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Donald M. Scheef
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 1:18 pm    Post subject: Scunthorpe Problem Reply with quote

I have discovered that the problem with GHQ's censorship filter has a name; the Scunthorpe Problem. This is what happens when an automated editing system censors longer words that contain a string of letters that constitute an objectional word. For example, "Guadalc*nal" with an extra "a" in place of the asterisk.

The name is that of a village in North Lincolnshire, the residents of which could not register on AOL in the mid-1990s. The Wikipedia entry includes several amusing/annoying examples.

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MechCommander
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's annoying as I have a WW2 Canadian SP gun called a Se*ton but it keeps getting Censored because of the first part of the name.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even more annoying when you cant even enter USS ** CENSORED ** or HMS ** CENSORED **. However I could probably type the fornicating Scunthrope problem, with out a problem.
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