The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 December 2004

Embedded bliss

In days of old when modems sold and BBSes flourished, one of my postings was given the **** treatment; it turned out that the post didn't pass muster because of the word "nightwatch."

It took me a while to figure it out, and then I promptly forgot about it, only to find Jeff Jarvis dealing with essentially the same issue with the word "socialism":

MT Blacklist prevents the spammer evildoers from posting comments linking to their dubious business endeavors. And so what's wrong with socialism? Well, at its heart, as you can see, socialism is all about erectile dysfunction. The opiate of the masses, indeed.

I'm just grateful I didn't catch this in the middle of Saturday.

Posted at 5:22 PM to Blogorrhea


I've missed my emailed electric bill twice because it has been trashed by spam assasin as porn spam, because it comes from the domain DTeEnergy.com

Posted by: Kathryn at 8:32 AM on 29 December 2004

Methinks that filtration sometimes needs a human hand at the, um, valve.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:49 AM on 29 December 2004

That would be what whitelists are for.

Posted by: McGehee at 12:38 PM on 29 December 2004

Oh, and when I once set up a filter in Outlook Excess to stop a certain species of spam, I wound up filtering out legitimate e-mails containing the word "specialist."

Posted by: McGehee at 12:39 PM on 29 December 2004