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8th-Dec-2007 11:48 am
rainbow fairy
I'm told this is done by "substring search"--so certain root words are blocked, and every derivative that includes them. There are two categories: blocked words, and blocked combinations. If you search for one of the blocked terms, you get a message that says:
Error
Sorry, we're unable to help you find users matching the interests you've provided.
instead of the the normal list of comms & journals, or note that nobody has this interest, but you could start a comm with it or add it to your journal.

The combinations seem to attempt to address child/incest sexuality issues; the others seem selected to address racism and certain WWII issues.

The intent: Block the objectionable terms, and new interests people make that attach the objectionable terms to a new word.
The result: Hundreds of innocuous interests are blocked from search.

Among the blocked terms are:
crackerjacks, doo-wop music, hospices, baby grapes, Rollercoaster Tycoon, wharfage, suspicions, unisex baby clothes, beaneries, despicable liars, pedagogics, pachinko games, spice girls, gobbledegook.

Intentionally blocked are:
child rape, sex with little girls, kiddie porn, niggers, kikes, god hates fags, gook killers, ragheads, fucking your mother, heil hitler, stupid gooks, kkk.

I'm sure you immediately see how List B causes List A, right? Me neither. Had to do a lot of searching to sort out the connections.

Minor detail: Interests on LJ can include up to 4 words (i.e. 3 spaces), but any number of underlines; they can be a maximum of 50 characters.

Save the Children: These filters operate as an "if A & B" function, where A is "child, underage, kid..." and B is "porn, sex, rape, pervert...". This renders interests such as alsdksexijsodfchildsa unsearchable.

Group 1: Family Terms       Group 2: Activities & Interests
aunt
baby
brother
child
dad
family
father
grandfather
grandma
grandmother   
grandpa
kid
little boy
little girl
mom
mother
prepubescent    
preteen
school
sister
teacher
uncle
underage
virgin
young
bdsm
bondage     
breasts
cock
cum
cunt
dick
erotica
fetish
fist
foreplay
fuck
kink
lick
incest
masturbate
masturbation    
molest
oral
orgasm
orgy
orgies
penetrate
penetration
penis
perversion
pervert
porn
prostitute
prostitution    
pussy
rape
raping
sadism
sex
sluts
sodomy
spank
stripper
stripping
tits
torture
vagina
whore

Because of this set, the following terms are unsearchable:
asexual motherhood, baby grapes, baby skinks, baby talcum powder, children's choral music, circumcising little boys, draper family, ecumenical schools, family of coral, family morals, family morality, jaunty drapes, moral brotherhood, porgy's grandma, scumbag dads, spanking in schools, stripping the gauntlet, sussex county virginia, unisex baby clothes, young grapefruit, young mayoral candidates.

This means "prepubescent sexuality" is blocked, even to academic students; so is "baby sextuplets" and "erotic mothers" and "torture my sister." And since it's done by stemming, it blocks all variants on these terms. "Bad Motherfuckers" is blocked. So is "Snakes Onna Motherfucking Plane."
YSexy mothers, virgin aunt, transexual kids, young riddick fans, sister-city skyscrapers. (Not that I expect any of these are common terms.)
It also blocks the "anti" versions... anti child porn, anti child molestation, anti brother-sister rape--all unsearchable.

However, there are some substantially similar terms that are not blocked.
Unblocked Child and   
Family Words  
Unblocked Sex
and Depravity Terms
babe
babies
cousin
granny
infant
mama
papa
parent
teen
youth
abuse
arse
ass
beastiality
bestiality
breast
cunnilingus
fellatio
intercourse
kill
love
murder
naked
nudity
pr0n
striptease
tit
torturing
touch

This means it's perfectly possible to search for "raping babies," even though "baby rape" is blocked. And "child killing" and "mama fucking" and "kiddie pr0n" are still usable terms. And the "1337" spellings are all still available (although as far as I can tell, currently unused)... ch1ld pr0n is searchable. So is badwrongdirtydaddy!pr0n.

And, as someone noticed, gender-neutral incest is okay: parentfucking is searchable; daddyfucking is not.

Suggestions of new entertaining blocked terms are welcomed. Depraved unblocked terms also welcome, but don't go overboard... it's always been possible to search for "naked baby mutilation," and it remains possible, and it remains a less-than-trendy interest.

No Bigots Allowed: These terms are often associated with hate crimes. And they're all single terms with stemming blocked; this includes racist and, umm, "orientationist" (?) terms.

Nasty Epithets
beaner
chink
coon
cracker
dago
fag
gook
kike
nigger
raghead
spic
towelhead
wop

Note that some of these are everyday words on their own and, because of word stemming, many innocuous terms are unsearchable:
COON: tycoon, raccoon, butterfly cocoons, coon hound, coonskin hat.
CRACKER: Cracker barrel, cracker jacks, crackerjacks, cheese and crackers, saltine crackers, wisecracker, firecracker, christmas crackers. "Baby crackers" is doubly blocked.
DAGO: Pedagog, solidago, dagoba
SPIC: Spicy food. Spice girls. Perspicacity. Aspic. Allspice. Jeff Spicoli. Hospice workers. Despicable, auspices, conspicuous, suspicions, sugar and spice.
FAG: Fagin, fagus, fagioli, leafage, wharfage (and this is assuming "fag hag" is not an "innocuous" term; "anti fag bashing" is also blocked.)
WOP: Doo-wop music, swop meet, twopence

Happy to collect a large list of hilarious blocked epithets. Submit below; I don't have time to list everything I've found.

Unblocked Insults
dyke
gringo
honky
jap
kraut
porch monkey
sambo
(Any term not in English)

Godwin's Killfile: While some of these are also associated with racism, they're more commonly associated with the ideals of the Nazi party in WWII. Some of these are not "epithets" or insults, but groups or ideals.

More than 14 Words   
1488
14/88
aryan
genocide
david duke
hail victory
himmler
heil hitler
kkk
ku klux klan   
prussian blue
skinhead
stormfront
third reich
white nationalism
white power
white pride
white supremacy

This means "Armenian genocide" and "genocide awareness" and "anti-genocide" are all blocked.
Anti-kkk, anti white pride, anti aryan nation, and so on are blocked.

Unblocked
14 words
88
adolf hitler
black power (& similar)
holocaust
mein kampf
nazi
turner diaries
white separatism
(Again, non-English equivalents of blocked terms)

And now I'm... tired, and my kids are bugging me, and I think it's more important to post this than to make witty and insightful commentary. Someone who understands the politics better can explain those, and find more of the unblocked WWII etc. terms.

If I've accidentally put something in the wrong list, or you find blocked terms I missed, please let me know. I'll edit & update this post.
ETA: several words by emarkienna in this comment
ETA 2: More words added, mostly to the "save the children" section, 'cos that's where all the fun is.
ETA 3: I created cannot_find_me to have an entirely unsearchable interest list. If you add some of the things here to your interests, drop a note at cannot_find_me.
New ETA: Updated lists 9:00 a.m. 12/9/07.
Comments 
8th-Dec-2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'll try a few combinations over my next study break and let you know what I find.
9th-Dec-2007 12:57 am (UTC)
You all probably know this, but I ran across this site. If you click on the letter combination you want you can click on a link to get a list of all words containing that combo. Fun little tool. I can now report that searching the term "coral raccoon" does not lead to a list of communities and users. :D
8th-Dec-2007 11:09 pm (UTC) - More fun blocked terms.
From codeman38:
Cumulative schooling
School documentation
Family morals
8th-Dec-2007 11:24 pm (UTC) - Re: More fun blocked terms.
Also, for the classic rock fans, "Donald Fagen".
8th-Dec-2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
I can't search for other people who have or are interested in Maine Coon cats.
8th-Dec-2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
You just had the same thought as me at the same time. Hah.
8th-Dec-2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! And I hope enough people are going to hear about this community to keep it active. A little advertising around would help a lot.
8th-Dec-2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
I've already poked around in a few key places, but that's nothing compared to force of numbers. Feel free to take an icon or picture from the comm info page and pass the word around to anyone who would be interested!
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9th-Dec-2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks. Is fixed now.
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9th-Dec-2007 01:00 am (UTC)
I tried to register on a site one time and it blocked my username because it had the word "jew" in it. I'm sure they were trying to avoid people using it offensively, but it's just so over-the-top. I'm afraid LJ is heading in that direction.
9th-Dec-2007 01:02 am (UTC) - *waves*
What a great idea--and perfect first post to start out with (I mean, way back when, AOL tried to block all "porn terms" and ended up deleting memberships of a breast cancer survivor group--all these problems have been documented; you'd think people would learn.

I'm in fandom and will try to post around my areas of fandom!

9th-Dec-2007 01:04 am (UTC) - Re: *waves*
Oh, much obliged! Glad to have you!

(I'm going to need a different version of this icon, methinks... ;] )
9th-Dec-2007 01:35 am (UTC)
This is absolutely hilarious. And very sad.

And hence, I want icons with some of the terms. "I'm interested in family morals." Or something. (See, this is why I am not an icon-er.)

And I feel bad for people who like "your mom jokes." Or "dead baby jokes." Hah.

Thanks for posting this. It's interesting.
9th-Dec-2007 03:19 am (UTC)
You have white nationalism under both blocked and unblocked. it's blocked.
9th-Dec-2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Sorry; is fixed. Meant to have "white separatism" in the unblocked category, 'cos it's searchable.
9th-Dec-2007 04:37 am (UTC) - Pictures of what we're losing!
Black and tan coonhounds

9th-Dec-2007 06:06 am (UTC) - Re: Pictures of what we're losing!
While I'm sure you have the absolute best of intentions, there is no need to post these pictures here. We know how to use Google Image Search, for the curious.

Don't disrupt a post with needless graphics, please.
9th-Dec-2007 06:10 am (UTC)
While I understand the frustration you're feeling in said linked post, we here are still hoping that we can save LJ rather than being forced to abandon it.

We'd appreciate any and all efforts that can be offered instead of having to pack up our journals and go elsewhere, though.
9th-Dec-2007 06:48 am (UTC) - WOW!
They have all kinds of odd things banned but I still can find;
lsd
pcp
weed, pot, marijuana
thc
speed
cocaine
methadone, crystal meth
crank
heroin
illegal drugs
Any kind of drug I can think of, I can find on LJ... Groovy man!
I guess people that have addictions can seek help... and/or drugs.

I was going to search for other illegal activities but thought better of it.
9th-Dec-2007 07:08 am (UTC) - Re: Oh!
I just wanted to point out the hypocrisy of the "Save the Children:" aspect. It seems that sex is more dangerous to LJers than say, heroin is.

Who knows what might happen in a month or so, if an adult wrote "*hugs*" to a minor? :o
...
Or added the smiley face like at the end of the above line? :P
9th-Dec-2007 09:33 am (UTC)
Will I live to the day when they realize that a half-backed good idea can end up worse than doing nothing?

They say rats learn after 3 trials.
Come on Lj, you gonna get shamed by lab-rats?
11th-Dec-2007 04:07 am (UTC)
well, rats ARE smarter than humans. and lj is run by a bunch of humans - i assume!
9th-Dec-2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
WTF! LJ I have a coon hound...what if I want to find other people with a coon hound? Seriously, I do.
9th-Dec-2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
I found a few more terms for the child/family block.

On the "Child and Family Words" list: preteen, teacher
And the sex list: sadism, sodomy

Also some minor corrections:

- "erotic" is not on the list, it's "erotica".
- it looks like they've put "penetrate" and "penetration" separately; the root "penetrat" isn't blocked (so "penetrating" and "penetrative" still work).
- "pervers" (and "perverse") work fine, it's "perversion" which is blocked.
- similarly "prostitut" (and "prostitutor") work, it's "prostitute" and "prostitution".
- "slut" (and "slutty") is fine, it's "sluts" which is blocked.

(Sorry if I'm being overly pedantic with some of these, but thought it best to make it as accurate as possible:)
9th-Dec-2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
And "baby" is listed twice.

While sodomy is blocked, sodomize is not. Go figure.
9th-Dec-2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
I've had no trouble pulling up the "blocked" interest terms in a search - I think that part of it is dependent on (A) whether your age is set in your profile, and (B) what level of visibility you have set on potentially offensive things. I have my age set as to be visible as over 18, and I chose the setting not to collapse any potentially offensive content, so this is likely why I'm still able to get results on the blocked search terms.

This notwithstanding, its certainly not at all sensible to make root terms blocked for everything that contains them, for the obvious reasons posted above!
9th-Dec-2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
My age is set in my profile, and I've set to not filter or collapse, but they are blocked for me...

What are you searching for exactly? What does this link say for you: http://www.livejournal.com/interests.bml?int=cracker ?
9th-Dec-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
scumbag??? but that's one of my favorite curses! XD that and dirtbag :P
9th-Dec-2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
You can still search for people who like scumbags... just not people who like scumbag dads, moms, children, aunts, or teachers.

"Scumbags from virginia" also not permitted.
9th-Dec-2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
I just learned something.

So you've hit a comm where you're pretty sure folk are missing?

http://community.livejournal.com/aryan_children/profile

Just click more details...

http://community.livejournal.com/aryan_children/profile?mode=full

Yes folk, there has been another strikethrough, only this time they went after the white supremacy folk.

More proof: http://community.livejournal.com/ns_wp/profile?mode=full

http://community.livejournal.com/folk_and_faith/profile?mode=full

Edited at 2007-12-09 06:15 pm (UTC)
9th-Dec-2007 06:34 pm (UTC) - Deleted means user left; Suspended means removed by staff
The first one isn't victim of a strikethrough; the account's been "deleted and purged"--which means it was removed by its owner.

Accounts removed by LJ staff for TOS violations are "Suspended," not "Deleted."

Some of the others have been deleted; some are suspended.
Suspended:
antigipsy01
format26_rubik
format26rubik
nswp_support
svinorez88
vik23

And here's a link to a greasemonkey script for Firefox that puts the strikethrough back in deleted/suspended accounts.

(Thanks for reminding me that I need to update my adblock filters for *ads.livejournal.sup* and some izvestia.ru stuff. Gaah.)
9th-Dec-2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Belated thanks for maintaining this growing post. For some reason, this issue makes me madder than anything else 6A has done in the past year. It would be enough if it were just a horribly implemented coding job (I'm not a programmer, but even I can see that whoever was in charge of doing this had their collective heads waaaay up their asses), but the fact that this was a completely unannounced change makes it so much worse.

ETA: Okay, I just noticed that there was a mention in the changelog journal back in June, but that's pretty much tantamount to not announcing it anywhere.

I thought I'd chime in with something small:

It also blocks the "anti" versions... anti child porn, anti child molestation, anti brother-sister rape--all unsearchable.

It's also notable that "against child porn", "against child molestation", etc., are also unsearchable. I can easily see support communities using variations of against+whatever in their interest lists.

Edited at 2007-12-09 07:43 pm (UTC)
10th-Dec-2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Oh really? Got a link handy to that changelog entry? I will say that June makes sense. That was when the proverbial waste material had hit the highly oscillating blades.
9th-Dec-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
You can't search for KinKi Kids, which is a very well known Japanese pop duo.

Oh this is special. xD
9th-Dec-2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, that is HILARIOUS.
9th-Dec-2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
gone too far, w/e
9th-Dec-2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Wow this fails.
9th-Dec-2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
OH GREAT.

Hey! Everyone ELSE wants to forget about the genocide that wiped out half of my Armenian family too!

THANKS FOR ADDING LJ TO THE CAUSE.

You motherfucking ass-stupid fucking wastes of space.
9th-Dec-2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, deep breath. While I agree it's ridiculous, we're trying to keep calm here. Don't let their mistake get to you, if you can. It's not healthy.

On the plus side, it seems that LJ's actual users aren't in the business of forgetting, if it's any consolation. And we're certainly not going to let LJ shrug this off, either.
9th-Dec-2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
So I am assuming that my blog, Miss Expatria, will come up on some voodoo list somewhere because "sex" is in the middle of the word when all run together?
10th-Dec-2007 03:07 am (UTC)
No, you're fine. "Sex" by itself isn't blocked. It's when "sex" + one of their other banned terms comes up that it gets blocked. Like "sussex virginia" or "sussex county virginia": "sex" + "virgin" = blocked.
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