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I'm currently on my first playthrough of Pokémon Violet and nicknaming every Pokémon I catch. I just caught a Summer Form Deerling and tried to name it "Summer Deer", but the game objected and said it wasn't allowed. (I tried "Sun Deer" instead and it accepted it.)

I can't think for the life of me why "Summer Deer" would be objectionable. Presumably there's some form of foreign-language Scunthorpe problem at play here, but what exactly is the game objecting to?

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  • Try "Some Are Deer"
    – msouth
    Commented Jan 5, 2023 at 20:53

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Generation VI onward, the Pokemon games use its own built-in profanity filter when entering in a nickname by the use of regular expressions. While I do not know what kind of processes go on in the profanity filter, I'm assuming many of the pre-determined banned words1 from Generation V are included.

From the linked source, the word merde is in that list (a French swear word) and it's likely rejecting the proposed nickname because of "SumMER DEer"


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    Yeah, that's gotta be it. I knew about the profanity filter but didn't think to check it myself before asking.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 19:28
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    Good answer, bad feature. I want to be able to name my deer the way I want to! I guess there are many examples of normal names that won't work with this implementation. Banning all swear words of every language for every language causes these misunderstandings Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 9:08
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    @ChrᴉzremembersMonica This is a well-known issue with automated censorship known as the Scunthorpe Problem. Unfortunately stakeholders keep insisting on automated censorship as a cost-effective token-effort to create safe environments for children.
    – Philipp
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 13:45
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    @Philipp And Pokémon is rather notorious for this type of thing at this point. For a while back in 2011 when they originally implemented this type of filtering for online trading, it was actually impossible to trade certain Pokémon without giving them a nickname because they forgot to whitelist their own character names... Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:15
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    @Philipp Yep; it's a clbuttic problem in game/social software development. Commented Jan 6, 2023 at 20:03

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