In an age of high-tech spammers, virtually every website, forum, even comments require you to complete a verification message to prove that you’re not a bot. Nobody likes doing ’em. They’re small, cockeyed, faded or just difficult to differentiate between those blasted zeros and O’s.

Naturally, with all the random letters and numbers generated you’re bound to get an occasional word or phrase. But imagine my surprise when I got the verification message “u b fag” while using Feedburner’s email subscription service. Surely this was unintentional or was it?

You’d think a large company like Feedburner would have filtering software in place to prevent questionable words from being generated. I contacted Feedburner to inform them of this incident and asked if they had or intended to implement a filter to address such situations. Feedburner did not respond.