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https://www.duolingo.com/Viaggiatore

Offensive content, again

This time I can't upload an Italian wikipedia article on the history of cooking (http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storia_della_cucina#Cucina_rinascimentale_e_barocca ) because of "offensive content". The only reason I can see is that the article contains the words Satyricon and Voluptate. This is what happens when decisions are made by machines.

I understand that there is concern about bad language in articles, but isn't it possible for Duo to trust Wikipedia? If not, I hope there is a way for it to expedite the inquiries I have raised before about other articles.

4 years ago

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Not sure if this is the reason, but I saw the word "v*lva" in that article. I don't know what it means in Italian, but it may definitely be thought of as offensive in English to some people.

Edit: I really think, Duolingo desperately needs a restricted mature section in the immersion. Also maybe a storage area for uploaded sites to be vetted before rejection. The current Duolingo model doesn't seem easily scalable.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Viaggiatore

You were more observant than I was. There should still be a way of dealing with such cases without rejecting the whole article, which is only about food. Asterisks are good.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RorySparshott

There's a difference between causing offence, and being prudish, surely! If anyone is offended by the word 'vulva', or similar anatomical terms (I'm not talking swear words, but, for example, penis, breast, buttock, etc), then they need to go outside. These are terms which you may need if you go overseas, and need to go to a hospital, say.

I do agree though, the mechanical sorting does have its problems. It needs a tweak before Duo ends up as the BBC did a few years ago, asterixing out key letters of the English seaside town of Scunthorpe, much to the BBC, and Scunthorpe's, embarrassment.

4 years ago