A bit of background for non-nerdy types who don’t use messageboards or fourms: certain websites have filters that catch words or phrases tagged by the moderators to be “offensive,” and automatically change them to something else. This is in an effort to keep public sites safe for work and relatively clean. Read a more technical definition here.
For example, Fark turns F-bombs into “Fark” (which is where the site got its name), “shit” becomes “shiat,” etc.
Sometimes sites turn filters into something funny so that when it gets posted it says something that the writer did not intend. For example, on Fark if a poster types the “N” word, the filter automatically changes it to say “an attractive and successful Aftrican-American.”
My all-time favorite is on one board that automatically filters the annoying internet-speak phrase “LOL" (laugh out loud) into something so hilarious, yet wrong that I won’t even repeat it here in case y'all are reading at work. Suffice it to say that around these parts we now use the alternative phrase quite regularly instead of actually LOLing.
So why mention it? Because something from work (the big project from Monday, actually) got filtered today on a national website. Our esteemed Chancellor’s last name is that of a bird, and that bird’s name has a word in it that could slangily refer to a part of the male anatomy. So it is unacceptable by this site’s standards. Read for yourself.
You’ll LOL (but keep a hankie handy, in case the other filter gets ya).
Currently Listening to: Lightning Blue Eyes, by The Secret Machines