Ask DN: Why is it OK for DN Search to have a blacklist?

over 4 years ago from , Web Designer/Developer

In all seriousness, I understand the point of curating your community. You don't want bad eggs ruining the whole ecosystem with trolling and general idiocy, but isn't blacklisting search terms without explanation a little heavy handed?

What is to gain from such strict curation to the user base?

I am not trying to start a mob here, but I would like an explanation from a DN Mod or Founder as to the thinking behind this.

From the "About DN" section:

Links to portfolios and nicely designed sites/services are welcome. >Consider using the "Site Design:" label if appropriate.

If portfolios are acceptable submission content, why are they blacklisted? And, on an even more paranoid note, why is the term "blacklist" blacklisted?

I love DN, I really do. I love how discouraged individuals are from being idiots here, but discouraging independent content discovery via search is blatant censorship in my book.


  • Allan GrinshteinAllan Grinshtein, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    There is no blacklist, but I think we should consider implementing one to get rid of these "blacklist" conspiracy theory threads.

    There is a search bug that manifests itself as a 404. It happens for a bunch of search terms. We'll fix it.

    6 points
    • Seth TompkinsSeth Tompkins, over 4 years ago

      Thanks for your response Allan, just to try to be helpful (and not piss you off any further) here are my results from searching those two terms this morning:

      • Searching "portfolio" is working now.
      • Searching "blacklist" is redirecting me to the search page with the term still in the input field.

      I am trying this on an iMac running the lastest version of vanilla Chrome.

      In the past searching those two terms would redirect me to a 500 page. I do not believe that I have ever 404ed from trying to use search, though recently the error behavior has been a simple page refresh.

      Again, thanks for getting back to me! Sorry if I seemed bitchy in my post.

      0 points
  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, over 4 years ago

    On top of what Allan said, the recommendation is just to use the right label.


    'I designed this cool thing and I'd love you to check it out and give feedback (and hits)'


    'I found this awesome thing online, go check it out.'

    Two different motives, and generally different levels of quality too.

    0 points
    • Seth Tompkins, over 4 years ago

      I totally agree that many posts here could us more discrete naming, however I was asking about the Search functionality specifically. Allan reported back that some search terms cause an error in their application.

      For me that used to manifest itself as a 500 error, now it is simply refreshing the search page and displaying no results.

      These errors have been happening for me for quite some time though, so since DN is a heavily curated community I assumed the Mods had a blacklist of some sort on search terms that they did not want the community to focus on.

      Allan's response convinces me otherwise though, and I hope they can get all the wrinkles ironed out.

      0 points