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wrgvt




msg:3463732
 1:41 pm on Sep 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

I tried to update an ad this morning with the price of the product in the ad. I couldn't list the price, $69.99, because 69 is not allowed. Forget that it's part of a price. No 69's allowed. They can't even write their software to figure out this is part of the price.

 

Matt Probert




msg:3463760
 2:02 pm on Sep 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

ROTFL!

No 69?

I guess they don't allow you to deliver to S#*$!horpe either!

How pathetic. As my nine-year old daughter will tell you, 69 is the number that comes after 68 and before 70. It also represents the zodiac sign of Pisces.

I know it is also a slang term for a sexual position, but so what? Children aren't going to be offended or start using the number innapropriately, unless grown ups make a big deal of it. Ooops, too late! Well done MSN.

PS

Webmasterworld doesn't like that town in England either! What a world we live in.

[edited by: Matt_Probert at 2:03 pm (utc) on Sep. 28, 2007]

goingincircles




msg:3463805
 2:41 pm on Sep 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

I guess they don't allow you to deliver to S#*$!horpe either!

I have a lovely image in my head of non-UK people who don't know where you're talking about going through a list of swearwords in their head and trying to fit them in...!

It does raise an interesting point though - the difficulties of filtering content whilst allowing users to perform basic actions. [space]swearword[space] is a fairly simple one - I think that less obvious issues such as 69 or S#*$!horpe should be 'flagged' up rather than automatically filtered.

Mel66




msg:3469164
 4:01 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

My grandfather was from S#*$!horpe. Otherwise I would have been in the "non UK and trying to fit words in" camp. LOL

Back on topic... good points. MSN's editorial rejections seem to be a little more conservative and wide-sweeping than the rest. The 69 thing is crazy, esp since it most likely is a part number, price, or whatever.

Melissa

dillonstars




msg:3469195
 4:33 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

Theres a page on wikipedia about the 'S#*$!horpe problem'...

Residents of #*$!tone, South Yorkshire experienced problems due to the town's inclusion of the substring #*$!, while Lightwater in Surrey caused a similar issue due to the substring twat.

Other examples include socialist/ism and specialist/ism contain a well know pharmaceutical spam term...

netmeg




msg:3469215
 4:54 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have a client who has the word "Bank" in their name. It's also part of their display url, destination url, and a good portion of their keywords. adCenter would not allow me to create a login id with the word "bank" in it, despite the fact that I have a system for creating user accounts such that I always will know which one to use for which client in which provider (obviously with different passwords) I emailed them, called them - nobody could give me an answer WHY the string "bank" was disallowed, but nobody could fix it either. To this day I still have to look up the damn user name every time I want to log on to the adCenter for that client.

ergophobe




msg:3469255
 5:27 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

All ridiculous, except for netmeg's last complaint, which I suspect is related to preventing dictionary attacks against high-value targets.

jtara




msg:3469298
 6:03 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have a client who has the word "Bank" in their name.

Talulah? Boy, that's double-trouble!

europeforvisitors




msg:3469356
 7:31 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I wonder if they're also banning $666 or $6.66 as the work of the devil?

growingdigital




msg:3469418
 8:56 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

AdCenter's filters are turned to hyper-sensitive. I launched a campaign for Audible and one of the author's shared a name with an adult film star. I tried explaining this to Microsoft, but to no avail.

tbear




msg:3469446
 9:35 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

If Typhoo put the tea in Britain, who put the #*$! in S#*$!horpe?
;)

night707




msg:3469447
 9:36 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

No surprise, that MSN is way behind everything. Without that Windows monopoly, Gates would be a complete loser with all of his failed products.

londrum




msg:3469448
 9:36 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

apparently they don't let you use 13 either - because it's unlucky

SEOMike




msg:3469474
 10:12 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have a lovely image in my head of non-UK people who don't know where you're talking about going through a list of swearwords in their head and trying to fit them in.

That's me! NOTHING made sense to me. I had to Wiki to find out what the heck the town could be! Even after I read the town's name w/o the characters, I still didn't get it at first. I don't think the average person would give that a second thought.

netmeg




msg:3469482
 10:35 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

All ridiculous, except for netmeg's last complaint, which I suspect is related to preventing dictionary attacks against high-value targets.

Still ridiculous. Google, Yahoo, and a host of other vendors and service providers don't have a problem with it.

gibbergibber




msg:3469522
 11:48 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

Just out of interest, does AdCenter cause problems for advertising related to breast cancer topics?

That must be the most quoted example of filters gone mad, I think it was AOL who first blocked the word breast in their online community?

cfx211




msg:3469533
 11:58 pm on Oct 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

They lost me as a client a month ago. I simply got tired of them constantly disallowing ads based on relevancy. Face it, they are a fringe player. If their traffic mattered maybe I would put up with it, but they just don't have the volume to enforce this sort of crap.

moTi




msg:3469632
 2:36 am on Oct 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

i tried to google for S#*$!horpe. yes, with the characters in there.
and it returns the real word as well as SBLEEP horpe, S*censored*horpe, S(edited)horpe, S#OOPS#horpe, S(stop that)horpe and so on - each of the terms in boldface.
that's weird :)

the_nerd




msg:3469741
 7:41 am on Oct 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

I also g'ed for the scrambled word. So there's people out there that seem to generate real traffic using this stunt. I really wonder when there'll be a browser-plugin that shows the original words - alongside some ads .....

NatronZero




msg:3475511
 2:14 am on Oct 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

Always remember a lesson from James Joyce:

If you see kay
Tell him he may
See you in tea
Tell him from me. (U 616)

There are always ways to get around anything ;).
n.

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