Startpage censors search terms

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  1. doonyakka

    doonyakka Registered Member

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    Can anyone else confirm that startpage.com ignores any swear words in searches?

    I can't find any information about this in Startpage's FAQ or elsewhere, but it clearly seems to be their policy.
     
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    Maybe it depends on the particular word.
     
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    Exactly, that's what I'm talking about. It ignores particular words...

    I'm a linguist and my research is partly on expressive language, which includes swear words, epithets and the like. Startpage is therefore useless to me for work.

    Do you know if Ixquick acknowledge that they're doing this? How would they justify it? I thought the whole point of their services was to promote the free and private exchange of information...
     
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    I've been looking in SP settings & I can't find anything at the moment. Duck Duck Go however has the ability to allow 'adult' language (however you wish to describe it in semiotic terms ;) ).

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    From what I can gather SP doesn't have the same kind of function. DDG will find all sorts of Anglo-Saxon verbs & nouns once this safe search has been disabled. I thought that this sort of behaviour was much more prevalent on American websites, which tend to be more prudent than the ones in my country. Start Page has a Dutch server but may be American based.
     
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  5. Judge Dee

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    For Startpage, go to settings and under "Web/picture family filter" set to "Do not filter my results".
     
  6. doonyakka

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    I have the web filter disabled, but I still get zero hits for an uncensored "f*ck".
     

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    SP does have an option to disable filtering of 'adult' content, but it doesn't have any effect in the browsers I've tried it in.

    Thanks, I'll try DDG. Being based in the USA shouldn't have anything to do with it. Google doesn't censor any search terms if you ask it not to :)
     
  8. Judge Dee

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    I just tested with that word and it worked. You have to enable cookies (and I think allow scripts) for the "save setting" options, or you can press "generate url" and copy and paste that in the address bar.
     
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    Okay, so it's just me. I do have Javascript and cookies enabled for SP, and I've also tried it with the generated URL, but nothing works.

    Never mind. DuckDuckGo works, so I've switched for the time being.
     
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    However, I have discovered you can type words like f*** in SP here & get good results.

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    @doonyakka,

    You may find this etymological dictionary useful in your research, if you haven't seen it already.
     
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    Thanks. Dictionaries aren't really that useful...web searches give you access to huge corpora of actual usage, which is what research has to be based on.
     
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    Semiotics is to linguistics what astrology is to physics ;)
     
  15. Daveski17

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    LOL! I think you're probably right.
     
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    Thank you for nailing that. It was being tossed about a bit too liberally ;)
     
  17. Daveski17

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    Well, you should know about tossing. ;)
     
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