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lorax

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Msg#: 128 posted 4:20 pm on Aug 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

My forum has a censoring tool built into it. SO I can filter out words that I absolutely don't want.

I'm somewhat concerned about those that are in the gray area of decency. Words like those used to describe a mother dog, and the alternate name for a donkey.

I have a well-respected poster who used the b-word but substituted the i with an *. The filter didn't catch it as I hadn't considered that situation and didn't add it. And now I find myself in a moral quandry.

It's obvious the poster intended to use the word but it's equally obvious they attempted to soften/clean it up somewhat. I'm not quite sure how to handle this as I don't want to upset the poster but then I do want to be sure the language is clean - not that I cater to religious sects or children but just for professional reasons.

 

Mohamed_E

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Msg#: 128 posted 5:02 pm on Aug 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Dealing with a "well respected poster" is usually easy, a personal email should induce him/her to edit the word out of the message.

Pibs

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Msg#: 128 posted 5:04 pm on Aug 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

My own view is that if they are making an attempt to avoid the censor they are aknowledging the intensity of the word they have used - and wanted to use an intense word.

With no censorship at all, including this form of self-censorship, yes, you can damage the reputation of your forum. When people are self-censoring they are making a statement, that the word is intense, they know it's intense but they used it anyway.

They are apologising for the word even as they use it. Throttling free expression does not make for a good forum, I would say let it go.

Pibs

rogerd

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Msg#: 128 posted 10:06 pm on Aug 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think context is important, too. Calling a mod or another member a b**** is a serious issue that would require editing, while saying, "This problem is a b****, I ended up reformatting my hard drive twice" probably wouldn't get most adults too excited.

vkaryl

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Msg#: 128 posted 10:30 pm on Aug 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm a firm believer in NOT editing unless there is likelihood that young people will have regular access to your fora. At this point, I might simply add the versions of the word with the *s where they usually appear: b***h, b**ch, etc. and let it go at that.

A censor filter is almost a necessity where you have a lot of guest posting or here-today-gone-tomorrow registrants. For long-time members, less oversight is probably better....

lorax

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Msg#: 128 posted 11:59 pm on Aug 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hm... reading your posts makes me think I'm a tad too strict! ;)

I haven't edited the post nor have I contacted the poster. I did add that formatting to the filter for several common words. I'll leave it at that and see what comes up.

The word wasn't directed at anyone - that would be a clear violation of my TOS and my reaction would be equally clear. So, cooler heads prevail. Thanks.

rogerd

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Msg#: 128 posted 3:59 pm on Aug 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've found that determined posters can always bypass swear filters - they'll add spaces, dots, asterisks... you can't anticipate every possible combination. Ultimately, you have to make it clear what isn't acceptable, and take away posting privileges for incorrigable offenders.

Swear filters work best for newbies who are used to expressing themselves in graphic terms on other forums; most will get the point when they see that their post has been auto-edited.

lorax

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Msg#: 128 posted 6:14 pm on Aug 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Agreed rogerd,
All of my posters (so far) are good folks and I think they'll get the hint when they see what happens to their use of the word. It's an experiment but one I'm willing to take.

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