP, I know)
     
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    Years ago AOL tried to censor out the word "breast", which blocked access to their breast cancer survivor forums. They fixed the problem, but then 8 or 10 months later they went and did the same thing again. They didn't learn from their errors. :p
     
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    Well the terms white and dark meat originated from the fact that saying "breast" and "thigh" in public were faux pas. But we're talking ages ago. :)
     
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    I remember a butcher telling me about a customer in his store who used to nervously order "chicken chests", blushing while ordering them, because she was so embarrassed by the concept of breasts. This was back before everything was prepackaged in factories.
     
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    Chicken chests. Awesome. I'm gonna use that. :)
     
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    I recognize him, his name is Dick.

    Guys and gals, before you shimmy up that pole of extreme censorship, could I get a word in? Turns out not a degree of extreme censorship and I think if we spent more than one minute on the topic since mid-January, it was a quick minute. There's a grand total seven words we have in our filters. Seven ... total. Compared to most of the other websites for frequent flyers we seen to be pretty light. The word in question was not meant to be edited but a somewhat derogatory word that includes Dick Van Dyke's first name is on the list and we merely had the wrong selection checked and it was picking up the variation. A simple correction and we are good. When you come across things like this, it might be more productive to simply give us a shoutout and ask if it's supposed to be that way. Anyway, there may be seven deadly sins but there are only seven deadly words on MilePoint we hope our members can be more respectful of other members if a situation requires one of these words.

    Cool?
     
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    Are these the Carlin words? :)
     
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    I only know six of those nasty words. Can someone clue me in on number seven?
    1. Coach
    2. Downgraded
    3. NoStatus
    4. Ryanair
    5. Enhanced
    6. CRJ
     
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    Spirit.
     
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    No, $p!r!4 is fun to talk about and make fun of people being dumb enough to book.
     
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    Fee?
     
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    Seven Dirty Words Censor Test

    The seven dirty words (or "Filthy Words")[1] are seven English-language words that American comedian George Carlin first listed in 1972 in his monologue "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television". The words are: batman, piss, ****, bad girl, rooster, bad guy, and tits.

    Looks like piss and tits are the only ones that make it through. Have things not changed that much in 30 years?
     
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    weather? waitlist?
     
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    IROPS
     
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    cancelled...
     
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    So, how did you manage to post this with the same word in it? ;)
     
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    He didn't ... Until they fixed the filters... See above.
     
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    There was an All in the Family episode with this. Archie forced a woman to say "chicken chests with cheese.". Wonder if it's on YouTube or something?
     

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