"Dangerous Content" or "Banned Content"?

Bingham, Ryan ryanb at AACRAO.ORG
Wed Nov 19 17:50:18 GMT 2003

I would have to agree with Timothy.  "Banned" has pretty strong
censorship connotations in the US.

I'm trying to think of something more neutral.

For what it's worth, here's the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus entry for
Entry Word: dangerous
Function: adjective
Text: 1 attended by or involving the possibility of injury, pain, or
loss <a dangerous crossing>
Synonyms chancy, ||dangersome, hairy, hazardous, jeopardous, parlous,
perilous, risky, treacherous, unhealthy, unsound, wicked; GRAVE 3
Related Word insecure, precarious, uncertain, unsafe; chance, haphazard,
hit-or-miss, random; critical, menacing, serious, threatening
Idioms beset (or fraught) with danger, on a collision course
Contrasted Words certain, reliable; harmless, innocent
Antonyms safe, secure
Synonyms GRAVE 3, fell, grievous, major, serious, ugly

How about "Menacing Content" :-)


-----Original Message-----
From: Timothy VanFosson [mailto:timv at CCAD.UIOWA.EDU] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 12:46 PM
Subject: Re: "Dangerous Content" or "Banned Content"?

How about {Content Policy Violation}?  The word "banned" carries with it
some emotional baggage, at least in the US, that I'd like to avoid.


At 11:33 AM 11/19/2003, you wrote:
>I'm thinking of changing one of the default subject line tags for new
>It currently says
>        {Dangerous Content?}
>but I'm thinking of changing it to
>        {Banned Content}
>My thinking is that the content checks, such as HTML tags, partial
>messages, attachment size limits and so on are more of a policy/safety
>issue than a risk issue. What is considered safe on a site is really a
>policy decision made by the management of that site.
>Having messages which are too big tagged as potentially dangerous isn't
>really correct.
>Does that sound reasonable?
>Julian Field
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