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Old 09-04-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default Google Safesearch No longer safe.

Yeah, um, google kinda dropped the ball.
I knew some weird images got through every now and then, but now its just ridiculous. Even strict doesn't help.


Anyone else been getting unwanted images?
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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yeah... don't... image search. that's just something you should really only do when you're looking for something funny. I mean, the worst thing you could get by searching "epic fail" is a demotivator with a swear word on it. but when you search other things... yeah.

also: safesearch doesn't really do much. I myself found no difference between the two.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: Google Safesearch No longer safe.

As a test, I looked a few things up with Safesearch off, on moderate, and on strict. There were more results on strict. That said, it tends to slightly improve the quality of the results, but not significantly. It also rearranges them, which is a bit odd.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:19 AM   #4
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As a test, I looked a few things up with Safesearch off, on moderate, and on strict. There were more results on strict. That said, it tends to slightly improve the quality of the results, but not significantly. It also rearranges them, which is a bit odd.
Are you sure they were the same images (ie, same images, put on the internet by other people).

And yeah, I dont really search on images.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:32 AM   #5
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Default Re: Google Safesearch No longer safe.

IIRC, changing from moderate to strict only affects text, not images...
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Moderate filtering: This option excludes most explicit images from Google Images results but doesn't filter ordinary web search results. This is your default SafeSearch setting; you'll receive moderate filtering unless you change it.
Strict filtering: This applies SafeSearch filtering to both image and web search results.
No filtering: This option turns SafeSearch filtering off completely.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:10 PM   #6
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Default Re: Google Safesearch No longer safe.

I learned the hard way a few years ago that SafeSearch wasn't ever safe.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:22 PM   #7
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Safesearch is actually doing exactly what it's supposed to do- remove explicit content. The whole purpose of safesearch is to avoid adult content in search results, so it typically won't filter out images with swears on them. (After all, there's no way for a computer to know that an image has a swear on it)
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:04 PM   #8
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I learned the hard way a few years ago that SafeSearch wasn't ever safe.
I'd be interested to hear the story- if it's appropriate to say.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:28 PM   #9
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Safesearch is actually doing exactly what it's supposed to do- remove explicit content.
The problem is it's not doing that. It's not just about swearing or non-Hamumu-appropriate things, it's also fairly bad at detecting (very clearly) "mature" content; had my last explicit image result only a few days ago while attempting to look up artwork from an E-rated video game (and no, it wasn't even related to the character I was searching for, nor the game). Not sure if it actually got worse in that respect, though; as far as I can remember, it's always been letting results through when it shouldn't, even with perfectly normal search terms.

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Old 09-10-2010, 04:16 PM   #10
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I'd be interested to hear the story- if it's appropriate to say.
Not really that interesting- I was doing research for a science project in 7th grade and I was looking for an image and it came up with some disturbing uncensored images of eye surgery.
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