Disemvowelling – you learn something new every day!

This great idea from Internet Duct Tape – part of tips for dealing with idiots on the internet. I had not heard of it before and it is amusing. The tools for ‘disemvowelling are particularly helpful.

Tip #1: Disemvowel
From Wikipedia: “In the fields of Internet discussion and forum moderation, disemvoweling is the removal of vowels from text either as a method of self-censorship, or as a technique by forum moderators to censor Internet trolling and other unwanted posting. When used by a forum moderator, the net effect of disemvowelling text is to render it illegible or legible only through significant cognitive effort.

Xeni Jardin, co-editor of Boing Boing says of the practice, “the dialogue stays, but the misanthrope looks ridiculous, and the emotional sting is neutralized.”

This original sentence:

In the fields of Internet discussion and forum moderation, disemvoweling (also spelled disemvowelling) is the removal of vowels from text.

would be disemvowelled to look like this:

n th flds f ntrnt dscssn nd frm mdrtn, Dsmvwlng (ls splld dsmvwllng) s th rmvl f vwls frm txt.”

You can disemvowel any text using this tool. There is also a Firefox extension that lets you disemvowel comments if you’re a WordPress administrator. The same guy has a Firefox extension for handling religious trolls.”

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Xobni & their marketing strategy

Xobni said they will give me beta access if 2 people click thru on this link to register for beta access too. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. Is it ‘friendly’ viral marketing or is it more akin to blackmail? Still thinking about this.

Xobni outlook add-in for your inbox

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We take our freedom of speech for granted!

This news item from Techcrunch – hat tip to @jowyang for the link – makes me conscious of how precious are our freedoms of speech and association. People fought hard in the past to achieve those freedoms for us and we need to protect them.

Some bloggers in other countries are risking their lives to do what we take for granted – post opinions and news on a blog.

Check out the full story here.