Twinned with Sc*nthorpe?
An Irishwoman from the picturesque village of Effin is a bit put out that Facebook has unkindly dubbed her place of birth "offensive". Ann Marie Kennedy, 47, says she and several chums have repeatedly tried to enter the name of the hamlet, some 20 miles south of Limerick, as their "Hometown" on the social network, only to be …
Presumably Walking Bottom in Surrey will also present problems, and Fucking in Austria will definitely do so. As for people living in certain roads:
There is absolutely no effing chance at all. All we need is nanny Harriet to assist in the process of changing place and street names, as recently happened in the case of one Butts Lane not long back. It's just a fucking word, FFS.
...I don't think it's censorship. I think it's just the Facebook places software being seriously broken.
At one time, you could create named locations willy-nilly, but then Facebook introduced some kind of vetting based on -- possibly -- a static dump of Wikipedia. So if your town "does not exist" you can't enter it, and you can't update the database (though I think there may be a loophole through the Facebook mobile site).
But some of the old comedy ones are still available.
I can understand why she's a bit pissed off, I wouldn’t like to give my home town as Limerick either, but, it could be worse, her home town could be Meanus, also in Co. Limerick.
Have the Muff (Co. Donegal) Sub-aqua club set up a facebook page, they have a web page at http://www.muffdivingclub.ie/
Other Irish place names likely to cause a problem:- Nobber (Meath), Bastardstown (Wexford), Termonfeckin (Louth), Meelick (Clare, Galway & Mayo), Mount Juliet (Kilkenny), and Spunkane (Kerry)
By the way this is the same Facebook that continues to leave 1 individual spamming my facebook page with porn links dispite been notified 18 times (I won't unfriend the individual as I curious to see how long it takes facebook to ban them)
Paris, also a member of the muff diving club.
Nope, I just made my hometown Fucking, Austria. Has a picture of the sign and everything. Might possibly be related to "community standards". I'm in Canada, and this sort of thing on a Facebook page wouldn't raise many eyebrows. I don't know how much the Catholic Church still dominates Ireland, but I can see the "community standards" being less relaxed in such a place.
No, facebook has done no such thing. it isn't banning her quaint village name out of spite, but merely out of stupidity. It doesn't allow ANY city name to be put in that it doesn't recognise. So I can't put MY village name (ballinger) in, I can't even put in the name of our nearest towns coz it doesn't recognise those either. I've given up and put "London" - all my friends know where I live, and anyone from american thinks we all live in London anyway...
If you want to have your internet within the bounds of a walled garden that's controlled by one bunch of admin guys in a different country, then expect to be told by them what is, and isn't, in their expert but limited opinion, appropriate and accurate on a website. And that's if you get any kind of response from them at all.
You want your town recognised on the web? Then put it on the web, not Facebook.
Your limerick doesn't have an acceptable metre, by the way.
"unkindly dubbed her place of birth 'offensive' "
However they allow people to say that they are from Wales? *
* insert another place as fits the humour/customs where you live, in place of Wales **
** No offence meant to Welsh peoples, I used it just for humour and because if I said Liverpool, they would've killed me.
Just image you hail from this little Austrian village:
or a less offensive one:
Elephant Butte, Tingle, Truth or Consequences
Blue Ball, Climax, Fly, Knockemstiff, Three Legs Town (Ohio)
Coward, Due West, Ninetimes, Sugar Tit (South Carolina)
Bumpass, Croaker, Frogtown, Goochland, Goosepimple Junction, Mutt, Nuttsville, Ordinary (Virginia)
Bald Knob, Arkansas
Booger Hollow, Arkansas
I hereby volunteer my considerable marketing acumen to help redress this crime against the good village of Effin. First off, we need a publicity campaign, and I suggest the following tagline--Effin Proud!!!
Other possibilities that might draw a suitable response from the global public include:
Since since local festivals with cultural attractions are kind of de riguer in building a positive public identity, maybe we can cap off "Effin Proud" week with the "Effin Funny" outdoor comedy festival!!
And so, I must be going for now. Mine's the tarred-and-feathered one on the hook over there.....
My hometown of Hatfield isn't even in there. There are several alternatives it suggests that have Hatfield in the name, all of which are significantly smaller (although probably nicer to live in). My friends tend to use London or one of the other Hatfield alternatives, I've just left mine blank.
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