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August 10, 2005

Gee, Mention Porn Once And You're A Porn Site

I found out about Sonic Wall from MediaGirl. You plug any URL into it, and it will tell you what censorship category you are in.

MediaGirl is Category 1 - Violence/Hate/Racism

What the fuck???

I am Category 4 - Pornography. Ha!!! I mention that I got some erotica published, and I'm a smut blog. Heh heh heh.

I plugged in my web site's URL, and it said it was arts and entertainment. That's a legal/sociological educational blog, not TV Guide.

I got curious and plugged in FARK. Here are the results:

Category 6 - Adult/Mature Content
Category 47 - Humor/Jokes
Category 31 - Web


I plugged in a bunch of blogs because I was nosy curious. Here are the results:

Bitch, Ph.D.:
Category 6 - Adult/Mature Content
Category 35 - Usenet News Groups
Category 41 - Society and Lifestyle
Category 0 - Unrated

Body and Soul: Category 27 - Information Technology/Computers

Feministe: Category 31 - Web Communications

Ginmar: Category 27 - Information Technology/Computers

Hugo Schwyzer: Category 15 - Business and Economy

Michael Berube:
Category 35 - Usenet News Groups
Category 41 - Society and Lifestyle

Pinko Feminist Hellcat: Category 15 - Business and Economy

One Good Thing:
Category 6 - Adult/Mature Content
Category 35 - Usenet News Groups

Category 35 - Usenet News Groups
Category 41 - Society and Lifestyle

Rox Populi:
Category 64 - Unrated (Michelle Maklin must have made it explode.)

The Heretik: Category 15 - Business and Economy

Who Tends The Fires: Category 22 - Games

Category 64 - Unrated (The cow must have scared it.)

Elayne Riggs: Category 31 - Web Communications

Rubber Hose: Category 31 - Web Communications


These rankings make no sense at all. Still, it was fun learning my own illustrious ranking of "pornography". That was amusing.

Posted on August 10, 2005 at 02:44 PM | Permalink


But you should get it corrected. It might come back to haunt you in some way you don't think about now like for a job or something if they are claiming you ran a porn site or something.

If I were you, I would contact them and straigthen them out.

Posted by: NYMOM at Aug 10, 2005 5:00:55 PM

Right now, I'm getting 15 - Business and Economy

Posted by: Roxanne at Aug 10, 2005 5:21:35 PM

is currently rated as:
Category 7 - Cult/Occult
Category 25 - Political/Advocacy Groups
Category 35 - Usenet News Groups


Posted by: coturnix at Aug 10, 2005 5:27:44 PM

Mine came back as Category 22 - Games. Huh?

Posted by: Terry at Aug 10, 2005 5:49:19 PM

Yeah, Terry, it came back as "games". Go figure.

Coturnix, how on earth did you come out "occult"? That's nuts. You're not a newsgroup, either, unless Sonic Wall has blogs confused with Usenet. Both have porn and Nigerian scam spam. :D

I'm still wondering what is the difference between "pornography" and "adult/mature content". Does that mean I have a dirtier mind than Dr. Bitch and Flea? ;)

Posted by: The Countess at Aug 10, 2005 5:53:35 PM

i never realized i was so tame. mother fucker!

Posted by: upyernoz at Aug 10, 2005 6:44:40 PM

It looks like everything on typepad gets the '15 - Business and Economy' category. How useful!

Posted by: Kevin at Aug 10, 2005 6:54:49 PM

I tried to explain the results on my blog....

Posted by: coturnix at Aug 10, 2005 10:11:03 PM

I'm Category 22 - Games. I have no idea why. If it makes you feel any better, my workplace filtering software told me a struggling-to-be-celibate-while-dealing-with-same-sex-attraction blog I tried to read there was porn (after I got that warning a couple of times I learned not to read that one at work). The openly gay blogs I read at work, on the other hand, aren't porn. And Sonic Wall seems to have the celibate one as Information Technology/Computers.

Checking a couple of others: Susie Bright has Adult/Mature Content. Family Scholars are Arts/Entertainment. You know, these categories only occasionally bear any resemblance to reality.

Posted by: Lynn Gazis-Sax at Aug 10, 2005 10:14:59 PM

But I am all business. And I do have an economy of words, words. And I use words in a businesslike, economical style too. Because I give people the business. But only people in first class. Or business class. Not in economy class. I have never taken a business class. But I have flown economy class. Oy.

Posted by: The Heretik at Aug 10, 2005 10:39:54 PM

Mine actually made some sense:
is currently rated as:
Category 41 - Society and Lifestyle
Category 47 - Humor/Jokes

Posted by: Mad Kane at Aug 11, 2005 12:37:20 AM

Well, that was stupid. I went to the site to look up my own site before I read through your entire post. :)

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at Aug 11, 2005 8:52:55 AM

There's definately something wrong with the system. I got 31-Web communications, and I have people finding my blog from looking up "guitar blowjobs" and "personal nude photo pics".

Posted by: mutant cat at Aug 11, 2005 10:55:47 AM

The "mature" content is accurate for mine, but I don't understand the Usenet part.

Posted by: flea at Aug 11, 2005 12:07:18 PM

Games?! My site was just...games?! Darn, I need to come off my blogging-break and post more filthy porn, then. *grin*


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at Aug 11, 2005 1:45:36 PM

Mine was games as well...Hmm...I guess that means I'm nice to play with? Or I play nice with others?

Posted by: Rachel Ann at Aug 12, 2005 10:00:49 AM

Rachel Ann, it either means you're nice to play with, or you kick ass killing six-legged monsters with big, pointy teeth. ;)

Posted by: The Countess at Aug 12, 2005 10:40:13 AM

(I'm making my rounds on some of the blogs that have posted on this and leaving the following that contains some interesting information that was left at my site.)

I had posted about this and my findings were that there were some patterns with people one typepad tending to come up as business and economy and people on blogger tending to come up as web communications. Later a Seth Finkelstein came by my site and posted a link to his page on censorware which is very interesting. And he briefly noted in my comments area that "The system is simple. Roughly, all blogs on a service (IP address) will have a default blacklisting. Then individual blogs may have entries which override that default."

So what he said confirms what I was finding, though, as he noted, there are exceptions.

Anyway, I suggest reading his page. He gave testimony before congress on DMCA Censorware in April 2003 and also was profiled in the NY Times in 2001 in "Cracking the code of online censorship".

Posted by: Idyllopus at Aug 13, 2005 10:49:09 AM