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Language and censorship/editing

Discussion in 'Administrative' started by Clarity, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    I've found a hack for the board that will allow users to set words that the board will in turn censor.

    Meaning, instead of me defining 'bad' words for everyone that get replaced with '****' (and we have none defined at present, with no plans to change that any time soon), each user can decide for themselves to not see certain language.

    I need to know if there's any demand for this though, for a couple reasons. (1) if no one 'needs' this, I'm not going to waste my time hacking it into the code. (2) it has the potential to require a pretty significant amount of processing power if a ton of people list a ton of words.

    Anyway, I'm willing to install it, and may anyway whatever is said (or not) here, because it plays directly into the "You decide what's right or wrong for you" user-end control and configuration approach that I think is key to having a great community. But I wanted to see if anyone had any strong feelings one way or another first.
  2. Hubbard

    Hubbard Administrator's Staff Member Bookie

    I was going to bring this up to you. A lot of people have hangups about the language and this is one way to bypass that. It's ashame this won't be easy to do and that it might take some resources. My feeling is That many people won't use it, but with this it would make the people who do have hangups about the site want to join (as good or bad as that may be).
  3. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    I was going to use a profanity to ask why.

    I appreciate the no rules stance of this board.

    I could understand where someone may want to mask some of the coarser language, especially if at work.

    You seem to have a good handle on what the community needs.
  4. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Work is a good point. A lot of employers monitor internet traffic closely, and even go as far as to log instances of bad language, adult content, etc.

    I will install this, and I think I will default it to 'on' for non-registered users with a standard run of Carlinisms.
  5. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    Speaking for myself, the language here on the board doesn't bother me in the least. After 22 years in the Air Force, I've pretty much heard it all and as some of you know I've used a few choice words myself. But I know that some language offends others and if they wish to have a tool to mask things like that then I say let them have it.
  6. ohiobuck94

    ohiobuck94 Buckeye Beach Bum

    Wha :biggrin: t bad language?
  7. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    SCUM, LOSE, TIBOR ands LOUIS are the only ones I can think of?
  8. The language doesn't bother me, I just ignore it. BUT, my wife, son and cousins get on here and it can get embarrassing at times.

    I would use the function. On sites that use ****, I just fill in the blanks in my mind.
  9. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    I think it's a great idea for individuals users to set a custom language filter for themselves. However, to minimize the processing power needed to run it (especially since this site is really blowing up in membership and traffic), you could limit the amount of words a member can load into his/her censored list, say 10 words...that should cover most of the usually-used profanity here. But I don't think processing power will be drained to badly since most folks probably won't use the feature, I would think.
  10. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    The language doesn't bother me one bit. HOWEVER, even being at work it doesn't bother me. What is the problem at work ONLY, are the pictures.

    It would be nice if we had an option to turn off all pictures that people put in their signature. There are some that are harmless at home...but at work could get you reprimanded... especially the got milk one!! It's very nice to look at, but it already got me in trouble at work once!! anymore and i'm probably in serious jeopardy - even though it wasn't my picture and I had no control over it.

    just a thought.
  11. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    There already is an option to turn off pics under user cp.
  12. MolGenBuckeye

    MolGenBuckeye Senior

    I'm pretty new here, but here's one related suggestion. Could there be a "not safe for work" flag set on posts as a convenience? Individual words aren't as important to me when reading at work as questionable images and signatures are.

    It could even be a voluntary thing, where if someone posts something marginal, they could click a checkbox as a nicety to those reading at work.

    Then, allow a user to activate a filter for those posts flagged as unsafe, and show a "This post is marked as unsafe for work. Click here to display the post." If the user clicked that link, it would display the post.

    As a programmer, I know it's a lot easier to come up with suggestions than to implement them, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

    Edited to add - I started this post before the one above...honest. :)
  13. good idea Mili
  14. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    I think that's a great idea Mol! As you said though, how hard would it be to implement something like that?
  15. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    Thank You! I didn't even see that.

    I just turned off all signatures!!!!!!! nice.

    btw - it really cleans up the threads. thanks.

    Sure you did!! ha. It helps that I type fast I guess. Great minds think alike, guess that is why you think like me!!!

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