A user on Academia recently noted an advertisment for this question:
Let's leave aside the issue of a poorly worded title. The question is legitimate for the site it lives on and the word "rape" just about has to be in the title. I doubt we'd take an ad that included that word from an outside source, so we should probably avoid including that question in our in-house advertising.
Advertising that particular question is a double whammy:
- It's not representative of the site it came from.
- It has no place on the site where the advertisement is running.
I'm not a fan of word filters in general, but when we are trying to drum up interest in a site, it would be helpful to not include words that might cause negative emotions instead.
(Somewhat related, but not helpful in this case: Tailor SE question Ads to the site's category.)
Some implementation details:
- The same filter would probably be useful for the Hot Questions list, which is also a form of cross-site advertising.
- A public list of filtered-out words seems a bad idea. The goal isn't to discourage people from using certain words, but to prevent certain questions from being used outside of their own context.
- Title filtering doesn't need to be perfect; it just needs to reduce the odds of unfortunate advertisements.
- For a start, we can use answers to "bad words" filter.
What say you?