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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.
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.
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....
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.
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.