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11:14 am on Jun 13, 2017 (gmt 0)

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System: The following message was cut out of thread at: https://www.webmasterworld.com/google_adsense/4849412.htm [webmasterworld.com] by martinibuster - 8:15 am on Jun 13, 2017 (utc -5)


I wouldn't play that game.

I believe some context is needed.

Health forum. The page that received the policy violation notice discusses condoms - as in, are there extra large and where to buy.

The policy that was violated:

Adult: Sexual Merchandise

Google ads may not be placed on adult or mature content. This includes fetish content as well as sites that promote, sell or discuss sexual aids. Examples include, but are not limited to:

sexual fixations or practices that may be considered unconventional
sexual aids or enhancement tools such as vibrators, dildos, lubes, sex games, inflatable toys
penis and breast enlargement tools

For more information about keeping your content family-safe, please review our program guidelines and these tips from the policy team.

Additionally, you can watch our short animated video & policy refreshers on this topic.

Ok, I understand and respect everything here, I don't want to question it.

But, my problem is: it's a health forum. Sex is a health topic.
There are, literally, THOUSANDS of posts with the word "condom" in it.
Do you see where I'm going?

If the page doesn't serve ads, and that's its only consequence, everything is fine with me.
But, if I have to signal every page that mentions "condom" I'm in for a long quest... or, I might weight the pros and the cons and consider removing AdSense altogether.
And please note that, although condom is mentioned thousands of times, it isn't a major topic, it represents maybe less than 1% of the total.

I believe that until now, AdSense kind of looked in the other way but, with this new tool, they can be more precise, hence more proactive.
So, here we are...
2:11 pm on June 13, 2017 (gmt 0)

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This page-level control has the potential to be a pain in the neck in situations like this. Any chance you could add "condom" to the swear filter of your forum software, so that it mungs or distorts it, e.g. c0nd0m?
5:15 pm on June 13, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Find and replace in your forum database substituting condom for "prophylactic" or similar?
5:55 pm on June 13, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Exactly what others have advised to you.Simple replace it with other words.And not only condoms but try to do it with any other words that may broke the rules.

Condom = Con*om

I think that only one ster is enough.

I have similar experience.Only I have some kind domain lookup website.So there is mot any discussion neither content except domain which contain for example word sexvideo or #*$!video or similar.And I have blocked about 40 terms but still once in 3 - 6 months I receive warning.It is impossible to block everything but with every new warning for other term you expand your filter.
10:23 am on June 14, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Isn't that fooling AdSense? The mature/sexual content is still there, although with a different name...

For now, I'll remove the AdSense code from that page.
I believe it's going to be a whac-a-mole game but...

I'm going to post the same question in the AdSense Product Forum and I'll keep you updated on any further developments.
Thanks to everyone who replied or read. :)
11:51 am on June 14, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Why don't you send mail direct to Adsense team and ask of filtering sexual terms within your content on forum is ok.
2:09 pm on June 14, 2017 (gmt 0)

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filtering sexual terms


It's not the individual words that's the problem. It's the content itself. You can filter the words all you want but a discussion about having sex will still be about having sex even if it's spelled s*x.

Is it possible to segregate all discussions involving sex into a single section of the forum? If so you can then remove AdSense entirely from that category.
9:50 am on June 19, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Update.
No answer on the AdSense Product forums.

Checked the page's visits and revenue: it doesn't worth the trouble.
Kicking the can, removed the page.

If more and graver warnings get to my mailbox, I'll think this better...

Thanks for all the suggestions. :)
9:24 am on June 20, 2017 (gmt 0)

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The world is PC upside down enough that calling the male raincoat a female contraceptive/abortion control device would probably pass inspection.
3:42 pm on June 20, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Write a plug-in; if a list of words are found in any of the displayed posts, set a variable to display ads to false. Preg_match and a simple regular expression should do the trick
'/(condom|sex|lube)/i'