If you develop software for a living, or if you moderate any online forums, you may have found yourself in the situation where you need a list of banned or blocked words. The problem is, what works for one application doesn’t work for another. A forums targeted at adults can probably have a little more latitude than a game designed for children.
Rather than maintaining multiple lists for multiple audiences, check out BanBuilder.Com, a website that lets you generate a list of banned words based on rating (PG, PG-13, R), location (US swear words versus UK, etc) and export them into various formats including csv, text, sql insert statements and more. The service is free and there’s nothing to sign up for. Just use it when you need it.
Note: the export function isn’t working just yet – but you can help the project by adding your own swear words to the database. Check back in a day or two for the export feature.
And if you have suggestions, post them here, since this is my own little pet project!