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Are you trying to say that because you are young, this is an excuse to propose radical anti-profanity measures and expect them to go through ?
It's true that in High School, there were some kids who had to cover their ears when profanity was uttered, and cover their eyes when profanity was viewed. Why is that ? I don't know. The world is as it is, you think by not looking or hearing it'll go away ? or maybe somehow get fixed ?
If people are dieing all around from some plague, are you gonna close your eyes and repeat "It's gonna be ok" and pray ?
When you hear the nuclear sirens, do you cover your ears and think of a happy place ?
On our OS's we consider additional unneeded software to be "bloat". And in the context of LQ, with our relatively low number of threads/posts in any given timeframe which require profanity moderation, I respectfully suggest that an automatic profanity filter would be bloat and overhead that the system doesn't really need. We get more posts that require moderation for being written in a foreign language, than requiring moderation for profanity.
On a hosting site + forum some years ago I was a moderator, and on that site there was such a filter in place. I admit that it "worked" reasonably well, but given the amount of time the site admin spent making regexes and whatnot to plug into the filter code, the benefit didn't really justify the cost.
Put another way: Given that the LQ community is comprised mainly (from what I can see) of reasonably respectful adults and reasonably mature young people, who usually take it upon themselves to keep their posts G-rated, I think a filter is not needed. If our site were childrenofsailors.com or similar, I might have a different opinion!
Until/unless Jeremy decides an automated filter is something LQ wants to try, please do as others in this thread have mentioned/suggested: when anyone does encounter a questionable post, feel free to use the REPORT button, or PM or email any moderator or Jeremy, and direct us to the offensive language or objectionable content; we will take care of it (and its author - muwaahhahaha!) as soon as humanly possible.
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04 (used to be Red Hat 7.1, then Red Hat 9, then FC 2, FC 5, FC 6, FC 9 and Ubuntu 8.04)
Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn
Yeah, and even in high school I hear it often. It's just that being Christian really makes me think just how stupid and evil it is to curse and start fights.
Of course, I say let them. They're just going to get themselves in fights and in turn either in jail or killed.
Words are just words. Their origin has sometimes made them seem unacceptable. Many of the so-called swear words, or profanities, come from Anglo Saxon English. When The Normans invaded Britain they forced their French language on the locals and that is how we have French words in English. Many of the short, sharp words in English are Anglo Saxon. They were demonised by the Normans - a bit of cultural imperialism. They were obviously successful because now-a-days you feel that these words are "evil". Well they aren't.