Update: Why is My Post Moderated or Filtered?
THE EXACT REASON: The short answer is that we don't know. It isn't necessarily a swear word. Comment moderation is a very complex and not entirely accurate algorithm. The software takes its best guess. There's no way you and I can know the specific reason a comment is filtered. Maybe you used a word that sounded to the algorithms like a particular pharmaceudical that people spam forums with, or you used the word "gambling" in a way an algorithm thinks might be a pitch for online gambling sites. The system necessarily uses adaptive, fuzzy logic, so there's no way to tell which of a gazillion rules was triggered. It's not just a simple set of linear rules, which could easily be defeated by spammers. We also didn't write the rules and can't edit them except for a few basic settings.
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“Comments are free”
Well I’d certainly hope so. That’s why it’s called “free speech,” you know.
Anyway, the horror of behind-the-paywall comments — a gated community or a ghetto, depending on your point of view. And it’s well to remember that paywall articles referenced in the blog and in the Nefarium only deal with abstracts because of the monetary onus.
I’m really not being churlish here; we each came here for various reasons and with different intentions, and have various income levels. Some of us support JPF’s work by supporting the core of his work, by buying and reading his books.
They implement change a little at a time and it becomes the new normal –
A slow burn. David Bowie https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x6MDhtBEmCs
I’ll give you more security[from my wrath]
But you must give up some of your liberty[republic]
– [Corporate Fascism 101]
(checking for Inepti tude by Nonenti ties through Plenti tude of Repeti tion )
11 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
10 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
9 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
8 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
7 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
6 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
5 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
In Grati tude for your Lati tude…
Proof case (modded or not modded):
Proof case (modded or not modded):
Beati tudes (without space)
“Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
goshawks – August 24, 2017 at 6:19 am
OH.. MI.. GO..shwaks.. how long did it take you to put spaces in all those words…
Quite a while. It was kind of a low-level Grail Quest to see if that many space-y ‘banned’ words would get through in one go. *grin* Plus, it was kind of a ‘public service’ for Commenters who might be using those three letters in common words and being modded. (Grrr.) Also, to reduce the Quanti ty or Vasti tude of modded comments that Joseph has to Ti trate each day…
Bravo Goshawks, I do appreciate your spirit of defiance.
We can imagine how the ghost in the machine is training our school children in their thoughts, words, actions and ideology.
Moderation is one more tool for control which is the ultimate goal. Security is used in place of freedom.
I’ve learned to be patient and not try to defeat them too often. I have a hard enough time keeping my spelling and grammar correct–and still wonder why some words are changed between my cut and paste from ‘pages’ to the box after posting the comment.
A.I.??? It’s a mixed curse. Yes, it keeps the profanity down. I would like to think the majority of people here have a well developed vocabulary and use words for their power of expression. The problem with these algorithms is the unpublished rules and lists of words that are likely to trip them. Perhaps this is a necessary inconvenience, but these bots do seem to skirt the line between “security” and censorship. I’m glad Dr. Farrell uses them to keep the site clean, but he should have a greater say in how the rules are fashioned and applied. Many of us here are worried as much about the latter as the former–and this only places a greater burden on Dr. Farrell. Rather than wasting time to approve these I would rather see him writing!
Having stated my opinion here, I would like to at least say thank you for posting tips on bypassing this AI black hole. I do appreciate all of those efforts–and some of these ideas are brilliant. If they are not often used doesn’t mean they are not appreciated, as you have taken your time to assist me with a simple thing. I just wonder, though, whether the only way to demonstrate how asinine some of these bots predictions are is to let them happen. We learn just as much about their artificiality as we do their lack of intelligence.
Ideas. Have a robot check required b4 posting each comment. And/or require commenters be only paid members. That commenter type membership can b nominal. Like 5 usd per year. Some number spammers n trolls r unlikely to pay. Any other ideas?
The reason to have an algorithm moderator is security.
Security being some sort of malware?
Security being some sort of bad language?
Copyright? Or some TRL’s[3-ltr acronyms]
SQL, XSS, CSRF,
Broken authentication, session mgmt., etc.?
We have the run the gauntlet of AI inspection for our comments to appear on this and other websites . Thanks for enlightening us of this situation.
Me trying to find that ‘elusive’ inappropriate word in the latest wall-of-text I’m trying to post.. http://media.giphy.com/media/AzdZrT9OGEIyQ/giphy.gif
Thanks for clearing that up. We all were thinking that using the word “Consti tutional” was setting off the mod bot cuz he was on the lookout for, uh, forward-facing mammalian milk dispensers.
Here’s hoping our good doctor is doing well and merely taking a breather.
Well, according to the Beatles, it’s also there, as well as everywhere. You know what they told me back when I was going to private churchianity school? Besides telling me that, if I played the White Album backwards, I would hear that Paul is dead? (But one shouldn’t play it forward or backward, as syncopated beats are the work of the devil, mind you) They told me that “Strawberry Fields Forever” was actually an ode to mary wanna, since slacker stoners are known to plant pot in strawberry fields, cuz strawberry plants camouflage pot plants.
Know whacha get when you play a country song backwards? Getcher wife back, getcher truck back, getcher dog back…..
Lisa In The Sky W/Diamonds
“cuz strawberry plants camouflage pot plants”…
Strawberries (https://wiki.nurserylive.com/uploads/default/original/1X/5d4fca7fec9be8618e016588350d62ad547a1691.png) vs Mari Juan HA! (http://media.salon.com/2017/03/marijuana_illinois_53857.jpg-1280×960.jpg)
I’d understand Sage, Mint, Basil or Gardinias or Marigolds to mask Pot Smell.. but you’re gonna need full grown Wheat or Corn to compete with 4th stage plants.. they’re huge… but if you need to mask the smell that much, Id suggest going straight to Carbon Filter’s or you’re gonna get busted 🙂
Ah.. just read the rest of your post.. Dont mess about with backtracking. Its more insidious than you think.
Forget about the Beatles.. what’s done is done. Worry A LOT MORE about anything Jay Z or Beyonce or Rihanna or anyone associated by any means possible to Marina Abramović are doing. Those are the real problems..
Then you also have the problemes linked to the Disney machine and MK… so.. Katy Pery and Lady Googoogaga.. but that’s more linked to the Tavistock program than real satanism..
Groups like Iron Maiden make no apology for using satanic verse and describing rituals in their songs..
Then you have the old Thelemists like Jimmy Paige and new occultists like KLF, (imitating massacring their fans at a concert with fake machineguns.. they burnt a million dollars.. wonder what that was about..) or Peter Christopherson and John Balance, Christopherson introduced Genesis to the work of Austin Osman Spare. (shout out to Baz).
I suppose that occultism in songs isnt a bad thing.. Back Tracking and pschology linked to satanism.. in my opinion.. is.