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06-07-10, 09:29 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Word filtering often seems over-sensitive but sadly the word in question is more often used as an insult rather than as a male name to be sandwiched between 'Tom' and 'Harry'. In fact, I think the Wedding Photography thread is the first instance of it
being used as an expletive on here!
As a good proportion of heated debates occur when moderators are unavailable, we'd rather lessen the potential blow by making sure that a very rudimentary filtering system is in place rather than not at all. This is not only to protect our members from derogatory, inflammatory and prejudice remarks, but to also protect the site.
Another small thing to note is that Google crawls websites for certain phrases and search terms. Although the Google bots are exceptionally clever in that sense, the point at which it fails is establishing the context for those phrases. So if the crawler sees the word 'photography' multiple times and various, possibly intimacy related expletives across the site, Photoradar will attract a rather different kind of web user and a lot more spam!
Apologies for the slightly bizarre word filtering system but it is a useful way to make sure that the site and our users are protected, without the need for 24 hour moderation.
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