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Question about a discussion convention on the forum I've never seen before

Discussion in 'Site Questions, Suggestions & Feedback' started by SDRSpark, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. SDRSpark

    SDRSpark Active Member V.I.P Member

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    I've never seen this before on any forum, so I figured I'd ask before I inadvertently step on any toes (because it's not something I would have thought to do!)

    In another thread on this forum, the topic is childhood abuse, and people are censoring words for sexual abuse in creative ways (for example: rxpe). I did a double take but was able to figure out what was meant by the censored words.

    I've never seen this done before anywhere (most places use "trigger warning" followed by a spoiler tag, I'm used to seeing that).

    Is this the rule/convention for this forum, or is it just something that those particular individuals choose to do? If it's something I'm supposed to be doing, I want to make sure I understand it so I can comply.
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Those spellings were idiosyncratic to the members who used them.
    It is not a convention or rule here to do that.
     
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    SDRSpark Active Member V.I.P Member

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    OK, good to know. Thanks!!! I noticed multiple people doing it and no one not doing it, so I wanted to be sure.
     
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    GadAbout Well-Known Member

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    Some forums censor certain words, by an automatic process. So users who want to use those words adopt some form of leet, for instance, $#!T or [email protected] This habit may have begun in a different site but persisted here.
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Actually, work-arounds, or mis-spellings intended to circumvent the censor are not advised.

    Generally it is preferable to use another word altogether.
    There is a forum-wide Language Policy here.
    Please Be Advised
     
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  6. SDRSpark

    SDRSpark Active Member V.I.P Member

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    I've run into this on other forums. The problem is, I use those self-censoring styles on FB and the like, so I actually have to remember that it's considered an attempt to defeat the automatic censorship on forums. Because that's genuinely not what goes through my mind when I do it, and I got called out for it on another forum. It hadn't occurred to me that censoring myself would be bad.
     
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    Fino Alex V.I.P Member

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    The problem with censoring it ourselves is that it does literally nothing.
     
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    SDRSpark Active Member V.I.P Member

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    I don't disagree. It's just a thing I'm used to doing literally everywhere else lol. It's almost a comedic thing at this point (it's done in several comics that I follow/read regularly for instance.) It's not even really censorship at this point.
     
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