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Not a Bug Problem with swear filter masking part of longer words

Discussion in 'Resolved Bug Reports' started by Brogan, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I wrote <s n i g g e r> in another thread but without the spaces and it was filtered; e.g. <snigger>

    Now I fully understand why that word is in the swear filter but if it's going to catch out longer words which utlise part of the forbidden word then that's a problem.

    I presume the famous town on the east coast of the UK is also going to be filtered then ; Scunthorpe.

    Indeed it is.
  2. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    That's part of the problem with a swear filter. IT'S not human and can not tell when a word is not a swear word . A lot of innocent words get caught.  
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I think it's just how the swear filter is configured.
    If wildcards are used then it will catch everything.

    I can post both of the masked words on my forum with no problem but the forbidden words are still caught.
  4. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    In my old forum, the average age was 40+, so I turned off the swear filter. Didn't need it. 
  5. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    That particular word is setup to be masked where ever it occurs, even as a substring. That allows it to catch other forms of it, but yes it does mean it can catch some false positives. It's not really a bug (and the censor is empty by default), but it's down to how we want to configure things here.
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  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Mike.
    I thought that might be the case so thanks for confirming it.

    It should be easy then to configure exact words so longer strings are allowed.

    I have to say, configuring the swear filter is one of my least favourite tasks but it's something that needs to be done sadly.
  7. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I take it we can configure it to allow longer words that contain the characters without actually having to manually write exceptions?

    Test to see if BBCode bypasses the filter: Scuntorphe. Is there no workaround for this yet?
  8. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/****** (this is a test)

    on the first time i pressed edit, the link showed fine in the edit field. but it does not now. its converted into the censored version.

    i posted the wikipedia page for the word mentioned above.
  9. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    If someone wants to bypass the filter system, they will. xenForo just needs to get the basic implementation solid IMHO.
  10. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Yes indeed and using BBCode is the simplest way to bypass the filter.
    Scunthorpe (empty plain bbcodes)
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Whilst it's true that people who are determined to bypass the swear filter will do so, we don't want to be filtering normal words as that will just cause confusion and then force people to be creative to be able to post words such as s n i g g e r.
    James likes this.
  12. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    is it possible to exclude certain words from the swear-filter ?
    I would like to have a certain swear-word being allowed to use for my website.
  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The swear filter is empty by default.
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  14. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    i would have other uses for it. like preventing people from posting links to spammy/rival sites. :D
  15. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    that's what happened on the first vBulletin board I properly frequented, to which I then became an "honorary" moderator.
  16. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Would it be possible to get regex support for the swear filter? :)
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  17. lazer

    lazer Well-Known Member

    Yea, it would be pretty bad if you were the admin for the biggest forum all about Scunthorpe! :D
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  18. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Also, this should be marked as [Not a bug].
  19. Paul M

    Paul M Well-Known Member

    What would be nice in any censor system is an exceptions list - so you could censor c***, but add scunthorpe as an exception.

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