In Joomla! 1.5.8 and later, a default filtering choice is in place for those who have not selected an Article Filter option. The default applied for those who have not made a selection implements "black list" filtering as a security precaution against possible XSS. In version 1.5.8, all users, including members of the Super Admin group, have this set by default. In versions 1.5.9 and later, users in the Super Admin group do not have any filtering by default.
If the default filtering option is not suitable for your needs, you can change it by using the Article Global Configuration options. For example, to change the default settings so that no filtering happens for members of the Super Administrator group:
With this setting, Joomla! will use the default Blacklist filter for all users except for the Super Administrator group. If you want to let other groups of Users submit content with no filtering, just modify the instructions above to exclude these groups. If you want no filtering on any groups, follow the instructions above but select only the Registered group.
If you are using the Tiny MCE Editor, you may also want to adjust these settings in the plugin:
More detailed instructions for filtering options can be found by pressing the Help button when in the Article Manager, or here in the Joomla documentation.