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From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 08:01:57 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist] 22.477 rude words online

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 477.
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        Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 09:00:03 +1300
        From: Siobhan King <>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 22.471 rude words online?
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The simplest way is to make the words into images so web marshal can't parse them. That is how "TV go home" gets around Web Marshal. (NSFW - coarse language)

Siobhan King
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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 471.
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        Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:10:13 +0000
        From: Alun Edwards <>
        Subject: rude words

Our dept has received an enquiry from an academic that wishes to put up
some web pages that feature rude words (with good academic reason, of

The question is, does anyone know of any techniques that would avoid
having this page tagged as 'bad' content (or even porn) by search
engines, parental controls etc.?

Is substituting asterisks for vowels an effective method, or is this
likely to be worse? Are there any meta tags to put in the head that
might help?

There was also some concern that such pages would contravene a
University's regulations. However if there is a valid academic purpose
behind the use of potential offensive language then I don't think
there's any question of that.

Any thought's on the subject would be most appreciated, but remember:
keep it clean people...

Regards, Ally

Alun Edwards

Intute: Arts and Humanities, Oxford University Computing Services,
University of Oxford

First World War Poetry Digital Archive, English Faculty, University of

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