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maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 4 Oct 2012 00:42

Too true John, I just couldn't understand it. Just as well no-one came from Effin :-D :-D :-D

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2069708/Effin-Facebook-blacklists-Irish-town-offensive.html

JustJohn

JustJohn Report 4 Oct 2012 09:44

Can you mention Pidley, Little Peover and Ramsey Forty Foot? Or Effin bus excursions? :-S

Barbra

Barbra Report 4 Oct 2012 09:48

Ramsbottom really thats a place in lancashire x

ChAoTicintheNewYear

ChAoTicintheNewYear Report 4 Oct 2012 11:00

Yes, Joy, that was exactly how you had to post links to other websites, with brackets around the dots.

You couldn't type hotmail or yahoo either. I remember the fun of titleless threads because of this ;-) :-D :-D

GoldenGirl1

GoldenGirl1 Report 4 Oct 2012 11:38

Not a lot of people know that I've just done me weekly
shop a Tesco :-D

Emma

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 4 Oct 2012 20:31

Very true, Julie ;-) ;-)

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 4 Oct 2012 21:12

I've never used *** in names for other sites since I first started posting on GR back in 2004.

and I have never had a posting removed for that reason.


GR has been asked several times over the years since I joined as to whether we could or could not mention other sites on here.

The answer has always been YES we can ...........

......... so long as derogatory remarks are not made about that site, or derogatory comparisons made between GR and that site, or comparisons are made about subscriptions to those other sites.

Similarly, you cannot make derogatory remarks about GR, or ANY of its previous owners .............. I have had a couple of posts removed because of things I said about one or other of the former owners.


I've assumed that the people who do use *** became accustomed to using them back in the early days of the internet.......... which they may have used before joining GR.


I do remember the early days on the sister site Friends Reunited when certain words would be ***. The rpoblem was that they used a computer programme to spot the letter sequences


so you would end up with Es***, the Sus*** cricket team, the ****stan team beat England at cricket today, Middle*** Cricket Ground, etc etc etc :-D

DazedConfused

DazedConfused Report 4 Nov 2012 13:04

I am nudging this back up as there are still some people who are very wary of mentioning any business/firm/rival without the **.

PLEASE stop doing this, it is not necessary. Do not feel under any pressure to use the *

Be brave :-)

StrayKitten

StrayKitten Report 4 Nov 2012 14:42

i find it strange, i always type the names out in full,
an if gr remove them so be it, but they never have in my years of being here

~Lynda~

~Lynda~ Report 4 Nov 2012 14:46

I *av* n* Id** wha* *ou me*n


:-D :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 4 Nov 2012 15:39

There must have been a reason we did it in the first place. Maybe something to do with advertising. Genes used to have some weird rules.

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 4 Nov 2012 16:27

How many of you remember the continuous chat thread - yes, just one thread, a looooong time ago?

THATS when we had to be careful :-D :-D

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 4 Nov 2012 16:48

Vaseline :-D :-D :-D

PatrickM

PatrickM Report 4 Nov 2012 17:15

We never used to be able to use .co.uk or .com in links but we could use .org

We also had to use either hotmale or hotma*l for hotmail or Y*hoo for Yahoo.

It was the way the word censor was set up, did make a pain in the backside.

Paula+

Paula+ Report 4 Nov 2012 17:19

I don't understand some of the abbreviations used in text messages and I have caused much hilarity on many occasions when I have asked what something meant........ I did not know what LOL meant. Now, what idiot does not know that? :-S

Kay????

Kay???? Report 4 Nov 2012 17:31


(dot) co (dot) uk

the site just would not accept other site addresses.and your post got lost in the ether.

it was only after a site overall that it was possible,,,,as I think they forgot to block this,,,,,by the time it was noticed it was too late,,,,, :-D

JustJohn

JustJohn Report 4 Nov 2012 18:05

Paula+

David C*m*r*n didn't know lol. Re*ec*a had to tell him. He thought she was abbreviating "lots of love" LOL <3 <3 <3

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 4 Nov 2012 18:17

Paula
Was all new to me too. Have asked one of my g.dau's to explain some of them and she thought it really cool to tell me LOL.

I learn something new everyday

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 4 Nov 2012 18:18

:-D Ann

KenSE

KenSE Report 4 Nov 2012 19:11

Well just under a year ago I had three posts removed simply because they mentioned Anc'stry.

Fortunately it was treated as one offence otherwise I could have been banned.

The email complained that I had "mentioned a company other than ours".

There were several other members who also received reprimands
at that time.