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"Google Suggest" Censorship!
I wish I could stop finding signs of obvious "bad word" censorship on the internet, especially in areas where this censorship makes researching the desired topic nearly impossible. This latest instance of stupidity censorship came up after whirlybirdie made me aware of a really useful new google product known as Google Suggest Please open that and try it.

Now try typing into its search window, "peni" It stands to reason one of the choices ought to be the not especially "dirty" anatomically correct word, "penis", but that word never appears. You can make it appear by placing a space between each letter as in "p e n i " and then it appears, and it appears to me that this works only because others have forced it to work by trying it.

I understand the appearance of a need for censorship when "google suggest" is actually throwing words at you so that 8 year olds using the product don't see "penis" when googling "pencil", but considering "penile -enlargement, -implants and -cancer all appear anyway it seems pointless to simply hide the single word "penis". whirlybirdie and I feel that Google needs to have a means by which adults can sign up and activate an "adult user override" so that we can use the full power of google without running into "bad word censors".

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From: childthief_liar Date: November 9th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just stupid.
A kid will hear more by watching the discovery channel.
And if they are a the type of parent that cares that much to begin with, then they would have blocks up on it, so even if the child clicked the link they wouldn't get it.

(And just because you were talking about penis I used this icon.)
ksatyr From: ksatyr Date: November 9th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

No problems here.

I did just as you requested, typed in peni and it came up with:

SOUTHERN | rudimentary peni
All About Peni's Books - 11000 Years Lost, Music Thief, The Ghost ...
Damon & Peni's Homepage



See results for: penis
Anatomy of the Penis and Mechanics of Intercourse
Penis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

etc.
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