Tired of Internet censorship? Is your site being blocked for having “sensitive” words? Then Censortive is for you. Use this plugin to replace those pesky words with their graphic equivalent, making them invisible to censorship robots.
Censortive uses text-to-image technology to convert user-defined ‘sensitive’ words into an image file that blends right into the flow of text. By changing the text into an image file, you effectively negate the censorship robots from being able to ‘see’ the offending words. Your readers, however, will be able to follow what you’re saying without a hitch.
In some countries Internet censorship is at an unjustified level, with a host of Big Brother technologies working to block one of our basic human rights: freedom of speech. The most common way for them to do this is by using bots to scan the text from a site attempting to be viewed. If words deemed inappropriate are found, the viewer is left with an error screen.
However, by converting the words into small (near-identical to the original text) graphic files, the robots have no idea what is being said and happily let it all pass through.
To further increase security, rather than have the sensitive words saved in the post and filtered directly, users simply use a codeword, which when scanned by the plugin, is replaced by the text2graphic image of the intended word.
- Unzip this compressed file to a temporary directory.
- Edit ‘/censortive/codewords.dat’ in a plain text editor (not Word). Look at the example words on how to add your own. Be sure to maintain the same format (codeword=realword,). Note the comma at the end of each line, including the last line. Save the file.
- Upload the ‘censortive’ folder to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory – making sure to copy the entire folder, and not just the files, maintaining the folder’s directory structure.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
- Navigate to your WordPress Options menu and select the new ‘Censortive’ option. Adjust the settings to suit your blog’s style.
This is an example of the plugin at work, for which we’ve used this Wikipedia entry. So now when I speak about , , or ; I don’t need to worry about my site being shut down. Equally, if I want to write about , or the , I can do so with impunity. I can also set up words that I wish to use both freely and covertly. Such as when speaking about China, or .
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I mark words in my posts to be converted?
Simply enclose the codeword (as defined in ‘codeword.dat‘) in [* and *]. So if my codeword was ‘monkey’, I would input [*monkey*] in my post. Upon viewing, [*monkey*] would be replaced with a text-image of whatever it is equal (=) to in the ‘codeword.dat‘ file.
Can I use special characters, such as for other languages?
For characters with accents or tonal marks, it will largely depend on the font file you’re using and if it supports the characters. For completely different characters, such as Chinese characters or Arabic writing, the answers are more varied. We’ll be working on further functionality in this area in future releases, but currently it’s not supported.
So, where do I get fonts then?
We’ve included one font, a Sans-Serif font in the Libertine family – which is an open source font initiative (download more). We don’t distribute a large selection of fonts with the plugin, as they can be quite bulky, and vary greatly from blog to blog.
To make sure your text-to-images are most closely matched to your blog’s content, just find out what TrueType font your posts are set to display at, and then search your computer for those .TTF files. Once found, simply upload the file to the wp-content/plugins/censortive/fonts/ directory and change the Font File setting in the Censortive options.
- The bold thing. This is the largest thing standing in the way of total/seamless integration into the body text. Currently, when looking at the text-to-image words/phrases, it is immediately evident which have been changed. From a censorship standpoint, this isn’t a big issue, as the phrases are still graphic files, and not actual words. However, it doesn’t look as pretty as we’d like.
Please leave questions in the comments section below, or e-mail us at the contact address above. This plugin is in ‘beta’ testing, so we do appreciate any feedback or comments you may have.
Terms & Disclaimer
Censortive is only a tool for the furtherance of free speech, and it is not foolproof. We cannot be held liable if something you say with the use of this plugin gets you in trouble with “Big Brother”. Please use it at your own risk.
Additionally, though we can not begin to imagine how, if the plugin pooches your server/blog/computer/toilet, we’re not going to take responsibility for that either.
Thanks is owed to Stewart Ulm, of Moderate Design, for creating the original text2image script used in this plugin.