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    Default OT Reading "Awkward *****"

    If you want to read a tell it like it is book written by someone with MS this is the one. The title is "Awkward *****" and it can be ordered from Amazon.com.

    The meaning of ***** in Webster's is 1. a female dog 2. a woman esp. a bad tempered woman 3. (Slang) to complain.

    I will be using the third meaning to complain about a prior post (and this one as well) where the word "*****" is censored out with ***** and the word damn is not. Why is the word ***** worse than the word damn? Who determines the words that are censored and the ones that are not?

    I think it is a damn shame when one cannot post the title to a book without censorship. Where is freedom of speech? I'm just being a ***** this morning because I feel like it. MS made me do it! The word ***** rhymes with witch.

    Is there a master list of words that can't be used on this board?

    Just wanted to light a fire this morning as a little bit of fall is in the air.

    Gabriella
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    I wish boards didn't have these censorship features but they seem to be here to stay. A *****[b---h] is a perfectly respectable term for a female dog. Anyone who breeds dogs uses the word ***** [b---h] routinely.

    I hope you'll post your question in Forum Feedback. I looked around for any information on what gets censored and why but so far I haven't found it.

    Thanks for contributing to the rabble-rousing, Gabriella.
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    Agate, Thanks for the suggestion. I have followed thru with the posting to Forum Feedback. We certainly need something to rouse the dead. If there is not a master list of words it will just be trial and error for awhile.

    I'm certainly glad we got the edit feature back......I was lost without it. That will wake up the paranoid amongst us.

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    While it is a valid word, it is rarely used properly and is more often than not used as a derogatory slam, hence it being filtered. It's also a favorite descriptive word amongst the prn spammers so it will always be filtered here to thwart their attempts at invading these forums.
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    Hi Gabriella, - now that all the rabble-rousing has been taken care of and we know why we can't use the work *********(b***h), how about telling us if the book was any good. My next one is going to be the one written by Craig, but like to keep some in mind.

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    Hi Virginia, As a biography from the writer's aspect of living with MS I thought it was good. It is not a medical book which tells you what to do when you are in the beginning stages or even later. Donna lives in London, UK so the NHS is very different from the US. She is originally from New York but is trying to make it in the music field. She has a job with DKNY now. I enjoyed it even tho it is strictly a biography of her day to day experiences with MS.

    I have read all the other books on the medical side of MS so this was a welcome change and I just read it for the pleasure of a new writer telling all.

    BTW: Edited to state that I am not in the business of rabble rousing only trying to get the facts about the censoring of the book title.


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    Sounds fun.

    Mike, is the b word okay as an adjective/

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    Just think how you use your words. If your context does not violate our Terms of Service, then your post should be ok.

    Referring to a female dog is fine.

    Nothing hurtful or derogatory in any manner will be tolerated.
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    Default Clarification-It is a Book Title!

    The title of the book IS "Awkward *****". How can this not be allowed? I'm not referring to a dog or using it in any slang manner. It is all over the internet as she ....Marlo Donato Parmalee has made videos for the MS Society in the UK explaining various aspects of living with MS. They can be found on You Tube! This is getting ridiculous! It's not about using the word in this post to describe a "dog". She has used it in the Webster's meaning of a bad tempered woman which is what I am beginning to become with all these comments from administration. It is about being able to post the title of a book.

    Now this post has replies from both Mike and David and I don't see the reason because I am just trying to post the NAME of a book! If it is fine to use the word to describe a female dog why is it being filtered when it is the title of a book?

    Are you telling me you can unfilter the word if it is used to describe a dog but cannot unfilter it when it is the title of a BOOK??? I am beginning to become a ***** myself with all this much to do about nothing!

    This is not the way to start the week when one has MS. It's time for a break!

    Here is a video by Marlo about her book which sums up how she feels and how I feel as well:

    http://www.youtube.com/teslagirlm#p/a/u/2/wtIfPKbNK4I

    If you get a message that the video is not available....Go to the right side of the screen and you can click on the video on the right side entitled "Awkward B is back". It is a 5 minute video. She has some other videos about MS there as well.

    Gabriella
    Last edited by Gabriella7; 09-26-2011 at 08:29 PM. Reason: clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriella7 View Post
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    The title of the book IS "Awkward *****". How can this not be allowed? I'm not referring to a dog or using it in any slang manner. It is all over the internet as she ....Marlo Donato Parmalee has made videos for the MS Society in the UK explaining various aspects of living with MS. They can be found on You Tube! This is getting ridiculous! It's not about using the word in this post to describe a "dog". She has used it in the Webster's meaning of a bad tempered woman which is what I am beginning to become with all these comments from administration. It is about being able to post the title of a book.

    Now this post has replies from both Mike and David and I don't see the reason because I am just trying to post the NAME of a book! If it is fine to use the word to describe a female dog why is it being filtered when it is the title of a book?

    Are you telling me you can unfilter the word if it is used to describe a dog but cannot unfilter it when it is the title of a BOOK??? I am beginning to become a ***** myself with all this much to do about nothing!

    This is not the way to start the week when one has MS. It's time for a break!

    Here is a video by Marlo about her book which sums up how she feels and how I feel as well:

    http://www.youtube.com/teslagirlm#p/a/u/2/wtIfPKbNK4I

    If you don't get it with your mouse you can click on the video on the right side entitled "Awkward B is back". It is a 5 minute video

    Gabriella
    Gabriella, please do not put words in my mouth.

    Nowhere did Mike or myself say we were going to alter the filter for any reason. All currently censored text will remain so.
    I said that members must keep the context of the words they choose to stay within the Terms of Service. This was primarily in response to the post previous to mine, however it does apply to the whole thread.
    In saying that referring to a female dog was fine, (using the word btch), this means that is an example of acceptable context. It does not mean there are not others that would also be okay.
    The only thing I mentioned in that post that would not be tolerated was any context that was hurtful or derogatory.

    I agree on one point, there is much ado about nothing surrounding this topic.
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