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Rhetorical Cock-Up at Examiner.com

As we've noted before here, the folks at examiner.com, an online company owned the same folks who drop the Examiner on doorstops without asking in D.C. and a few other cities, recently launched a program where folks like you can blog for (a little) pay. A tipster passed along a story in which one of the writers had a rough time getting a post to go live on the site. The writer e-mailed the post to an e-mail list for fellow "examiners":

Hey, I have a question:
I keep trying to post a comment on my site and I'm getting a red-letter warning telling me that the comment is disallowed for "inappropriate language": can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?!

Another responded:

My guess is its "snigger" ...just replace it with snicker.

Which turned out to do the trick. "It’s a simple blogging software filtering, filtering out dirty words," says Kyle du Ford, the Arts and Entertainment Channel Manager for Examiner.com, who explained that the software scans for letter combinations, not specific words. Which means it'll be difficult to find "examiners" for titmice, Charles Dickens, and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

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  • Joshua

    ...not to mention Scunthorpe United.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/columns/showandtell/ Amanda Hess

    tee hee!

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