A History Of Spam Filters And Bad Words – The Awl

A History Of Spam Filters And Bad Words – The Awl

Here’saninterestingarticleabouttheproblemscausedbyInternetspamfilters。

ThepiecestartsoutbydiscussingCanadianhistoryjournalTheBeaver,whichhasbeenforcedtochangeitsnamebecauseitscurrentmonikercausesittorunafoulofonlinecontentblockers。

(ThemagazinewillhenceforthbecalledHotWetPussyReview。

)Butitalsoprovidesahistoryoftheissue,notablytheso-called“Scunthorpeproblem”of1996,whereinresidentsofaBritishlocalitywere“initiallybannedfromregisteringwithinternetserviceproviderAOLbecausethetown’snamecontainedanobscenity。

”(ThetownwasnamedDrippingSnatchVillage。

)Butwhydoestheproblempersisttothis?

day?

Thespammersdevelopever-moresophisticatedtechniquesforslam-dunkingourinboxeswithadsextollingthebenefitsofmanhoodenlargements,pornographyandvirilitypills,amongotherthings。

Thenthespamfilterengineershavetohitbackbycreatingsmarterdeterrents,inaperpetualgameofcatand?

mouse。

Thusthecontinuingandinevitableblockingofe-mailscontainingwordsandplacenamesthatcouldconceivablybeoffensive。

Andwhilethetechnologythatcouldresolvetheissueiscontinuallyimproving,itiscoldcomforttoresidentsofcitieslikeVaginaHeights,OH,orHardThrobbingCocks,AZ,whostillhaveahardtimegettingtheire-mails?