the singularity has happened in my living room

I’ve just determined that the two comments I tried to post on my own blog today were not rejected due to length, as I had originally thought. The error message I got for both read “Comment could not be submitted due to questionable content: para” I got that once before and figured it must be due to the comment length since I’m used to computers giving me gibberish when they think something is wrong but they aren’t sure what.
But this time I should have taken it at its word. I guess. My two comments were rejected because they contained the letters “para”: in the word “paragraph” in the 1st comment & in the word “separate” in the second. While experimenting I tried submitting a comment with just the word “para” & it was rejected; I deliberately misspelled “separate” in my second comment & it worked.
Do I want to know what this is all about?
The more I learn about computers, the less I know about them. Technical computer people seriously could set up a new religion with themselves as the priesthood, because computers are the quintessence of the ineffable to the rest of us.

2 Responses to “the singularity has happened in my living room”

  1. joel says:

    I think you need to check with your blog-maintainer husband, who apparently keeps a tight filter on words that you can and can’t say.
    Some things of which Andy is irrationally afraid:
    p.aramilitary operations (perhaps this fear is not irrational)
    p.arallel processing
    tabopa.ralysis (this one sounds scary)
    and, of course, any sort of “app.aratus”.

  2. michele says:

    Hmmm, yes, we’ll have to have a talk. While I agree that p.arameciums are creepy and should not be talked about on a family-oriented blog, I might someday want to discuss geometry, extreme sports, vegetables, or citizen militias in this space. Unlikely, but possible.

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