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    Images from Photobucket blocked

    Indicium

      Why are inserted pictures stored at Photobucket, which is the case in the signature, blocked on the forums?

        • 1. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
          Hayton

          The answer seems to be that either Jive (this forum's hosting provider) or McAfee has scanned the filenames and detected the word "b u c k e t", and promptly decided that this is a disguised profanity of some sort. Look at the screenshot below and you'll see what I mean.

           

          I can see the reason for this sort of vulgarity- or obscenity-detection, although apparently it can be over-strict at times. If the scanning simply looks for the three letters "uck" then we'll have to watch what we type. If it's the word "bucket" then I'm baffled. Perhaps in America it has a meaning somewhat different from the one that I'm used to. In which case whoever writes the scanning software needs a crash course in sociolinguistics and dialect studies.

           

          Photobucket details.JPG

           

          Edit - HA!  I rest my case, m'lud. Look at the above message and you will see "******" in the text. These asterisks were inserted AFTER I clicked the button to send the message. I actually used the word "b+u+c+k+e+t". I wonder which other "uck" words will get pounced on? Oh goody goody good. I see a fascinating game of Beat The Censor coming up.

           

          Message was edited by: Hayton on 18/04/11 17:56:34 IST

           

          Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 18/04/11 2:11:45 EDT PM
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          • 2. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
            Peter M

            Stick a space between them and they will show.

             

            It seems arbitrary to filter in the body of a post and not the header don't you think?

             

            Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 18/04/11 2:13:09 EDT PM
            • 3. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
              Peter M

              Inidicium I doubt this has anything to do with Photob u c k e t....;-)  More likely to do with the fact that images in signatures here have to be a secure URL (https) and Photowhatsit can't provide that.

               

              If you wish I can take the images and host them in an obscure area of this forum, which will give them a secure URL and then you can use that.

               

              The odd thing is if it's the flags that you are talking about, I see those in your profile OK.

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              • 4. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
                Peter M

                OK, done and now they are showing.

                • 5. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
                  Hayton

                  I think there is some filtering going on. Look at the screenshot and you will see that the URL has been modified in the page source code so that it shows as "photo******.com". If that was done before the page was rendered then of course the browser would not have been able to resolve that URL.

                   

                  Edit - I see the images are now hosted locally and are displayable. Nothing objectionable at all there : so it's back to the censoring question - where is the filtering software, and who controls it?

                   

                  Message was edited by: Hayton on 18/04/11 19:38:51 IST
                  • 6. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
                    Peter M

                    Test uckit uck

                    • 7. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
                      Peter M

                      Well at least Indicium's signature issue is fixed.    Hope that's OK?

                      • 8. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked
                        Hayton

                        Indicium's non-display problem has been fixed, but I think I'll mention this in the call tonight. April might know something.

                        • 9. Re: Images from Photobucket blocked

                          I removed the word bucket from our profanity word list. Don't ask me how that got in there. Sorry!

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