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Scunthorpe problem

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  • n. The situation where a spam filter or search engine blocks or modifies content because the text contains a string of letters shared with an obscene word.

Etymologies

Named after the erroneous censorship of the word Scunthorpe (a UK town) by Internet service AOL, because it contained the substring cunt. (Wiktionary)

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  • "The Scunthorpe problem occurs when a spam filter or search engine blocks e-mails or search results because their text contains a string of letters that are shared with an obscene word. While computers can easily identify strings of text within a document, broad blocking rules may result in false positives, causing innocent phrases to be blocked.

    The problem was named after an incident in 1996 in which AOL's dirty-word filter prevented residents of the town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England from creating accounts with AOL, because the town's name contains the substring cunt." (Wikipedia)

    January 5, 2013