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.

THE SOLUTION: There's no solution that guarantees it won't happen. If your comment is held for moderation, wait for Dr. Farrell to approve it. He checks routinely. If your comment or post is immediately filtered as "inappropriate", and it doesn't contain anything you think should trigger that, you can try posting again in a few minutes. If it contains a borderline word like "viagra", you can try omitting that. There's no procedure to white list certain words or phrases or certain users. The filter is either on for everyone or off for everyone. If we turn it off, you're going to see a lot more spam and profanity, and the community becomes unmanageable.

SECURITY IS A TRADEOFF: Unfortunately, we can't require locks on all the doors - just none of the doors we prefer to use. So, to secure the site, some comments might have to wait a day until we being approved in that day's round of moderated comments. Or your post might get wrongly flagged as inappropriate, and we won't know why or be able to do much about. It's the risk we take with putting up an intelligent spam barrier that is not outwitted with a simple rope ladder.

COMMENTS ARE FREE: Keep in mind, comments are a free feature. They're not part of paid membership, as evidenced by the fact they're open to everyone who registers at no charge. We don't guarantee that anyone is entitled to comment or post without ever having it moderated, and we don't promise to provide a reason for moderation (we'd be making it up, if we did). The reason we use an electronic system for moderation flagging is that it's just too opaque for us to operate manually across thousands of comments. If your comment goes to moderation, we appreciate your patience, and it will most likely be approved in the next round of comment approvals, which usually happens in a day or so.

23 thoughts on “Update: Why is My Post Moderated or Filtered?”

  1. “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.

  2. Robert Barricklow

    I’ll give you more security[from my wrath]
    But you must give up some of your liberty[republic]
    – [Corporate Fascism 101]

  3. Testing…
    (checking for Inepti tude by Nonenti ties through Plenti tude of Repeti tion )
    http://www.wordfind.com/contains/ti t/

    11 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
    Adventi tial
    Adventi tias
    Alti tudinal
    Anti tarnish
    Anti thyroid
    Anti tobacco
    Anti truster
    Anti tumoral
    Anti tussive
    Anti typhoid
    Apti tudinal
    Asphalti tes
    Atti tudinal
    Biparti tely
    Biparti tion
    Colati tudes
    Competi tion
    Competi tive
    Competi tors
    Consti tuent
    Consti tuted
    Consti tutes
    Degluti tion
    Desti tuting
    Desti tution
    Disenti tled
    Disenti tles
    Disquanti ty
    Divesti ture
    Enti tlement
    Exacti tudes
    Facti tively
    Hemsti tched
    Hemsti tcher
    Hemsti tches
    Hepati tides
    Hepati tises
    Inapti tudes
    Incerti tude
    Inepti tudes
    Ingrati tude
    Insti tuters
    Insti tuting
    Insti tution
    Insti tutors
    Investi ture
    Jacti tation
    Kerati tides
    Kerati tises
    Lati tudinal
    Midlati tude
    Multi tasked
    Multi tiered
    Nicti tating
    Nonenti ties
    Nonidenti ty
    Paroti tises
    Parti tioned
    Parti tioner
    Parti tively
    Peridoti tes
    Peridoti tic
    Periosti tis
    Peti tionary
    Peti tioners
    Peti tioning
    Plenti tudes
    Procti tides
    Procti tises
    Prompti tude
    Prostati tis
    Prosti tuted
    Prosti tutes
    Prosti tutor
    Pyrrhoti tes
    Quanti tated
    Quanti tates
    Reinsti tute
    Reparti tion
    Repeti tions
    Repeti tious
    Resti tching
    Resti tuting
    Resti tution
    Senecti tude
    Shergotti te
    Spessarti te
    Stalacti tes
    Stalacti tic
    Sti tcheries
    Sti tchworts
    Substi tuent
    Substi tuted
    Substi tutes
    Ti tanically
    Ti tillating
    Ti tillation
    Ti tillative
    Ti tivations
    Ti tleholder
    Ti trimetric
    Ti ttivating
    Topsti tched
    Topsti tches
    Unsti tching

    10 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
    Adventi tia
    Alberti tes
    Anti theses
    Anti thesis
    Anti thetic
    Anti toxins
    Anti trades
    Anti tragus
    Anti tumors
    Appeti tive
    Argenti tes
    Asphalti te
    Backsti tch
    Beati tudes
    Carnoti tes
    Celesti tes
    Cementi tes
    Certi tudes
    Chasti ties
    Cobalti tes
    Colati tude
    Competi tor
    Consti tute
    Cysti tides
    Denti tions
    Dermati tis
    Desti tuted
    Desti tutes
    Dieti tians
    Disenti tle
    Enstati tes
    Exacti tude
    Facti tious
    Ficti tious
    Forti tudes
    Grati tudes
    Haemati tes
    Helicti tes
    Identi ties
    Inapti tude
    Inepti tude
    Insti tuted
    Insti tuter
    Insti tutes
    Insti tutor
    Inti tuling
    Locksti tch
    Magneti tes
    Masti tides
    Misti tling
    Multi tasks
    Multi tones
    Multi track
    Multi tudes
    Nicti tated
    Nicti tates
    Parti tions
    Parti tives
    Pasti tsios
    Pegmati tes
    Pegmati tic
    Peridoti te
    Peti teness
    Peti tioned
    Peti tioner
    Plati tudes
    Plenti tude
    Prosti tute
    Prousti tes
    Pyrrhoti te
    Quanti tate
    Quanti ties
    Recti tudes
    Repeti tion
    Repeti tive
    Resti tched
    Resti tches
    Resti tuted
    Resti tutes
    Sancti ties
    Solsti tial
    Sorti tions
    Stalacti te
    Sti tchwort
    Stomati tis
    Substi tute
    Subti tling
    Ti tanesses
    Ti tillated
    Ti tillates
    Ti tivating
    Ti tivation
    Ti tratable
    Ti trations
    Ti ttivated
    Ti ttivates
    Ti ttupping
    Ti tularies
    Triparti te
    Troosti tes
    Tungsti tes
    Unchasti ty
    Unsti tched
    Unsti tches
    Vasti tudes
    Whipsti tch

    9 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
    Alberti te
    Alti tudes
    Anti theft
    Anti toxic
    Anti toxin
    Anti trade
    Anti tragi
    Anti trust
    Anti tumor
    Anti types
    Anti typic
    Appeti tes
    Apti tudes
    Argenti te
    Atti tudes
    Beati tude
    Biparti te
    Carnoti te
    Celesti te
    Cementi te
    Certi tude
    Cobalti te
    Denti tion
    Desti tute
    Dieti tian
    Enstati te
    Enti tling
    Facti tive
    Forti tude
    Grati tude
    Haemati te
    Helicti te
    Hemati tes
    Hemati tic
    Hemsti tch
    Hepati tis
    Insti tute
    Inti tling
    Inti tuled
    Inti tules
    Kerati tis
    Lati tudes
    Magneti te
    Mimeti tes
    Misti tled
    Misti tles
    Multi task
    Multi tone
    Multi tude
    Nicti tant
    Nicti tate
    Nonenti ty
    Ouisti tis
    Paroti tic
    Paroti tis
    Parti tion
    Parti tive
    Pasti tsio
    Pasti tsos
    Pegmati te
    Peti tions
    Petti toes
    Plati tude
    Poorti ths
    Procti tis
    Prousti te
    Recti tude
    Resti tute
    Reti tling
    Smalti tes
    Smecti tes
    Smecti tic
    Sorti tion
    Steati tes
    Steati tic
    Sti tchers
    Sti tchery
    Sti tching
    Sti thying
    Subti tled
    Subti tles
    Surti tles
    Ti tanates
    Ti tanisms
    Ti tanites
    Ti taniums
    Ti thonias
    Ti tillate
    Ti tivated
    Ti tivates
    Ti trating
    Ti tration
    Ti trators
    Ti tterers
    Ti ttering
    Ti ttivate
    Ti ttuping
    Ti ttupped
    Ti tularly
    Topsti tch
    Troosti te
    Tungsti te
    Vasti ties
    Vasti tude
    Zarati tes

    8 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
    Alti tude
    Anti tank
    Anti type
    Apati tes
    Appeti te
    Apti tude
    Atti tude
    Bioti tes
    Bioti tic
    Bushti ts
    Chasti ty
    Cysti tis
    Enti ties
    Enti tled
    Enti tles
    Hemati te
    Identi ty
    Inti tled
    Inti tles
    Inti tule
    Lati tude
    Masti tic
    Masti tis
    Mimeti te
    Misti tle
    Multi ton
    Nonti tle
    Oti tides
    Oti tises
    Ouisti ti
    Parti tas
    Pasti tso
    Peti tion
    Poorti th
    Quanti ty
    Resti tch
    Reti tled
    Reti tles
    Sancti ty
    Smalti te
    Smecti te
    Steati te
    Sti tched
    Sti tcher
    Sti tches
    Sti thied
    Sti thies
    Subti tle
    Surti tle
    Tecti tes
    Tekti tes
    Tekti tic
    Ti tanate
    Ti taness
    Ti tanias
    Ti tanism
    Ti tanite
    Ti tanium
    Ti tanous
    Ti thable
    Ti things
    Ti thonia
    Ti tivate
    Ti tlarks
    Ti tlists
    Ti tmouse
    Ti trable
    Ti trants
    Ti trated
    Ti trates
    Ti trator
    Ti ttered
    Ti tterer
    Ti ttuped
    Ti ttuppy
    Ti tubant
    Ti tulars
    Ti tulary
    Unsti tch
    Unti tled
    Zarati te

    7 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
    Anti tax
    Apati te
    Bioti te
    Bushti t
    Enti tle
    Inti tle
    Parti ta
    Parti te
    Peti tes
    Rati tes
    Reti tle
    Tecti te
    Tekti te
    Ti tania
    Ti tanic
    Ti tbits
    Ti tfers
    Ti thers
    Ti thing
    Ti tians
    Ti tlark
    Ti tling
    Ti tlist
    Ti tmice
    Ti trant
    Ti trate
    Ti tters
    Ti tties
    Ti ttles
    Ti ttups
    Ti tular
    Tomti ts
    Vasti ty

    6 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
    Enti ty
    Oti tic
    Oti tis
    Peti te
    Rati te
    Sti tch
    Sti thy
    Ti tans
    Ti tbit
    Ti ters
    Ti tfer
    Ti thed
    Ti ther
    Ti thes
    Ti tian
    Ti tled
    Ti tles
    Ti tman
    Ti tmen
    Ti tres
    Ti tter
    Ti ttie
    Ti ttle
    Ti ttup
    Tomti t

    5 Letter words that contain the ‘banned’ three letters
    Peti t
    Ti tan
    Ti ter
    Ti the
    Ti tis
    Ti tle
    Ti tre

    In Grati tude for your Lati tude…

    1. Proof case (modded or not modded):
      Beati tudes (without space)

      “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
      goshawks – August 24, 2017 at 6:19 am

      1. 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…

        1. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. Robert Barricklow

    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.?

  7. 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.

  8. Phil the Thrill

    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.

        1. Phil the Thrill

          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…..

          1. “cuz strawberry plants camouflage pot plants”…

            Wha…?????
            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 🙂

          2. 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.

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