Unflagging a word and setting us free

Unflagging a word and setting us free December 9, 2010

Thanks to tODD for figuring out how to get into the spam filter to keep it from blocking the word “socialist.”  The filter keeps a list of words to flag that usually are associated with spam.   All that had to be done was to delete “Cialis” from the list.  Now you commenters can talk about “socialism” all you want, whether you are for it or against it, and your comment won’t get filtered.

This really opens up the subject matter for this blog.  We can discuss not only socialists but also specialists, commercialism, provincialism, and racialism.

We can also use previously forbidden words like artificial, beneficial, judicial, superficial, social, antisocial, and crucial when followed by an “is” or a noun that begins with those two letters, such as “issue.”

Think of all the things we are now freed to talk about.  Even Cialis.  (If that kind of spam gets through all of the other defenses, though, we might have to take further action.)

At any rate, this will hopefully keep your comments from not showing up and will keep me from having the unpleasant duty of going through the spam that gets filtered looking for legitimate comments that were blocked.  (Also remember that posts with more than two links go into moderation, but those are easier for me to catch and approve.)

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  • So that’s why I got blocked (more than 2 links).

  • So that’s why I got blocked (more than 2 links).

  • Dan Kempin

    I suppose I should be happy about this, but now that it has been resolved, it just seems like there is one less mystery in the world.

    I remember back in the day when a post would inexplicably vanish, or appear in a long thrad of discussion, messing up all the number references. What happened? Why? The conspiracy theories were a nice augment in our discussion. You never knew when your comment was going to disappear and for how long. It was kind of like the mysterious powers on the island of “Lost.”

    I am impressed by tODD’s dashing cleverness, of course. (Bravo Dartagnan!) I am amazed that he solved the mystery.

    Alas for the mystery solved, though, for it is no longer a mystery!

  • Dan Kempin

    I suppose I should be happy about this, but now that it has been resolved, it just seems like there is one less mystery in the world.

    I remember back in the day when a post would inexplicably vanish, or appear in a long thrad of discussion, messing up all the number references. What happened? Why? The conspiracy theories were a nice augment in our discussion. You never knew when your comment was going to disappear and for how long. It was kind of like the mysterious powers on the island of “Lost.”

    I am impressed by tODD’s dashing cleverness, of course. (Bravo Dartagnan!) I am amazed that he solved the mystery.

    Alas for the mystery solved, though, for it is no longer a mystery!

  • fws

    I suppose I should be happy, but I share Dan´s feeling of being strangely…. dare I say it…. deflated…..

  • fws

    I suppose I should be happy, but I share Dan´s feeling of being strangely…. dare I say it…. deflated…..

  • Dan Kempin

    Ha! I laughed out loud at that one, fws! (And I almost typed, “loud and long,” but caught myself just in time.

    Good thing we are not saved by our piety, but only via grace.

  • Dan Kempin

    Ha! I laughed out loud at that one, fws! (And I almost typed, “loud and long,” but caught myself just in time.

    Good thing we are not saved by our piety, but only via grace.

  • Tom Hering

    I’m lo@the to @b@ndon @ll the @musement I h@d when m@king @lph@betic@l substitutions.

  • Tom Hering

    I’m lo@the to @b@ndon @ll the @musement I h@d when m@king @lph@betic@l substitutions.

  • fws

    Tom at 5

    but on the upnote, Dr Veith could now do a post on Cialis and we could all discuss it here as good christians and none of our posts would go in the spam filter!

  • fws

    Tom at 5

    but on the upnote, Dr Veith could now do a post on Cialis and we could all discuss it here as good christians and none of our posts would go in the spam filter!

  • I’d also like to point out that, in addition to striking “cialis” from the blacklist, I also struck “pharm”, “pharmacy”, and “shoes”. So pheel phree to talk about your trip to the pharmacy. (Except you weirdos that will instead head down to the chemist.) And, I don’t know, have at it with the shoe talk. Nikes, Jimmy Choos, it’s all good when it comes to shoes.

  • I’d also like to point out that, in addition to striking “cialis” from the blacklist, I also struck “pharm”, “pharmacy”, and “shoes”. So pheel phree to talk about your trip to the pharmacy. (Except you weirdos that will instead head down to the chemist.) And, I don’t know, have at it with the shoe talk. Nikes, Jimmy Choos, it’s all good when it comes to shoes.

  • Snafu (@1), yeah, 2 links is fine, but more than that, and you look like a spammer. It should also be noted that if you paste in a raw URL (with the whole “http://” bit in front, or maybe even anything starting with “www.”), WordPress will convert it into an HTML link. So no more than two of those, either.

    There are ways around this, though. You can post an infinite number of slightly-truncated URLs that will work to tell people where your information is. You just have to cut out the bits I mentioned earlier. For instance, the URL for this page that would not trigger your link count would be:
    geneveith.com/2010/12/09/unflagging-a-word-and-setting-us-free/

  • Snafu (@1), yeah, 2 links is fine, but more than that, and you look like a spammer. It should also be noted that if you paste in a raw URL (with the whole “http://” bit in front, or maybe even anything starting with “www.”), WordPress will convert it into an HTML link. So no more than two of those, either.

    There are ways around this, though. You can post an infinite number of slightly-truncated URLs that will work to tell people where your information is. You just have to cut out the bits I mentioned earlier. For instance, the URL for this page that would not trigger your link count would be:
    geneveith.com/2010/12/09/unflagging-a-word-and-setting-us-free/

  • And hey, guys, if you want, I can talk to Dr. Veith about inserting random words (or morphemes) into the spam list. I could change them every week. It would keep the feeling of mystery alive, and even turn into a game! “Every time I mention Adam Smith’s famous book, or my favorite Genesis album*, my comment disappears! Hmm …” Let us know if you want to set that up. 😉

    *Entirely hypothetical.

  • And hey, guys, if you want, I can talk to Dr. Veith about inserting random words (or morphemes) into the spam list. I could change them every week. It would keep the feeling of mystery alive, and even turn into a game! “Every time I mention Adam Smith’s famous book, or my favorite Genesis album*, my comment disappears! Hmm …” Let us know if you want to set that up. 😉

    *Entirely hypothetical.

  • trotk

    tODD, I would like to see you insert a letter into the spam list. Or perhaps a combination of letters. You could let us know what they are, and we could try to have a normal discussion without using them.

    Some suggestions:

    Strike “is and are” for a day.
    the combination “and” or “ea”

    It would be an obnoxious, and yet amusing process.

  • trotk

    tODD, I would like to see you insert a letter into the spam list. Or perhaps a combination of letters. You could let us know what they are, and we could try to have a normal discussion without using them.

    Some suggestions:

    Strike “is and are” for a day.
    the combination “and” or “ea”

    It would be an obnoxious, and yet amusing process.

  • Even better, we can now discuss CIALIS!!!

  • Even better, we can now discuss CIALIS!!!

  • Matthew Surburg

    What a relief that we can now discuss treatments for pulmonary hypertension and altitude-related pulmonary edema. One is Cialis, and the other is, oh, shoot, it’s slipped my mind… it starts with a V…

  • Matthew Surburg

    What a relief that we can now discuss treatments for pulmonary hypertension and altitude-related pulmonary edema. One is Cialis, and the other is, oh, shoot, it’s slipped my mind… it starts with a V…

  • Dan Keflex

    Matthew, #12,

    Oddly, the name of other well known pharmaceuticals doesn’t seem to be picked up by the filter. My previous posts had Augmentin, Avodart, and Viagra in character strings, and they came through right away.

    I’m content to live with the mystery, though.

    Hey, maybe if I type “Dharma . . .”

  • Dan Keflex

    Matthew, #12,

    Oddly, the name of other well known pharmaceuticals doesn’t seem to be picked up by the filter. My previous posts had Augmentin, Avodart, and Viagra in character strings, and they came through right away.

    I’m content to live with the mystery, though.

    Hey, maybe if I type “Dharma . . .”

  • Dan Keflex

    Well, the mystery lives on! No explanations, please, about capitalization or spaces . . . I want to believe that it was the “D” word!

  • Dan Keflex

    Well, the mystery lives on! No explanations, please, about capitalization or spaces . . . I want to believe that it was the “D” word!

  • You just had to tempt fate, didn’t you, Keflex (@13)?

    For the record, it was “Vi@gra” that got you in trouble. It was (and is) still on the blacklist. I believe your memory is faulty.

  • You just had to tempt fate, didn’t you, Keflex (@13)?

    For the record, it was “Vi@gra” that got you in trouble. It was (and is) still on the blacklist. I believe your memory is faulty.

  • Matthew Surburg

    All of this raises the obvious question: is Obama a Sovicodinist?

  • Matthew Surburg

    All of this raises the obvious question: is Obama a Sovicodinist?

  • Dan Keflex

    tODD,

    It let the character string through in post #4. The separating space must be the cause.

    On second thought, no. I choose to reject such a mundane explanation. I believe instead that the mysterious and enigmatic powers behind the “D” word caused my post to disappear. No, not disappear–they caused my post to jump forward in time while still occupying the same cyper-space! THAT’s what happened. I could type the “V” word right now, if I wanted, and it would go through. But I won’t. Because that would just prove that I don’t really believe the whole Lost/conspiracy/time jump theory.

    Man, I miss that show.

  • Dan Keflex

    tODD,

    It let the character string through in post #4. The separating space must be the cause.

    On second thought, no. I choose to reject such a mundane explanation. I believe instead that the mysterious and enigmatic powers behind the “D” word caused my post to disappear. No, not disappear–they caused my post to jump forward in time while still occupying the same cyper-space! THAT’s what happened. I could type the “V” word right now, if I wanted, and it would go through. But I won’t. Because that would just prove that I don’t really believe the whole Lost/conspiracy/time jump theory.

    Man, I miss that show.

  • tODD @ 8
    I think I’ll just leave the number of links to 2. Deleting letters takes more seconds than writing a new message.

  • tODD @ 8
    I think I’ll just leave the number of links to 2. Deleting letters takes more seconds than writing a new message.

  • Much as I prefer the paranoid solutions proffered by “Dan” (@17), I thought everyone else should know that the spam filter I adjusted really only flags words without spaces in them, contrary to Dr. Veith’s assertion above.

    So Dan’s witty “via grace” — which I hadn’t noticed the first time! — won’t get your comment flagged. But deleting the space in that phrase will.

    Apparently, I thought the best way to convey this information was a day after this post was made, on a Friday afternoon, when almost no one was paying attention.

  • Much as I prefer the paranoid solutions proffered by “Dan” (@17), I thought everyone else should know that the spam filter I adjusted really only flags words without spaces in them, contrary to Dr. Veith’s assertion above.

    So Dan’s witty “via grace” — which I hadn’t noticed the first time! — won’t get your comment flagged. But deleting the space in that phrase will.

    Apparently, I thought the best way to convey this information was a day after this post was made, on a Friday afternoon, when almost no one was paying attention.