Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Phuket Is Not a Dirty Sentence, Amazon
It seems that Amazon has some kind of snazzy computer program that looks for offensive words and the program kept rejecting my review. I removed the obvious possibilities such as "sex industry" and "ex-prostitute" but still had no joy in getting the review through the Amazon robot censor. I edited, and edited, and tried again, and again - a total of 8 more times. Nothing worked. The review got shorter and shorter.
Then it hit me. I made reference to an island off the coast of Thailand called Phuket because that is where much of the novel's most exciting scenes take place. Never did I dream that the computer would think that Phuket was my attempt to disguise the use of a rather common "obscenity." But it did.
I removed Phuket from the list of places visited by the detective, and the review sailed right on through.
Unbelievable. I just wasted an hour of my life.