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I just ran into something I've never seen before on this site - I was telling a friend and opponent about some of the chess books I've been reading, like "The Immortal Game," "Birth of the Chess Queen," "The Kings of New York," and a few others, and I mentioned that I've really been enjoying Jennifer Shahade's (she's a two time US Women's Champ) book on women in chess over the past 50 years or so, which is titled "Chess b****." There must be an automatic censor on the site, because the title came up "Chess B****." (And may here, too. If it does, the word rhymes with "witch.") I guess I can understand the site screening what it considers foul language, though this word seems pretty mild to me. Seems a shame that includes book titles, though. Anyone else had this happen? Any thoughts on this?
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that the same filter applies here. I'm not that bothered by it. GK has clearly chosen to err on the side on gentler sensibilities and, as a commercial site, that's clearly their right.
On a related matter, it's a cool book and one I really enjoyed reading.
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I don't mind the word filter at all. Gameknot is a site for users of all ages and has many young users. I don't mind the culture of the site as being relatively gentle, low-key, functional, and chess centered.
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I wouldn't describe it as censorship as it suppresses profanity rather than ideas. The filter may produce the odd hiccup, but it's preferable to bad language, IMO.