I am going through editing old articles and it seems every time I am finished a bunch come up with the no-pay warning out of the blue. I have to go through and edit out every measly curse (which didn't bother it before) and then it comes up fine.. I mean I get it that my article about Nature's Most Extreme Dads drops the dreaded p word too many times and I am OK with leaving that up for free but being forced to edit out the word "sexes" in an article titled "battle of the sexes" and censor out petty cursing from my satirical review of old children's movies?! This is getting retarded...
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I try to be less... confrontational, shall we say. But I agree with your sentiment 100% Plus, most people who don't "curse" do so with substitute words. Hypocrisy indeed.
I am a writer, and a true one. We're talking about common sense use of words here. I don't curse. Not here, nor anywhere else for that matter. The use of profanity doesn't have a place in intelligent writing. This has nothing to do with religion.
I'm sorry but there are many, many successful, intelligent writers who would have to disagree ComfortB. By belief I wasn't referring to your religion but rather your belief that you are the deciding factor on what is considered intelligent writing.
I agree with you DS Duby although, like kwade tweeling, I'm maybe a little less...intense about it. Words are just words, even curse words....It is up to the writer to give them meaning and to use them wisely.
Yes, I wrote two article on women's rights, one they won't even list. It's non-paid, non-listed article about the whole transvaginal ultrasound controversy. Funny enough my views dropped dramatically after I wrote it even though it was just to inform
I think it is outrageous if that word is unacceptable. Since when is that cursing (or swearing as we Brits say)? Is it an American prudish thing or something?
googles rules change frequently
Everyone has to remember that Google prohibits "adult" content, and Google's robots (which police that rule) can't read context. Instead, they look for "naughty words", e.g. body parts, bodily functions etc. It's Victorian, but that's the way it is.
Yep - I've been told it is part of the contract with Google. HP staff is aware that it can be excessively prohibitive, but them's the G rules.
I definitely understand where you're coming from, but at the same time, I've found through my experience as a comedy writer on a couple of other sites that a sparing and well-timed curse does have its place in crafting a colorful turn of phrase.
Some cultures play ritual insult games and these tend to involve a lot of offensive words. The loser is the first to lose his cool.
Show me the link with the evidence for your implication that using offensive words implies lack of intelligence.
It depends. Some people can use "cursing" creatively and there was once a journal dedicated to studying insults and for such studies "cursing" words are essential. I suspect Hub Pages is becoming over prudish.
so you say censorship?
So, how do you explain to someone where a speculum goes for a Cervical/Pap smear if you cannot use the V****a word??? I'm not cursing, I'm trying to talk about something medical
I don't use profanity in my hubs but do feel as I stated earlier that censorship in regards to the word "sexism" in the manner Theopanes used it is ridiculous . I can understand how issues of censorship will begin to perhaps surface.
No, I don't say censorship. Simply, that every writer needs to write intelligently as allowed on the platform in question.
You could say "gender conflict" but then that would leave me thinking about the multiple genders recognised in some countries like Thailand. Also it seems like wimpy political correctness.
I had to wonder if it was just me being picked out for some reason. All my unpaid articles have medically correct terminology to describe things like animal reproduction and women's rights. Its not like I was just dropping mofo's and C bombs!
I already had that problem... you know you can't use medically correct terminology, even when you're writing an article on biology or medicine? Sorry, not going to edit those articles to fluffy euphemisms. Hence my earlier comment about the p word.
Typically I do not use these words. However, I've used a curse word 1 or 2 times on HP only when quoting it from an incident where it was used, rather than editing it out.
That's bizarre. Maybe the N word isn't on the big bad list of banned words? If not I wonder why. Surely that's way more offensive then the petty stuff I was getting trouble for...
For my hub that had ads pulled, I did that several times. Each time I made some minor update, the robot censor pulled ads again, and I asked again. Then after my edits satisfied the robot censor, a monitor pulled the ads and would not reinstate them.
That's the problem - I was editing all my hubs to be appropriately linked to each other to get more traffic. That worked... until I kept getting these warnings. UGH.
The filtering process appears to be retarded. It is like the woman who said she had no objection to the discussion of sex as long as the proper medical terms were used rather than "penis" and "vagina" etc.
Alex - that is stupid I agree (hate the R word..sorry)! Does she not know the medical terms for sexual organs are just that....vagina and penis...maybe she wants us to say "HooHoo" and "Diddle"???
My Biblical Homosexuality hub had the ads taken off after an edit...so I'm avoiding editing the Bibically Homosexual 2 - Leviticus one at all so the ads stay! So far so good!
Sometimes I think its political too. My articles on women's rights do mention the V word (oh God!) but I also had an article they refused to list I think because it was on culling. I've had mixed results mentioning same sex issues like marriage.
Algorithms need to be written by someone before the robot can do its job....so I do wonder sometimes if it's the code writer who has an issue with marriage equality, or 'naughty' sexual terms...like vagina. (gasp).
Well, they keep reinventing what "adult" means. You used to be able to swear... now I posted an article on the history of ancient suicide cults. Too adult. It was taken down. Don't know if I want to bother trying to "fix" it. I don't think I can.
Well Theophanes, it looks like the 90 year old nun on the HP board of directors has got you in her sights. I no longer bother arguing with HP.
I am not bothering to fight either. It's just not worth it. I'll go behave myself and see what I can dig up on freaky frogs until I stumble onto something else "offensive," maybe a follow up piece to Nature's Most Extreme Dads-my favorite unpaid hub.
I always have to laugh and shake my head when the "family show/site" argument comes up. Shoot--today's kids could teach us words they've learned from their peers that are as bad or worse ... yes, in private schools, too. Time to get real.