Several of the forums and discussion boards I've browsed have had some kind of "no bad words" filter installed which replaces naughty words with a string of asterisks.
Like so many other automated processes, sometimes it goes too far. Just encountered:
No, I certainly did not see the Robertson endor***t coming. It fragments the religious right, at least temporarily, since James Dobson has so completely denounced Giuliani.
It took me a moment to figure out why it'd been bleeped.