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Re: Re: Profanity in the CB/Nodes

by J9 (Beadle)
on Jan 25, 2004 at 17:52 UTC ( #323989=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Profanity in the CB/Nodes
in thread Profanity in the CB/Nodes

If you consider this to be an attempt to grow Perlmonks, it is afterall a "New Discussion" topic, which generally deals with issues about Perlmonks. Why don't you turn this into a Perlmonk exercise and build the filter, or write the proxy.

I for one would like to be able to use such a proxy at home but still lack the ability to write the code myself. It might even be an interesting project, and it may prove useful to other monks.

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Re: Re: Re: Profanity in the CB/Nodes
by xenchu (Friar) on Jan 25, 2004 at 19:34 UTC

    I wish I could write the filter. Alas, I lack both the knowledge and the privilege on PM to do that. That's why I feel discussions of profanity aren't going to get us(well, me at least) very far.

    Have you noticed that no one seems to change their mind as a result of discussions about profanity? That PodMaster doesn't change his sig? That someone always brings the subject up again? Discussion is supposed to make everyone's opinion clear to everyone else. Is anyone unclear about anyone's opinion about profanity? How does this help PerlMonks grow if it changes nothing? A discussion of whether giving monks a choice of filtering profanity or not would end this type of discussion might do a bit of good. I somehow doubt that though.

    I learned profanity in elementary school. By the time I was a teenager I had all the advanced degrees. The subject does not interest me, it is boring in fact. Perl is what interests me. As I said before, profanity is getting in the way.

    xenchu


    The Needs of the World and my Talents run parallel to infinity.
      I wish I could write the filter. Alas, I lack both the knowledge and the privilege on PM to do that.

      You wouldn't need any privileges on Perlmonks to write it as a proxy. As an added bonus, it could be made to work with all sites, not just Perlmonks. Most of it is probably already done, in the form of various modules (LWP, HTML::Parser or one of the other various HTML parsers (you need to parse the HTML so that you can filter the words only when they are going to show up as page content, not when e.g. they are in hidden form fields), Regexp::Common, (there is specifically a regex there for common profanity), Net::Server or perhaps HTTP::Daemon, and so on). All you'd really have to do is piece it together with a bit of Perl glue. As for the knowledge, I suspect you could learn as you go (start by learning to use each of the modules...), and it would probably be a good learning project. I suspect you could have something mostly working in six months or less, and then you could put it up on the CPAN if you like...

      Have you noticed that no one seems to change their mind as a result of discussions about profanity?

      Yes, I have noticed that. This discussion is no different in that respect from any of the others, which is why you don't see me chiming in, except on matters to do with implementing something in Perl (err, and a small bit of off-topic humor).


      $;=sub{$/};@;=map{my($a,$b)=($_,$;);$;=sub{$a.$b->()}} split//,".rekcah lreP rehtona tsuJ";$\=$ ;->();print$/

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