Silly censorship (was YA/Children's/Adult Books)

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Mon Apr 28 07:25:52 EDT 2003


Roger Burton West imparted:

>A related datum from another field: among other things I have done, I
>have been known to build web-sites for pop groups (British readers may
>have heard of "S Club 7" and "Westlife", both of whose sites I worked
>on a few years ago). A standard request from those paying for these
>sites was a web-BBS and/or an IRC-style chat room, which we could give
>them; and the standard next request was for "bad words" to be filtered
>out.
>
>But this is impossible, we replied. Say that you consider the word
>"kite" offensive; how are you going to prevent people from using "kyte",
>"kyt", "k1te", etc., while still allowing them to talk about kittens?
>
>But they didn't care. As long as the _actual words_ weren't visible,
>that was fine with them.

Did any of them live in Scunthorpe?  <nudge, nudge, wink, wink>

Minnow


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