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February 21, 2006 11:16 AM   Subscribe

I'm sorry Mr. Callahan, your surname may offend Muslims. Yahoo! has banned the use of the word Allah in all usernames. These names are still available however. [via]
posted by Mijo Bijo (68 comments total)

 
In cyberspace, no one knows you're a god.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:22 AM on February 21, 2006


Well, I don't know, these days Muslims are throwing rocks at embassies and attacking people in the streets without any real discrimination because a paper in Denmark ran a freaking cartoon, so the hysteria on Yahoo's behalf has some (albeit silly) context.
posted by xmutex at 11:22 AM on February 21, 2006


challah_bread@yahoo.com is right out, I guess.
posted by bashos_frog at 11:24 AM on February 21, 2006


second time today I've seen Buddha's name spelled Buddah.
posted by kozad at 11:26 AM on February 21, 2006


That's so retarded. Especially since "allah" is just the Arabic word for "god". That would be like metafilter banning all users with the word "dios" in their name to avoid offending Mexican Catholics!
posted by delmoi at 11:26 AM on February 21, 2006


I double dog dare you to use all the banned words in one sentance defaming allah.
posted by Suparnova at 11:26 AM on February 21, 2006


are they going to ban leat speak? cause i was all about some frieda11ah@yahoo.com
posted by sourbrew at 11:28 AM on February 21, 2006


Especially since "allah" is just the Arabic word for "god".

Likewise, "Baal" just means "Lord."
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:29 AM on February 21, 2006


I hate religion.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 11:29 AM on February 21, 2006


That would be like metafilter banning all users with the word "dios" in their name to avoid offending Mexican Catholics!

Allowing dios to stay is more offensive to Mexican Catholics.

Kidding.

-Todd A. Llahken
posted by Pollomacho at 11:29 AM on February 21, 2006


leet....
posted by sourbrew at 11:30 AM on February 21, 2006


leet....

4114h_4k34r!
posted by Pollomacho at 11:35 AM on February 21, 2006


-Todd A. Llahken

Pollo, you crack me up!
posted by ramix at 11:38 AM on February 21, 2006


The terrorists have definitely already won. I didn't believe it until now.
posted by Witty at 11:39 AM on February 21, 2006


4114h_4k34r, 4114h, and 4114hu_4k34r...all unavailable...
posted by dontoine at 11:39 AM on February 21, 2006


This is just so ridiculous.

are they going to ban leat speak?

Nope, I just registered a11ah_be_damned@yahoo.ca with no probs whatsoever.
posted by zarah at 11:40 AM on February 21, 2006


Can we just let the terrorists declare victory and be done with this crap?
posted by JekPorkins at 11:44 AM on February 21, 2006


Good thing this is still available: I_rape_retarded_preteens@yahoo.com, in case anyone wants to snag it before some yahoo at yahoo deems it offensive.
posted by Witty at 11:48 AM on February 21, 2006


Don't ever let anyone tell you you're not, Witty.
posted by longbaugh at 11:55 AM on February 21, 2006


allahaughey@yahoo.com

or perhaps @metafilter.com
posted by mystyk at 11:56 AM on February 21, 2006


what about ipraythatallahgrantmethestrengthtobatheinthebloodoftheinfidelsandsacrificemymortalbody inmartyrdom@yahoo.com?
posted by theorique at 12:02 PM on February 21, 2006


retarded.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:05 PM on February 21, 2006


These are not the allahs you are looking for.
posted by terrapin at 12:12 PM on February 21, 2006


I hate religion too
posted by A189Nut at 12:13 PM on February 21, 2006


Blasphemous handles make the baby Mohammed cry.
posted by sour cream at 12:14 PM on February 21, 2006


I' muslim and I found this totally insane

in arabic god have 99 nine names , the first is Allah and all of them by adding "Abd" (Slave of...) gives 99 aarabic names, as Abdallah, Abdalghafour, Abdelillah and so on.

All this stuff makes me sick, fuck them all, those who made the cartoons and those who blaming them for it.
posted by zouhair at 12:16 PM on February 21, 2006


Allah-peanut-butter-sandwitches!

...PAFF!
posted by tkchrist at 12:16 PM on February 21, 2006


*turns into a chicken*
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:17 PM on February 21, 2006


I double dog dare you to use all the banned words in one sentance defaming allah.

How can I pass up a challenge like that?

"allah's security admin is such a raghead asshole fuck that osama binladen's cunt won't even show up in his yahoo mail account!" YES! I WIN!!
posted by jefgodesky at 12:18 PM on February 21, 2006


Allah your usernames are belong to me.

yahoo security administration
posted by sfts2 at 12:20 PM on February 21, 2006


MetaFilter: Fuck them all.

my first metafilter: blah blah post
posted by iconjack at 12:21 PM on February 21, 2006


"allah's security admin is such a raghead asshole fuck that osama binladen's cunt won't even show up in his yahoo mail account!"

Alternatively:

That ragheaded allah-loving cunt, osama binladen is fucking all of yahoo's security admin in their assholes.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:29 PM on February 21, 2006


Absurd.
posted by Ynoxas at 12:30 PM on February 21, 2006


Hey, remember when we had that big existential crisis against the communists, and they got all pissed off about people using the word "Lenin," and demanded that everybody stop, and then everybody was so scared that they did, and it was ALL FOR FREEDOM?

Good times.
posted by aaronetc at 12:33 PM on February 21, 2006


How about: "They call us Ragheads! Their security admins stick glowsticks in our assholes and our womans cunts! I say we join with Osama bin Laden and JIHAD. ALLAH ACKBAR! YAHOO!"

Hmm. This thread is definetly going to get the NSA's attention.
posted by delmoi at 12:36 PM on February 21, 2006


Note that you can still register domain names that contain an 'allah' substring.
posted by dobie at 12:41 PM on February 21, 2006


The true name of god is Astro Zombie.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:42 PM on February 21, 2006


"challah_bread" =God's bread. Wow. If only muslims knew...
posted by ParisParamus at 12:44 PM on February 21, 2006


Not that folks 'round here couldn't use their own stash of GMail invites for this, but I'll gladly give out as many as necessary to facilitate allah[something]@gmail.com being propogated as many times as possible just to mock Yahoo! (e-mail allahbob@gmail.com if you want an invite)
posted by hrbrmstr at 12:46 PM on February 21, 2006


yallahoo!
posted by arialblack at 12:51 PM on February 21, 2006


The problem is not with using Allah as a username. The big problem would be if you added a picture to your profile.
posted by qvantamon at 12:56 PM on February 21, 2006


So if we make a list of all the nine billion names of god to be banned, will the stars go out?
posted by slatternus at 12:59 PM on February 21, 2006


yes, religion is the problem here. not yahoo or hysterical beurocratic nonsense. just religion.
posted by shmegegge at 1:00 PM on February 21, 2006


They should then also ban users who use the name Mohammed!

Oh. Maybe not.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:01 PM on February 21, 2006


The big problem would be if you added a picture to your profile.

Especially if your user name is security_cunt@yahoo.com
posted by JeffK at 1:04 PM on February 21, 2006


Stand up for Denmark!
posted by homunculus at 1:37 PM on February 21, 2006


yes, religion is the problem here. not yahoo or hysterical beurocratic nonsense. just religion.

I don't think the majority of people feel this way;

I don't expect Yahoo to have any back bone. I expect Yahoo to self-sanitize in order to increase it's cross-cultural market share because their stock holders wouldn't have it any other way. Do I think it's lameass and cowardly? Yes, but I don't expect anything more from major coorporations with hands in so many pots.

The freedom to type "fuck all of your gods, every last one" is what this is about.
posted by dobie at 1:49 PM on February 21, 2006


Fuck you and your conception of god. (Let's get T shirts made)
posted by MotherTucker at 2:17 PM on February 21, 2006


Allow me to say that this is totally absurd. There is a legitimate side to the "peaceful" protests and demands for apology. But what has happened around the world and what is being done by Yahoo is just bordering insanity. Some may recognize my id and I would like to add that last August I moved back to Pakistan from the USA, and live in Lahore which became the center point for violent protests in this issue. There is much more that meets the eye in this issue specifically if one regards the current domestic political setup of Denmark and the Muslim countries like Pakistan.
posted by adnanbwp at 2:22 PM on February 21, 2006


That ragheaded allah-loving cunt, osama binladen is fucking all of yahoo's security admin in their assholes.

That is so wrong. (you are missing a comma)

What you meant was:
That ragheaded allah-loving cunt, osama binladen, is fucking all of yahoo's security admin in their assholes.

Don't want anyone to get offended by poor grammar.
posted by FeldBum at 2:26 PM on February 21, 2006


As zouhair mentioned, plenty of Muslims have "Allah" in their name, so this is a bit of a strange decision by Yahoo!.

Ya Allah, I hate that attention-grabbing, sentence-messing exclamation mark. Yahoo! should ban that instead.
posted by Gnatcho at 2:26 PM on February 21, 2006


Does this remind anyone else of the BoingBoing "7 Dirty Blogs" on MSN Spaces?
posted by FeldBum at 2:28 PM on February 21, 2006


Plus ça change filter: I vaguely recall something along these lines in the run-up to Shock'n'Awe™....
posted by rob511 at 6:07 PM on February 21, 2006


Ah, a new variant on the Scunthorpe Problem.
posted by hangashore at 6:31 PM on February 21, 2006


Can I just say I fucked Allah up the ass? With Mohammed's dick?

Oh Lordy, here comes a fatwah. *Yawn*.
posted by Decani at 6:53 PM on February 21, 2006


Can I just say I fucked Allah up the ass? With Mohammed's dick?

Oh Lordy, here comes a fatwah. *Yawn*.
posted by Decani at 6:53 PM on February 21, 2006


Can I just say I fucked Allah up the ass twice? Sorry about that. The syph I caught from that goatfucker Mohammed is making me double post.
posted by Decani at 6:54 PM on February 21, 2006


No doubt we can expect Austria to pass legislation which forbids slandering Allah.

Allah y'all, y'Allah my niggaz.
posted by fandango_matt at 7:02 PM on February 21, 2006


Chicken Allah King

Pie Allah Mode

Allah Carte
posted by bwg at 7:04 PM on February 21, 2006


Wallah Wallah, Washington
posted by kirkaracha at 8:01 PM on February 21, 2006


yahoo's gone and done it now ... they've pissed off the irish

and what's wrong with a good irish name like callahan, i'd like to know? ... bad cess to them
posted by pyramid termite at 8:35 PM on February 21, 2006


Haha. That's so rad.
posted by The God Complex at 8:56 PM on February 21, 2006


The Avenger, The Abaser, The Dishonorer, The Humiliator

Hmmm. And these are good qualities? I don't think I want his prophets near my pastries.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 8:58 PM on February 21, 2006


In some quarters, "Yahu" is an accepted spelling of the don't-say-it name of the Hebrew Diety.

EG: Binyamin Netanyahu.

There's no end to this...
posted by tspae at 9:43 PM on February 21, 2006


"...Diety..."

you may have just discovered a new religion here.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:51 AM on February 22, 2006


Would this have anything to do with the Hebrew Diety?
posted by Jon Mitchell at 1:44 AM on February 22, 2006


They should then also ban users who use the name Mohammed!

If I ever had a son, I'd name him Mohammed, just because Mohammed Cohen would be such a cool name, or if I had a daughter I would name her Lakshmi.
posted by mike3k at 7:36 AM on February 22, 2006


Yahoo reverses ban on 'allah' in usernames.
posted by ericb at 1:28 PM on February 22, 2006


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