NOW I know why so many tag lines say 'mature content'!

@mentalward (14716)
United States
October 7, 2008 7:52am CST
Okay, call me slow, but I ALWAYS get there! LOL I've noticed that, in a lot of discussions, the tag line has 'mature content' in it. I often wondered why some people would put that in the tag line when the discussion didn't seem to be THAT adult. I JUST realized why! MyLot puts that in there if you have a word in your discussion that could be construed as even the tiniest bit off-color. I used the word "heck" in a discussion that I just posted before this one. I KNOW I didn't put 'mature content' in the tag line but there it was! I suppose, to some, that word might be offensive. Geesh! I used THAT word because I specifically DIDN'T want to use that other word... you know... 'Hell'. Anyway, to make this a discussion, do you feel that the word 'heck' is offensive?
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@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Gosh golly gee whiz and sugar on two sticks, no. I don't find that word offensive at all.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Well, daaaaaum, girl!
@angela38 (122)
• United States
7 Oct 08
To be very honest I had nbot thought about this eather. Looks like I wiull have to think on how i post things from now on.
@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Wow I guess that you learn something new everyday. I noticed that alot of posts havve that, and kept wondering who would actually add that to a post. Now I know. Thanks for the info. And by the way I absolutly dont think that heck is an offensive word haha.
@singout (980)
• United States
7 Oct 08
No. I think the word is a great stop-gap for the truly offensive words. I've used the word ever since I was a kid. Mom and Dad didn't chastise me for it so it must not have been too bad.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I actually GAVE my oldest son his very own 'curse' word when he was about 5 years old. Something had made him so angry he was about to burst, so I told him to yell out "Toot!" when he got like that, to release some of that tension, you understand. It was so cute to see this little guy shouting "Toot!" whenever he got that angry! Any word can be a curse word if you use it in that context. I wonder what myLot thinks about that one? If this conversation is deleted, we'll know, huh? LOL
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
7 Oct 08
No, the word isn't offensive or mature content to me, either. I think there are lots more words that should be tagged mature content, not little words like that we use every day. I changed my preferences one day so I could read the comments on some discussions simply because the discussions were benign and I was wondering what the could have said to get the mature content. Well, REAL mature content discussions started showing up on my home page,things I'd never discuss here in front of other people.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I did the same and had the same happen to me. We'll miss out on a lot of great discussions if we choose not to see those of 'mature content' since most of them are quite benign. Unfortunately, we also get those that truly ARE of 'mature content'. That phrase has always rubbed me the wrong way, anyway. From what I've seen in the movies and on TV that claim the rating 'mature content', I'd say the viewers who enjoy them are anything BUT mature! 'Lecherous' might be a better word!
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@KUSHANK55 (2437)
• India
7 Oct 08
well sooner the better, the knowledge is power!! use it!!
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@selece (2357)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
Heck? I think it's not at all.... Hell, as you said, is, depending on how we use it. Anyway, the screening of offensive words isn't that accurate most of the time. Hehe.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hahaha! So true, selece! Good to see you back! How did your semester go? How long do you have before you leave us again?
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@selece (2357)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Hehe! Umm... I think I have a month here or more. I'll be away by late November maybe. Had a fun semester but a tiring one. I was even an organizer for one major event on our college days, it was very tedious. Never knew it was that hard to organize one. LoL. How about you, how's it going?
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Oh, man! Sorry, selece! I JUST noticed your response. That's one thing I don't like about myLot. They don't let you know every time someone responds! Grrrr! Anyway, I'm doing pretty good, thanks for asking! Hanging in there, anyway. I have so much to do before winter settles in, but I think it's settled in early this year! It's COLD outside! Just 44 degrees right now... that's FAHRENHEIT, and it's almost 10:00 a.m.! Getting ready for my son to come over right now. We're having a pumpkin carving party! I've never done this before, so it should be fun. I bought 4 HUGE pumpkins. We're going to have quite a mess! LOL But, at least I'll have a bunch of seeds to plant next year! I had to organize something like you did once. YES! It takes a LOT of work!!! I never want to do that again. Whew! All the phone calls, making sure things were bought, making sure people had what they needed to do what they had to do, making sure it all came together in the end, etc. etc. I don't envy you your experience, but I applaud your doing it! Keep up the good work at school! What are you majoring in, anyway? Did you ever mention that? If you did, I forgot or didn't see it, sorry! I'll make sure to check back on this discussion before 3 weeks have gone by! LOL
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
8 Oct 08
No... I do not find the work heck offensive in itself. It really have to depend on how it is used. In fact, the word heck is used on cartoon network as well. In the Woody Wood Peck-er advert. The Jingle goes like this... "What the heck would a Wood Peck-er Peck if a wood peck-er could peck wood!"If that word can be used in a kids channel, I do not see why it should be considered mature content! Can you believe it? Even the word peck-er is considered a offensive word that I have to change in order to get this post posted. Sheez!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Yes, I can believe it... now. So many extremely common words have been used as slang for nasty things that it's difficult to find words that have no adverse connotations! (I almost said "hard" instead of "difficult" but thought myLot would take even THAT the wrong way! LOL)
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
9 Oct 08
Huh? You mean the word hard is also a forbidden word? If that is the case, the how are we to express the meaning of something that is not soft? I guess the mods have their reasons for making a word forbidden. But it would be great if they could at least publish the list. Then we do not have to try and figure out and guess whenever we make a response or post a new discussion.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I was just joking about the word 'hard'. But you have made an excellent suggestion! They should post the list of 'mature' words so at least we'd know what were are dealing with here!
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@anawar (2406)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Hi mental. I'm reading all these comments and laughing at the whole situation. I'm like you, I always catch on last. and my impression is never quite the same as reality. I'm going offline now, but I wanted to stop in and say hi. I don't think that is considered mature content. I try not to worry about the little details or bugs on various websites. I know it's the same for you, this time it ticked you off and I agree. Oh well, who cares? The country is falling down around our ears. travel lightly anawar
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Hey there, anawar!!! Long time no see! I hope I see you around again soon. What's happening? Hope all is well or at least relatively sane. I wasn't so much ticked off as I was baffled by the whole thing. Flummoxed? Flabbergasted? "What the 'hot place you go when you die if you've been really, really bad'?" Just a passing brain fart. Oops, there's another one of those words! Brain wind? Yeah, our country really IS falling apart. It's scary! That's an entirely new topic of conversation, though, that could go on indefinitely. It's honestly scaring me pretty badly right now with the stock market crashing and everything. THAT won't hurt me directly, except that I inherited some stocks from my stepfather that were worth around $14,000.00 at the time; they're probably worth about $140.00 now. Guess I'll hold on to 'em and see what happens. Take care of yourself! I've been thinking about you and wondering. I'm always afraid to PM people who've apparently disappeared because, if I don't get a response, I'll worry REALLY badly! It's so nice having you around! I hope you can at least poke your head in for a quick "hi and howdy do" now and then, like you just did.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
8 Oct 08
relaxing on vacation - resting on a mountain trail
Life is taking me to a new direction, but I don't know for how long. I have so many writing assignments, it's not easy to squeeze in mylot. I was on vacation for 10 days, so that set me way behind. I included a picture,but they never look good when you upload them. I'm alive, I'm not on mylot, but I'm fine. PM anytime, but I only log in once in awhile. (for right now) This conversation is wild! I love reading everyone's comments. travel lightly I miss you too, anawar
@littleowl (7157)
8 Oct 08
Hi MM..you aren't slow but the word heck is in no way offensive..in the 'olden' days it was used often nowadays it doesn't seem to be used that much..but there is nothing offensive about it to me and don't see why mylot should want iunder mature content..blessings littleowl
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Oops, I meant myklj999, not mkl. Sorry myklj999!!!
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hi mentalward! Heck! I use that word on a daily basis and I never thought of it as Offensive?.. Since I don't curse or anything I would run for an alternate word, like heck, but I guess Mylot doesn't see it that way huh? For instance, I would use the word "shoot" instead of "s#@%" well you know what I mean.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Yep, I know exactly what you mean. When my kids were younger, I rarely even used the word 'heck' or 'shoot'. I'll admit that, occasionally, their alternatives pop out of my mouth, but it's usually when I'm driving and I see something incredibly stupid or incredibly dangerous by another driver. I never suffered from 'road rage' but sometimes I'm just so taken by surprise by other drivers! If they do something that almost causes me to have an accident, I can't take responsibility for what might pop out of my mouth! I told my kids that 'car' language is different than 'everyday' language. LOL
@dragon54u (31187)
• United States
10 Oct 08
Well, I guess it could be construed as being offensive, since people use "heck" as a substitute for the other word and everyone knows it so they might as well just use the other word and not bother with "heck"! But I do appreciate when people refrain from cursing, it's very refreshing. There's too much cursing nowadays. Funny that myLot software would know that, though, and insert the tag. Kinda scary, almost like it's a real sentient being!
@annjilena (5621)
• United States
8 Oct 08
well it is considered sling however i was writing a discussion this morning i was trying to write roaches and i split the word some red writing popup and said warning i could not use this in my discussion.so i had to change it if i wanted my discussion to go forward. just happen again you no the word before roaches can,t use it here
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I understand what you mean. You are writing about something very innocent (if roaches can be considered innocent, LOL) and they wouldn't let you use it. I had the exact same thing happen to me with another similar word. I DO understand that myLot is trying to keep the nasty comments out of here but I've seen a few truly offensive comments posted here. They were deleted soon afterward, but they allowed them to be posted! I don't get it.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thank goodness you didnt go all out and say hell. Seriously I had the same thing happen to me when I was writing a discussion. I used the word balls. I also received a mature content. The funny part is that I wasnt referring to any body parts I was talking about sports. lol. Happy MyLotting. NO MORE SWEARING OKAY? just kidding. lol dl
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Balls! Why da noive of dem! LOL So many common, everyday words are used as some kind of offensive slang these days that you just don't know what to write! MyLot obviously has an automated system that has these key words in it that are 'tagged', just in case there's the slim chance that they're being used offensively! I've had to completely change the context of a response I was TRYING to write because of one word that myLot thinks is offensive, when it was so very innocent! I can't remember what the word was, offhand, but it was very similar to your comment about balls. Only I got more than a 'mature content'. They wouldn't allow me to POST it! Just like another response in here by annjileena, she was trying to say the long version of the bug, "roaches", you know, with the c**k in front of it. It's just a bug! Geesh! Okay, I promise... no more #@!&*#@ swearing!
@relundad (2312)
• United States
8 Oct 08
All I can say is if that word is offensive, don't bother having a conversation with me.LOL
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I hear ya and understand completely, relundad! I don't need to listen (or read) offensive language, either. We hear enough of it as it is in our everyday lives already! It's a shame that our so-called "civilized" countries are becoming so uncivilized! I was just commenting on something like that earlier this evening to my husband. Whatever happened to the DECENT movies like A Christmas Story or The Sound of Music? One of my favorite movies of all time is called "Trip to Bountiful" and there is not one single word in there that could even remotely be construed as offensive. It seems that, these days, that's all you hear in the new movies coming out. It's so sad!
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Don't feel bad, I've done the same thing. Back when I first started, I started a discussion and then noticed that right after the first person responded there was an mature content tag...I commented to her and asked her why she put that tag on the discussion Luckly she was nice enough to explain that MyLot did it and not a member...boy, was my face red It's all part of the learning process. [b]~~IN SEARCH OF PEACE WITHIN~~ **AGAINST THE STORMS, I WILL STAND STRONG** [/b]
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
8 Oct 08
well, i used to notice that in the past as well that mylot will add a mature content tag automatically if it finds some words in our discussions are offensive... sometimes, i feel that it is too much... anyway, i just let mylot do it and don't it doesn't hurt me anyway... so i don't really care... take care and have a nice day...
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Hey mentalward, You must be kidding! Mylot felt that the word heck was mature content! Give me a break! That is ridiculous to say the least! What will be next? I can't understand sometimes what they let pass and what they consider off color. Heck isn't anything! I've used words alot stronger then that. Hell isn't even such a bad word. They don't stop you from using it. I never noticed if a discussion is marked mature content if that word is used. Actually, I really don't even pay attention to the tags at all. I just respond to the discussions from the emails so I don't see anything but what the discussion is about. I don't even see the other responses until after I have responded myself.
• United States
8 Oct 08
heck no!! but then again i curse like a sailor
8 Oct 08
i dont think so. i write what am thinkin' be it goodamn out of this world language.. just bein' happy to be on mylot...lol
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
8 Oct 08
LMAO - ok, skip the question on your other discussion where I asked why it was marked mature content. Now we both know. Oh, and I say hell rather than heck all the time. Maybe I should look and see what mylot thinks of THAT in my posts. LOL