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Moderation changes

I should have learned my lesson two decades ago, that naive keyword-based censorship doesn’t work. A fair number of comments have gone into moderation recently as the result of my attempts to control long off-topic threads and other uncivil remarks. In think that in every case, I approved the comment.

So as of now, I have removed most of the moderation filtering. The only thing that remains is some cuss words and all the banned commenters. I have also relaxed the number of URL’s allowed to the point that no one should have a comment moderated for that reason.

9 Responses to Moderation changes

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    Majority Will May 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    “A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.”
    – Donald Trump

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    Slartibartfast May 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    As someone who has been skirting the edge of incivility at the very least and who has recently forsworn any ability I might have once had to conceal my contempt of the birthers and their dishonest tactics, thanks. I promise not to go careening off-topic.

    By the way, can you do a George Carlin impression? (By which I mean, can you tell us what the words that you can’t say at Doc C’s are?)

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Slartibartfast: As someone who has been skirting the edge of incivility at the very least and who has recently forsworn any ability I might have once had to conceal my contempt of the birthers and their dishonest tactics, thanks. I promise not to go careening off-topic.

    Focus on the concept of “bemusement.”

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Slartibartfast:
    By the way, can you do a George Carlin impression? (By which I mean, can you tell us what the words that you can’t say at Doc C’s are?)

    If you steer clear of the words in HR 3687 and refrain from cursing the deity, you will be fine. My list is a little shorter, but as Carlin said of the word “turd,” “You can say ‘turd” but who would want to?”

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    gorefan May 4, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    Booger is ok, right

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    Slartibartfast May 4, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    I bet you they won’t play this song on the radio,
    I bet you they won’t play this new $%^& song.
    It’s not that it’s **** or #$*&^&* controversial
    It’s just that the @*% words are awfully strong.

    You can’t say ^&*@ on the radio,
    Or $@#! or ^&*% or §*%*
    You can’t even say I’d like to ?:”* you someday
    Unless you’re a doctor with a really large ~!*%

    So I bet you they won’t play this song on the radio
    I bet you they don’t *&% well program it.
    I bet you those &*(#ing old program directors
    Will think it’s a load of horse $&!#

    Just checking…

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    Slartibartfast May 4, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: If you steer clear of the words in HR 3687 and refrain from cursing the deity, you will be fine. My list is a little shorter, but as Carlin said of the word “turd,” “You can say turd” but who would want to?”

    Thanks Doc. I would note, however, that when you’re dealing with Mikey N and Mikey R (Flying Spaghetti Monster damn them [with his noodlely appendage]) the temptation to use the word ‘turd’ can sometimes be very strong…

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    Northland10 May 4, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    “Moderation in all things, including moderation.”

    Attributed to many, many sources (Mark Tawain, Benjamin Franklin, Petronis, et al.).

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 4, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: If you steer clear of the words in HR 3687 and refrain from cursing the deity,

    I thought it hugely ironic that someone would introduce a bill that would make it illegal to discuss the bill on TV.