Thursday, October 14, 2004

What Victorians could not do

Patrick Belton of OxBlox points to this article and summarizes:
CHRISTINE BOESE points out that spam filters and spammers have jointly done what Victorianisms never succeeded in doing: removing words such as ‘breast’ and ‘sex’ from written discourse.


Indeed. The article itself manages to rehash the common criticisms of spam-filtering software and to bring in a tangent on how people present themselves online. I like Patrick's summary much better than I like the article.

On a personal note I always enjoy sending out an email, getting a response, replying, etc. 5 or 6 times. After that some word innocuously inserted in the original, like "sale" that gets a relatively minor score by the spam filter when mentioned once becomes mentioned 6 times in the course of multiple replies. Suddenly, what we are dealing with is spam. Voila.

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