'Mature content' in comments?

October 30, 2007 8:21am CST
On two separate occasions now I've had to edit my replies because they supposedly contain language of a mature nature or that violates the Mylot terms of service. Except...not. In one I was trying to recommend a book by an extremely well known sci-fi writer whose last name is also a nickname for 'Richard' (Hint: He wrote the book that Bladerunner is based on). And just now I was attempting to give my thoughts on British music from the 70s, namely a band fronted by John Lydon whose name ends with 'Pistols'. Alright, fine, I understand wanting to make sure that people keep discussions civil and relatively clean, but come on, this seems more than a little heavy-handed. I mean, what am I going to do if I want to discuss the actor who played Burt in Mary Poppins? Best not think about it. Sorry for the rant.
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10 responses
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
30 Oct 07
There are certain words we are not aware of that falls under the "mature content" category, I believe these are automatic functions from mylot. I would also like you to check your "edit your preferences" section, then go to account information and look on the lower part of that board. There you'll see 4 boxes, one is "allow mature content" and put a check in it so you don't have to edit you posts again. Hope this helps, good day and enjoy posting..
30 Oct 07
Is there somewhere on the site to view the words listed as 'mature content'? Thanks for the advice about editing my preferences. :)
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
30 Oct 07
I don't think there's any, it really depends on the words being used on our posts. Always glad to lend a hand, I hope that you can now enjoy more time in posting..
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
30 Oct 07
I use to have mine set to not include mature content, but changed that because like you said certain things can't be shown. Like if I was to talk about a recipe for chicken bre@sts, I would have to replace the "a" with the "@" to get my point across. Actually, there are very few discussions that have soemthing offensive and I don't have anything in my discussion replies that would make me cringe.
@TravisE (445)
• United States
30 Oct 07
Okay, yeah. That's a "tad" extreme. I have noted a lot of complaints about the discussion reporting and removal system here at MyLot. I suspect there are not enough drivers at the wheel. They may be just a couple of over-worked key-punchers reflexively deleting comments that get reported without pausing to vet the complaint.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Nov 07
I feel the same way. I was talking on one discussion about the primers we had to read, D*ck and Jane. Now what if someone thought it was Duck and Jane or Dack and Jane or Uock and Jane. I mean there are people here from all different cultures whose first language was not English. And if I put down D*ick and Jane, what is to make the person to assume it is Drick and Jane or Darick and Jane? You get the picture. Maybe they have enough money to get that author to change his name and to go through every single book he has written and change the name to something more 'appropriate'.
@alamode (3073)
• United States
31 Oct 07
I tried to add D*#k Haymes, who was in a movie I was discussing, and who was popular in the 1940's. We all know that name is a nickname for Richard, because it has been around for a long time. But some people don't want to be called Richard! Real people can't simply stop being named D*#k because the word is sometimes used when fools want to be rude!
• India
31 Oct 07
I believe that this restriction of the mature content should be removed because....i believe that the people reading all this content are matured enough to take the matter in a straight forward manner.....and these days the view point of people is fast changing and can adopt with the mature content,many authors these days have so much content being published in books and materials.So i believe this restriction should be removed.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
31 Oct 07
What gets me is that they not only do this in the forum but in the email system. I don't know how man times I've been pinged for a word in private by the system.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
31 Oct 07
I think that people PUT the "mature content" link in your tags. I've had discussions in which there was NO "mature" content whatsoever and yet somehow it was totally labeled "mature content". I just don't get it at all.
@mikecrush (163)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 07
censored and no adult content  - no adult content, censored
I think we are treated like school children . Don't use this word and don't use that. Even white meat is censored? Later we can't say chicken bre$t anymore either when ordering in KFC . I thought i was going insane when our favorite Enid blyton's story books Magic Faraway tree the names of characters F@nny and Di@k have been altered to Frannie and Rick.Dame Sl@p has become Dame Snap who now scolds children rather than smacking them. So what are they trying to prove here? By censoring the words we would change for the better?
@anniepa (27244)
• United States
30 Oct 07
I went through the same exact thing a few months ago, then when it happened on several occasions I changed my preferences to "allow mature content" and I haven't gotten anything offensive since changing it so I'm glad I did. I was trying to tell about a new way to prepare chicken, using white meat...you get the idea. When it came back that it wasn't allowed I couldn't believe it. Still, there are some words I've had to "clean up" even though I wasn't using them in an offensive context but at least I can advise someone on how I made my chicken! Annie