The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #82302   Message #1507608
Posted By: Rapparee
22-Jun-05 - 10:02 PM
Thread Name: BS: rudities
Subject: RE: BS: rudities
Filters that I am familiar with utilize a list of words AND a list of websites. The words are taken in context -- "breast of chicken" and "rump roast" would not be blocked because of the words "breast" and "rump;" neither would "breast cancer." The list of words can also be added to and deleted from, allowing you to enter "foutter" or "puta" and take out "come." Problem is, most of these lists only use English -- you have to add the words you want to block when they are in other languages (as the French and Spanish examples). And that can lead to a website blocking the Latin "Et cum spiritu tuo" ("And with your spirit," a response in the old Tridentine Mass of the Catholic Church) because it contains the Latin word "cum." The "blocked word in context" filters would pass it; the "words on this list" filters would block it.

The list of blocked websites are usually a standard list to which you can add. The websites fall into various categories (gambling, computer games, sex, chat, pornography, crime, news, shopping, etc.), and you can simply check which categories you want blocked. You can usually add URLs to these, but it's difficult to remove them from the standard lists.

Then there's the Children's Internet Protection Act, which mandates that filters should block sites not for words, but for images -- a technology that doesn't yet work.


Sigh.

I know too much about this sort of thing.