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    Thumbs down More PC madness...

    heard about this on the local radio station this morning.

    'Blacklisting' banned over fears it is prejudice - Telegraph

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    You really ought to recognise that if the story is in the Daily Telegraph (and they're quoting from the Daily Mail!) then it may not be completely true!

    Citizen's Advice haven't banned the term blacklist; someone internally has just used the term blocklist in its place (which is hardly unreasonable when Spamhaus uses the same term!)

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    That's political correctness for you. It amazes me some of things some people complain about. I can't say I've ever heard of the word/phrase 'blocklisting' until today.

    I remember a few years ago using the term 'Master' and 'Slave' devices to be replaced with 'Primary' and 'Secondary' incase it offended someone. I think the problem is some people either misunderstand or take words out of context and we end with newspapers writing about it.

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    Staff at the charity however have been emailed saying the move has been made to keep "in line with aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service", according to The Daily Mail.
    A Citizens Advice spokesman denied that the word 'blacklisting' had been banned.

    “The term blacklisting has not been banned within the Citizens Advice service," she said.
    As soon as I saw 'Daily Mail'...

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    Crazy! I suppose the same applies to whitelisting!

    In Australia, there is some cheese called coon cheese. someone from the UK tried to get the name changed. Nobody know what he was talking about they never use that word there. It never got changed by the way.

    They also banned an episode of noddy. Reason was is because noddy said the curtains where bright and gay. The other was at the end of the episode, bigears and noddy went to bed together with some coco.

    Its Crazy!

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    I suppose the same would apply to the Flintstones then? ...have a gay old time...Wilma!!

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    whotelisting?


    if the two are the same... isn't it still prejudice?

    I'm more impressed by the spelling error... in a quoted email?



    In fact, I'm more impressed by what constitutes news these days...

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    I'm more impressed by the spelling error... in a quoted email?
    Im lost here...

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    They also banned an episode of noddy
    Lets not forget that Noddy originally had some pretty racist imagery. I mean, there were gollywogs in it.

    Just did a bit of googling on Noddy..cos I'm that cool.

    From the book 'Here Comes Noddy Again!',

    That night, Noddy waits for the Gollywog, but "[H]e was so black that Noddy couldn't see him." The gollywog is there, however, and the two set off in Noddy's car for the Dark Dark Wood. In the wood, the inevitable happens: Noddy is jumped by his passenger and three other Gollywogs. They mug him, steal his car and his clothes, and race off, leaving Noddy naked and crying. Noddy seeks refuge with his friend, Big Ears; and the policeman, Mr. Plod, is called. He gets the biggest dog in Toyland, Bongo, who barks melodiously "Woof, woof, woof! I 'm hungry and I want a Gollywog."


    I checked the book on amazon and it seems they've mysteriously turned into 'Goblins' rather than 'gollywogs'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispin View Post
    As soon as I saw 'Daily Mail'...
    Sadly, most people won't see that and even if they do, they won't bother to check so this will go down as yet another example of the wrong headedness of "political correctness" when it's no such thing.

    "blocklisting" actually makes more sense as a word - you're using a list of domains/IPs from which you are going to block email.

    the sentence:

    I'm going to block email coming from IP a.b.c.d and from domain reallybadomain.tld

    makes sense. The sentence

    I'm going to black email coming from IP a.b.c.d and from domain reallybadomain.tld

    doesn't make sense

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    @srochford: But the word 'blacklist' does make sense if you use the actual word, and not split it up in a way it's not meant to be (in that context).

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    Its always been known as blacklisting. It doesnt have to make perfect sense, most know what it means. There will be other words we use that dont actually resemble what they mean.

    Did that make sense

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    I have much more sympathy with the idea of finding alternative words for blacklist and whitelist, on the grounds that it implies white=good, black=bad, than I do with nonsense such as banning blackboard, which is a descriptive term of a board which is black.

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    People with the power to change a phrase are simply keeping themselves employed by being rediculously retarded.
    I hate hate hate hate hate hate them and they seriously need to get a life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by apoth0r View Post
    People with the power to change a phrase are simply keeping themselves employed by being ridiculously retarded.
    I hate hate hate hate hate hate them and they seriously need to get a life.
    And if this was what was happening here then I'd probably agree with you BUT IT'S NOT TRUE!!!

    Someone has used a word "blocklist" perhaps because they just fancy a change, perhaps because they're just being pedantic and think it's a more accurate word and then the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail HAVE MADE UP LIES about what's happened and why!

    Those lies then get propagated by people on here saying "ooh, isn't it terrible with all these people being all PC" when (as far as I can tell from reading what CAB have said) this just didn't happen!

    I reckon the people who need to get a life are those who go round looking to stir trouble when there's actually nothing really to report!



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