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David Roth Weissstrange word monitoring???
by on Sep 7, 2008 at 10:11:16 pm

Holy Cow!!! I just answered a post in which I used the word "s-p-e-c-i-a-l-i-s-t," only to receive a Cow message stating that my use of the word "c-i-a-l-i-s" had triggered a review of my post. Don't ya think maybe we could afford to turn down the sensitivity of that "feature" just a bit???

Oh, and BTW, is "c-i-a-l-i-s" really offensive? And, how would it be used in a way that would really offend anyway?

David

David Roth Weiss
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Tim WilsonRe: strange word monitoring???
by on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:51:09 pm

With closing in on 1.7 million posts, I hope you can imagine that we can't possibly monitor them all by hand.

I also hope that you can imagine that our volume of traffic draws the attention of malfeasants everywhere on the spectrum from annoying to evil and beyond. They don't manage their work by hand either. They send out thousands of bots to spam forums like ours with offers for every variety of medication for health condition, "imitation" name-brand watches and handbags, on and on and on.

There are a very small handful of words that we therefore put on moderation, and they traps tens of thousands of spam posts...and 3-4 legitimate posts per month, if that. I'm not the only one hand moderating these filtered posts, but I honestly can't remember the last time this "came up."

Hahahaha.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but I hope that you can understand why we find the trade-off to be worth it.

Best always,
Tim



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Ron LindeboomRe: strange word monitoring???
by on Sep 8, 2008 at 12:16:43 am

[David Roth Weiss] "Oh, and BTW, is "c-i-a-l-i-s" really offensive? And, how would it be used in a way that would really offend anyway?"

As Tim pointed out, it is not the word that is offensive -- although I'd argue that the focus of this site is hardly one where the subject is likely to come up. What would be offensive is the onslaught of the spam bots that would bury this site in posts for the latest low-priced pharmacy featuring the blue, purple or other latest wonder pill.

No thanks, we'll spare ourselves and the audience the mountain of posts like we have seen in those forums that do not actively moderate certain words and terms.

Best regards,

Ron Lindeboom

Remember: Burt Bacharach lied. What the world really needs now is an undo button.



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David Roth WeissRe: strange word monitoring???
by on Sep 8, 2008 at 12:42:07 am

Okay fellas, it's fine by me.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY


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Tom AdamsRe: strange word monitoring???
by on Nov 30, 2008 at 12:12:21 am

I agree w/ David. I tried posting a legite response but it got blocked. ... I wish I could repost it.. ironically it was regarding mobil cow and I 'typed' it on my iPhone but apparently it's lost now?

not trying to be a pain.. actually looking for an answer / thanks for all the great work being done!

Regards,

Tom Adams - Director/Owner
Reelife Documentary Productions

"cool digital video stuff...not boring or dumb"
info@reelifeproductions.com http://www.reelifeproductions.com
Williamsburg, MA, USA

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Tim WilsonRe: strange word monitoring???
by on Nov 30, 2008 at 8:09:27 am

Thanks for your very reasonable reply, Tom.

If you have a question about a specific post, by all means use the "Contact Us" link in the upper right to ask about it. It could be something that seems benign -- a TinyURL, the word "specialist" - that gets sucked up into our mechanism because we've seen so many instances of it being used for bad things. We really are a small team with a lot to manage.

And dude, you're a drummer in a weird band? Here at the Cow, we are ALL ABOUT drummers in weird bands...and weird drummers in general. Right Ron? :-)


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Tom AdamsRe: strange word monitoring???
by on Nov 30, 2008 at 12:25:32 pm

yes indeed- nilmusic.com
rock on!

Regards,

Tom Adams - Director/Owner
Reelife Documentary Productions

"cool digital video stuff...not boring or dumb"
info@reelifeproductions.com http://www.reelifeproductions.com
Williamsburg, MA, USA

1.4Ghz DP mirrordoor G4
OS10.4.10, 1GB memory
FCP studio2, 850GB Graid external Firewire Drives
Panasonic DVX100a & EZ1


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