[Humanist] 22.471 rude words online?

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Fri Jan 23 07:35:10 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 471.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:10:13 +0000
        From: Alun Edwards <alun.edwards at oucs.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: rude words

Our dept has received an enquiry from an academic that wishes to put up 
some web pages that feature rude words (with good academic reason, of 

The question is, does anyone know of any techniques that would avoid 
having this page tagged as 'bad' content (or even porn) by search 
engines, parental controls etc.?

Is substituting asterisks for vowels an effective method, or is this 
likely to be worse? Are there any meta tags to put in the head that 
might help?

There was also some concern that such pages would contravene a 
University's regulations. However if there is a valid academic purpose 
behind the use of potential offensive language then I don't think 
there's any question of that.

Any thought's on the subject would be most appreciated, but remember: 
keep it clean people...

Regards, Ally

Alun Edwards
alun.edwards at oucs.ox.ac.uk

Intute: Arts and Humanities, Oxford University Computing Services, 
University of Oxford

First World War Poetry Digital Archive, English Faculty, University of 

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